Programs & Awards  
Programs & Awards

The Society of Physics Students sponsors internships, scholarships, fellowships, grants, outreach materials, and awards for both individuals and chapters.

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Program Highlights

  • SPS Interns
  • Chapter Reports
  • Outstanding Advisor
  • A Notable Internship

Meet the 2015 SPS Interns

Meet the 2015 SPS InternsThe 2015 SPS Interns, 12 undergraduates from schools across the country, are in the Washington, DC, area for 9.5-week science, policy and outreach internships. The students will be working with organizations including SPS, AIP, AAPT, APS, NASA, NIST, and the U.S. House of Representatives, May 26 - July 31, 2015.

Meet the interns | About SPS Internships

2015 Chapter Reports Due in June

In the Jackson Park lab, Society of Physics Students from TLU share physics fundamentals and help you build a take-home project. In order to be considered an "active chapter" of the Society of Physics Students national organization, and to be eligible for an Outstanding Chapter Award, every SPS Chapter is required to submit an annual report of activities.

Photo: In the Jackson Park lab, Society of Physics Students from TLU share physics fundamentals and help you build a take-home project.

Submit reports! | About Chapter Awards | Meet your Zone Councilors

Outstanding Chapter Advisor Awards

SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award recipient Randy BookerThe 2015 SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award recognizes, annually, one extraordinary chapter advisor who facilitates leadership, organization, a broad spectrum of activities, and enthusiastic student participation.

2014 Recipient | About the Award

Perspectives on Policy: The Undergraduate Internship

Nikki Sanford, AIP Mather Policy InternThe AIP Mather Policy Internship is designed to give undergraduates the opportunity to get involved right at the heart of science policy in Washington D.C.

2013 Mather Policy Intern Nikki Sanford spent the summer of 2013 at Capitol Hill with the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and is currently studying at William & Mary Law School.

Nikki shares some of her experience with the APS Forum on Physics and Society.

APS Interview with Nikki | Learn more about SPS Internships

More Highlights | Calendar

• Randy Booker named 2014 SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor
• Future Faces of Physics Awards
• 2015 Marsh White Outreach Awards
• 2015 Chapter Research Awards
• 2014 Blake Lilly Prize Recipients

SOCKs (Science Outreach Catalyst Kits)

The annual Science Outreach Catalyst Kits, or SOCKs, contain exploratory physics and science activities specifically designed for SPS Chapters and collegiate physics departments to use in outreach presentations to local elementary, middle and high school students. The kits are created and assembled annually by the SPS national interns and national office staff.

SOCKs Home | 2012 | 2011 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001

SPS Internships Applications Due February 1st

SPS Internships are nine-week, broad-based learning opportunities for undergraduate physics majors in the areas of scientific research and outreach/policy. Students are placed in organizations in the Washington, DC area such as NIST, NASA, AIP, AAS, AAPT and APS.

Meet the 2015 Interns | Program Details | Past Interns

SPS Scholarships Applications Due February 15th

SPS Scholarships encourage the study of physics and the pursuit of high scholarship. They consist of a top award of $5,000, and a number of $2,000 awards, which are intended for physics majors in the latter stages of their undergraduate careers.

2014 Recipients | Scholarship Details

SPS Awards

SPS sponsors a variety of research, outreach, and travel awards, along with a Physics & Society Fellowship. There are also awards recognizing outstanding students, SPS chapters and SPS advisors.

SPS Awards | Physics & Society Fellowship

Research Opportunities

Information on fellowships, internships, grants, research positions, & graduate programs in physics, astronomy and related sciences.

Future Faces of Physics Initiative

In keeping with its commitment to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional physics community, the SPS National Council adopted “Future Faces of Physics” as the theme for the 2007-2008 academic year. With this continuing initiative, SPS aims to raise visibility and focus on issues of student diversity in physics. 

Future Faces of Physics Kit | Future Faces of Physics Jeopardy


The SPS derives most of its support from the American Institute of Physics (AIP). SPS dues are also an important contributor. These regular, budgeted sources of revenue make possible the SPS publications and programs that are available to SPS members.

The Awards and Scholarship Programs of SPS are made possible, in part, through the generous contributions of Sigma Pi Sigma members and friends. Scholarships and Awards are supported by income derived from designated funds that have been provided as gifts. In this way, the physics alumni, and especially Sigma Pi Sigma members, contribute to the generations of students who follow them.

Program Dates & Deadlines:

June 15
SPS Chapter Reports Due

October 15
Future Faces of Physics Applications Due

November 15
Marsh W. White Award Applications Due
Chapter Research Award Proposals Due

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