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SPS News Issue 167: January 7, 2020


Internship Applications Due Next Week


Applications and recommendation letters are due NEXT Wednesday, January 15th for the SPS Summer Internship Program!


The SPS summer internship program offers 10-week positions for undergraduate physics students in science research, education, and policy with various organizations in the Washington, DC area. All internships include paid housing, a competitive stipend, support to attend a national physics meeting in the year following the internship, and transportation to and from Washington, DC.


Students are placed at organizations, such as NASA, Capitol Hill, and the Niels Bohr Library and Archives, where they can promote the advancement of physics and astronomy within their host organization using their energy and diversity. Apply today!


To learn more about 2020 program descriptions and placement sites, visit here. If you're interested in past intern experiences, check out their blogs and final presentations!


Spring Awards are NOW OPEN!


Want to recognize your SPS advisor for being their awesome self? Or have a research project you want published? Look no further— SPS Spring Awards can help you do that and more!  Apply by March 16th to be considered for the following awards and publication.


SPS Scholarships

  • Awarded to undergraduate physics students on the basis of scholarship, SPS participation, and additional criteria specific to each scholarship
  • Multiple scholarships available for $2000-$5000

SPS Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research

  • Provided to students based on exceptional research achievement in any physics-related field
  • Up to $1,800 provided for travel and registration to attend one AIP member society professional meeting and $500 honorarium for the student and their SPS chapter

SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award

  • Awarded on the basis of leadership, student leadership development, support, and encouragement the advisor has provided to the chapter
  • Awarded $5000 divided between the recipient, SPS chapter, and department
  • Must have received an Outstanding Chapter Award within the past two years

Submit your research to the Journal of Undergraduate Reports in Physics (JURP)

  • JURP is an annual peer-reviewed undergraduate publication of SPS used as an educational tool for publicly disseminating SPS-related research and programmatic activities.
  • Papers in the area of pure, applied, computational, and/or theoretical physics and astronomy are eligible for submission.

Nominations Open for SPS Council 2020


Nominations are being accepted for SPS Zone Councilors for Zones 1, 3, 4, 9, 13, and 14 for three-year terms, Associate Zone Councilors for all 18 zones for one-year terms, and the office of Sigma Pi Sigma President for a two-year term. Visit here if there is someone you’d like to nominate to the National Council!


Nominations will close March 15th, 2020.  For position descriptions and duties, visit here.


Keep a Lookout for our Spring Mailer


Our spring mailer will be coming out very soon! The package includes information about topics from outreach to research and everything in between.  Be sure to utilize the SPS Nationals resources and elevate your chapter to the level of Outstanding Chapter!



SPS at the AMS 100th Meeting


Join SPS at the American Meteorological Society 100th Annual Meeting in Boston from January 12th-16th! SPS will be hosting 2 student résumé clinics at AMS during the AMS 19th Student Conference from January 11-12th.


Résumé clinic 1 will be held Saturday, January 11th from 4-5 PM.

Résumé clinic 2 will be held Sunday, January 12th from 2-3:45 PM.


Happy New Year from GSS!

Start off 2020 the right way by preparing for those grad school interviews! Grad schools often schedule department visits or pre-selection interviews in January, so preparation is key. Get a head start by checking out departmental information on offered programs, professors, and research specialties at You can also find additional interview tips and advice in the SPS Career Toolbox!


Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome


AMS 100th Annual Meeting, January 12-16

Online registration open until January 12th. Conference info is located here.

2020 AAPT Winter Meeting, January 18-21

Registration open until January 18th. Conference info is located here.

APS March Meeting 2020, March 2-6

Early registration deadline closes January 10th. Registration and conference info is located here.

APS April Meeting 2020, April 18-21

Early registration is open until February 28, 2020. Meeting info is located here


SPS offers Travel Awards of $300 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 $300 as an individual and $250 per person as a chapter in travel reimbursement. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply Now!


SPS Featured Jobs

2020 AAPM DREAM Fellowship

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2020 AAPM Summer Undergraduate Fellowship

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