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Society of Physics Students

Welcome to the Drexel University Chapter of the Society of Physics Students! We are a chapter of SPS National, an organization associated with the American Institute of Physics (AIP). The Drexel SPS chapter was revived in 2006 and has been going strong ever since!

Society of Physics Students 2012-2013

SPS is a professional organization run by and designed for college students. Anyone interested in physics can become a member of SPS. Besides physics majors, our members include majors from engineering, mathematics, chemistry, computer science, biology, and other fields.

What do we do?

The primary objectives of SPS include the advancement and diffusion of knowledge in physics, the encouragement of interest in physics throughout the academic and local communities, introducing students to a professional community, and promoting interaction and a sense of community among Drexel University students.

Besides our biweekly general body meetings, SPS invites Drexel faculty to give talks on cutting edge research and careers in physics, encourages our members to give talks on something they’re interested in related to physics, and organizes trips to various physics conferences.

Drexel SPS is especially committed to giving back to our local community. We actively volunteer with several organizations in the Philadelphia area including tutoring at TeenSHARP, presenting physics demonstrations at Spark Park, and organizing various outreach activities at local schools. We also host a booth at the Philadelphia Science Festival’s Carnival on the Parkway each spring.

In addition to all of these things, SPS hosts a variety of social events. We organize movie nights, game nights, and restaurants trips where members can kick back, relax, and enjoy the company of fellow physics enthusiasts! During the 2013-14 academic year, we are also looking forward to a group trip to Washington D.C. to visit the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Find out more about our awesome events here!

SPS also works with our sister organization, the Women in Physics Society, in order to coordinate joint social and outreach events.

When do we meet?

SPS meets for general body meetings in Disque 708 during even weeks of an academic term. The specific day and time for Fall 2013 has not yet been decided, but it is typically at 5 pm on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Our additional events are scheduled based on our member’s schedules and availability.

SPS Membership

Anyone with an interest in physics from any major or school is welcome to join Drexel SPS and participate in our many activities. Drexel SPS members may also be interested in becoming a member of SPS National or Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Physics Honors Society. SPS National membership is $24 annually, however, Drexel freshmen physics major’s dues will be covered by the department for their freshmen year (Please contact Jeremy Gaison for more information). Besides the opportunity to be involved with a professional organization, there are many benefits of joining SPS National which includes:

  • Subscription to Physics Today magazine (monthly)
  • Subscription to The SPS Observer newsletter (quarterly)
  • Access to the Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics (online)
  • Various career placement services
  • Eligibility to apply for SPS National scholarships, internships, research and travel grants, fellowships, and other awards
  • Free membership with one AIP Member Society for undergraduates only, for up to three years
  • Free membership with one AIP Member Society (offer for undergrads only)