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SPS News Issue 169: February 4, 2020


A Look Back on the 2019 Physics Congress


It’s only been 3 months and we at the SPS National office are already missing the 2019 Physics Congress! Don’t worry, you can relive some of your favorite experiences by watching Dr. John Mather and Dr. Jami Valentine Miller’s plenary talks on our YouTube channel. Also, we are preparing for the 2021 Physics Congress which will be held October 28-30, 2021 in Washington, D.C. We will be celebrating 100 Years of Momentum with Sigma Pi Sigma and SPS. Check out the teaser trailer here!


Apply for SPS Scholarships


Are you a future physics teacher? Do you attend a two-year college or hold a leadership position in your SPS chapter? If so, you are eligible to apply for one or more of our scholarships! SPS offers multiple awards of $2,000-$5,000 based on scholarship, SPS participation, and additional criteria outlined here. Applications are due March 15.

Apply today!


Join SPS in Celebrating Black History Month


SPS is committed to making physics more accessible to everyone and providing resources that promote and support the development of inclusive physics communities where members of all groups feel welcomed, valued, and empowered to be themselves.

Dr. Geraldine L. Cochran from Rutgers University writes about promoting diversity and inclusion in the physics community here. In her words, “I now realize that it takes all types of people, from various backgrounds and perspectives, to solve the toughest problems.” By promoting diversity and inclusion within your department and the larger physics community, the science community will benefit.

Austyn Long from North Carolina State University writes about hosting a discussion on racism with his physics department here. He outlines a way to host a similar event on your campus or within your chapter to help facilitate these discussion.

If there is anything we could be doing to better promote underrepresented groups in physics, please contact us at


Hey, Seniors! Check Out the Careers Toolbox


If you are considering entering the workforce after earning a bachelor’s degree, the nine tools in the Careers Toolbox can help you discover your options and prepare you for success. Even students who choose to go to graduate school will eventually be looking for a job! Many of these tools can be applied to finding internships, research positions, or even entrance into graduate programs. Download the full Careers Toolbox book here.


Nominate Someone You Know for National Council!


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 15, 2020.  For position descriptions and duties, visit here.


Find your right match- your grad school match that is!

Find the right grad school match this February by using  Use the website to browse and sort through graduate programs by location, acceptance rates, research budget, department size, faculty and more. SPS aims to help you learn about grad schools that match your needs and your future in physics, astronomy, and related fields!


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, 2020. Meeting info is located here.

OSA CLEO, May 10-15

Early registration closes April 9th. Find conference and registration info 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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