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SPS News — Issue 105
April 4, 2017
Opportunities  |  Careers  |  Meetings

Vote in the SPS National Election!The democratic process runs deeper than just US presidential elections—it’s important to get engaged with all elections! In keeping with this level of engagement, the National Council of SPS is elected by YOU, our members and chapters. Each chapter gets one vote, so log in, read through the candidate bios, and collaborate with your chapter to vote.

The first step in activism is communicating with your representatives at a regional and national level. So get involved, and go vote!

Ballots close on April 20th: VOTE NOW!

US Solar Eclipse 2017SPS Jobs hired stampOn August 21, 2017, join millions gathering from Oregon to South Carolina for an opportunity to see the solar corona and all phases of the eclipse. Outside the totality path, the entire North American continent will witness a partial eclipse. This summer, SPS National will provide chapters the opportunity to engage with this special occurrence! Chapters within the total eclipse path and across the country can apply for our Solar Eclipse Outreach Grants. Once awarded, SPS will provide solar eclipse safety  glasses and outreach kits for educational and fun workshop demos for the public.

More information and links to the Solar Eclipse application will be made available in the next SPS News. For general Solar Eclipse Day information, visit the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Eclipse page.

Outstanding Chapter NominationsSubmit your SPS Chapter Report by June 15th to be considered for the SPS Outstanding Chapter Award. Share with SPS National what your chapter has accomplished over the past academic year via the SPS Chapter Report. Outstanding Chapter designation is required for advisor nominations to the Outstanding SPS Chapter Advisor Award.

The Optical Society 2017 Poster CompetitionThe Optical Society (OSA) is looking for individuals skilled in graphic design with a special interest in illustrating an optics and photonics phenomena through comics! If this sounds like something up your ally, we encourage you to submit a scientific comic style poster for the 2017 Poster Competition.
OSA Poster Contest
Every 2 years, OSA releases Educational Posters available in 5 languages and are available to educators around the world. This year, submissions will be accepted in 1 of the 4 following comic categories (Humor, Manga, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and Superhero). The goal of these posters is to make optics and photonics understandable for ages 10-15.

Chapters/individuals may submit one application per comic category. The deadline for submission is May 15 and one poster will be chosen per comic category. Winning posters will receive $1,000. Review the OSA 2017 Poster Competition website for full competition details. For more information, contact Jennifer Mehltretter. Good luck!

Large Chapter? Bulk Member Discount!SPS offers BULK MEMBERSHIP for chapters and departments! The more people from your chapter to join SPS National, the larger the discount off your annual membership dues!

  • 5-9 members › 5% discount
  • 10-24 members › 15% discount
  • 25-39 members › 20% discount
  • 40+ members › 25% discount
All members get access to two AIP member societies, SPS individual awards and chapter awards, and much more! Find out more! Offer good for both new and renewing members.


SPS JOBS! FREE Webinar on International Job Searches SPS Jobs hired stampSPS Career Network Webinar: Successfully Navigating the International Job Search
Learn specific strategies to find jobs in another country while one is abroad, and how to leverage your networks in-country to access opportunities. Join us for this FREE event on April 13 at 2PM ET and co-sponsored by SPS. Sign up Now!

Featured Jobs
Soft Matter Research for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Cleveland State University – Cleveland State University
Paid Undergraduate Summer Research with BioXFEL – BioXFEL Science and Technology Center
As always, you can register and sign up for job alerts to find your perfect fit.

Is Physics Teaching in Your Future? The Robert Noyce Physics Teacher Education Scholarship Program at The College of New Jersey offers scholarship funding equal to the amount of full tuition + fees (approximately $30,000 of support per student) for completion of the 14-month Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. The application deadline for Summer 2017 matriculation is May 1, 2017.  Get more information!

Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome American Crystallographic Association (ACA) Annual Meeting, May 26-30, 2017
Early registration is open until March 31 for the ACA Annual Meeting (and workshops) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans, LA in May. Get more information.
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Summer Meeting, July 22-26, 2017
Post-Deadline Abstract Submissions are open until May 11 for the AAPT Summer Meeting in Cincinnati, OH in July. Get more information.
American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting, July 30-August 3, 2017
Early registration is open on March 22 for the SPS Undergraduate Poster Session at the 59th Annual AAPM Meeting, held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO in July. Register by June 21 to receive Early Registration rates! Get more information.

SPS offers Travel Awards of $200 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 $200 in travel reimbursement. Applications are always being accepted. Apply Now!
For a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings and deadlines, visit the SPS calendar.

Upcoming Spring Zone Meetings Zone 1 Meeting - April 15, 2017
University of Maine, Orono, ME. More information
Zone 3 Meeting - April 8, 2017
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. More information | Register Here
Zone 4 Meeting - April 14-15, 2017
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. More information | Register Here
Zone 6 Meeting - April 7-9, 2017
Emory College, Atlanta, GA.
More information | Register Here
Zone 7 Meeting - April 1, 2017
Kettering University, Flint, MI. More information | Register Here
Zone 9 Meeting - May 12-13, 2017
Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. More information
Zone 17 Meeting - April 14-15, 2017
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. More information
For a comprehensive list of upcoming zone meetings, visit the SPS calendar.

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Brad R. Conrad
Director, Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society
1 Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD, 20740

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