NSBP Student Chapters

Thinking of starting a chapter?

Starting a student chapter can be a rewarding way to make the most of your NSBP membership. There is a minimum of 5 student members required to start an NSBP Student Chapter at your university. All students must also be active members of NSBP.  If you feel there is sufficient support, you should then choose an advisor. This is typically a physics faculty member who is a member of NSBP, supports your project and can help guide your chapter as it builds momentum. Please note that the faculty advisor should also be an active member of NSBP.  For more information on advisor and student membership rates and how to sign up, please visit https://nsbp.org .
Once your NSBP Student Chapter is established and all the necessary requirements are met, begin operating as a Chapter: (Hold regular meetings and organize chapter activities). These can range from community service to social gatherings or from colloquium speakers to facility tours - or any program that would be a benefit to your members. New student chapters will be announced annually at the NSBP Conference.  Your chapter members are encouraged to attend.  
Note: A university is not allowed to have more than one NSBP Student Chapter; it is recommended that you check the directory before beginning the application process. 

Benefits of Student Chapters

Hampton Chapter

  • Develop project management and program planning skills
  • Hold networking and educational events with professionals
  • Partner with SPS Student Chapters
  • Host fun social events with fellow physics students 

Requirements for Starting an NSBP Student Chapter

For this to take place, please submit the following 3 requirements:

  1. Completed petition for a chapter formation (See Petition Application)
  2. Review the NSBP Student Chapter By-Laws template and confirm compliance the University‚Äôs policies.  Submit all governing document for the student chapter.  Utilize the NSBP Student Chapter Constitution & By-Laws template.  Chapters are permitted to make additions to articles and sections, however, all amendments should align with the NSBP Constitution and NSBP By-Laws
  3. Word or PDF document listing the current NSBP student members (at least 5 are required) and a current NSBP postdoctoral or professional member as an advisor.  All members should go online to register as a NSBP member prior to submitting documentation.

Submit the above requirements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Your chapter will be required to identify NSBP chapter president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary on the petition form. Your chapter may establish additional officer roles, such as Outreach Officer or Professional Development Officer. Postdoctoral NSBP members may fill one of these roles but cannot serve as both the chapter advisor and as an additional officer .  All additional positions added to your chapter must be filled by active NSBP members.  In addition, please include your chapter advisor (no letter of support required). Last, please select to use your own group e-mail, as we will provide NSBP domain chapter e-mails at a later date.   

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail Farrah Simpson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Once the requirements have been submitted please allow at 6-8 weeks for the NSBP executive board to review documentation and vote. 

Managing your chapter

Student Chapter Documents