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SPS News - Issue 139: October 16, 2018

Grad School Application Timeline

As you begin the process of selecting a graduate school, it is important to keep one piece of information in mind: planning is key. By your junior year, you should be thinking about your graduate school options and career goals. Use this timeline to better organize & maximize your time while you’re considering your options.

Find Your Grad School

GradSchoolShopper (GSS) is a free tool for undergrads seeking the right grad school. Search schools by department size, enrollments, degrees granted, and application deadlines! Visit now to sign-up for a free account or get the book for free here.

Refresh Your Resume

The key to a landing a job interview is your resume! The Careers Toolbox is a free resource with interactive worksheets to help you build a strong resume and CV. It also features statistics for physics degree holders, sample resumes, job search information, and more! Take the time to update your resume with the Careers Toolbox, and when you’re ready, head over to SPS Jobs to begin your job and internship search.

Introducing – SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma Alumni Engagement Program

This Fall, SPS National launched the Alumni Engagement Program – an exciting new way for SPS members to connect with physics/astronomy alumni in the SPS community. Through the program, you and your chapter can engage with alumni for career advice, mentorship, job shadowing opportunities, or to schedule an in-person or virtual speaker for your next chapter or zone meeting! You can browse profiles within the alumni database and filter based on geography, engagement level, discipline, and job sector. Once you’ve selected an alum, simply click “Request this Alum” and fill out the required feels within their profile to connect with them. The Alumni Engagement Program is a great resource to consider for planning chapter activities and to keep in your arsenal of career and professional development tools.


You can learn more about the Alumni Engagement program here. And, if you know of any alumni who may be interested in joining this program, request that they fill out the Join the Alumni Engagement form.

Careers in Physics

Below are a few resources to help you navigate career options in physics:

Future of Physics Days at APS March

The deadline to submit an abstract for the APS March Meeting 2019 is quickly approaching! This is your chance to present your research at one of the largest physics meetings of the year. Select sorting category 34: Undergraduate Research to take part in the special undergrad sessions sponsored by APS and SPS, where you'll receive feedback on your presentation and be entered to win a prize for the top presenters. Abstracts are due October 26. Learn more here.

Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

Zone 11 Meeting, November 9-10

Registration is open through October 19 for the Zone 11 Conference in Brookings, SD.  Join SPS members for tours, a grad fair, poster session and more.

18th Annual AMS Student Conference, January 4-6

Early Registration is open until December 3 for the Annual AMS Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Conference info is located here.

AAS 233rd Meeting , January 6-10

Late Registration is open until November 9 for the AAS Meeting in Seattle, WA. Conference info is located here.

AAPT Winter Meeting, January 12-15

Early Bird Registration is open until November 14 for the AAPT Winter Meeting in Houston, TX. Conference info is located here.


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!

SPS Jobs Hired
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Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

Albert Einstein College of Medicine


DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions – Faculty


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