Society of Physics Students

Get involved with the SPS!

 The Society of Physics Students is a professional association explicitly designed for students. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. The only requirement for membership is that you be interested in physics. Besides physics majors, our members include majors in chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, and other fields.

Within SPS is housed Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, which elects members on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. This unique two-in-one society operates within the American Institute of Physics.

 For more information about the Society of Physics Students chapter at HSU, contact Dr. Shannon Clardy:

SPS members perform the Physics Circus

The Henderson State University Chapter of SPS has won numerous awards including the Marsh White Award for Outreach (3 years in a row!), the Blake Lilly Prize for outstanding outreach (4 years in a row), and 5 National Outstanding Chapter awards. 

Our current chapter officers are:

  • Rachael Kew, President
  • Josh White, Vice President
  • Matthew Bolt, Treasurer
  • Lena Lazenby, Secretary
  • Will Goodin, Kirstie Kendall, and Garrett Torix,  Planetarium Liasons

Our students participate in numerous outreach and fund-raising activities, as well as performing and presenting research.  Each year, students are selected to participate in faculty-guided research funded through the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium.  SPS provides its members with fellowship and assistance with difficult courses, as well as educational outreach activities - exposing young students to big ideas in science!  Current club activities include hosting start parties, running planetarium shows, holding video game tournaments, explaining physics demos to visiting schools, and traveling to exciting locations!

Students at ASGC
Riding the Segway

Along with our research and outreach activities, we have a number of activities simply for the fun of it.  Our schedule this semester (Spring 2014) includes:

  • Jan 30th 12:30-4pm - Video Game Open Play at Foster Hall
  •  Jan 30th 7pm – Planetarium Show: “Exo Planets – Worlds of Wonder”
  •  Feb 12th-14th – Valentines Bake Sale
  •  Feb 20th 7pm -  Planetarium Show: “Exo Planets – Worlds of Wonder”
  •  Feb 21-22 – Zone Conference at Rhodes College in Memphis
  •  Feb 27th 7pm - Planetarium Show: “Exo Planets – Worlds of Wonder”
  •  March 13th 7pm – Planetarium Show: “Secrets of the Sun”
  •  March 20th 7pm - Planetarium Show: “Secrets of the Sun”
  •  April 17th 7pm – Planetarium Show: “Two Small Pieces of Glass”
  •  April 21-23 – Collect money for Pie-A-Professor
  •  April 24th 12:30pm – Pie-A-Professor on the North Quad
  •  April 24th 7pm - Planetarium Show: “Two Small Pieces of Glass”

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