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Society of Physics Students (SPS)

Society of Physics Students (SPS)

What is SPS?

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association explicitly designed for students. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. The only requirement for membership is that you be interested in physics. Besides physics majors, our members include majors in chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, and several other fields.

Within the SPS, Sigma Pi Sigma, a nationally recognized scholastic honor society, elects members based on outstanding academic achievement. This two-in-one Society operates within the American Institute of Physics (AIP).

Why Join SPS?

The SPS exists to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community. Course work develops only one range of skills. Other skills needed to flourish professionally include effective communication and personal interactions, leadership experience, establishing a personal network of contacts, presenting scholarly work in professional meetings and journals, and outreach services to the campus and local communities.

Locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, the SPS offers the opportunity for these important enrichments to the student's experience.

What does it Cost?

Members pay annual national dues of $20.00 and non-US addresses $30.00 (individual chapters may have additional dues). AIP funds cover the remaining costs. Members receive a membership card and may purchase lapel emblems or pins.


Physics Club Meetings, Fall 2009

The Physics Club (Society of Physics Students) meets each Thursday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, in Room 109, Chichester Science Center.


Society of Physics Students National Website


What Will I Receive?

Upon payment of your $20.00 dues, you will receive:

  • Physics Today
  • The SPS Observer
  • Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics
  • Career Placement Services
  • Eligibility for scholarships, internships, research & travel grants, and other awards
  • Free membership with one AIP Member Society for undergraduates only, for up to three years.

Please note that it takes six to eight weeks for your membership to become effective and for publications to begin arriving.

How do I Apply?

Apply online using a credit card at the SPS Membership Management site


Download the membership application form to print and mail in with a check, money order, or credit card information. (This file is in PDF format, which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Note: To renew your SPS membership, visit the SPS Online Store. You must have the renewal invoice you received in the U.S. Mail to complete this transaction.