ΣΠΣ Physics Honors Society
Society of Physics Students sponsors the ΣΠΣ Honors Society for outstanding work in physics classes.
Membership in Sigma Pi Sigma is based upon character and academic and professional attainments and is not restricted to physics majors. Sigma Pi Sigma members are elected from among candidates presented by the Sigma Pi Sigma nominating committee. The Sigma Pi Sigma nominating committee is appointed by the Advisor.
For undergraduate students in physics or related fields, the minimum requirements for Sigma Pi Sigma membership within this Chapter shall be as follows:
- All members-elect shall have completed at least the equivalent of three semesters of full-time college work.
- All members-elect shall have completed at least three semester courses in physics, each of at least three credit hours, which may be credited toward a physics major.
- All members-elect shall have attained at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 system for physics courses and for cumulative course grades in all courses.
For graduate students in physics or related fields, all members-elect either (a) shall meet the requirements for undergraduate members-elect, based upon their undergraduate records, or (b) shall have completed at least one year of graduate work, meeting departmental standards for satisfactory progress towards an advanced degree.
Cost of Membership
Even though the new member pays dues only once, Sigma Pi Sigma membership is for a lifetime. Each new member pays to the National Office an entrance fee of $45.00 at the time of their reception into Sigma Pi Sigma. This fee also includes a one-year membership in the SPS. If already a member of SPS, the Sigma Pi Sigma fee is only $25.00. The fee includes the cost of the official lapel pin, a certificate of membership, and a membership card. There are no annual dues to Sigma Pi Sigma or special assessment other than the original entrance fee. The entrance fee must be paid prior to reception into membership.
Sigma Pi Sigma fees pay a portion of the cost of operations of the society. The remainder comes from SPS dues, alumni contributions, and AIP funds.