Association of College Honor Societies


Sigma Pi Sigma


Admitted to ACHS: 1945

Founded at Davidson College, December 11, 1921

No of Active Chapters: 557

Total Membership: 95000

Annual/current Membership: 1700

Number of Regions: 18

Publications: SPS Observer, Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics, Radiations

PURPOSE: Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics.

ELIGIBILITY: Student membership, both undergraduate and graduate, is restricted to those who have attained standards of high scholarship in at least three semester courses (or five quarter courses) of at least three hours each that count toward the physics major, professional interest and merit, and scholastic proficiency or distinction. Faculty members and professional scientists in physics and closely related sciences may also be elected. Undergraduate membership is restricted to those in the upper thirty-three percent of their class.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: Sigma Pi Sigma is an honor society existing within the Society of Physics Students. While Sigma Pi Sigma membership is for life, most of the funding promotes SPS undergraduate activities. Regular SPS meetings provide an opportunity for members to present technical papers, hear visiting speakers. Approximately 20 $2,000-$5,000 SPS scholarships are available to members for the final year of study for the baccalaureate degree. Awards are also available for university chapters and individual members for outreach, research, and other valuable activities. Every four years, Sigma Pi Sigma hosts the Quadrennial Physics Congress, a major meeting for undergraduates in physics and members of the society.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Director, Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma, American Institute of Physics, 1 Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD  20740

Tel: (301) 209-3013  Fax: (301) 209-0839

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 2/8/2016