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.
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.
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.
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.
University of Florida
Student Representative to the SPS Executive Committee