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Women in Physics
One of the highest callings of SPS is inviting all kinds of people into physics, as
voiced in the 2009 SPS Statement on Diversity
. Diversity is beneficial to physics: people of diverse backgrounds
working on the same problem will view it from different perspectives and bring their
own life experiences into the project.
In the winter issue of The SPS Observer
, we take a look at the current status of one of the underrepresented groups
in physics: women.
SPS Editor Positions
SPS is seeking editors for two publications: Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics (JURP),
The Editors will work with SPS to craft visions for the publications and to address the review process, deadlines, and the publishing. A stipend will be provided—effort for each position is estimated to average 8-10 hours per week.
New Paper Published in JURP
Determination of a Correlation of Sunspot Number and 20.1 MHz Solar Radio Bursts
There are many phenomena about the Sun that scientists have yet to fully understand. Some of these questions involve the sunís magnetic field, sunspots, solar flares, and solar radio bursts. We know that due to differential rotation the magnetic fields get tangled and twisted resulting in sunspots. It is theorized that solar radio bursts are a result of solar flares accelerating charged particles in the magnetic field. These accelerated particles emit a wide variety of frequencies. Using a two dipole antenna and a Radio JOVE receiver kit, we obtained over two years of solar burst data at 20.1 MHz. Using these data, a graph was created comparing the visual sunspot number and 20.1 MHz solar burst data. Comparing this to 10.7 cm solar flux data, which is a result of the synchrotron mechanism, the cyclic nature seems identical. We then plotted the sunspot number versus 20.1 MHz radio bursts and found the coefficient of correlation to be 0.65. From this experimental result as well as the theory, we show that there is a relationship between sunspots and solar radio bursts.
What is Involved in Getting a Ph.D. Abroad?
Find out first-hand from SPS member Anna Quider, a third year graduate student in astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, UK. Anna is blogging about her experiences as an American-trained student working towards a physics Ph.D in the United Kingdom. Her goal is to give US physics students an idea of what it’s like to study abroad for a graduate degree, as she knew very little about life as an international grad student before she became one.
Meet Anna | Read the Blog | More student publications
|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.
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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