|2013 SPS Council Elections
Voting for the 2013-2014 SPS National Council is now open. Each chapter is allowed only one vote for each office, and only SPS Officers or Chapter Advisers may submit the vote on the chapter's behalf. The vote should be a consensus of the chapter. All ballots are due by May 15.
The Ballot is available at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013-SPS-Ballot.
If you do not wish to submit an electronic ballot, you may download a ballot for your Zone below, and mail it to: National Council Elections, Society of Physics Students, 1 Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD, 20740 or scan and email your ballot to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may download the ballots for the following Zones here:
Zone 1* | Zone 2 |
Zone 3 |
Zone 4 |
Zone 5 |
Zone 6 |
Zone 7 |
Zone 8 |
Zone 9 | Zone 10 |
Zone 11 |
Zone 12 |
Zone 13 |
Zone 14 | Zone 15 | Zone 16 | Zone 17 | Zone 18
*There is a write in campaign for Associate Zone Councilor in Zone 1. For more information, contact Zone 1 Councilor Prashant Sharma at email@example.com.
If you want to learn more about the current council, please visit: www.spsnational.org/governance/council. To learn more about what being on the National Council means, read below.
This spring the Society of Physics Students (SPS) will elect new Zone Councilors from Zones 2, 5, 6, 7, 12, and 17, and new Associate Zone Councilors from all 18 Zones. In addition, the position of SPS President will also be on the ballot.
Descriptions of open Council positions follow:
The Associate Zone Councilor (AZC) must be a member of a SPS chapter. Elected for a one-year term, the duties of the Associate Zone Councilor parallel those of the Zone Councilor: communicating with chapters, encouraging and urging chapters to host zone meetings, attending zone meetings hosted by others, and keeping a polite thumb in the back of chapter officers.
The Associate Zone Councilor represents his/her zone at the annual SPS National Council meeting. This means that your nominee for Associate Zone Councilor must be a student member of SPS in 2013-14. The next Council meeting will be held 19-22 September 2013. All students wishing to run for Associate Councilor Representative MUST plan on staying through noon the 22nd of September.
The Zone Councilor (ZC), elected for a three-year term, communicates regularly with all chapters about SPS interest in the zone and at the national level, reminds chapters of deadlines in the SPS calendar, and meets with individual chapters as time and resources permit. The Zone Councilor also encourages, keeps a polite thumb in the back of chapter advisors, and represents his/her zone on the National Council. The next Council meeting will be held 19-22 September 2013.
The Zone Councilor ensures that zone meetings are organized and held. This does not mean that the Zone Councilor organizes them him/her-self; it means that the Zone Councilor asks (and sometimes coaxes) chapters to host a zone meeting. If the Zone Councilor is a Sigma Pi Sigma member, then he/she may install new Sigma Pi Sigma chapters at a chapter’s invitation.
The following Zone Councilor positions are open for nominations: Zones 2, 5, 6, 7, 12, and 17.
Travel expectations of ZCs and AZCs: ZCs and AZCs must attend the SPS National Council Meeting in Washington D.C. 19-22 September 2012. The commitment will be from 6 PM 19 September - dinner on 21 September. Students that wish to run for Associate Councilor Representativemust plan on staying through the Executive Council Meeting (until mid-day) on the 22nd of September.
Society of Physics Students President: Elected for a two-year term, the SPS President represents SPS and its members to the SPS Executive Committee and the Council, serving as Chairperson of the Executive Committee and presiding over Council meetings. The SPS President is also responsible for representing SPS to the AIP Governing Board and the AIP Advisory Committee on Physics Education.
Travel expectations of the SPS President: The SPS President is required to attend several meetings:
- The SPS National Council Meeting 19-22 September
- This includes the SPS Executive Committee meeting, which begins at 4 PM 19 September 2012 and ends mid-day 22 September 2012
- An AIP Governing Board Meeting (either the one held in November or March - to be determined)
- An American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting Awards Session, likely 7 January 2014
- An AIP Advisory Committee on Physics Education meeting (typically early March 2014)
- Virtual attendance at the SPS National Council Spring Webinar (Spring 2014)
- One full Friday in Washington D.C. in late June 2014 for an SPS Executive Committee Meeting