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SPS News Issue 179: July 7, 2020


See What the SPS Interns are Up To!

The 2020 SPS Summer interns are officially half-way through their 10-week journey! While working virtually, they have accomplished so much at their different placement sites including NASA, NIST, Capitol Hill, AAPT, APS, and AIP.  Read about their experiences through their weekly blogs !


Prepare for SPS Fall Awards!

Fall award applications open September 1. Have an idea for a research project, Sigma Pi Sigma event, or outreach event (in-person or virtual), but need funds to execute it? Let SPS Nationals help you! Check out the SPS Fall Awards for funds to help plan your chapter outreach, research, and Sigma Pi Sigma events!


SPS Emergency 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.


Free Virtual Webinar - Going Virtual: The Interview and Job Talk

Learn from a STEM careers consultant how to execute an interviewing plan to help you land that dream job. We’ll look at what you should be doing before, during, and after the interview, how to adjust different elements of a virtual experience (such as light and sound), how to look professional on camera, and more. Register now for this event on Thursday, July 30 at 1 PM ET. Brought to you by Physics Today and the Society of Physics Students.

Looking for a constructive way to use extra time in the summer? Start planning grant applications for grad school!

The vast majority of physics graduate programs provide financial support for their students. However, coming to grad school with your own funding can help you get into the lab of your choice, give you more flexibility with the projects you work on, and sometimes get extra money in your stipend. Many grant applications require a research proposal, and it can be helpful to have a lab in mind or work with a faculty member on a research proposal. is a great resource for identifying faculty whose labs do research aligned with your interests. Check out some grants like the ones below and start thinking about your research proposal before the school year starts.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG)

Hertz Foundation Fellowship


Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

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 !


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