Awards and Programs


Sigma Pi Sigma programs emerge from the society’s mission 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 toward their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; and to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. Programs are funded by generous donations of alumni and underwritten by the American Institute of Physics. For information about how to contribute, see

Chapter Project Awards

Sigma Pi Sigma chapters are invited to submit award proposals to the national office for funding of chapter inductions and events. The annual deadline is November 15.

Outstanding Service Awards

Chapters are encouraged to recognize notable alumni who have performed meritorious service to the field of physics, to Sigma Pi Sigma, or to a local Sigma Pi Sigma chapter. Awards can be bestowed by individual chapters and do not need approval from the national office.

Worth Seagondollar Award

The Worth Seagondollar Award recognizes extraordinary levels of service and commitment to Sigma Pi Sigma and the Society of Physics Students. Awardees are nominated and selected by the National Council.



Adopt-a-Physicist connects high school students to real physics graduates, recruited primarily from among the Sigma Pi Sigma membership, who are eager to share their stories as a means of helping students understand the benefits of studying physics and the career opportunities it provides. Working in areas ranging from particle physics research to freelance writing, the participating physicists embody a huge range of careers, backgrounds, interests, and educational levels. Adopt-a-Physicist connects classes with the physicists of their choice through online discussion forums that are active for a set, three-week session.