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  • SPS Observer
  • PhysCon 2012 Articles
  • 2013-14 Information Handbook
  • JURP


In the Fall issue of The SPS Observer, SPS highlights the often life-changing experiences that are undergraduate internships. We JUMP RIGHT IN by introducing the 2013 SPS Summer Interns, then move on to meet the INTERN ALPHA and explore UNEXPECTED CONNECTIONS of past SPS interns.
Also in this issue, we display the top five winners of the SPS Fall 2013 Photo Contest.
Read the Fall issue

2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress Articles by SPS Chapter Reporters2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress Articles

SPS Chapter reporters explore the full breadth and depth of PhysCon 2012 in this full-color publication.
The 2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress, hosted by Sigma Pi Sigma, was held November 8-10, 2012 in Orlando, Fl.
Read the experiences of these articulate SPS reporters.

Read the Articles! | Look ahead to PhysCon 2016!

2013-14 SPS & Sigma Pi Sigma Information Handbook2013-14 SPS & Sigma Pi Sigma Information Handbook

SPS Chapter Leaders! All SPS Advisors were mailed the 2013-14 SPS & Sigma Pi Sigma Information Handbook and Flash Drive. The mailing went out in September 2013 and includes many useful resources for your chapter. Please take the time to review the opportunities for students and programs in your school. Check out the long list of individuals and groups who have taken advantage of making the SPS connection.
Read the Handbook! | Get Connected!

New Paper Published in JURP

Absolute Magnitudes of Turnoff Stars in Globular Clusters Palomar 13 and Whiting 1
Kathleen Grabowski, Matthew Newby, Heidi Jo Newberg, Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

We characterize the F-turnoff (FTO) stars in two globular clusters in the halo of the Milky Way. Data for the two clusters, Palomar 13 and Whiting 1, recently became available in Data Release 8 (DR8) of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). Based on a histogram of the absolute magnitude distribution, we find that the peak of the distribution of FTO stars in Palomar 13 is Mg = 4:46 ± 0:26 and in Whiting 1 it is Mg = 4:11 ± 0:30. These measurements are in good agreement with Newby et al. (2011). The widths of the absolute magnitude distributions of Whiting 1 FTO stars are also consistent within 1σ with the results of Newby et al. (2011), even though Whiting 1 is younger and more metal-rich than the previously studied globular clusters. Palomar 13 is marginally inconsistent within 2σ − 3σ because fewer of the fainter stars are observed than expected. Since Palomar 13 is within the range of cluster properties previously studied, it was not expected that this cluster would be an outlier. The discrepancy is likely due to lower than expected completeness in measuring faint stars in the cluster, due to the fact that the seeing in the Palomar 13 images is worse than in other SDSS images of globular clusters. We continue to find that globular clusters in the halo of the Milky Way all have similar absolute magnitude distributions. We also confirm that Whiting 1 is within the Sagittarius dwarf tidal stream, while Palomar 13 is not.

The SPS Observer
Each issue of The SPS Observer contains interesting feature articles, physics problems, society news, announcements, meeting information, and breaking news in physics and related sciences. It is published on paper and mailed three times per year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) and published online once per year (Summer). Subscriptions are included with your annual SPS national membership dues.

The Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics (JURP)
The Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics (JURP) is a peer-reviewed, online journal of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society. JURP is devoted to archiving research conducted by undergraduate students in physics and its related fields, and is a vehicle for the exchange of ideas and information by undergraduate students. Papers in experimental physics, theoretical physics, or educational research in physics are welcome.

Physics Today
A one year subscriptions to Physics Today is included in your annual national membership dues. Physics Today, the flagship publication of The American Institute of Physics, is the most influential and closely followed physics magazine in the world. Physics Today Online (PTOL) extends the magazine's coverage with links to articles and news from around the web. PTOL also features an online research center, bringing together the latest articles from a growing number of online publishing platforms including Scitation and arXiv.

SPS & Sigma Pi Sigma Information Handbook
This annual publication provides local, regional and national contact information; program information; and procedures and forms for organizing and running SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma chapters, meetings and events.

Landing Your First Job: A Guide For Physics Students
If you've recently received your degree and are looking for the most complete and up-to-date information on career and employment opportunities, get Landing Your First Job: A Guide for Physics Students. The volume contains information on the job search, including cover letters, resume writing, interview preparation, and salary negotiation. It also includes the latest employment statistics and glimpses of physicists in the workplace. Landing Your First Job is designed exclusively for physics-educated individuals and represents a resource whose practical value is unparalleled. Written for Students and Recent Graduates in Physics.

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JURP: The Online Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics

JURP is a peer-reviewed journal of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) for archiving research conducted by undergraduate physicists. Papers in experimental physics, theoretical physics, or educational research in physics are welcome. Whether you performed cutting-edge research that led to new discoveries, cultivated insights that deepen our appreciation of well-established physics, or asked serious questions about physics education, you have something original to contribute to the ongoing conversation about physics.

The research must have been performed while the student authors were undergraduates, although the paper may be submitted soon after graduation. The primary authors of papers submitted to JURP should be the undergraduates who conducted the work, but faculty mentors are encouraged to be listed as co-authors if their contributions merit such acknowledgment.

There are no submission deadlines, as JURP is published online.

See the JURP website for submission instructions.

More details on submissions can be found here. All JURP submissions are peer-reviewed. Reviewing manuscripts for journals forms part of one’s responsibility as a member of a community of scientists. As an SPS member, you may be asked to review a JURP submission.

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