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SPS News - Issue 114: September 12, 2017

Welcome from the SPS President

Greetings and welcome to a new and exciting academic year. This is a special year for me as I have the honor to serve as president of the National Organization of the Society of Physics Students. I personally and professionally benefited so much from my involvement in SPS, so I encourage all of you to start taking advantage of the opportunities SPS has to offer. Become active in your local chapter, attend campus events, participate in outreach events in the community, present your research at various forums, reach out to other chapters in your zone and get involved in SPS National activities. This academic year is only going to get more exciting and the rewards will be tremendous.



Alina Gearba-Sell

President, Society of Physics Students

United States Air Force Academy


Plan Your Year


September 12 - Fall Awards and SOCK Applications are Open!

October 19 - Webinar: How to Bounce Back from a Career Challenge

November 1 - Internship and SET CVD Applications Open

November 15 - Fall Award Applications Deadline

December 15 - Nominations open for 2018-19 National Council


January 2- Scholarship and Spring Award Applications Open

January 15 - Internship and SET CVD Applications Deadline


March 15 - Scholarships and Spring Award Application Deadline


June 15 - Chapter Reports Due

For a Suggested Chapter Activity Timeline (Zone Meetings, Local Outreach, National meetings, Social Gatherings) - Refer to pg. 20 in the Information Handbook

Science Outreach Catalyst Kits (SOCK)

If your chapter wants a FREE outreach demo,apply for a SOCK now! Applications for SOCKs are open and kits are ready to ship, only 100 SOCKs will be available on a first-come first-serve basis! This year’s SOCK includes materials to perform the Fabric of the Universe demo part 1 and 2.

There are also new low-cost demonstrations featured on the SPS website. These demos are fully comprehensive and include: cost of demo, age of audience, presenter notes, and short videos to help you get started. If your chapter has any outreach demonstrations to contribute, contact us at .

Future of Physics Days at the APS March Meeting 2018
Clear your calendar for the awesome undergraduate events during the Future of Physics Days at the APS March Meeting! Join us March 5-9, 2018 in Los Angeles for special undergraduate research sessions (abstract submission open now), professional development workshops, networking, a free t-shirt, and more! is the most complete directory of graduate programs in the physical sciences. See the newly designed, easy-to-use site with new 2018 data for the school of your choice. Explore your future in the physical sciences now!

Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, January 12-14, 2018

Registration is open from September 1-October 13 for the 2018 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics. Get more information about the conference, here.

AVS 64th International Symposium & Exhibition , October 29-November 3, 2017

Early Registration is open until October 9 for the AVS 64th International Symposium & Exhibition in Tampa, Florida. Get more information about the conference, here.

Calendar of Scientific Meetings and Deadlines

September 13 - AAPT Winter Meeting Abstract Deadline

October 3 - 231st AAS Meeting Abstract Deadline

October 29-November 3 - AVS 64th International Symposium & Exhibition

November 3 - APS March Meeting Abstract Deadline

December 4-8 - 174th Meeting of ASA

January 6-9 - AAPT Winter Meeting

January 7-11 - 98th Annual Meeting of AMS

January 8-12 - 231st AAS Meeting

January 12 - APS April Meeting Abstract Deadline

March 5-9 - APS March Meeting

April 14-17 - APS April Meeting

May 7-11 - ASA 175th Annual Meeting

June 3-7 - 232nd AAS Meeting

July 20-24 - 68th Annual ACA Meeting

July 28-August 1 - AAPT Summer Meeting

July 29-August 2 - AAPM Annual Meeting


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 accepted on a rolling basis.Apply Now!

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