|Seven Roles for
the Student Physics Society (SPS)
The SPS has seven unique roles within the physics community:
- Encouraging undergraduate
research experience as a teaching tool.
- Promoting science literacy
and appreciation through physics outreach programs to grades K-12 and the
- Through SPS alumni and
the members of Sigma Pi Sigma, the Society maintains the only institutionalized
structure the physics community has for communicating with the "friends of
physics" that exist throughout all walks of life in society.
- The SPS provides an
effective signpost for educating the student on the many career options, in
addition to traditional physics, that come with a degree in physics.
- The active SPS chapter
is an especially effective student recruitment and retention tool for the
- The SPS is a gateway
society to the other professional societies in physics.
- The SPS provides training
for leadership. Through SPS activities, students' professional development,
communication skills, leadership qualities, and professional networking is
enhanced in ways that cannot be realized in course work alone.
The SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma
are sponsored by the American Institute of Physics
(AIP). The AIP is a "society of societies," with ten Member Societies, besides
the SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma.