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SPS News Issue 181: August 18, 2020


Join SPS for our Fall Virtual Colloquia Series!

SPS will be hosting a variety of speakers throughout the Fall 2020 semester for virtual colloquia! Last week, Dr. Renee Horton discussed “Adaptability to Thrive”. All talks are  recorded and posted to the SPS National YouTube channel.


Upcoming Webinars:

  • Thursday, August 27 at 3 PM ET: Mr. Bryan Gaither, Austin Peay State University
  • Wednesday, September 23 at 3:30 PM ET: Dr. Daniel A. Russell, Pennsylvania State University
  • Thursday, October 22: TBA
  • Wednesday, November 11: TBA

Keep an eye on our social media (@SPSNational) for the registration link to the upcoming virtual colloquia! Also, if you have not joined the official SPS Discord channel yet, you can join here!


SPS Awards System Down for Maintenance

The SPS awards system is currently offline for maintenance. We will be switching to a new awards system and will be back up and running by the beginning of next week. If you have any questions, please contact us at


Fall Mailer Headed to Your Mailbox!

The 2020-2021 Fall Mailer is headed to your SPS Chapter Advisor’s mailbox! The mailer includes SPS membership benefits, the new information handbook, award information, and more! Be sure to utilize the resources to help elevate your chapter for the 2020-2021 school year. The Fall Mailer will also be available electronically.


2020 SPS Summer Intern Closing Symposium

Thank you for all those who joined and supported the 2020 SPS Summer Intern Closing Symposium. If you were not able to make it, no problem! You can watch the 2020 SPS interns present their summer work on education, outreach, communication, research and policy on our YouTube Channel. All presentations will also be uploaded to the SPS website!      

The 2021 online edition of GradSchoolShopper launches in September! Check it out to find updated application requirements, detailed information on departments, resources to help with your applications, and much more. Explore your options and take the guided tour at


Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

OSA Frontiers in Optics (FIO), September 14-17: VIRTUAL

Meeting has moved virtual and is FREE for full-time students. Find registration information here.  

AVS 67 Virtual Showcase, October 27-29: VIRTUAL

FREE live sessions with invited speakers and award talks. Find meeting 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 offers Reporter Awards for members attending and reporting on professional physics meetings. Recipients are eligible for 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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