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SPS News - Goodbye Summer
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SPS News - Issue 157: August 8, 2019

SPS Says Goodbye to the Interns

This summer was filled with astronomy outreach, a boat cruise on the Potomac, worksite tours, and many more adventures. SPS said goodbye to the interns last Friday during the 2019 SPS Summer Intern Symposium, where each intern shared their work from their summer in DC. You can check out their final presentations in their profiles, here. They also documented their weekly experience through blog posts which you can read here

Only 3 Months Until PhysCon!

#PhysCon2019 is just around the corner! Attend PhysCon 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 todayDon’t forget pre-registration ends October 4!

Fall Mailer Headed to Your Mailbox

The 2019-20 Fall Mailer is headed to your SPS Chapter Advisor’s mailbox! The mailer includes SPS membership brochures, the new information handbook, PhysCon information, and more! Also keep your eye out for the PhysCon Video Competition flyer!

Request Alumni for Your Event 

Through the Alumni Engagement 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 fields 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.

Reach out to Your Local Representatives

The 2019-20 National Council will be meeting soon to discuss awards, programs, and future SPS initiatives. Your local zone representatives are your main points of contact for the year and are equipped with the knowledge and resources to help you and your chapter be successful. If you have any questions or concerns you would like your Zone Councilor and Associate Zone Councilor to address at the SPS National Council meeting, please contact them as soon as possible.

Grad School Resources

Check out the GSS Grad School Resources Page! GradSchoolShopper has developed many resources to help you succeed during your graduate school career. You will find valuable and helpful tools such as the 2019 Advising Guide, Application Timeline, Bridge Programs, articles about how to choose the right graduate program, and much more!

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.


PhysCon 2019, November 14-16

Abstract submission is open until October 11 for #PhysCon2019 in Providence, RI. 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 a $200 Reporter Award. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply Now!

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