Elections for the 2017-2018 SPS National Council
Voting Deadline: April 20
Elections for SPS Zone Councilors for Zones 1, 3, 4, 9, 13, and 14 (three-year terms); Zone Councilor for Zone 8 (1-year term, special election); Associate Zone Councilors for all 18 Zones (one-year terms); and the office of Society of Physics Students (SPS) President (two-year term) will open on March 21, 2017. All chapters are encouraged to vote and make their voices heard.
Each chapter will receive one vote. ALL VOTING IS DONE ELECTRONICALLY and advisors or student leaders must login as their chapter to submit their vote. Refer to our ballot instructions for more information.
Candidate information is available on the ballots and via the following pdfs:
To see members of the current council, please visit the national council page. To learn more about what being on the National Council means, read below.
Descriptions of open Council positions:
Associate Zone Councilor (AZC)
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 hosted by others, and keeping a polite thumb in the back of chapter officers.
The Associate Zone Councilor represents his/her zone at the annual SPS National Council meeting. This means that your nominee for Associate Zone Councilor must be a student member of SPS in 2017-18. The next council meeting will be held in September 21-23, 2017, in College Park, MD. 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, 24 September.
Zone Councilor (ZC)
Elected for a three-year term, communicates regularly with all chapters about SPS interest in the zone and at the national level, reminds chapters of deadlines in the SPS calendar, and meets with individual chapters as time and resources permit. The Zone Councilor also encourages, keeps a polite thumb in the back of chapter advisors, and represents his/her zone on the National Council. The next council meeting will be held in September 21-23, 2017, in College Park, MD. All travel expenses will be covered by the SPS national office.
The Zone Councilor ensures that zone meetings are organized and held. This does not mean that the Zone Councilor organizes them him/her-self; it means that the Zone Councilor asks (and sometimes coaxes) chapters to host a zone meeting. If the Zone Councilor is a Sigma Pi Sigma member, then he/she may install new Sigma Pi Sigma chapters at a chapter’s invitation.
Society of Physics Students President
Elected for a two-year term, the duties of SPS President include serving on the Executive Committee as its chairperson, presiding over meetings of the Council, and representing SPS to the AIP Governing Board and the AIP Advisory Committee on Physics Education.