The Society of Physics Students partners with a variety of organizations and collaborative projects in order to provide rich and diverse opportunities, programs, services and resources to our members.
Spotlight: Optics in a Minute Video Contest
Participate in The Optical Society's Optics in a Minute Facebook Video Contest! OSA’s first-ever Facebook video contest solicits 60-second videos that describe an application of optics in our everyday world. Maybe it’s a description of how laser surgery works. Or how photovoltaic cells convert light into energy. Or maybe you can tell the world just how exactly light in a fiber optic cable brings us content on YouTube and Facebook. Whatever it is, if it describes optics in everyday life in less than a minute, it’s eligible! So gather your friends or shoot your video solo and you could win $500! The video submission period is now through October 1. For more details, visit OSA on Facebook.
Programs & Resources
In partnership with NOVA, SPS will assist in developing and sustaining promotional progrmas for the upcoming series, The Fabric of the Cosmos
. This will include a Science Cafe community, planning and implementing resources, training partner scientists, and communicating and planning logistics with partner scientists and organizations.
Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold
, a two-part public television special that premiered in January, 2008, demonstrates how civilization has been profoundly affected by the mastery of cold. SPS is a national partner of the program, and will be involved in promotion, outreach and support.
SciGirls aims to change how girls think about science
Every girl can be a SciGirl with a groundbreaking new TV show and interactive website that will transform the way tween girls look at science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The empowering series has the right formula to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with an engaging combination of actual girls exploring real-world science and math alongside successful female mentors in the field – plus an online destination unlike any other where young viewers can share their own exciting ideas and projects. Why not look for ways to incorporate SciGirls in your SPS outreach activities?
Watch an Episode of SciGirls | Resources for Teachers | Resources for Parents
is a digital library and website designed for physics and astronomy undergraduates. There are all sorts of resources for research and learning, plus cool links and discussion forums for talking with fellow students. Part of the ComPADRE collections funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
is filling a stewardship role within the National Science Digital Library for the educational resources used by broad communities in physics and astronomy. This partnership helps teachers and learners find, and use, high quality resources through collections and services tailored to their specific needs. Many authors and organizations are creating this rich educational content and faculty training opportunities.
Annual SPS Themes
Each year, the Society of Physics Students (SPS) national council selects a theme around which SPS programs, publications, and promotional materials are based.
A Century of Revolution
Celebrating 100 years since the discovery of the atomic nucleus
SPS selected as its 2011 theme “A Century of Revolution” to honor the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the atomic nucleus.
Throughout the coming year, let us each explore the many remarkable and varied ways nuclear science has benefitted humankind and the possibilities the future may hold.
Exciting The Imagination
In recognition of LaserFest, SPS adopted "Exciting The Imagination as its 2010 theme. For the past 50 years, lasers have revolutionized the way we live. This milestone marks one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century! Through a series of events and programs, LaserFest will help to showcase the prominence of the laser in today's world.
Future Faces of Physics
Encouraging diversity in the future faces of physics!
The governing Council of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society, has approved the following statement for general dissemination, effective October 8, 2009.
"The Society of Physics Students recognizes that there is a vast untapped intellectual resource in all groups underrepresented in physics. For this reason, the Society of Physics Students is committed to making physics more accessible to everyone. We are committed to providing programs, resources and opportunities that encourage greater participation in the community of physics from members of all groups."
Download Logos | Future Faces of Physics Kit | Future Faces of Physics Jeopardy
SPS is a participant in COPUS, the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science, and has started a COPUS Student Hub. COPUS is is an informal network of organizations that aim to improve public understanding of science. The Student Hub is a subset of this group, composed of participants that focus on students.
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Want to talk to a science professional about career options? Need support from someone that has overcome similar challenges? Looking for a foot in the door to your first job? Find a mentor! SPS partners with MentorNet, an award-winning nonprofit e-mentoring network, to offer free mentoring services to ALL SPS members!
MentorNet addresses the retention and success of those in engineering, science and mathematics, particularly but not exclusively women and other underrepresented groups.
SPS is pleased to present the experiences of several members who are involved in the Teach for America (TFA) program. Teach For America is the national corps of top recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.
Within SPS is housed Sigma Pi Sigma
, the national physics honor society, which elects members on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. This unique two-in-one society operates within the American Institute of Physics
, an umbrella organization for ten other professional science societies.
The American Institute of Physic’s ten member societies
represent the spectrum of the physical sciences. SPS members are encouraged to join one or more member society, and receive a free one year membership in the society of their choice when they join SPS.