SPS News Alerts

UofL warns about eclipse glasses sold by student group Thursday, Aug. 17

UofL students, faculty and staff who purchased eclipse viewing glasses from the Society of Physics Students should be aware that UofL cannot guarantee some of the glasses sold meet ISO safety standards. Additionally, the company supplying them is not on the list of companies cited by the American Astronomical Society. The glasses in question, pictured below, are printed with an American flag pattern (red and white stripes on the front of the glasses) and have a three-line disclaimer written on the inside of one of the arms. In an abundance of caution, the university warns that these glasses may not be effective in protecting your eyes. Call the Society of Physics Students at (502) 296-2378 for information on obtaining a refund.

SPS Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

Our local Society of Physics Students chapter is holding a viewing event for the upcoming Great Americal Total Solar Eclipse. It's a social event, made for anyone to come down, hang out, and see the eclipse. Although, no food and drink will be provided by the Society of Physics Students. Instead, there are nearby restaurants and convienience stores. The event will go from 10 AM to 2 PM at Mike Miller Park, next to the Land Between the Lakes. Come, hang out, and relax with us as we get ready to see this great natural phenomenon!

Here's a link to where Mike Miller Park is: https://goo.gl/maps/bLndCSFB6HM2

SPS Eclipse Viewing Party at Mike Miller Park - details see SPS facebook page

SPS hopes to see you there!

The SPS Eclipse 2017 page will contain updated information.

Merchandise Check out this sweet merchandise from last season! Shirts are $15 and hoodies are $25. You can pre-order through this google doc: SPS Shirt Order Form. Or email an SPS officer for more information. The google doc link also has a mock up of the designs. Both shirt and hoodie will be a dark grey/charcoal color.

November Trip to the 2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress (PhysCon) in San Francisco was great!

Fourteen SPS Undergrads and Grad students traveled to San Francisco in the beginning of November to attend the SPS Quadrennial Physics Congress. We had a great time, check out our facebook for pictures

Come see what's happening

It might be the summer semester, but some of us are still here and we're working hard to prepare for the total solar eclipse that hasn't been seen in 40 years in the United States. Yes, it occurs on the first day of classes. Yes, you should talk to your professors before skipping class.



The Society of Physics Students is a national professional association, composed of students. It is not required to be a physics major, simply an interest in physics is all that you need. Here at the University of Louisville, our mission is to "proliferate interest and information in physics to students."

With all of the enjoyment and excitement that stems from physics and scientific discovery, we hope to share this passion and grow as both individuals and as a body of students with educators, professors, and scientists who share our mutual interests and ideas.

At the University of Louisville, we are also associated with the national physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma. Induction to the honor society occurs each spring, with outstanding students in the Society of Physics Students honored for their achievements.

From the national Society of Physics Students site:

"The Society of Physics Students was formed in 1968 with a constitution that combined its two "parent" organizations, The AIP Student Sections and the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society. SPS now has over 700 chapters on campuses across the country. About 5,000 students take part in chapter activities each year, making SPS the fourth largest physics society in the country. The associated honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, now exists in about 450 of those chapters with over 75,000 inductees throughout its history."

To join us, attend a meeting or contact one of the officers. Our usual meeting time is 12pm Friday, in room 104 (Adam's Room) in the Natural Science Building. We hope to see you there!




To join the University of Louisville Society of Physics Students, attend a meeting (Fridays at 12pm, NS104), or contact one of our officers.

Dues are $15 per semester, or $30 per year. If you are a member of SPS National, the price is reduced to $10 per semester, or $18 per year.