Sigma Pi Sigma - National Physics Honor Society

Sigma Pi Sigma is the national honor society for physics students. Founded in 1921, its primary purpose is to honor outstanding scholarship in physics. In addition, the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma, sponsor various grants and awards for individuals and chapters.

Sigma Pi Sigma logoSigma 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. Sigma Pi Sigma¿s mission is not completed in the induction ceremony with the recognition of academic accomplishment. In the four dimensions of Honor, Encouragement, Service, and Fellowship, the mission of Sigma Pi Sigma takes a longer view.

Election to Sigma Pi Sigma is a lifetime membership.

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Emory University's Department of Physics criteria for election

New members elected to Sigma Pi Sigma are inducted every Spring. To be eligible, a student must be in the top third of his or her class and meet GPA minimums in their physics courses as stated below:

Physics GPA BA Physics GPA BS/BS Applied College GPA
3rd year of study 3.5 3.5 Top 1/3 of class*
4th year of study 3.5 3.0 Top 1/3 of class**

* In Fall 2013, the cutoff point was 3.579 and above.
** In Fall 2013, the cutoff point was 3.631 and above.

The SPS advisor is Dr. Kurt Warncke. Please contact him if you have any questions.