Nominations and Elections for SPS National Council
Nominations are accepted each Spring through March 15 and voting is generally held in April.
Descriptions of 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 during their term of service. The next council meeting will be held September 13-16, 2018 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 of the Council Meeting.
Zone Councilor (ZC)
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 and encourage the events within a zone, as well as communication. The next council meeting will be held September 13-16, 2018 in College Park, MD. All travel expenses to the National Council meeting will be covered by the SPS national office.
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
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.
Sigma Pi Sigma President
Elected for a two-year term, the Sigma Pi Sigma President represents Sigma Pi Sigma and its members to the Executive Committee and the National Council. The President provides liaison, together with the Director of the Society of Physics Students, between Sigma Pi Sigma and the Association of College Honor Societies. Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. In addition, the president, together with the Director of the Society of Physics Students, is responsible for ensuring the successful installation of new chapters of the honor society.