University of Vermont

Society of Physics Students

What is SPS?

The Society of Physics Students (SPS for short) is a nationally-recognized, professional organization created for students who have a passion for the physical sciences. According to the SPS website, "The SPS exists to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community." People enter SPS as enthusiastic learners and leave as budding physicists, and have led the physics community to brighter horizons and outstanding scientific achievements.

Over the last few years, UVM's own chapter of SPS has nourished a great love of the natural sciences within the Physics Department and beyond. We have given presentations at the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center on Nanodays, a celebration of nanotechnology and the very small, and have given water-related physics demonstrations at LakePhysics@Echo. In the future, we plan on engaging in many more presentations and demos to help educate the public in the joys of science and to build further bonds between SPS members and the Physics Department in general. We also greatly encourage our members to participate in research in the physics department and, with the creation of such sub-organizations as the Physics Journal Club, plan on assisting students on their journey into research by going to physics talks and studying actual research papers.

How can I participate?

To become an official member of SPS, the first step is to send in 24 US dollars (30 US dollars if you have an international address) to the SPS National Office. To begin the application process, click here. After you finish registering, contact us at, and we'll add you to our mailing list.

Another way to get involved is to come to one of our meetings, which are usually held in Room 425 of Cook Physical Science Building. At our meetings we discuss such subjects as upcoming outreach programs, the latest scientific news, advances in SPS politics, and the process of beginning your career as a physicist. Not only will there be debates on the future direction of SPS, but there will also be short talks on such topics as the use of Latex and Python in physics and how to pick a graduate school that's right for you. Our next meeting will be held in the last week of August in Room 425, Cook Physical Science Building, so don't delay--start your journey now!

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