Societies and Clubs


Sigma Pi Sigma

We exist to:

  • Honor outstanding scholarship in physics.
  • Encourage interest in physics among students at all levels.
  • Promote an attitude of service of its members toward their fellow students, colleagues and the public.
  • Provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics.

How you can join:

  • Have at least a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA for all physics courses taken.
  • At least one physics course must be numbered PHY 333 or above.
  • All Sigma Pi Sigma members must also be members of the Society of Physics Students (SPS). Students may join SPS upon being inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma.

Society of Physics Students

The goals of the Missouri State Society of Physics Students are to promote extra-curricular learning directly related to physics, promote interest in physics to local high school and middle school students, and facilitate a social atmosphere that is conducive to encouraging SPS members to work together solving physics problems.

Attention Facebook users: Please join the SPS Facebook group.

American Physical Society

The American Physical Society strives to:

  • Be the leading voice for physics and an authoritative source of physics information for the advancement of physics and the benefit of humanity.
  • Provide effective programs in support of the physics community and the conduct of physics.
  • Collaborate with national scientific societies for the advancement of science, science education and the science community.
  • Cooperate with international physics societies to promote physics, to support physicists worldwide and to foster international collaboration.
  • Promote an active, engaged and diverse membership, and support the activities of its units and members.

Missouri Association of Physics Teachers

The Missouri Association of Physics Teachers (MAPT) is the local section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). AAPT programs and publications keep members connected to scientific developments, innovations in education and professional opportunities.


Ozarks Amateur Astronomer Club

The purpose of the Ozarks Amateur Astronomers Club is to create and foster public interest in astronomy through presentations and public observing nights. Presentations are given throughout the academic year to schools and various groups around the Ozarks. Club members support the NASA Public Observing Night held at Baker Observatory early each fall semester and late each spring semester. The club also holds monthly star parties, which are open to paid members and to those who wish to become members.

American Astronomical Society

The American Astronomical Society seeks to:

  • Disseminate and archive the results of astronomical research through our publications.
  • Facilitate and strengthen the interactions among members through professional meetings and other means.
  • Represent the goals of our community of members to the nation and the world.
  • Train, mentor and support the next generation of astronomers.
  • Assist our members to develop their skills in the fields of education and public outreach at all levels.

Materials science

Materials Research Society

The Materials Research Society is an organization of materials researchers from academia, industry and government that promotes communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life. Although no local or student chapter currently exists, the Materials Research Society offers many resources on their website.