AIP & its Member Societies
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) operates within the American Institute of Physics (AIP), an umbrella organization for SPS, the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society, and ten other professional science societies.
The American Institute of Physics
AIP is a not-for-profit membership corporation chartered in New York State in 1931 for the purpose of promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare. It is the mission of the Institute to serve the sciences of physics and astronomy by serving the Societies, by serving individual scientists, and by serving students and the general public.
AIP Member Societies
Undergraduate students can receive free membership in one of AIP's ten member societies for up to three years when joining SPS.
SPS also co-sponsors SPS Research Sessions with many of these societies during their professional meetings across the United States. A limited number of SPS Travel Awards ($200 each) are offered to help fund a SPS member’s travel to these SPS Research Sessions.
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.
Other AIP Organizations
AIP Corporate Associates
The mission of the AIP Corporate Associates program is to serve the industrial physics community by improving the effectiveness of people and organizations in advancing corporate goals through the use of physics. Toward this end, they sponsor the annual Industrial Physics Forum, and provide other benefits to members.
Society of Physics Students (SPS)
The professional society for physics students and their mentors.
Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society
The national physics honor society.
AIP Affiliated Societies
An Affiliated Society is any not-for-profit local, regional, or national organization interested in physics. It is elected to this status by the AIP Governing Board; action by the AIP Corporation is not required. There are 24 such societies currently affiliated with AIP, ranging in individual membership from 25 to about 35,000.
National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
The purpose and mission of the National Society of Black Physicists is to promote the professional well-being of African American physicists within the international scientific community and within society at large. The organization seeks to develop and support efforts to increase opportunities for African Americans in physics and to increase their numbers and visibility of their scientific work.
National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP)
The purpose of this society is to promote the professional well-being and recognize the accomplishments of Hispanic physicists within the scientific community of the United States and within society at large. The Society seeks to develop and support efforts to increase opportunities for Hispanics in physics and to increase the number of practicing Hispanic physicists, particularly by encouraging Hispanic students to enter a career in physics.