C. Wilbur Peters Chapter of Society of Physics Students (SPS)
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is an independent branch of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) dedicated to serving physics undergraduate and graduate students and furthering interest in physics throughout the student body and the local community. U-M’s program has been recognized by AIP as an Outstanding SPS Chapter for six consecutive years. The recognition was received because of the community outreach projects and exciting seminar series. It’s not all academic though. SPS students participate in several department-sponsored intramural teams and also organize an annual faculty/student softball game. Meetings are generally held every other Tuesday evening.
Sigma Pi Sigma (SPS)
Founded in 1921, Sigma Pi Sigma is a member honor society of the Association of College Honor Societies. 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. Election to Sigma Pi Sigma is earned by outstanding academic achievement and involvement in the physics community at the University of Michigan.
The Society for Women in Physics, originally founded in 2002 by a group of undergraduate women in physics, represents an outstanding team effort, bringing together undergraduate and graduate women and men at UM interested in the issues surrounding the underrepresentation of women in physics. The main goals of SWIP are networking, mentorship, outreach, education, and leadership.
To provide members the opportunities of networking and mentorship, SWIP holds biweekly lunch or dinner meetings, sponsors dinners with new female faculty in the department, and sponsors lunches with speakers of departmental colloquia and seminars, who are sometimes invited by SWIP members.
The other main focus of SWIP is outreach, education, and leadership opportunities. Two annual events organized and run by SWIP include the incredibly successful Physics Demo Day at Slauson Middle School in Ann Arbor, and the Pasta Bridge event at UM's Physics Olympiad.
In 2008, SWIP sponsored and organized the first Midwest Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at UM, which has become an annual conference held concurrently with sister conferences in the East and West. In other years, SWIP has helped members attending the conference at other universities.
This year, SWIP hopes to increase networking and mentorship opportunities, as well as new opportunities for members to give talks at meetings.
The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program at the University of Michigan is a cooperative effort between the Colleges of Engineering and Literature, Sciences & Arts, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Housing Division. The WISE Program is designed to increase the number of girls and women pursing degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while fostering their future success. While the Women in Science and Engineering Programs are open to all students, they are designed to encourage and support women and girls.