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SPS News Issue 160: September 17, 2019


2019 Information Handbook


The 2019 SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma Information Handbook is now available online. This tool serves as a reference on how to apply for awards and grants, coordinate with other chapters, improve chapter health, and more! A hard-copy of the Information Handbook was recently provided to SPS Advisors in the Fall Mailer.



Outreach Resources 

SPS provides many different resources to help your chapter engage with its community through outreach! Chapters can apply for a free Science Outreach Catalyst Kits (SOCK) to use in outreach presentations. Oyou can expand your chapter’s demo library through use of our Outreach Demonstrations, with topics including astronomy, mechanics, optics, and more! Looking for a little competition? Engage your chapter and challenge your physics trivia knowledge with the latest version of Physics Jeopardy from SPS! With questions ranging from relativity to radioactivity, Physics Jeopardy encourages friendly competition as members/teams compete to earn the most points. Whether you are planning an event on your institution's campus or within your community, outreach is a fun and engaging way to communicate science to a broad audience. 


AIP Member Society Calendar 

SPS offers Travel Awards for undergraduate student members to attend AIP member society  meetings. Although we try and highlight all information in our bi-weekly news, we recommend keeping up to date on all meetings through use of the AIP member society calendar and the individual meeting website for deadlines. Not presenting at a meeting you’re attending or don’t see the meeting host on the member society list? Check out our SPS Reporter Awards instead! 


JURP Online 

The 2019 issue of Journal of Undergraduate Reports in Physics (JURP) is now available online! JURP gives undergraduate students the opportunity to share their work and be published in a peer-reviewed journal.  If you would like your research published, submit you report here



#PhysCon2019 Video Competition

Win $600 to help fund your chapter to attend #PhysCon2019. Submit a video to help promote PhysCon 2019, which may include bad physics jokes, use of the spherical cow, outreach demos, physics puns, and more! Chapter receiving the most “likes” on Instagram will be the winner! From more information, visit here. Each chapter may submit one video. Submissions are due October 1, 2019 


Chapter Showcase Registration 

Don’t forget to register for the Chapter Showcase at PhysCon! The Chapter Showcase will focus on promoting SPS chapters from across the country, encouraging students to visit with and learn from one another while finding ways to improve their individual chapters. Registration for the PhysCon 2019 Chapter Showcase ends October 11th.



GSS Grad School Advice 

School is in full swing and it’s time to start thinking about grad school! Are you in your junior year and already planning your grad school career? can help you pick the right grad program for you. GSS also has a comprehensive Grad School Resources page where you can find tons of valuable tools to guide you during your search such as this great Astrobites article written by a grad student about the grad school experience! 



Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

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

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.


ASA 178th MeetingDecember 2-6, 2019 

Registration deadline closes October 28, 2019. Conference info is located here


2020 AAPT Winter Meeting 

Abstracts will be accepted until September 18. This is a great opportunity to present your innovative research and share creative teaching methods with your peers. Click here to submit your abstract. 

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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