Individual Awards

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SPS awards are generously funded by donations from friends and alumni of SPS, and Sigma Pi Sigma members. 

SPS Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research

Given to one or more SPS members annually based on exceptional research achievement in any physics-related field. Awardees will receive up to $1,800 to cover travel and registration costs to attend one AIP member society professional meeting of their choosing in the 12 months after receiving the award. Additionally, award recipients will receive a $500 honorarium for themselves and a $500 honorarium for their SPS chapter.

Applications due March 15.

Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award

Given annually to a chapter advisor who has been nominated by chapter student members. The award is a grant of $5,000 to be divided three ways: 60% to the Chapter Advisor, 20% to the Chapter, and the remaining 20% to the department.

Applications due March 15.

SPS Travel Awards

A limited number of grants, up to $300 each, are offered to help fund SPS members traveling to a national meeting of an AIP Member Society to present their research.

SPS Poster Awards

Award certificates and prizes are presented to top-ranking SPS members presenting their research at SPS sessions of some national professional society meetings, such as the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and American Physical Society (APS).

SPS Reporter Awards

The SPS national office offers partial support, up to $300 for individuals and $250 per person for chapter groups, for SPS chapters to travel and report on AIP Member Society meetings where SPS Research Sessions are scheduled. The funding is awarded to the chapter, with the mandate that funds go toward travel expenses.

Blake Lilly Prize

Given to two or more chapters and/or individuals for feedback from physics outreach programs. Open to all SPS members and chapters, for which the three-volume set The Feynman Lectures on Physics and a certificate are given. Established by the parents of the late Blake Lilly, and given in his memory.

Applications due June 15.

SPS-AAPT-ALPhA Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Laboratory Development

Given to one or more individuals or groups to recognize outstanding work in the development of an advanced laboratory apparatus/experiment by an undergraduate physics student. Applicants have completed the work as an undergraduate student and be a current undergraduate student (or has graduated within the academic year) at the time the application is submitted. Established by the AAPT, and ALPhA. Nominations of those traditionally underrepresented in physics are encouraged to apply. Award consists of travel funds for student and faculty memeber, an honorarium to the student and department, and an invited presentation at the AAPT 

Applications due November 15.