The name of this organization shall be “Society of Physics Students: University of Utah Chapter”.


The purpose of this Chapter shall be the advancement and diffusion of knowledge of physics, the encouragement of interest in physics throughout the academic and local communities, and the introduction of students to the professional community.


Section 1. Society of Physics Students Membership

Our chapter is the local affiliate of a national organization, the Society of Physics Students. Membership in this chapter shall be open to all individuals interested in physics.  All students, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, or status as an individual with disability, or as a protected veteran, are given equal opportunity to join and participate in our organization.


Section 2. Sigma Pi Sigma Membership

Membership in Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society included within this Society of Physics Students Chapter, shall be based upon character, and academic and professional attainments and is not restricted to physics majors. Election to Sigma Pi Sigma is for members from among those candidates presented by the Sigma Pi Sigma nominating committee appointed by the Chapter Advisor.

Clause 1.

For undergraduate students in physics or related fields, the minimum requirements for Sigma Pi Sigma membership within this Chapter shall be as follows:

All members-elect shall have completed at least the equivalent of three semesters (five quarters) of full-time college work.

All members-elect shall have completed at least three semesters (five quarters) courses in physics, each of at least three credit hours, which may be credited toward a physics major.

All members-elect shall rank in the upper one third of their college class.

All members-elect shall have attained at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 system for physics courses and for cumulative course grades in all courses.

Clause 2.

For graduate students in physics or related fields, all members-elect either (a) shall meet the requirements for undergraduate members-elect, based upon their undergraduate records, or (b) shall have completed at least one year of graduate work, meeting departmental standards for satisfactory progress towards an advanced degree.

Clause 3.

For faculty members, research staff members, and other qualified individuals, who are in physics or related fields, election to membership shall be based upon their professional attainments.


Section 1. Chapter Officers

The officers of the Chapter shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Treasurer, a Secretary, a Historian, Outreach Coordinator, and other positions as necessary; succession shall be in accordance with this order. Any two offices, other that those of the President and Vice-President, may be combined. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these bylaws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by this Chapter.

Section 2. Elections

Officers shall be elected at a scheduled meeting in spring term of each year. Nominations shall be by open nomination at a meeting in the previous month. The election shall be by closed ballot. Officers-elect shall assume their offices in May at the completion of the spring semester, and shall hold office for one year, during which time their successors are duly elected. If an office is not filled during regular elections, or if an office is vacated at any time, a special election can be held to fill the office until such time as the next scheduled elections are held.

Section 3. Sigma Pi Sigma Responsibility

Upon the installation of a Sigma Pi Sigma chapter within the Society of Physics Students Chapter, one of the officers who is a Sigma Pi Sigma member, and the Chapter Advisor shall be given specific responsibility of the affairs of the Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter.



The Chapter Advisor shall be a faculty member appointed by the Chairperson of the Physics & Astronomy Department, after consultation with the Chapter officers. The Chapter Advisor shall provide liaison among the Chapter, the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and the National Office of the Society of Physics Students. The Chapter Advisor will supply counseling to the Chapter, furnish continuity of experience in Chapter operations, and provide long-range perspective to insure departmental interest in and support of the Society of Physics Students. The Chapter Advisor shall assist the Secretary in furnishing the National Office with the required data and shall assist the Treasurer in transmitting fees and dues to the National Office.


Regular meetings shall be held bimonthly as determined by the officers. Special meetings may be called by the President or Vice-President. There shall be at least eight meetings per year.


No annual dues shall be collected by the Treasurer except for those required by the National Office.


The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Chapter in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the Chapter may adopt.


These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote, provided that the amendment shall have been proposed at least one meeting previous to the time of vote. Such amendments shall conform to the regulations established by the National Constitution of the Society of Physics Students.