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SPS News - Issue 106
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SPS News — Issue 106
April 18, 2017
Opportunities  |  Careers  |  Meetings

Submit your Chapter Report and be entered to win Free Pizza!Did you know that if you are one of the first 100 SPS Chapters to submit your chapter report, you could win a Pizza Party for your chapter? Early submissions are placed into a drawing to win one of five $100 pizza gift cards.

Submitting your chapter report also nominates your chapter for the SPS Outstanding Chapter Award! Every fall, the SPS National Council looks over all of the submitted chapter reports to determine what chapters are truly outstanding, and those chapters receive Outstanding Chapter designation. NEW for 2017: You can apply to the Blake Lilly Prize by completing an optional section in your chapter report template (Available here!).

Submit your SPS Chapter Report by June 15th.

SPS Elections Close Thursday!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 August 2017: Get your SPS Chapter ReadySPS Jobs hired stampSPS National is providing resources for chapters participating in this summer’s Solar Eclipse.

If your chapter is interested in organizing a demonstration and/or is interested in ordering the SPS safety glasses, please fill out the application form no later than Friday, May 19.

SPS Statement on the April 22 March for ScienceOn April 10, the Society of Physics Students’ (SPS) National Council voted to adopt an official statement in support of the March for Science The March is an excellent opportunity to educate the public, and each other, about the value of science education locally and nationally. The event supports “science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity,” and SPS is proud to support this message. We hope that you engage and make a difference in your school, city, and community.

Read the Statement.

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! Featured Jobs
IAEA Careers - Internships at the International Atomic Energy Agency – IAEA Careers c/o Argonne National Laboratory
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Ohio Wesleyan University – Ohio Wesleyan University
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 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 9 Meeting - May 12-13, 2017
Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. 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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