SPS News Alerts

Guest Speaker: Becky Steele

This week we have a special guest, Becky Steele. She is going to be talking about how to present yourself as a physicist and other useful things to help in applying for a job after undergrad and grad school.

We've also launched our new Twitter account, @UofL_SPS! Be sure to follow for updates, memes, and Physics news.

We look forward to seeing you on Teams!

Spring 2021 First Meeting

We hope that you had a good break and are ready for the new year. The first meeting of Spring 2021 will take place on Friday, January 22nd at 12:00pm on Microsoft Teams. You can join the group by searching for "Society of Physics Students" or by clicking here.

We hope to see you there for all things physics!


Fall 2020 First Meeting

We hope you all stayed healthy and had a good summer. The first meeting of Fall 2020 will take place on Friday, August 28th at 12:00pm on Microsoft Teams. You can join the group by searching for "Society of Physics Students" or by clicking here.

We hope to see you there for all things physics! 


COVID-19 Procedures and Testing

As COVID-19 remains a concern to public safety and health, the University of Louisville and the Department of Physics and Astronomy have implemented many measures to help keep everyone safe and healthy throughout the semester.

Masks and Distancing: Most important of these are the requirement that masks are to be worn in public indoor spaces, particularly classrooms, libraries, the SAC, the SRC, and as you enter all academic and office buildings. This also means that the mask should be worn correctly and cover both your nose and your mouth. In addition, you should always maintain at least 6 feet distance between you and other people when possible to limit the likelihood of transmission.

Testing: If you have not already done so, the University now requires that all students who reside in campus housing or attend in-person classes to be tested. These tests are free, take just a few minutes of your time, and available until September 4th. Tests are provided at several locations around campus and you can register here. Results will be provided directly to your phone within 72 hours of testing. The University has also recently implemented a new Coronavirus Tracker that will update every Tuesday.

Self Check: It is strongly recommended that you complete the Cardinal Self Check prior to coming to campus each day. This tool is available on mobile and helps screen you through a brief survey. If you are sick or experience any symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to campus to limit the potential spread of disease. You should also not come to campus if you have reason to believe you were recently exposed to COVID-19 and/or are awaiting test results after potential exposure.

Flu Shots: Although not mandatory, it is strongly recommended that all students receive their flu shot. These are provided at no cost by Campus Health Services and registration can be located here.

This list is not all-inclusive and more information can be found at www.louisville.edu/coronavirus.


Spring 2020 First Meeting

Welcome back after the holidays! The first SPS meeting will take place on Friday, January 17th at 12:00pm in the Adam's Room (NS 104).

We will have snacks, news, and other fun events so please join us then!


PhysCon 2019 - Providence, RI

The 2019 Physics Conference took place in Providence, RI from November 14-16th with over 1,200 SPS members from across the country in attendance. Eight SPS undergraduates represented UofL at the event where they enjoyed tours of Harvard University, Brown University, and the Naval Submarine Base New London as well various workshops, plenaries, and a career fair.

Of note were talks given by Sandeep Giri, Dr. John Mather, and Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Links to the slides of these talks will listed here as they become available. Two of our members, Shawn and Wade, also presented posters and discussed their research with other SPS members from across the country.

The next PhysCon will take place October 28-30, 2021 and will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Sigma Pi Sigma's creation. Save the date!


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.


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!