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SPS News Issue 178: June 9, 2020


SPS National Statement on Racism and Protests

The SPS National Office echoes the AIP statement on Racism and Protests: we support our black students, stand with those who are victims of police brutality and racism, and support those who are protesting for change. As a professional association of students, we collectively have a duty to call out injustice when we see it and be active elements of change. To the Black students of our community, we see you, we are here for you, we will listen to you, and we stand with you. Only together can we end racism in our classrooms, institutions, and community and we commit to work toward this end.

One such grassroots action that has emerged is #ShutDownSTEM. We encourage our members to reflect on the systemic discrimination and injustices. Additional information is available at: and


Meet the SPS Interns!

The 2020 SPS Summer interns  have started their 10-week journey VIRTUALLY with their placement sites that include SPS, AIP, AAPT, APS, SoR, NASA, NIST, and Capitol Hill. Throughout the summer, the interns will participate in outreach, professional development workshops, and networking events. We encourage you to follow their journeys through their weekly blogs !


Happy Pride Month!

SPS recognizes there is still work to be done to help foster a sense of inclusion in academia for many STEM students and scientists, including those in the LGBTQIA+ community.  SPS is committed to creating a sense of community within physics where everyone can feel welcome.  We’d like to highlight, the first website dedicated to providing resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual, pansexual, not-cisgender and not-straight (as well as friendly cis and straight) physicists. Visit the website here!


SPS Emegency Scholarship Now Available

The SPS Emergency Scholarship was established by the Society of Physics Students, the American Institute of Physics (AIP), and donors to provide relief funding for students impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic and effects thereof. With many impacted during the 2019-2020 academic year and future implications likely, many undergraduate physics and astronomy students have been displaced, lost employment, had summer internship opportunities become unavailable, or need financial assistance to continue their studies. To help alleviate these potential hardships and ensure that undergraduate physics and astronomy students can continue their studies, SPS is offering needs-based support to undergraduate students negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Chapter Reports are Due NEXT WEEK!

Chapter reports  are a great way to highlight your accomplishments from the past year. Submitting a Chapter Report also enters your school in the running for chapter designations such as the  SPS Outstanding Chapter Award . The first 100 chapters to submit their reports will be entered in a drawing for one of five $100 gift cards. Chapter Reports are due June 15!    


If your chapter is not submitting a report this year, please update your chapter information for the SPS national office recordsYou can do this by completing the first section of the chapter report form. Updating your information will also make your chapter eligible for prizes!


Summer News Schedule

SPS News will be sent out on a monthly basis during the summer and will resume bi-weekly updates in the fall.

GradSchoolShopper has compiled resources to help you excel in your studies. Visit our resources page to check out guides and timelines for applying to grad school, learn about grad school funding options, and find exciting opportunities for physics students like the APS Bridge Program.


Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

Joint AAPM/COMP Meeting, July 12 – 16: VIRTUAL

Meeting has moved virtual. Find registration information here.

AAPT Summer Meeting, July 18 – 22: VIRTUAL

Meeting has moved virtual. Find meeting information here.

ACA 2020 Annual Meeting, August 2-7: VIRTUAL

Meeting has moved virtual. Find registration information here.


SPS offers Travel Awards of up to $300 to members presenting their research at AIP member society meetings. A limited number of awards will be offered. Apply Today !

SPS members attending and reporting on professional physics meetings are eligible to receive up to $300 as an individual and $250 per person as a chapter in travel reimbursement. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

NEW: SPS National is now also offering Reporter Awards of $75 to cover registration for virtual meetings! Apply Now !


SPS Featured Jobs

Fall Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

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