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Society of Physics Students

2015 Society of Physics Students

Welcome to the Drexel University Chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS)! 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!

SPS is a professional organization run by and designed for undergraduates. Though we are mostly physics students, all majors are welcome.

What do we do?

The primary objectives of SPS include the advancement and diffusion of knowledge in physics, the encouragement of an 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.

We hold events that range from lab tours with Drexel professors, to movie nights with Liquid Nitrogen ice cream. SPS strives to vary its events such that everyone will enjoy something each term.

Drexel SPS is especially committed to giving back to our local community. We host a booth at the Philadelphia Science Festival’s Carnival on the Parkway each spring, and presents demonstrations at the annual physics open house.

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?

Check out the bulletin board between Disque 704 and 705 for our current meeting schedule or contact one of our officers for more information.

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 majors' dues will be covered by the department for their freshmen year (contact us for more information). Besides the opportunity to be involved with a professional organization, there are many benefits to joining SPS National, which include:

  • 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)