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SPS News - Issue 156: July 9, 2019

Only 4 Months Until PhysCon!

You haven’t forgotten about PhysCon, have you?! Attend #PhysCon2019 this November 14-16 in Providence, RI and be one of over 1,500 physics and astronomy students, mentors, alumni, and renowned scientists coming together for a life-changing experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from luminaries in the field, go on tours, engage in workshops, and build our community. Click here to learn more about PhysCon 2019 and register you or your chapter today!

Week 5 with the SPS Interns

The 2019 SPS Interns are already halfway through their summer stay in Washington DC. Each intern documents their weekly experience through a blog covering not only their work projects, but events such as the intern boat cruise, an astronomy outreach event, adventures at museums, and more! Read the blogs here.

Chapter Reports and Pizza Winners

Congratulations to the SPS chapters who submitted their 2018-19 Chapter Report on time to the SPS National Office and qualified for the Outstanding Chapter Award! The first 100 chapters who submitted their reports were entered into a random drawing to win a $100 pizza gift card for their chapter. The winners are:

Clemson University

Roberts Wesleyan College

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Marquette University

Austin Peay State University


Congratulations! If you haven’t submitted a chapter report, it’s not too late, let us know what your chapter did this year! Help us get you the information you need.

Join SPS at the AAPT Summer Meeting

Attending the AAPT Summer Meeting in Utah this month? Be sure to look for SPS National Staff and attend the undergraduate events below:


Sunday, July 21

  • Meet-Up for Undergraduate Physics Students (6 – 7 PM)
  • SPS Undergraduate Research and Outreach Poster Session (7:30 – 9:30 PM)


Monday, July 22

  • Effective Undergraduate Departments: Curriculum, Cohesion, and Career pathways (2:30 – 3:30 PM)
  • Outreach for Undergraduate Departments and Clubs (4:00 – 5:00 PM)
  • SPS Awards Reception (7:00 – 8:30 PM)
  • SPS Adviser Meet Up (8:30 – 9:30 PM)


Tuesday, July 23

  • Effective Undergraduate Programs: Career Inspired Courses, Tools, and Resources (5:15 – 6:45 PM)


Find the full program, here.

GSS Corner: Craft Your Personal Statement

Spend this summer break preparing your personal statement! The personal statement is one of the most important parts of your graduate school application. This allows the admission committee to get to know you and learn why you’re interested in a specific program.  Here are some tips on how to craft an excellent personal statement that can lead your acceptance to the right graduate school.

SPS News - Summer Schedule

The SPS News will go out on a monthly basis throughout the summer. We will resume bi-weekly updates in the fall.

Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

OSA FiO/LS, September 15-19

Registration is open until August 19 for the Optical Society Frontiers in Optics & Laser Science Conference in Washington, D.C. Conference info is located here.


AVS 66th Int’l Symposium & Exhibit, October 20-25

Abstract submission is open until August 15 for the AVS 66th International Symposium & Exhibition in Columbus, OH. 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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American Institute of Physics


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