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SPS News Issue 182: September 1, 2020


Meet Your Zone Councilor and Associate Zone Councilor!

Zone Councilors (ZC) and Associate Zone Councilors (AZC) represent the chapters in your SPS zone on the SPS National Council and serve as your point of contact for anything SPS related! They will be in contact with your SPS chapter throughout the academic year regarding award deadlines, zone meetings, and other resources. Meet your ZC and AZC representatives here!


Fall Award Applications are Open!

Have a big idea for an (in-person or virtual) event, outreach, or research project, and need the funds to execute it? Let SPS National help you get there! Applications and advisor sign offs are due November 17, 2020.

Future Faces of Physics Award

  • Outreach award to chapters to promote the recruitment and retention of people from historically underrepresented groups in physics and astronomy
  • $500 maximum, awarded to several chapters annually

Marsh W. White Award

  • Outreach award to chapters for programs with grades K-12 and the general public
  • $500 maximum, awarded to several chapters annually

Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter Project Award

  • Engagement award to Sigma Pi Sigma chapters for funding events that aim to include alumni, help with chapter inductions, or expand the recognition within the campus and surrounding community
  • $500 maximum, awarded to several chapters annually

SPS Chapter Research Award

  • Research award to chapters for imaginative physics and astronomy projects
  • $2,000 maximum, awarded to several chapters annually


To find more information about these award opportunities, including proposal templates, click here.  If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact


Renew Your SPS Membership!

Make sure to renew your SPS membership for the 2020-2021 academic school year!  With an SPS membership, you receive benefits such as Physics Today monthly, the SPS Observer quarterly, access to our awards and internship program, the SPS job site, and more!  You can register or renew your membership here.


Update Your Chapter's Contact Info

With the pandemic cutting most school years short by moving virtual, many chapters were not able to hold elections and therefore update their officer contact information in chapter report submissions.  You can now update your chapter contact information throughout the year if your leadership changes! Please update your chapter’s contact information here.      

The 2021 online edition of GradSchoolShopper goes live on Tuesday, September 8! Check out for updated department and application information.


Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

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

FREE registration for students for this virtual meeting. Find registration information here.  Talk by Brad Conrad, Director of SPS, “Physicist Random Walk: Careers, Graduate School, & Mental Maintenance" at the Undergraduate Research Symposium  

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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