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SPS News - Issue 70

December 1, 2015 | Issue 70

#GivingTuesday and The 2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress

Epic Physics Fails

SPS wants to know: What’s your most epic physics fail? Write to us in 100 words or less for a chance to have your story featured in the next issue of The SPS Observer! Share your story.


Today (Dec. 1), as part of the Giving Tuesday initiative, the Society of Physics Students, Sigma Pi Sigma, and the American Institute of Physics celebrate #APhysicsDayofGiving, a 24-hour, online, fundraising and awareness event. #GivingTuesday is a national day of philanthropy held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

2016 Quadrennial Physics CongressFuel the future of the physical sciences. Make a donation today to help a physics student. Money donated to Sigma Pi Sigma helps students by providing scholarships, internships, and unique opportunities to interact with professional scientists who are living the career life that physics students are working to have one day.

This year the focus is on the 2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress (PhysCon). The Congress Student Travel Fund will allow students to apply to receive a Reporter Award that will provide a stipend for registration and travel to the 2016 PhysCon.

Read more about the 2016 PhysCon and make a donation.

Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter Project Award Proposals Due December 15!!!

Get up to $500 for your Sigma Pi Sigma chapter activities! Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter Project Awards are offered to Sigma Pi Sigma chapters for funding of chapter inductions and events that aim to engage alumni or expand the recognition of Sigma Pi Sigma within the campus and surrounding community. The deadline for proposals is Dec. 15!

Get Money for School: Apply for SPS Scholarships!

Applications due February 15. Each year, several SPS members are recognized with SPS scholarships for their academic achievement and SPS participation. Special scholarships are available for leadership, financial need, two-year college attendees, future teachers, and students from groups that are underrepresented in physics and engineering. Get more information and apply. Hang this flyer in your department as a reminder!

SPS Internship Positions Added

Looking for a fun and rewarding summer experience? SPS Internship position descriptions are available online. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2016!

Please Take Our Membership Survey!

SPS is interested in knowing what you think. Please help us by taking this 4-question survey.

Are you ready to SOCK?! Free Outreach Kit for Chapters

Kick start your chapter’s outreach events with a free SPS SOCK! The 2015-16 Science Outreach Catalyst Kit explores the physics of sound through eight engaging demos and activities that can be used in a variety of settings.  Share the wonders of acoustics with Boomwhackers, a full set of tuning forks, make-your-own instruments, and much more! The SOCK comes full of supplies and lesson plans. For details, visit the SPS website. Only 25 SOCKs are available, so request yours today.

Spring 2016 Zone Meetings

Is there an SPS zone meeting happening in your zone? There are currently Spring 2016 SPS Zone meetings planned at Hampton University in Hampton, VA (Zone 4), the University of Central Arkansas (Zone 10), South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, SD (Zone 11), and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL (Zone 6). Visit our SPS Zone Meetings page to get more information on these meetings and how to host a meeting in your zone, or check our calendar.

Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

American Astronomical Society (AAS) 227th Meeting — January 4-8

Join the AAS in Kissimmee, Florida in January. Register now for the 227th Meeting and be sure to check out the Undergraduate Orientation Reception on Monday the 4th. Get more information.

American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting 2016 — January 9-12

Notice: Student volunteers needed for a major outreach effort on Tuesday morning.
Contact Sean Bentley for information.
Registration is open for the AAPT Winter Meeting in New Orleans, LA in January 2016. AAPT welcomes students to their meetings (at low cost) and many of the sessions and presentations are geared towards physics students. Get more information.

American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting — March 14-18

Register now for the APS March Meeting in Baltimore, MD. Make sure to reference "25.1: Undergraduate Research/Society of Physics Students Abstracts" when submitting. Get more information.

American Physical Society (APS) April Meeting — April 16-19

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for the APS April Meeting in Salt lake City, UT. Abstracts will be accepted until January 8, 2016. Make sure to reference "N. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH including SPS (all topics)" when submitting. Register now.

For a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings and deadlines, visit the SPS calendar.

Going to a Meeting? Let Us Help With That!

Attending a conference? SPS members attending and reporting on professional physics meetings, including the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics, are eligible to receive $200 in travel reimbursement. Applications are always being accepted. Apply Now!

Presenting your work at an upcoming conference? SPS members presenting original work at a national AIP member society physics meeting are eligible to receive $200 in funding. A limited number of awards will be offered. Apply Today!

SPS Featured JOBS! New Summer Opportunities for Undergraduates!

SPS Jobs hired stampKansas State University NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Physics – K-State Physics REU
REU for Undergraduates – The Dauphin Island Sea Lab
As always, you can register and sign up for job alerts to find your perfect fit.

Last Chance to Participate in Pilot Testing of Energy Assessment Instruments

As part of a US Department of Education-funded project, AAAS Project 2061 is developing multiple-choice assessment instruments to measure students’ understanding of ideas about energy. We are currently recruiting teachers and professors willing to pilot test these instruments with their students in the winter of 2015-2016.

  • Students must be in 4th-12th grade or be undergraduate students.
  • The test may be administered online or in paper format.
  • The test should take no more than a single class period.
  • Registration deadline is December 4, 2015.

Read more online now.

Sean Bentley, PhD
Director, Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society
American Institute of Physics, Education Division
1 Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD, 20740
Tel: 301-209-3013