The Society of Physics Students

The Rhodes College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) is comprised of students who share an interest in physics and a love of sharing their enthusiasm for science with others. The Society of Physics Students is a professional association explicitly designed for students, and governed by a national council of physicists and physics students under the organization of the American Institute of Physics. SPS has an associated honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, in which our chapter is proud to participate.

Chapter Officers: 2020-21
President: Anna Murphree ’21
Vice-president: Giuliana Hofheins ’22
Secretary: Tommy Peters ’21
Treasurer: Gia Pirro ’22
Membership: Finn Giddings ’22
Outreach: Mackenzie Gibbs ’22
Demonstrations: Sarah Delahunt ’22
Social Media Chair: Lily Whitesell ’24
On-Campus Programming: Olivia Kaufmann ’23

The Rhodes SPS chapter is well-known for its many on-campus and community events. Our annual favorites include such things as the Pumpkin Drop, Egg Drop, Physics Formal, Rites to Play, and many more. We also love doing outreach at local schools, which usually involves fun demos (like hovercrafts!).

As we are virtual this fall semester, we are having fun Zoom events such as: “What I Did Last Summer” research presentations, Coffee Times, guest speakers, and more!

Chapter Meetings
Friends, physics, and cool at-home demos. What more could you ask for?  Meetings are held every week on Zoom. This semester, we meet from 1:00 – 1:30pm CDT on Wednesdays!

Join Us!
Joining SPS is easy. Just show up at the meetings and participate, and join SPS national here. We also host a membership meeting at the beginning of each school year where you can sign up. Being part of SPS national gives you lots of cool opportunities, like going to physics conferences and applying for summer programs. The physics department will pay your membership fee!

Follow us on Instagram @Rhodes.SPS and join the Rhodes SPS Facebook group to stay up-to-date on what we're doing! If you have any questions, or you would like to be added to the email list, please email

Research Opportunities Website

This website has a lot of great info about research programs across the country! Many of our SPS members do some kind of research and it is highly encouraged by the physics department.

Zoom Links
These links will beam you right into our meetings! You’ll be placed in a waiting room, and then someone will let you in.

Chapter Meetings:
Join us for chapter updates, physics news, and at-home demos!
Wednesdays, 1:00 – 1:30pm CST

Senior Seminar Presentations:
Join us to hear our senior physics majors’ cool talks!
Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm CST

Observatory Astronomy Nights:
Join us for live remote observing, AstroChats, or guest speakers!
Weekly info posted on the Rhodes Astronomy Facebook page and @RhodesAstronomy on Instagram.
Wednesdays, 7 ~ 9pm CDT

Happy Hour:
Join us for informal chats over coffee/tea/etc.; pop in whenever!
Fridays, 2 ~ 4pm CST

Guest Speaker Presentations:
Hear from past guest speakers!

“What I Did Last Summer” Research Presentations:
Hear about students’ summer research experiences!