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SPS News – December 29, 2015 – Issue 72
Opportunities  |  Meetings  |  Careers

PhysCon logoHappy Holidays from SPS SPS Wishes Everyone Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year. 2016 promises to be a busy year with many zone meetings already planned and the 2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress (PhysCon) set for Nov. 3-5 in Silicon Valley, CA.
THANK YOU to everyone who helped us by taking the 2015 SPS membership survey.

Epic Physics FailsEpic 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.
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. Get more information and apply. Hang this flyer in your department as a reminder!

SPS is offering a new scholarship in 2016, The Aysen Tunca Memorial Scholarship, established by Aysen's son Tunay and his wife, Catherine, to recognize a female undergraduate student majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field, excelling in her studies, and demonstrating significant potential.

Apply for SPS Internships! Looking for a fun and rewarding summer experience? SPS Internship position descriptions are available online. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2016!
SPS National Council Nominations are Open The SPS National Council is the main governing body for the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma. The Council is composed of an elected faculty zone councilor (ZC) and an elected student associate zone councilor (AZC) from each of the 18 zones, and an elected council president and Sigma Pi Sigma president.

Nominations for SPS Zone Councilors for Zones 2, 5, 6, 7, 12, and 17 (three-year terms); Associate Zone Councilors for all 18 Zones (one-year terms); and the office of Sigma Pi Sigma President (two-year term) are now being accepted. Submit nominations now!

Are you ready to SOCK?! Free Outreach Kit for Chapters Kick start your chapter’s outreach events with the 2015-16 Science Outreach Catalyst Kit (SOCK). The SOCK is free and 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. Only 25 SOCKs are available. Learn more and request yours today.
Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome
American Astronomical Society (AAS) 227th Meeting, January 4-8
If you are attending the AAS meeting in Kissimmee, FL, make sure to stop by the SPS booth and the undergraduate reception "An evening of undergraduate research" on Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Get more information.

American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting, January 9-12
If you are attending the AAPT Winter Meeting in New Orleans, LA, make sure to stop by the SPS booth and check out these SPS sessions and talks:

  • SPS Undergraduate Research and Outreach 1/9 at 8 p.m.
  • Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award 1/11 at 9:30 a.m.
  • SPS Contributed talks 1/11 at 11 a.m.
  • SPS Undergraduate Awards Reception 1/11 at 6 p.m.
American Meteorological Society (AMS) 96th Annual Meeting, Jan. 10-14
If you are attending the AMS Meeting in New Orleans, LA, make sure to stop by the AIP booth and say hello. 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
Registration is open 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. Get more information.

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

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 Undergrads! University Of Michigan Physics Summer REU – University of Michigan Physics Department
SPS Jobs hired stampResearch & Instrument Analyst – Space Telescope Science Institute
Physics Instructor Position – Guided Discoveries
Georgetown REU in Materials Physics – Georgetown University Department of Physics
As always, you can register and sign up for job alerts to find your perfect fit.

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

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