Student Organizations

The Society of Physics Students

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) at the University of Evansville is very active at UE and in the community. In every year since 2013, our SPS chapter has been designated as either a Notable or Distinguished Chapter by National SPS.

SPS at UE is a close-knit group of students interested in physics. Members can often be found in the physics student lounge or Wormhole where they work on homework or projects together. Meetings are informal and welcome to all.

In the 2018-2019 academic year, UE's SPS chapter

  • hosted a holiday party compete with a foil tree featuring our traditional Ernest Rutherford paper tree topper.
  • helped with electrical engineering's charity mug sale
  • participated in the Nerd Wars trivia contest
  • adopted a pair of fish for The Wormhole
  • hosted "Bad Physics Movie Night" where Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse was viewed and analyzed.

History of SPS at UE

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a national organization designed for students. Membership is open to anyone interested in physics. Sigma Pi Sigma is a national physics honor society, which functions within SPS. Sigma Pi Sigma was founded on December 11, 1921. On April 22, 1968, Sigma Pi Sigma and the Student Sections of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) joined to form the SPS. The University of Evansville chapter was one of the 336 chapters established at the inception of SPS with a charter date of April 22, 1968. There are now about 700 chapters of SPS.

The University of Evansville chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma was installed May 10, 1949, with 20 charter members. Our chapter was the 67th chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma to be established. Currently there are over 400 active chapters of Sigma Pi Sigma nationwide. The membership roster of our Sigma Pi Sigma chapter includes over 200 individuals. Induction ceremonies for Sigma Pi Sigma are held once a year or once every other year.

Students with baloons on a couch
Relaxing in the physics student lounge (aka The Wormhole).
Students on stage and the Nerd Wars logo
SPS participated in UE's annual Nerd Wars trivia event.
Students filling a fishbowl
SPS students set up a fishbowl for the chapter's two fish mascots: Nuclear Fishion and Nuclear Waste.
Students at the Fall Festival in front of the rides and games
In October 2018, SPS attended Evansville's annual Fall Festival.

Office Phone:
812-488-2671

Office Email:
js384@evansville.edu

Office Location:
Room 240, Koch Center for Engineering and Science