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Welcome to Sigma Pi Sigma Reception Ceremony * Welcome The Physics Honor Society *A shortened version of the Sigma Pi Sigma induction ceremony, provided as a guide for chapter officers. Feel free to modify this version to suit the traditions and conditions at your institution. Please refer to the SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma Information Book provided to chapter advisors each fall for more details about the procedures and symbolism.
According to its mission statement, exists tomission statement Honor scholarship Encourage interest in physics Promote service Provide fellowship
About chapters exist on SPS campuses with a traditional physics bachelors degree. SPS is the Society of Physics Students The professional society for physics students and their mentors SPS and : Linked, but distinct Numbering over 4000 individuals in over 700 chapters, SPS members receive Physics Today monthly and are eligible for scholarships, research, outreach, and travel awards Go to for more information about SPS. Radiations magazine goes to most of the 40,000 active members of Sigma Pi Sigma. Donors provide annual support for SPS programs, awards, and scholarships. For more info is the physics honor society (appr. 80,000 historical members)
I became acquainted with some students at Davidson College, NC…a very high class liberal arts college… [They] came up with …I said, Oh boy, thats what we ought to have here at Penn State. Marsh White, father of Sigma Pi Sigma Some history of /SPShistory was established in 1921 at Davidson College, NC
Marsh White, 1931 Wheaton College SPS Installation Ceremony
Penn States first Ph. D. recipient, 1926 Sigma Pi Sigma Executive Sec. 192?-68 Pentagon War Citation Presidential Certificate of Merit AAPT President Co-author, College Technical Physics Installation officer for over 200 chapters Marsh W. White Well, I go back to the days … when it was quite customary to paddle the new initiates. …[W]ed line them up in a row and send them to Pine Grove Mills, and wed help them along! …Youre supposed to remember them [secret handshakes and such], but Ive forgotten. When Id go to install a chapter Id teach it all to them. You used to shake hands and … say certain names or phrases. So, drifted away from being a fraternity, where …there was all kinds of hocus pocus going on. In 1934, at the 3 rd Congress of Sigma Pi Sigma all elements of secrecy were removed.
teams with AIP In the fifties, the American Institute of Physics and began hatching a plan to work together on student issues. On April 22, 1968, articles of agreement between the AIP Student Sections and were signed, creating the Society of Physics Students with Sigma Pi Sigma included as an honor society within SPS, and both supported by AIP.
Congresses The first Congress was in 1928 with six chapters at Davidson College The 8 th Congress, held at Purdue in 1967, approved the union between the AIP Student Sections and Sigma Pi Sigma, ushered in the modern era of the society The 2004 Congress at University of New Mexico was a kick-off event for celebrating the World Year of Physics in Highlights included: Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman and Presidential Science Advisor, John Marburger. The Wilson building (left, above) and the computing center at FermiLab. Leon Lederman (below) The 2008 Congress was held at FermiLab for over 600 people, and featured Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman and Neal Lane. The theme was Scientific Citizenship; about a dozen chapter reports submitted reports, see Chicago State students with Fred Jerome and Rodger Taylor, authors of Einstein on Race and Racism.
Service Sigma Pi Sigma members serve the physics community in many ways, for example: -Supporting local and national SPS programs -Representing physics to the public -Providing alumni networks -Working for sound national science policies -Offering science outreach opportunities
Symbolism The Seal The Key Voltmeter with lamp & dynamo The Motto The Insignia
InductionInduction: Signing the Red Book Remember, as you pen your name, - Sigma Pi Sigma was founded by students. - You are joining a distinguished group, connected by common ties of physics. - Membership means honor, encouragement, service and fellowship.
ChargeCharge to New Members Continue your commitment as physicists to honorable scholarship, irrespective of your ultimate career trajectory. Traditional physicists and hidden physicists alike are critical to the future of society. Learn more about hidden physicists at
Thanks to: Marsh White AND Im very happy to have been here. Marsh White on his 100 th birthday, April, 1996 (he died in 1999) Tracy Schwab, SPS web guru Thomas Olsen, SPS Asst. Dir. Kendra Rand, SPS Program Coordinator Ed Neuenschwander, Editor Lydia Quijada Sacha Purnell Douglas Dalton Jack Hehn, Cathy ORiordan, and AIP management Some sources used: The SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma Informtion Book