The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association explicitly designed for students. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. The only requirement for membership is that one be interested in physics. Besides physics majors, our members include majors in chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, and other fields. Within SPS is housed Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, which elects members on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. This unique two-in-one society operates within the American Institute of Physics, an umbrella organization for ten other professional science societies. SPS CSU, Long Beach chapter focuses on academic achievement, community service and social science events. We focus our community outreach on local middle and high school students to spread the joys of science and pique interest in physics as a college major. Our members work together, often daily, to tutor and mentor each other in course work, grad school preparation, research projects and industry skills. We plan regular social events that include trips to the Griffith Observatory in LA, movie nights and even ice-skating events!
The Society of Physics Students was formed in 1968 with a constitution that combined its two parent organizations, the AIP Student Sections and the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society. SPS now has over 700 chapters on campuses across the country. About 5,000 students take part in chapter activities each year, making SPS the fourth largest physics society in the country. The associated honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, now exists in about 450 of those chapters with over 75,000 inductees throughout its history.
Purpose and Mission
The SPS exists to help students transform themselves into active, contributing members of the professional community. Course work develops only a limited 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 students’ academic experience.