Expand outreach on the nature of science, critical thinking, and the scientific method. Investigate and promote policy opportunities for undergraduates and recent graduates. Those were among the top proposals to emerge last month for the Society of Physics Students (SPS), following the fifth Quadrennial Congress of its honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma (ΣΠΣ). The congress was held at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, last 7–9 November.

The students weren’t kidding around. Centered on the theme of “Scientific Citizenship: Connecting Physics and Society,” the 2 1/2-day event was packed with plenary talks, breakout groups, tours, meals, and endless networking opportunities for the 600 or so attendees. Among the topics presented and discussed were energy efficiency, the political process, diversity, and creationism. “The 14-hour days were long, and a little exhausting,” reflects Krystle Williams, a graduate student in biophysics at the University of Rochester. “But when I think about how much I got...

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