Summer research experiences such as the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) are not just great fun but also important resume builders and a great way to expand peer networks and build the science community according to Spring 2017 issue of The SPS Observer published by the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP). The SPS Observer is a quarterly magazine that contains feature articles, advice from experienced voices, chapter activities, physics problems, society news, announcements, and meeting notes.
Contributing Writer Rachel Kaufman sought the advice of CSU physics professor Kiril Streletzky to help students who are new to summer research prepare and make the most of their experience. Dr. Streletzky has served as the Faculty Advisor to the CSU chapter of SPS since 2005 and currently organizes the REU @ CSU: Synthesis, Assembly and Characterization of SoftMatter. The complete Pathways – Advice from Experienced Voices interview with Dr. Streletzky is available on-line
SPS has over 700 chapters on campuses across the country. About 5,000 students take part in chapter activities each year, making SPS the fourth largest physics society in the country. The associated honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, now exists in about 450 of those chapters with over 75,000 inductees throughout its history.