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Debt Retirement Campaign

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NSBP was sued by the Renaissance Nashville (hereinafter referred to as “the Hotel”) and a judgment was awarded of over $325,000 to the Hotel against NSBP. The current agreement between the Hotel and NSBP is to pay the Hotel $2000 a month on the principal. Currently, NSBP owes the Hotel approximately $200,000 against that judgment. At the current rate of payment, NSBP would be paying the Hotel for over eight years. If NSBP defaults on this agreement and fails to make a monthly payment, interest is compounded at 1.5% monthly, putting NSBP over $900,000 in debt.

This debt to the Hotel keeps NSBP from being a principal investigator (PI) on any grant from the federal government. Any funding requested by NSBP has to go through a third party that has its own additional review process where can be denied even before it's submitted to the federal funding agency. If NSBP receives money from the federal government with our proposal, that third party takes a sizeable portion of that money as the PI on the grant.

NSBP has the opportunity to be done with this financial burden. The Hotel has offered NSBP a settlement on the debt if the organization can pay them $100,000 by April 30, 2018. This is a tremendous opportunity to be free from this financial burden that NSBP must take advantage of as an organization. Retirement of the hotel debt would decrease our organization's monthly expenses, freeing up money that could possibly be given to students or invested in projects to bolster NSBP as an organization. Additionally, retirement of the hotel debt would simplify submitting proposals for funding as well as increase the amount of money requested in proposals for external funding.

If you believe in the ongoing mission of the National Society of Black Physicists, please give to this campaign to allow us to meet our April 30, 2018 deadline. Any contributions given to NSBP are fully tax deductible. The retirement of this debt will allow NSBP to increase its efforts to develop and support opportunities for African-Americans in physics. 

2017 NSBP Election

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The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the 2017 election.

This year, the following offices are up for election:

  • President (2 year term plus 1 year as past president)
  • Treasurer (2 year term)
  • Technical Executive Officer (2 year term)
  • Administrative Executive Officer (2 year term)

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NSBP at the STEMpowerment Conference at UVI

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On April 19, 2017, The National Society of Black Physicists’ President Dr. K. Renee Horton served as the keynote speaker for the STEMpowerment Conference, in celebration of Science Week at the University of the Virgin Islands (SWUVI). During this visit, Renee spent the day preceding the conference visiting and talking with the administration, faculty and students of this newly implemented physics program for this University. Renee served as the keynote speaker and a panelist for the STEMpowerment Conference in which she detailed her path to success in the STEM field. Following her presentation, there was a STEMpowerment Career Panel discussion on issues such as; academic paths, career paths, extracurricular activities outside of academics, strengths and weaknesses, goals, challenges in specific careers, sexism, biases, doubts, life mottos, mentorship, and useful advice.   As part of the SWUVI, there were visits to the Etelman Observatory, observations and sessions with the Peer Lead Teaching Lecture (PLTL) students about their teaching and learning experiences in this newly implemented environment. Outside of the physics department was a session with the students of NSBE, individual sessions with STEM majoring students and dinner at the Science Café hosted by the Marine Biology department at a local restaurant. On Dr. Horton’s day of departure, she spent the morning at the Addelita Cancryn Junior High School observing the STEM Science fair exhibits, interacting with the science classes and videoing a greeting to the incoming students about the importance of physics in the world and their place in physics.