|Sigma Pi Sigma: The National Physics Honor Society|
Founded in 1921, Sigma Pi Sigma is a member honor society of the Association of College Honor Societies. Our society has some 75,000 historical members. Election to Sigma Pi Sigma is a lifetime membership.
The Society of Physics
Students (SPS) was formed in 1968 with the union of Sigma Pi Sigma and
the AIP Student Sections. Today Sigma Pi Sigma is housed within the
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. Sigma Pi Sigma’s mission is not completed in the
induction ceremony with the recognition of academic accomplishment. In the
four dimensions of Honor, Encouragement, Service, and Fellowship, the
mission of Sigma Pi Sigma takes a longer view.
Service towards others is an offering of fellowship. This is
another mission that our honor society fulfills through its
In Sigma Pi Sigma there are no professional boundaries. One finds all professions represented in the Sigma Pi Sigma membership. There are many practicing physicists among Sigma Pi Sigma members, but excellence in physics has opened many career options to our members. Through their lives, physics has enriched the world beyond the narrow scope of the physics community. Sigma Pi Sigma reaches beyond specific disciplines, uniting a diverse group of exceptional people who have shared in the culture and traditions of physics. With the common thread of this shared background in physics running through so rich a diversity of generations and professions, Sigma Pi Sigma promotes a spirit of community among its members and encourages them to offer their collective wisdom and perspectives in the service of the larger society.
Updated May 20, 2002
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