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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 you 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.

Upon payment of your $24.00 national dues, you will receive:


Officers 2015 - 16

President - Bradley Tidwell 



Our Majors Outside the Classroom

The physics department would like to acknowledge the contributions of our students that extend beyond the classroom.  Specifically, we would like to highlight the remarkable achievements of four of our majors: T.J. Novotny, Jared Jacon-Duffy, Liam Ronan and Michael Ralph, who are also fellow teammates on Wofford’s football team.  The Wofford football team saw a remarkable season come to an end on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA FCS playoff quarterfinals in a thrilling 30-23 double overtime loss at Youngstown State. This marked the seventh season the Terriers have reached the NCAA FCS Playoffs and the first since 2012. 

       Senior tight end T.J. Novotny played in all 14 games this season, and has seen action in 30 career games. Junior offensive lineman Jared Jacon-Duffy started all 14 games at right guard and led the team in knockdown blocks with 177. The 177 knockdown blocks are tied for the eighth-most in school history in a single season. Sophomore offensive lineman Liam Ronan played in eight games, while sophomore Michael Ralph saw action in five contests. The three offensive linemen were a key part of the Terriers rushing game, which averaged 279.6 yards per game (fifth in the nation) and only allowed three sacks all season. 

Congratulations to our student athletes.  You bring us much pride!



Community Outreach activities will be planned as well, as dates become available, the webpage will be updated. 

 Things to come

Conferences, REU Presentations, More details on Outreach Programs, Information on Planetarium rebuilding!!!

Research Opportunities and Internships




Woodrow Wilson National Teaching Fellowships

The American Institute of Physics is pleased to announce that the 2016 edition of GradSchoolShopper.com has been released online. The print directory 2016 Graduate Programs in Physics, Astronomy, and Related Fields will be shipped to your chapter in a couple of weeks. You can search, browse and view all the graduate program profiles at: http://www.GradSchoolShopper.com

Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

We would like to inform you of a Department of Defense (DoD) education support opportunity. The application for the Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation Defense Scholarship for Service Program (SMART) is now open.

The SMART Scholarship for Service Program will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. program, and then provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers on cutting edge technology in world class Department of Defense facilities.

SMART Scholars receive:

Full tuition and educational fees

Generous cash stipend ranging from $25,000 - $38,000 per year

Summer internships, health insurance, and miscellaneous supplies allowance

Employment with Department of Defense facilities after graduation

Basis Eligibility requirements are as follows: 

  1.      A U.S. citizen at time of application
  2.      18 yrs of age or older as of August 1, 2016
  3.      able to participate in summer internships at DoD labratories
  4.      willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD
  5.      a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  6.      pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed above   
The Application is currently available and the deadline to apply is December 1st.  For more information and to apply, please visit http://smart.asee.org

Graduate Programs and Links 

We at Carnegie Mellon University are very interested in recruiting your students to our graduate program in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). With access to cutting-edge research and technology, experienced and approachable faculty, and an innovative and flexible curriculum, we are consistently ranked among the top graduate engineering programs by US News and World Report.

Our graduate programs are focused in three areas:

      Advanced Infrastructure Systems

   Environmental Engineering, Sustainability and Science

 Mechanics, Materials and Computing

Our graduate program is now accepting applications for Fall 2017 with an application deadline of January 5, 2017. For qualified applicants, support in the form of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships is available for both MS and PhD studies. Interested students should review the

 admission requirements and apply online.

More information about our department and current activities is available on our  CEE website, and in our CEE News Magazine, the most recent issue of which provides an overview of our department-wide education and research initiatives.


The Structural Biology and Biochemistry Ph.D. Program (STBB) at the University of Colorado-Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus is one of the strongest programs of its kind in the country and one that will provide outstanding training for a career in the varied areas of Structural Biology and Biochemistry.  The program is supported through the graduate school and has access to state-of-the-art equipment and hands-on training in technologies that include NMR Spectrosscopy, X-ray Crystallography, Mass Spectrometry/Proteomics, Peptide/Protein Chemistry, Computational Biochemistry and Biophysics.  Graduate student training and progress are carefully monitired to ensure completion of the Ph.D. degree in a timely fashion.

 The STBB program is currently accepting applications (due Dec. 1) and is hoping to grow both our applicant pool and program for the Fall of 2016.  Attached is our program flyer as well as a link to our website. http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/Graduate-School/academic-programs/biomol/Pages/PrograminStructuralBiologyandBiophysics.aspx

 Kansas State University Physics department has several openings and funding for new graduate students pursuing a PhD in Physics. Please click on the link below to find out more about the openings and funding.


Club Photos
Rocket Launch 2016

 4 students launching rockets on front lawn    Professor launching rocket on front lawn

Demonstration Day 2015

 Students performing physics demonstrations Physics demonstration

Clemson University, Electron Beam Ion Trap

 Clemson professor giving lecture Powerpoint images of space      

Christmas Lighting At the Row Gingerbread House Competition - Physics Entry:

 Physics-themed gingerbread house  Physics themed gingerbread house entry

Jupiter and its moons by Jamie Hames:

Photo of Jupiter  

Super Hero Outreach Event with Girls & Boys Club of Spartanburg:

Male and female student dressed in super hero costumes3 students acting in hero costumes in front of kids