Abstract
(Mission Statement)

The UC Santa Cruz Society of Physics Students is a community that aims to represent the interests of the physics student body, to provide a social environment for it, and to provide academic resources to facilitate the success of its students. In particular, it is crucial for SPS to recognize and combat the continual underrepresentation of women, people of color, international, and LGBTQ+ students in STEM and facilitate an environment where physics students can thrive academically, professionally, and socially.


We aim to improve the physics undergraduate experience by providing:

  • Weekly meetings establishing a social and academic community.

  • Mentoring services, linking upperclassmen with lowerclassmen.

  • Students an outlet to discuss the modification of the physics curriculum.

  • A communal and academic space for physics students.


The Society of Physics Students ultimately aims to introduce a collaborative, prosperous, and safe environment for physics students to get the most out of their undergraduate careers at UC Santa Cruz.


Procedure
1) SPS holds weekly meetings where physics undergrads can chat, snack, play with physics demonstrations, listen to professors talk about their research, and mess around in general. Of course, graduate students are welcome!
2) SPS hosts a 24 hour study room for physics undergraduates located in Thimann Labs 103A. Coffee, snacks, and motivation are provided. :)
3) SPS is launching a new mentoring program this year, hoping to pair newer students with students who have had some experiencing navigating the road to studying physics and astrophysics. We hope to extend this program to pair graduating undergrads with graduate students. 

Calculations
SPS has been growing a lot, which means we need some help with logistics such as food prep, emails, etc. We understand that becoming an officer is a huge time commitment, but we would greatly appreciate it if you wanted to help us out! If you're interested, please fill out this form

References
You can email us at at sps@ucsc.edu.
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