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  • SPS Observer
  • 2014-15 Information Handbook
  • PhysCon 2012 Articles
  • JURP

The SPS ObserverSPS Has Issues

In the Winter issue of The SPS Observer we asked you, the SPS community, to vote on what issues are important to you. Fulbright Fellow and 2014 Mather Intern Ashley Finger champions sustainability; Law student Frisco D'Lozano represents science on the SGA; and AIP Government Relations guru Richard Jones issues a call-to-action supporting science R&D; and much more.
Also in this issue, Meeting Notes: SPS Reporters at Science Conferences. | Read the Winter issue

2014-15 SPS & Sigma Pi Sigma Information Handbook2014-15 SPS & Sigma Pi Sigma Information Handbook

SPS Chapter Leaders! All SPS Advisors were mailed the 2014-15 SPS & Sigma Pi Sigma Information Handbook. The mailing went out in September 2014 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!

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!

New Paper Published in JURP

Hydrogen Production Using Solar Energy
Jeremiah F. Wilson, Sesha S. Srinivasan, Bria M. Moore, Lamont Henderson, Sammie Ely III, P. C. Sharma Department of Physics, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL

The objective of this project is to create clean fuel for transportation using hydrogen powered by solar energy. Hydrogen has been generated by solar photovoltaic (PV) array and then collected for data analysis to demonstrate efficiency of the hydrogen production in all the steps of the experiment. The hydrogen produced from the electrolysis process was either stored in a metal hydride canister or directly fed into Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell to generate electricity. A hydrogen fuel cell remote control car has successfully designed, and demonstrates at least one hour operation per hydrogen charging at room temperature.

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 in hardcopy format and published online quarterly. 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

The Journal of Undergraduate Research will go on a temporary hiatus beginning September 1, 2014. All manuscripts currently in the system will continue with review and authors will be notified individually regarding the status of manuscripts prior to October 1, 2014. We appreciate your patience as we take this time to consider revisions to JURP in order to best serve undergraduate physics researchers.

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.

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