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Recent NSBP News and Accomplishments

  • APS 2020 Award Winners

    2020 has been a banner year for awards given to Black physicists. Here is a partial list of some of the most recent awardees from APS and IEEE

    Additionally, there have been a number of Black physicists that have been elevated to fellow status within APS, Congratulations to all of the award winners.

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  • Morgan State University designated a Historic Site by APS

    American Physical SocietyEvery year, the American Physical Society (APS) recognizes a select number of sites in the United States where important events in the history of physics took place. In September 2020, Morgan State University, the birthplace of NSBP, has been designated a Historic Site by the American Physical Society (APS). The citation reads:

    On April 28, 1977, Morgan State University became the birthplace of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). Its founders sought to promote the professional well-being of African American physicists within society at large and within the international scientific community. They have successfully mentored young Black students to increase their representation in physics and technology. Their persistent professional devotion to inclusion has produced the largest national organization that actively supports African American physicists.

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  • 2020 Conference T-Shirt Design Winner

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    Congratulations to Samantha O'Sullivan for her winning design of the NSBP Conference T-shirt contest. Samantha O’Sullivan is a Junior at Harvard University concentrating in Physics and African-American Studies. She is also a member of the NSBP Student Council.  Her award winning design will be distributed on the traditional conference t-shirt to our student and professional conference attendees. For her winning design, Samantha will receive a prize from NSBP. Congratulations Samantha for your winning design and thank you to all of the people that submitted designs for the contest.


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  • NSBP Visions: LaNell Williams and Duane Valz.

    NSBP Visions squareThe NSBP Visions Seminar Series is designed to be a welcoming series of informal fireside chats highlighting a broad range of research ideas and topics. An NSBP member is paired with a seasoned scientist or thought leader from a different field (typically in science or technology) so that they may have a dialogue and find commonality in their differing opinions and interests. The purpose of these talks is to provide a platform for members to explore their research ideas, broaden their physics knowledge and network with professionals. Through this series, we aim to bring physics to the people: that is make physics accessible and understandable to the public. Moreover, as always, our mission is to continue to promote the image of the Black scientist and share our members’ excellence with the rest of the world.

    The first speakers for this series are LaNell Williams and Duane Valz. 

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  • Innovation Seminar Series September 29, 2020: Charles Brown

    Innovate Seminar Seriese - Charles Brown

    The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) is pleased to present Dr. Charles Brown as the next speaker for the NSBP ‘Innovate Seminar Series’! The Innovate Seminar Series is a new forum for NSBP members to share their research ideas and projects in a non-specialist way. Dr. Brown is an experimental quantum physicist, science communicator, and champion for increased Black American representation in physics. He is now a postdoctoral scholar and Ford Foundation fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Special thanks to the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics for their continued support of the NSBP Innovation Seminar Series.

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Meet Our NSBP Student Council



  • Our Mission

    Our Mission

    Founded in 1977 at Morgan State University, the mission of the National Society of Black Physicists is to promote the professional well-being of African American physicists and physics students within the international scientific community and within society at large.

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  • Our Sections

    Our Sections

    There are 16 Physics Sections of NSBP. These sections help plan symposia at our annual conference as well as other meetings, workshops, and mini-courses. They help keep the general membership aware of new and ongoing funding for research and training in the respective sub-fields. Each section is a forum for networking and information exchanges including student advising and mentoring as well as research collaboration.

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  • Join NSBP

    Join NSBP

    Join NSBP. We want you to become a member a society of students, professionals, advisors, and friends who are working toward uniting physicist and astronomers in their pursuit of understanding matter and energy, and using that to benefit mankind.

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