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SPS News - Countdown to PhysCon 2019!
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SPS News - Issue 152: April 30, 2019

Sign up for PhysCon Notifications

Registration for #PhysCon2019 will open soon! To be one of the first to know about registration and other PhysCon updates, sign up for notifications on the PhysCon website.

Register for the #PhysCon2019 Chapter Showcase!

There are still tables available for the first ever PhysCon Chapter Showcase. Don’t miss out – sign your chapter up today and show off what makes your chapter special at PhysCon! Chapters can register for one table during the Breaking Boundaries event and are encouraged to bring items/memorabilia that represents their unique culture. Ideas include: table-top outreach demos, photo albums, and more! Learn more about the event and register today - space is limited!

Are You Fundraising?

What is your chapter doing to prepare for #PhysCon2019? If you are just getting started, or are looking for new fundraising ideas, check out the PhysCon Fundraising page. While you’re there, you’ll find best practices, fundraising case studies, a sample donor letter, and students’ top tips. Also, be on the lookout for cow fundraising videos!

PhysCon Awards Open May 9

Whether you are presenting a poster at PhysCon or are interested in science writing for PhysCon – SPS has awards available to you! The Travel Award will provide $200 for students presenting a poster at PhysCon, while the Chapter Reporter Award provides up to $600 for chapters who want to write an official report after attending PhysCon or post to social media during PhysCon. Click here for more information about PhysCon awards.

Get Ready for the PhysCon T-shirt Exchange!

For the first time ever, during the Breaking Boundaries event, there will be a t-shirt exchange and design contest! Chapters can bring new club/chapter t-shirts to put into a pool and then receive that same number of t-shirts from various chapters. We encourage chapters to bring both old and new t-shirt designs. Click here for more info about the Breaking Boundaries event and start planning your shirt design now!

Are You on Social Media?

Are you following SPS on social media? We will be releasing PhysCon specific competitions and campaigns via social media, so make sure you follow @SPSNational on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, be sure to click “Going” on the official PhysCon event page.

How has PhysCon Impacted You?

Have you ever attended PhysCon? If so, we want you to share your experiences in preparation for PhysCon 2019! Use the hashtag #PhysConImpact on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with pictures of your favorite memories from a previous PhysCon. Don’t have any good pictures? Feel free to share a story instead. We want to know the ways PhysCon has impacted YOU so that current undergraduate students understand why they should attend #PhysCon2019!

SPS Council Voting Closes Tomorrow!

Elections are open for the 2019-2020 SPS National Council and each chapter gets one collective vote! Make sure your voice is heard and vote for your AZC, ZC (in zones 2, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 17), and the SPS President. Ballots close May 1. Vote now!

Win a Chapter Pizza Party!

Chapter Reports are a great way for you to look back on your accomplishments from the past year. Submitting a Chapter Report also qualifies your school for the Outstanding Chapter Award and other chapter designations. We have simplified the submission process and no login is required. Start your report today! The first 100 chapters to submit their reports will be entered in a drawing for one of five $100 pizza gift cards.

GSS Corner: Funding Your Graduate Education

Not sure how to go about funding your education? Watch this free webinar about all the different funding options you can explore to successfully fund your graduate education. Teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships are just some of the options that recent graduates have used to fund their own education.

Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

AAPM Annual Meeting, July 14-18

Registration is open until May 29 for the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in San Antonio, TX. Conference info is located here.

AAPT Summer Meeting, July 20-24

Early Bird Registration is open until May 22 for the American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting in Provo, UT. 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!

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Fall Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)


Summer REU in plasma physics/fusion/high energy density physics

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