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SPS Future Teacher Scholarship
Applications Due February 15
If this date falls on a weekend, the application is due the following Monday

Recipients: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 & Previous

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Scholarship Overview

The purpose of the Society of Physics Students scholarship program is to encourage the study of physics and the pursuit of high scholarship. The SPS Future Teacher Scholarship is presented annually to an SPS member who is participating in a teacher education program and who plans to pursue a career in physics education.

Scholarship at a Glance

  • One $2000 award may be made each year
  • Awarded to undergraduate students on the basis of scholarship, SPS participation, and teaching experiences and ambitions

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be undergraduate members of the SPS national organization
  • Applicants must be participating in a teacher education program
  • Students who expect to complete their bachelor's degree in physics in the spring or summer following the February 15 deadline are not eligible

Application Procedure

Applicants must complete an online application, accessible at https://aipsps.fluidreview.com, no later than February 15 (if this date falls on a weekend, the application is due the following Monday). The online system will guide applicants through completing the individual steps of the application process listed below, including requesting letters of recommendation. All pieces of the application must be in by the deadline in order to be considered for the scholarship.

The application consists of several parts:

  • General information form
  • Transcript: An official, current transcript must be sent directly to the SPS Scholarship Program by the applicant’s college or university. Transcripts must be postmarked by the application deadline and mailed to:
SPS Scholarship Program
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
  • Outline of the physics and related courses the applicant has taken and plans to take
  • Written statement of the applicant’s career objectives, including experiences and ambitions with regard to teaching physics
  • Written statement of the applicant’s participation in SPS activities
  • Written statement from the applicant's SPS Advisor certifying the applicant's participation in a teacher education program
  • Certification from the Department Chair that the applicant is in good standing with the department and making satisfactory progress toward the degree
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with the applicant and his or her qualifications. The recommenders should comment on the applicant in light of each of the three criteria:
    • high scholarship performance both in physics and overall studies,
    • the exhibition of the potential and intention for continued scholastic development in physics, and
    • active participation in SPS programs.

Selection Criteria

In determining the recipients, the SPS Scholarship Committee shall consider the applicant's teaching experiences and ambitions, and the following criteria:

  1. high scholarship performance both in physics and overall studies,
  2. the exhibition of the potential and intention for continued scholastic development in physics, and
  3. active participation in SPS programs.

Details for Awardees

Awardees will be required to submit a completed W-9 federal tax form (or equivalent for international students) before funds are dispersed.

Questions

Please address questions related to this award to SPS-Programs@aip.org.

 

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