Programs & Awards  
Programs & Awards

The Society of Physics Students sponsors internships, scholarships, fellowships, grants, outreach materials, and awards for both individuals and chapters.

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Program Highlights

  • A Notable Internship
  • Chapter Awards
  • Online Awards System
  • Future Faces Awards

Perspectives on Policy: The Undergraduate Internship

Nikki Sanford, AIP Mather Policy InternThe AIP Mather Policy Internship is designed to give undergraduates the opportunity to get involved right at the heart of science policy in Washington D.C.

2013 Mather Policy Intern Nikki Sanford spent the summer of 2013 at Capitol Hill with the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and is currently studying at William & Mary Law School.

Nikki shares some of her experience with the APS Forum on Physics and Society.

APS Interview with Nikki

Learn more about SPS Internships

2013 Chapters Recognized

Manuel Pichardo Marcano engages kids and moms with a fluids demo. Congratulations to all of the 2013 SPS Outstanding, Distinguished, and Notable Chapters! These awards are determined by Zone Councilors & Associate Zone Councilors each academic year, after a careful review of the information, photos and supporting material presented in the annual SPS Chapter Reports.

Photo: Manuel Pichardo Marcano engaging kids and moms with a fluids demo at a Utah State University Chapter event.

2013 Recipients | About the Awards | Meet your Zone Councilors

New SPS Online Awards System

Fluid ReviewBeginning in fall 2013, SPS awards will be managed through an online system called FluidReview. Applicants will need to create a FluidReview account, which they can use to apply for SPS awards and programs throughout the year. All proposal submissions, letters of recommendation, and transcript submission will be handled through FluidReview (when applicable). Please note that applicants (or the designated student project leader in the case of chapter awards) must have their SPS membership number in order to apply for an award. SPS membership numbers can be retrieved from

How to use FluidReview

Inaugural SPS Future Faces of Physics Awards

Joshua Fuches (left) and Gabriel Caceres (right)Future Faces of Physics Awards are made to SPS Chapters "to support projects designed to promote physics across cultures." In light of the SPS Statement on Diversity adopted in 2009, the goal of the Future Faces of Physics Awards program is to promote the recruitment and retention of groups historically underrepresented in physics.

Award Details | Diversity Statement | Future Faces Initiative

More Highlights | Calendar |

• Future Faces of Physics Awards
• Sharon Rosell named 2013 SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor
• 2013 Blake Lilly Prize Recipients
• 2013 Marsh White Outreach Awards
• 2013 Undergraduate Research Awards

SOCKs (Science Outreach Catalyst Kits)

The annual Science Outreach Catalyst Kits, or SOCKs, contain exploratory physics and science activities specifically designed for SPS Chapters and collegiate physics departments to use in outreach presentations to local elementary, middle and high school students. The kits are created and assembled annually by the SPS national interns and national office staff.

SOCKs Home | 2012 | 2011 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001

SPS Internships Applications Due February 1st

SPS Internships are nine-week, broad-based learning opportunities for undergraduate physics majors in the areas of scientific research and outreach/policy. Students are placed in organizations in the Washington, DC area such as NIST, NASA, AIP, AAS, AAPT and APS.

Meet the 2012 Interns | Program Details | Past Interns

SPS Scholarships Applications Due February 15th

SPS Scholarships encourage the study of physics and the pursuit of high scholarship. They consist of a top award of $5,000, and a number of $2,000 awards, which are intended for physics majors in the latter stages of their undergraduate careers.

2012 Recipients | Scholarship Details

Note: Search for physics and astronomy scholarships provided by additional organizations on The Nucleus Scholarship Clearinghouse, an SPS-supported digital resource collection.

SPS Awards

SPS sponsors a variety of research, outreach, and travel awards, along with a Physics & Society Fellowship. There are also awards recognizing outstanding students, SPS chapters and SPS advisors.

SPS Awards | Physics & Society Fellowship

Research Opportunities

Information on fellowships, internships, grants, research positions, & graduate programs in physics, astronomy and related sciences.

Also See: Summer Research Opportunities on The Nucleus digital library

Future Faces of Physics Initiative

In keeping with its commitment to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional physics community, the SPS National Council adopted “Future Faces of Physics” as the theme for the 2007-2008 academic year. With this continuing initiative, SPS aims to raise visibility and focus on issues of student diversity in physics. 

Future Faces of Physics Kit | Future Faces of Physics Jeopardy


The SPS derives most of its support from the American Institute of Physics (AIP). SPS dues are also an important contributor. These regular, budgeted sources of revenue make possible the SPS publications and programs that are available to SPS members.

The Awards and Scholarship Programs of SPS are made possible, in part, through the generous contributions of Sigma Pi Sigma members and friends. Scholarships and Awards are supported by income derived from designated funds that have been provided as gifts. In this way, the physics alumni, and especially Sigma Pi Sigma members, contribute to the generations of students who follow them.


Program Dates & Deadlines:

February 1
SPS Internship Applications Due

February 15
SPS Scholarship Applications Due

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