Professional Societies Descriptions

This file contains some very basic information about the main professional societies of which I am a member (and my member level/grade): American Astronomical Society (AAS) (Full Member), American Geophysical Union (AGU) (Life Member), IEEE (Senior Member), and Society of Physics Students (SPS) (At-Large Member). I have only included some basic background and contact information for these societies here, so I recommend visiting the official sites of these societies for more detailed information.

American Astronomical Society (AAS)

From the main page of the official site: "The American Astronomical Society (AAS), established 1899, is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. The membership (~7,700) also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising contemporary astronomy. The mission of the American Astronomical Society is to enhance and share humanity's scientific understanding of the Universe. (1) The Society, through its publications, disseminates and archives the results of astronomical research. (2) The Society facilitates and strengthens the interactions among members through professional meetings and other means. (3) The Society represents the goals of its community of members to the nation and the world. (4) The Society, through its members, trains, mentors and supports the next generation of astronomers. (5) The Society assists its members to develop their skills in the fields of education and public outreach at all levels."


American Astronomical Society
2000 Florida Ave., NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20009-1231, USA

Phone: 202-328-2010 (main line)
FAX: 202-234-2560
E-mail, Executive Office:

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

From the About AGU page of the official site, slightly modified: "AGU's Vision is a worldwide scientific community that advances, through unselfish cooperation in research, an understanding of Earth and space that is used for the benefit of humanity. (1) The Union fosters excellent Earth and space science research, to the benefit of humanity. (2) The Union advances the Earth and space sciences by catalyzing and supporting the efforts of individual scientists within and outside the membership. As a learned society, the Union serves the public good by fostering quality in the Earth and space sciences and by publicizing the results of research. (3) The Union welcomes all in academic, government, industry and other venues who share its interest in understanding the Earth, planets and their space environment, or who seek to apply this knowledge to solving problems facing society. (4) The Union's scientific mission transcends national boundaries. Individual scientists worldwide are equals in all AGU activities. Cooperative activities with partner societies of all sizes worldwide enhance the resources of all, increase the visibility of the Earth and space sciences, and serve individual scientists and students. (5) The Union is its members. Dedicated volunteers represent an essential ingredient of every Union program, including publications, meetings, public education and outreach. Union staff works flexibly and responsively in partnership with volunteers to achieve Union goals and objectives."


American Geophysical Union (AGU)
2000 Florida Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20009-1277 USA

Phone: 202-462-6900
Toll Free: 800-966-2481 (North America only)
E-mail, Customer Service:


From the About Us page of the official site: "A non-profit organization, IEEE is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology. The IEEE name was originally an acronym for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Today, the organization's scope of interest has expanded into so many related fields, that it is simply referred to by the letters I-E-E-E (pronounced Eye-triple-E). Through its global membership, IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics among others. Members rely on IEEE as a source of technical and professional information, resources and services. To foster an interest in the engineering profession, IEEE also serves student members in colleges and universities around the world. Other important constituencies include prospective members and organizations that purchase IEEE products and participate in conferences or other IEEE programs."


2001 L Street, NW. Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-4910 USA

Phone: 202-785-0017
FAX: 202-785-0835

Society of Physics Students (SPS)

From the About SPS page of the official site: "The Society of Physics Students is a professional association explicitly designed for students. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. The only requirement for membership is that you be interested in physics. Besides physics majors, our members include majors in chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, and other fields.
SPS & Sigma Pi Sigma. Within SPS is housed Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, which elects members on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. This unique two-in-one society operates within the American Institute of Physics, an umbrella organization for ten other professional science societies.
The SPS exists to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community. Course work develops only one range of skills. Other skills needed to flourish professionally include effective communication and personal interactions, leadership experience, establishing a personal network of contacts, presenting scholarly work in professional meetings and journals, and outreach services to the campus and local communities.
Locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, the SPS offers the opportunity for these important enrichments to the student's experience."


Society of Physics Students
American Institute of Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740

Phone: 301-209-3007
FAX: 301-209-0839

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