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Professional Society Sponsors
With over 42,000 members worldwide, the American Physical Society works to advance and disseminate the knowledge of physics. Since its formation in 1899, it has been dedicated to providing its members and the international physics community with the latest research results through its journals, which now include Physical Review Letters, the Physical Review series, and the Reviews of Modern Physics, and its meetings, which now number over 20 per year. In addition, APS provides the physics community with timely information about government affairs, vigorously lobbies for funding for physics research and education, and promotes the interests of the physics community through extensive public information efforts such as www.PhysicsCentral.com, a website for the public. APS is actively involved in educational programs to improve undergraduate education and to improve the education of future physics and physical science teachers, and for many years APS has worked to increase the number of women and minorities physicists. Information about these and other APS programs can be found at http://www.aps.org.
The American Association of Physics Teachers is dedicated to enhancing the appreciation and understanding of physics through teaching. AAPT, which was founded in 1930, publishes two peer-reviewed journals, The American Journal of Physics and The Physics Teacher. The association's diverse membership includes college and university faculty, high school teachers, faculty at two-year institutions and others interested in physics education. These members support a broad range of activities including national and regional meetings, workshops, topical conferences, and competitions. AAPT is recognized for its outstanding professional development programs, such as the Workshop for New Physics and Astronomy Faculty and the Physics Teaching Resource Agent (PTRA) program. In addition to programs for educators, AAPT also offers opportunities for students. Each year the association awards scholarships and support competitions such as the U.S. Physics Team and the AAPT Physics Bowl. For more information, visit AAPT online at http://www.aapt.org.
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a not-for-profit membership corporation chartered in New York State in 1931 for the purpose of promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare. It is the mission of the Institute to serve physics, astronomy, and related fields of science and technology by serving its Member Societies and their associates, individual scientists, educators, students, R&D leaders, and the general public with programs, services and publications - Information that matters®.
Society of Physics Students (SPS) is the the professional society for physics students and their mentors. With over 4800 members in over 600 chapters on college campuses, SPS provides opportunities for physics students across the nation, including research awards, outreach programs, scholarships, and travel awards. The SPS website (at www.spsnational.org) provides information and applications for these opportunities, as well as society news, hot science, physics career information, and some views of the lighter side of physics. SPS membership is $20 per year and undergraduate members receive Physics Today magazine as well as the opportunity to become part of one of 10 other physics professional societies through the joint membership program.
Sigma Pi Sigma is the national physics honor society, with chapters in about 400 of the 700 SPS campuses. Members, usually upper level undergraduates but sometimes graduate students and faculty, are elected for lifetime membership into Sigma Pi Sigma based on an exceptional academic record. About 37,000 members of Sigma Pi Sigma receive Radiations, the society's official publication, twice per year. Sigma Pi Sigma members support SPS programs, scholarships, and awards through donations made to the society and have a society Congress every four years; the next Sigma Pi Sigma Congress is scheduled for Albuquerque in 2004 and will be the kick-off event for the 2005 World Year of Physics celebration.
Government Agency Sponsors
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, providing more than 40 percent of total funding for this vital area of national importance. It oversees - and is the principal federal funding agency of - the Nation’s research programs in high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and fusion energy sciences.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent agency of the U.S. Government, established by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950. The Foundation consists of the National Science Board of 24 part-time members and a Director (who also serves as ex officio National Science Board member), each appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. Other senior officials include a Deputy Director who is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate, and eight Assistant Directors.
From automated teller machines and atomic clocks to mammograms and semiconductors, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Commerce Department's Technology Administration. NIST's mission is to develop and promote measurement, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life.
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