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The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association explicitly designed for students, dedicated to connecting and advancing students interested in physics. UMD's SPS chapter is made up of undergraduate physics and non-physics majors, always welcoming new members! SPS provides skills not offered in coursework, such as leadership experience, networking, outreach services, and effective communication in professional meetings and journals.

Interested in joining UMD SPS? Any UMD student come become a member by either: 

  • Coming to our weekly SPS meetings (Schedule on SPS Website Calendar), or
  • Volunteering for a 1-hour donut shift once a week (National Membership benefits included)

2020-2021 SPS Team:

President: Jorge Ramirez
Vice President: Kathleen Hamilton-Campos
Treasurer: Angel Torres
Social & Outreach Chair: Ela Rockafellow
Tutoring Chair: Kate Sturge
UMD SPS Chapter Advisor since 2014: Donna Hammer
  • National SPS Council Member for Zone 4, 2017-2020
  • "The Outstanding Advisor for a Student Organization" by UMD Division of Student Affairs, 2015-2016

SPS Members have access to:

  • Research Collquia and lab tours
  • Peer mentoring and tutoring
  • Community outreach
  • Networking with UMD faculty
  • Various social events (See SPS Website Calendar)

SPS Activities Include:

  • Host the SPS Zone 4 Meeting (See Website for more info)
  • Daily donut & coffee fundraiser
  • GRE prep study sessions
  • Co-host the Department Research Fair and Showcase
  • Volunteer with liquid nitrogen station at Maryland Day
  • Physics movie nights with UMD faculty lectures
  • Participate in Physics is Phun program
  • Awarded Outstanding SPS Chapter for six consecutive years, 2014-2019
  • And much more! Visit the UMD SPS Website for news and updates on upcoming events.


For more information about the UMD SPS Chapter, please visit the UMD SPS Website, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.