Nominations and Elections for SPS National Council
Nominations and elections are held in the spring of each year. National Council nominations are currently OPEN but will close once all nomination slots are full.
The following positions are up for election:
- SPS Zone Councilors for Zones 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 13, 14 (three-year terms)
- Associate Zone Councilors for all 18 Zones (one year terms)
- Society of Physics Students President (two-year term)
Each chapter gets a single vote. Therefore, it is encouraged that chapters discuss their ballot and potential nominee(s) together.
To view the current national council, please visit our Governance section.
Descriptions of Council positions:
Associate Zone Councilor (AZC) - Student
Must be a member of a SPS chapter. Elected for a one-year term, the duties of the Associate Zone Councilor parallel those of the Zone Councilor: communicating with chapters, encouraging and urging chapters to host zone meetings, attending zone meetings, and encouraging chapters to excel in their chosen activities. This position is your opportunity to connect regionally and nationally with colleagues and professionals.
The Associate Zone Councilor represents their zone at the annual SPS National Council meeting, often held in September. This means that nominees for Associate Zone Councilor must be a student member of SPS during their term of service. The next council meeting will be held September 7-9, 2023 in Washington, DC. All travel expenses will be covered by the SPS national office. All students wishing to run for Associate Councilor Representative to the Executive Committee MUST plan on staying through noon on Sunday of the Council Meeting.
Read more in the AZC handbook.
Zone Councilor (ZC) - Faculty or official department equivalent
Elected for a three-year term, a ZC communicates regularly with chapters within their zone about SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma, encourages local and national initiatives, reminds chapters of deadlines, and meets with individual chapters as time and resources permit. The Zone Councilor also encourages and supports local chapter advisors and represents all chapters within their zone on the National Council. The goal of each ZC should be to support the events within a zone, as well as facilitate communication, and encourage chapters to be all that they can be. The next council meeting will be held September 7-9, 2023 in Washington, DC. If held in person, all travel expenses to the National Council meeting will be covered by the SPS national office. All faculty wishing to run for Zone Councilor should plan on being present at the National Council meeting through Saturday morning. Nominees must have served as a chapter adviser.
Each Zone Councilor ensures that zone meetings are organized and held within their zone. This does not mean that the Zone Councilor has to organize the meeting but instead should work with chapters within their zone to ensure a successful zone meeting occurs.
Society of Physics Students President - Faculty or equivalent
Elected for a two-year term, the duties of this community professional include serving on the Council as its chairperson, presiding over meetings of the Executive Committee, and representing the Society of Physics Students to the AIP Governing Board. Nominees must have served as a chapter adviser.