Nurturing Excellence, Service, and Fellowship In Physics And Astronomy

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Message from the President

Nurturing Excellence, Service, and Fellowship In Physics And Astronomy


Jim Borgardt, Past Sigma Pi Sigma President (2018–22), SPS Zone 14 Councilor, and Physics and Physics Engineering Professor, Juniata College

Sigma Pi Sigma is a unifying force for those excelling in physics and astronomy. Established in 1921, the society is a community of dynamic and talented individuals bound together by a commitment to excellence, service, and fellowship. At the core of our mission lie the four pillars: recognizing outstanding scholarship, fostering interest in science among students, promoting a spirit of service, and providing a fellowship of exceptional individuals who have achieved excellence in the fields of physics and astronomy. In the wake of the pandemic, a task force has been formed to reenergize these efforts at the chapter level, support the creation of new chapters, and spur the return of Sigma Pi Sigma inductions at chapters that have not held one in recent years. 

Why strive to reinvigorate Sigma Pi Sigma activities and inductions?

Sigma Pi Sigma recognizes outstanding scholarship in physics and astronomy. The society celebrates the tireless dedication and intellectual talent of students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement. Through induction ceremonies, Sigma Pi Sigma highlights the culmination of rigorous study and research, honoring accomplishments and inspiring future generations of physicists and astronomers.

The society not only recognizes academic achievements, it actively seeks to ignite the spark of curiosity in the minds of students at all levels. Sigma Pi Sigma understands the pivotal role education plays in shaping the future of science and actively encourages interest in physics and astronomy through outreach programs, mentorship initiatives, and collaborative efforts with educational institutions. We strive to instill a passion for understanding the cosmos in young minds, inspiring the next generation of scientific pioneers.

Sigma Pi Sigma also recognizes the importance of giving back to the community and the scientific field. The society promotes an attitude of service, encouraging members to share their expertise, engage in outreach programs, and contribute to the greater good of society. Sigma Pi Sigma members are not only scholars—they’re also ambassadors of goodwill, demonstrating that the pursuit of knowledge is inherently tied to a responsibility to serve.

Sigma Pi Sigma is more than an academic recognition; it is a fellowship of like-minded individuals who have made strong contributions to physics and astronomy. This fellowship creates a supportive environment where members can share ideas, experiences, and knowledge, contributing to the growth and enrichment of each individual and the scientific community as a whole.

The pandemic presented many challenges to individuals, departments, the scientific community, and Sigma Pi Sigma and its chapters. In response, the society leadership is engaging with departments about initiating new chapters and reaching out to inactive chapters with support and encouragement. By fostering a sense of belonging and purpose, Sigma Pi Sigma aims to see chapters establish or rekindle their commitment to the four pillars, ensuring they are integral contributors to the society's overarching mission. Every chapter has the potential to be a vibrant hub of academic excellence, community outreach, and fellowship for students.

Sigma Pi Sigma stands as a testament to the enduring pursuit of knowledge and the shared commitment to excellence in physics and astronomy. As the society continues to honor outstanding scholarship, foster interest, promote service, and provide fellowship, it remains dedicated to the continual growth and enrichment of the scientific community. Through ongoing efforts to revitalize inactive chapters and establish new ones, Sigma Pi Sigma is shaping the present to ensure a bright and supportive future for generations of physicists and astronomers. 

Ways to Spark Chapter Activity

Students and advisors:

Alumni: Reach out to local chapters and your alma mater. 

  • Offer to give a talk, host a tour, or be a mentor for Sigma Pi Sigma students.
  • Ask when the next induction will be and how to support the event.
  • Send a note of encouragement and support to the chapter advisor.

Get Support for Inductions and Chapter Activities

Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter Project Awards of up to $600 are awarded to chapters to support inductions or other engaging activities that include alums or promote Sigma Pi Sigma on campus or to the public. Learn more at

Be a Resource for SPS Chapters

Join the SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma Alumni Engagement Program—a database of participants willing to be speakers, panelists, tour guides, and mentors for SPS chapters.

Learn more at




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