An Introduction

      The Society of Physics Students is an international organization designed for students interested in physics. At Georgia State University, we’re located in room #220 of the Natural Science Center, where most (if not all of) the introductory chemistry, biology and physics labs are. Students need their panther IDs to access the building. Non-students need their state IDs or driver’s license. And someone to open the doors. Our security personnel are instructed not to open the doors, and most of the time, they won’t.

      The Natural Science Center is at: 50 Decatur Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. There is a parking lot across the street ($4 / 2hrs), several parking spaces alongside the street, and parking garages within walking distance. There is also a GSU bus stop about five minutes’ walk from the NSC, in front of the General Classroom Building.

 

SPS National

      SPS is an acronym for Society of Physics Students. Officially, it is the most awesome thing. Ever. Unofficially, SPS is a professional association of students from a million different fields of study who are interested in physics. The goal of SPS is to provide resources for students to succeed in physics, along with other means for students to further their interest.

Why Join?

      For students in the US, joining SPS National costs $20/year. Once students have become members, they will automatically be subscribed to Physics Today and the SPS Observer; they will also receive access to the Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics as well as career placement services and one American Institute of Physics society. Not to mention eligibility for various scholarships.

      Students aren’t required to join SPS National when they join SPS at GSU. For more information on the benefits of joining SPS National, please visit the membership benefits page at the SPS National website.

      So what about our chapter of SPS?

      The cost of membership is also $20/year. Students can pay per semester. Although we like to encourage students who are studying physics or interested in studying physics to join, we do try to do at least a few activities that are open to non-members each year. Tutoring for introductory physics courses (both non-Calculus and Calculus-base) is one of those activities.

      Members, though, get access to a study room that includes a working fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee maker, two computers, two printers, various Physics, Astronomy, Calculus and Statistics textbooks and study guides, and three large white-boards. Our membership fees also pay for trips that include hotel room, car rentals and gas. We’ve tried to take a trip at least once a semester. Our latest trip took us to Oakridge National Lab in Tennessee; the previous year was to Alabama’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

      We have both graduate and undergraduate students in our chapter. Most of us are really friendly, and sometimes a little sleep-deprived. There are inappropriate conversations and shenanigans, and yearly picnics, as well as study groups and cramming sessions. So why not come by and check us out?

Persons of Interest

  • Kristy Yun
    President
    kyun1@student.gsu.edu
     
  • Joseph Viteri
    Vice President
    jviteri1@student.gsu.edu
     
  • Justin Yun
    Secretary
    jyun12@student.gsu.edu
     
  • Kevin Nguyen
    Treasurer
    knguyen76@student.gsu.edu

      Our advisers are Dr. Misty Bentz and Dr. Brian Thoms, the former of whom is the undergraduate adviser for Astronomy while the latter is the undergraduate adviser of Physics. If you have any questions at all, just shoot one of the officers or one of our advisers an e-mail. The facebook page is also good for general questions, if e-mail fails to catch our attention.