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SPS News - Issue 135: August 21, 2018

A Year in an SPS Chapter

Every chapter has its own personality, successes, and challenges. The use of the mnemonic “Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing – Adjourning” captures the development and progression of all groups, and even applies to SPS Chapters during the academic year. In this article, SPS Associate Director, Kerry Kidwell-Slak helps you explore each stage, how to implement activities for your chapter, and tips to keep in mind. Read the full article here.

Plan Your Year with SPS

As you get back to campus, your year will fill up fast. SPS National makes it easy for you to plan out your chapter’s activities with this suggested calendar. Plan your events now so that you don’t miss any opportunities: a September membership drive, a bad physics movie night, or submitting your chapter’s SPS Outreach Award proposal in November. Every chapter is different but take a look at this calendar to help make your year awesome! 

Are Your Chapter Officers and Advisors Connected?

Did you know that every Zone has a Google Group listserv for advisors and officers to use to share information? Anyone can subscribe by sending a message to:  or

Simply replace the # with the number of your zone. Your Zone may also have a Facebook page where your Associate Zone Councilor and Zone Councilor post important updates. These groups are a great way for us to stay more connected - make sure you are in the know!

A Guide for MSI Students Applying for PhD Programs

A guide for MSI students applying for a Ph.D. - The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) has compiled a guide for MSI students to better understand the process for applying for a Ph.D. The guide is FREE for students and it is aimed to ease the stress for students who are hesitant in pursuing a doctoral degree. You can check it out and download it here.

NASA Psyche Inspired Program

Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduate students together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public through artistic and creative works. Full-time, enrolled undergraduate students from universities and community colleges in the United States and its territories are invited to apply to become part of this year’s cohort of creative interns! Application deadline is August 31. Click here for more information.

Fall Mailer in Your Advisor’s Mailbox

Look out for the 2018-19 Fall Mailer coming to your SPS Chapter Advisor’s mailbox! All chapters will receive SPS membership brochures, the new information handbook, informational fliers, fun posters, and more!

Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

102nd OSA Annual Meeting, September 16-20

Registration is open for the Frontiers in Optics: 102nd Optical Society Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Conference information is located here.

AVS 65th International Symposium & Exhibition, October 21-26

Registration is open for the AVS 65th International Symposium & Exhibition in Long Beach, CA. Conference info is located here.

18th Annual AMS Student Conference, January 4-6

Abstracts for student posters are accepted through October 2. See the AMS website for more details.

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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