About Society of Physics Students

Society of Physics Students

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.

Purpose and Mission

The 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.

Read more at SPS Nationals Site»


Some Past Events:

Science Olympiad (02/11/2012)

Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set, but some school clubs and boast more than 75 members, allowing for a rich apprentice and mentoring system for all involved.

The Truman Physics department will be judging many events including:

Bottle Rocket Robot Arm Chem Lab
Dynamic Planet Sounds of Music Keep the Heat
Fermi Questions Forestry Microbe Mission
Road Scholar Thermodynamics Storm the Castle


Congradulations: Kevin Satzinger


Kevin a Current Truman Physics Senior and a former SPS president has co-authored a paper on "High spatial resolution Kelvin probe force microscopy with coaxial probes". The paper was formally published 2-28-2012.

IPS Science will make papers in its journals freely available for 30 days from date of online publication.

Article can be found here.