Professional Development

My SPS internship taught me how to grasp networking and professional opportunities and become part of the physics community.

Erin Slupski

Erin Slupski

University of Delaware

SPS Outreach Intern

Through SPS, I met physicists at every level, from students to CEOs. These experiences helped me network, gave me more confidence in public speaking, and strengthened my leadership skills.

Krystle McLaughlin

Krystle McLaughlin

Lehigh University

SPS Council Student Member

Carrying out our SPS chapter’s microgravity experiment was an unforgettable experience that I wish every aspiring physicist could have.

Janelle Holmes

Howard University

SPS Member

SPS gave me something important: an understanding that I can be a scientist who engages with policy makers and communicates effectively with the world at large.

Benjamin Preis

Benjamin Preis

Tufts University

AIP Mather Policy Intern

By becoming an AZC, I was able to help plan the 2008 Congress. I hope it inspired the next generation of physicists and leaders.

Brendan Diamond

Brendan Diamond

Florida State University

Associate Zone Councilor, Zone 18

Meeting physics students from across the nation has been an awesome experience, and I now understand the foresight and thought that goes into SPS initiatives. Being on the council has also helped me figure out what I want my role to be in the greater physics community as I further my academic pursuits.

Kelby Peterson

Utah State University

Former Associate Zone Councilor, Zone 15

Being an AZC was my first experience with the dynamics of making decisions and my first experience working with a large governing body. Previously I had believed an academic career could be devoted solely to research or teaching. But now I know that how an institution operates and shares limited resources with students and faculty impacts the ability of faculty to perform quality research and teaching. My AZC experience has helped me to participate in decision-making at my institution and advocate on behalf of grad students for increased pay, security, and better work conditions.

Bret Polopolus-Meredith

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Associate Zone Councilor, Zone 18

I was lucky enough to be an AZC during the year of the 2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress. Not only did I have the opportunity to hear and interview amazing speakers, but I also made lifelong friends. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I strongly encourage all SPS members to run for the position.

Amanda Palchak

Amanda Palchak

University of Southern Mississippi

Associate Zone Councilor, Zone 10

My time on the SPS National Council was definitely one of the best experiences of my undergraduate career. It was great getting to meet fellow students who are just as passionate about science as I am. Even though we only spent a few days together, I made some lifelong friends among my fellow council members.

Peter Nguyen

Peter Nguyen

University of Florida

Student Representative to the SPS Executive Committee

AIP Mather Policy Intern: US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

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