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SPS News Issue 159: September 3, 2019


Welcome Back!

We hope you are just as excited as we are about the new academic year because … it’s PhysCon year! An impressive program for over 1500 students, mentors and alumni are waiting for you November 14-16. While making your travel plans, we don’t want you to miss out on other amazing opportunities that SPS National has to offer, so we will be sending bi-weekly updates to keep you informed.

In particular, check out the new SPS Outstanding Service Award designed to recognize an individual’s commitment to further the SPS mission. Let’s get busy Making Waves and Breaking Boundaries!

Alina Gearba-Sell, SPS President and Jim Borgardt, Sigma Pi Sigma President



Apply for SPS Awards

Fall Deadline: December 2 *Applications are now open*

Marsh White AwardFuture Faces of Physics AwardSigma Pi Sigma Chapter Project Award, and Chapter Research Award


Winter Deadline: January 15

SPS Summer Internship


Spring Deadline: March 15

SPS ScholarshipsOutstanding Undergraduate Research AwardOutstanding Chapter Advisor Nominations


Summer Deadline: June 15

Chapter Reports


Ongoing Opportunities

SPS Science Outreach Kit Requests (SOCK)SPS Travel and Reporter Awards



SPS Membership - Discounts Available!

There are many ways to join SPS or renew your membership, including individual membership, discounted group membership, and chapter membership! To join or renew your membership individually, visit our membership portal.


Want to save by joining or renewing as a group? Try our discounted group membership, where the more people you get to join SPS National, the larger the discount off your annual membership dues. Members in this program receive all benefits of the individual membership, including a print copy of the SPS Observer.  If you want to join or renew your membership as a chapter, apply for chapter membership! With chapter membership, an unlimited number of people from your chapter can join for one flat rate.  


Science Outreach Catalyst Kits (SOCK)

If your chapter wants a FREE outreach demo, apply for a SOCK now! Applications for SOCKs are open and kits are ready to ship, only 100 SOCKs will be available on a first-come first-serve basis! One of this year’s SOCKs includes materials to perform Jell-O Ligo, which uses clear Jell-O and a laser to show how collisions create ripples that radiate outward from the source, which can bend light!


Chapter Activity Timeline

For a Suggested Chapter Activity Timeline (Zone Meetings, Local Outreach, National meetings, Social Gatherings) - Refer to pg. 23 in the Information Handbook


GSS Web Tips

Know how to use the GradSchoolShopper website? It’s pretty easy! is the only website that lets you search and compare 200+ graduate programs in the physical sciences. Prepare for grad school by using GSS to search grad programs by region, research specialties, degree requirements, and admission deadlines. You can even save & compare your selected schools and download the data onto a spreadsheet. It’s also FREE to create an account! Check out this short video on how to get more out of GradSchoolShopper.



Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

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 $200 in travel reimbursement. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply Now!


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