Free Membership with One AIP Member Society
When you join SPS as an undergraduate, you get free membership in one of ten other physics societies. If you want to get a glimpse of what societies other undergraduates are choosing see this graph. Note that most students select the American Physical Society, but substantial numbers choose to join the astronomers, the medical physicists, the physics teachers and AVS, as well. Since you can do this for up to three years, you might consider bucking the trend one year and trying out acoustics, crystallography, rheology, geophysics, or optics just to see what those societies have to offer. In any case, SPS is eager for you to see the breadth of physics through these societies, so indulge!
THE AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY (APS)
Promotes the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and all branches of fundamental and applied physics.
BENEFITS: APS News monthly, free registration at APS general meetings, one free online APS journal subscription and member rates on any additional APS journal, current career and physics community activities information online, access to the online APS Member Directory and other member-only web sites, all other privileges of full APS membership including the right to submit papers to meetings, join units, and vote in elections.
OPTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA (OSA)
Promotes the generation, application, archiving and dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics. The Society’s purposes are scientific, technical and educational.
BENEFITS: Free subscription to Optics & Photonics News (print & online); 50 free Optics InfoBase downloads; career enhancement and networking opportunities; substantial discounts on subscriptions, conference & meeting registrations; 5 free technical group affiliations and career-building student chapter and volunteer activities.
ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA (ASA)
Purpose is to increase and diffuse the knowledge of acoustics and to promote its practical applications.
BENEFITS: The Journal of the ASA on CD-ROM, Acoustics Today magazine, free registration at ASA meetings, discounts on books, special events for students at meetings.
THE SOCIETY OF RHEOLOGY (SoR)
Promotes the advancement and applications of rheology, the science of deformation and flow of matter, and its applications.
BENEFITS: The SoR Bulletin, discounted meeting registration, access to the SoR Web site.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICS TEACHERS (AAPT)
Promotes enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.
BENEFITS: Announcer (quarterly), member discounts on AAPT products, access to members only portion of AAPT homepage, student registration at AAPT meetings ($25), access to local AAPT sections. Also, choice of one free online journal: The American Journal of Physics Online (AJP Online) or The Physics Teacher Online (TPTO).
AMERICAN CRYSTALLOGRAPHIC ASSOCIATION (ACA)
Promotes the study of the arrangement of the atoms in matter, its causes, its nature, & its consequences, & the tools & methods used in such studies.
BENEFITS: ACA Newsletter (4/year), reduced meeting registration, right to vote in annual elections, International Union of Crystallographers Newsletter, reduced rates on ACA publications.
AMERICAN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY (AAS)
Promotes the advancement of astronomy and closely related branches of science.
BENEFITS: AAS Newsletter and e-mail distributions, notices of meetings and meeting programs, participation in AAS meetings at Junior (student) member registration rates, member rates on journal subscriptions, listing in AAS membership directories as “SPS Affiliates.”
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICISTS IN MEDICINE (AAPM)
Seeks to promote the application of physics to medicine and biology.
BENEFITS: Electing AAPM entitles me to the Medical Physics online journal and I agree to all rules as defined in the online subscriber agreement located at http://www.medphys.org/agreement_text.asp
AVS—THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY
Promotes communication and disseminates knowledge in vacuum science, technology, and engineering.
BENEFITS: Subscription to the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A&B on CD-ROM, access to JVST online via password, right to vote and hold office, AVS Newsletter (6/year), discounted symposia and short course registration.
AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION (AGU)
Promotes the scientific study of the Earth and its environment in space.
BENEFITS: Weekly subscription to Eos, access to member-only services on the AGU website, 30% discount on AGU books, special rates for journals and meeting fees, sponsorless abstract submission, the right to vote and hold office.