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Society of Physics Students

Welcome to the Michigan State University chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS)! This chapter of the National Society of Physics Students was established April 22, 1968. We are an academic organization run by and for undergraduate physics and astronomy students. 

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SPS Student Resources

Biweekly Meetings

SPS meets every other Monday night 6-7 pm ET. Fall 2021 meeting dates and format TBD. At a typical meeting we invite a speaker to talk about either their research or a topic of interest to physics and astronomy students, e.g. graduate school, research opportunities, or jobs in industry.

If that isn't enough to entice you, at each in-person meeting we also have FREE PIZZA and pop available! Come for the free food, stay for awesome talks about physics!

SPS Coffee Breaks

In Fall 2020, facing a virtual academic year that made it harder than ever to make connections to other physics and astronomy students, we started a new program to promote socialization between PA undergrads called "Coffee Breaks". Each weekly Coffee Break features a casual chat and (as possible) brief undergraduate research presentation. This great program will resume in Fall 2021: join us for a nice break and some new friends!

Want to share your research at the next SPS Coffee Break? We would love to give all our Physics and Astronomy undergraduates the opportunity to share their research in a casual and supportive environment! If you would be interested in giving a 5-10 minute talk at a future SPS coffee break, please send an email to Izzy Ginnett at ginnetti@msu.edu.

Be Our Treasurer!

The position of Treasurer on our E-Board is vacant--any MSU student who has attended at least two SPS meetings will be eligible to run in a special election to fill the seat at our first meeting of Fall 2021. The Treasurer is responsible for administering the budget and ordering food for the biweekly meetings (for which they are reimbursed, of course). Don't be shy: we want you on our team, and SPS leadership is a great resume-builder. Following the special election, you will be trained in your new position by current E-Board members.

SPS Executive Board (2021/2022)

Rachel Steinhorst, President, steinhor@msu.edu

Elizabeth Kowalczyk, Vice President, kowalc40@msu.edu

Izzy Ginnett, Communications Chair, ginnetti@msu.edu

Jacob Crawford, Outreach Chair, crawf419@msu.edu

Vacant: Treasurer