Welcome to University of Rochester's Society of Physics Students Website!
Rochester SPS Chapter has recieved an honorable mention from National Honor Awards!
Who are we?
The University of Rochester chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) is dedicated to supporting any student who is interested in physics, as well as dedication to the enhancement of the appreciation of science by the University community and the public in the greater Rochester area.
|The department of Physics & Astronomy after the annual Photon Cup (2012).|
What do we do?
- SPS Tutoring. SPS members provide physics tutoring during the semester for students in introductory physics sequence courses.
- SPS Lunches, or Tea & Cookie Time with Professors. Offering students the opportunity to meet professors outside the standard class room setting.
- Tour to the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). Introduce students to the State-of-the-Art research facility on university grounds. Allow students to find out about research positions available at the LLE.
- Tour of the Ginna Nuclear Plant. Introduce students to the Ginna Nuclear Plant and an applicable field of their studies.
- Camp out at Mees Observatory. A retreat up to the Mees Observatory during one of the weekends before the first wave of midterms, occuring sometime in September. A weekend of camping, hiking, cooking out in the relative comfort of the house at the observatory. A great opportunity to meet other students interested in physics.
- SPS BBQ. An annual BBQ at Genesee Valley Park at the end of April where students, professors and staff blow off some steam and prepare for the final crunch of the year.
- Student run projects! Want to create a Zeusaphone? Create a Laser Harp? Participate in outreach or fundraisers? Have an idea and want to get people involved? Well the possibility is yours! Become a member and contact the SPS executive board. From there we can work to make your ideas a reality be considering SPS programs and awards.
Purpose & MissionThe SPS exists to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community. Course work develops only one range of skills. Other skills needed to flourish professionally include effective communication and personal interactions, leadership experience, establishing a personal network of contacts, presenting scholarly work in professional meetings and journals, and outreach services to the campus and local communities. Locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, the SPS offers the opportunity for these important enrichments to the student's experience. - SPS National
Sigma Pi Sigma: The Physics Honor SocietyThe Sigma Pi Sigma is an honor society within the Society of Physics Students, whose members are elected on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. An election to Sigma Pi Sigma is lifetime membership.
- You will be notified of your reception into the Honor Society through your academic advisor.
- No annual dues. New members only pay dues once to the National Office with an entrance fee of $54.00 at the time of their reception to Sigma Pi Sigma. If you're already a member of SPS, the fee is only $30.00.
- Fee includes cost of official lapel pin, certificate of membership, and membership card. Membership also includes a complimentary subscription to Radiations Magazine, as well as access to APSIT Group Insurance Program.
Benefits of membership to the National SPSThere are many reasons to join the Society of Physics Students national organization. Upon payment of your $24.00 national dues ($30.00 for membership dues to international addresses), you will receive:
- Physics Today (monthly).
- The SPS Observer (quarterly).
- Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics (JURP) (online).
- Career placement services, such as the SPS Jobs site, and Careers Using Physics (CUP) website.
- Eligibility for SPS scholarships, internships, research & travel grants, fellowships and other awards.
- Information and announcements about regional, national and international SPS meetings.
- Information and announcements about SPS research sessions at professional society meetings.
- Free membership with one AIP Member Society for undergraduates only, for up to three years.
If you're looking to become a national SPS member, consider their website, under the section How do I Join?
To become a member of our University organization, please follow the link here. From there you can sign up for our mailing list! (It's free and all U of R undergrads are welcomed!)
1/31/13We're scheduling the LLE tour, preparing for the photon cup, and setting things up with Connie and a few seniors for an REU panel/talk. Stay posted!
1/26/13Announcing new T-Shirt Designing Contest!! Send in your designs for the SPS t-shirt to Dilyana!
1/24/13We'll be having our first general interest meeting of 2013 this coming Saturday, 01/26/13, in the POA at 5pm. There will be dinner offered, as well as some cool physics demos and word of new activities! See you then.
There has also been an easter egg posted to the website. If you're able to find it, you'll recieve a free t-shirt!
We've also learned that we're recieved an honorable mention for Outstanding Chapter Awards 2013 :) Keep up the good work everyone!
1/13/13Updates have been made to the home, executive board, tutoring & research pages.
1/11/13Updates to the website are being made! Stand by!
2/11/10SPS T-Shirt Designing Contest!
Send in your designs for the SPS t-shirt to Dev Khaitan
8/12/10Introducing the SPS board members for the 2010-2011 year:
President: Dev Ashish Khaitan
Vice President: Joshua Geller
Treasurer: Dan Gresh
Secretary: Wendi Chang
Social Chair: Joshua Brown
Publicity Director: Scott Barenfeld
Webmaster: Alex Kuczala
We've got some fun things planned for this year, including a trip to Mees Observatory, so stay tuned for updates!