This compilation of articles by SPS Chapter Reporters captures the full depth and breadth of the CongressGo to the PhysCon Articles
Listen to audio and view videos of several plenary speakers.View Speaker Page
Need Fundraising tips for getting to PhysCon?
- Approach your Student Government/Senate for funds: Emphasize that it is a national meeting of physics students and professionals with top-notch speakers (list them). It may also be helpful to build in a contribution by the student and the department with the proposal-$100 each or so.
- Take Advantage of Department Specific Items: Have a used book sale; have a garage sale or silent auction of department junk. Old scientific apparatus make fine curiosities (you might even try selling them on ebay!).
- Tie fundraising in with SPS activities: Sell physics themed t-shirts/toys for a profit; host a liquid nitrogen ice cream social.
- Don’t forget about food: sell donuts or other baked goods regularly in your Physics/Science building in high traffic areas; see if a local restaurant has a fundraising deal (eg: selling chicken biscuits to students for breakfast and delivering them to their dorms); sell pizza and snacks during a ‘study party’ before big tests.
- Do a community demo show and sell tickets
- Sell raffle tickets for a prize, like fun physics toys, movies, or t-shirts
- Hold a change drive – ask students to donate any spare change they have
- Write letters to alumni asking for donations, or put out something in the department newsletter
- Talk with your school’s Development Office – they may know the best people to write letters to
- Sponsor opportunities on your club/SPS website
- Contact local churches to see if they will provide discounted transportation to the airport
- Hold a Rent-a-Student fundraiser! Charge $25 per student for 3-4 hours of work
- Ask your research adviser if there’s funding for you to present at a Congress
- Approach your Summer REU or Internship advisors to see if they can provide support to present at this national meeting.
- Sell SPS themed school supplies: pencils, notebooks, etc.
- Chapters that want to present a poster on a Future Faces of Physics event on their campus are eligible for a $200 stipend (if you received a Future Faces of Physics Award, do a poster on what you did!)