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SPS News Issue 168: January 21, 2020


Submit Your Research to JURP


The Journal of Undergraduate Reports in Physics (JURP) is a peer-reviewed publication of the Society of Physics Students and is comprised of research, outreach, and scholarly reporting. Papers in the area of pure, applied, computational, or theoretical physics/astronomy and related fields are all welcome for submission.  Submissions are accepted until May 15th, with priority given to those submitted by March 15th.  Submit your report today!


Get Your Science Outreach Catalyst Kit Today!


Science Outreach Catalyst Kits, or SOCKs, are free to SPS chapters (while supplies last) and contain an exploratory physics and science activity specifically designed for SPS chapters to use in outreach presentations to elementary, middle and high school students. The 2019-20 SOCK focuses on teaching students about space: create “cakeraters” or simulate gravitational waves in Jello! Apply for your FREE kit today!


Travel and Reporter Awards Available


Travel, chapter reporter, and individual reporter awards are available to help fund your trip to a national meeting or conference.  Travel awards of up to $300 are offered to SPS members to support their travel to an AIP Member Society meeting to present their research. Individual and chapter reporter awards are awarded to students travelling to and reporting on AIP Member Society Meetings.  Individual reporters are awarded up to $300 and chapter groups are awarded up to $250 per person to be used toward travel expenses.  Apply today!


Our Spring Mailer is on Its Way!


Our spring mailer is on its way to you! 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!


Plan Your Zone Meeting


Zone meetings bring together students from SPS chapters within geographical zones. They are a fun and effective way for undergraduates to meet other students, present their research, and interact with practicing scientists. The SPS national office provides funding up to $500 to help cover the costs associated with hosting a zone meeting. Check out previous zone meeting reports here.


Congratulations to all who have completed their applications!  

While you wait to hear back from programs, you can begin considering a financial plan for your graduate education. Most MS and PhD programs in physics offer tuition waivers and stipends. You can find more detailed information at  

If you are considering loans to support your graduate education, you can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some states and schools have limited funds, so apply as early as early as possible. You can start the process here.  


Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome


APS March Meeting 2020, March 2-6

Late registration deadline closes February 14th Registration and conference info is located here.

APS April Meeting 2020, April 18-21

Early registration is open until February 28th. 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!


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