How to Become a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Physics will enlighten you on how to become a member of the Institute in Nigeria.
To become a member of physics, here is what you need to do. First, study physics. You need to study physics or any related science course at a tertiary institution within or without Nigeria.
In Nigeria, to be admitted into a university or polytechnic or college of education to study physics, you need six credit passes at your O’Level examination in at least 5 subjects including Mathematics, English Language, and Physics.
In essence, go to a university, a polytechnic, a college of education; study physics or any course related to physics; graduate and obtain a certificate.
There are different categories of membership in the Nigerian Institute of Physics. The categories of membership shall be outlined and explained.
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Categories of Membership in the Nigerian Institute of Physics:
1. The ordinary members
2. Associate members
3. Student members
4. Honorary members as well
5. Corporate members.
To become an ordinary member of the Institute, you should be actively engaged in teaching or practicing physics or any other related science course for a period of not less than five years. You should also possess at least a degree in physics or any other science-related course acceptable to the Council.
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To be admitted as an associate member of the Nigerian Institute of Physics, the applicant must be involved in active teaching or practice of physics or any other science-related course for a period of time less than five (5) years.
Such applicants must also be graduates of physics or related fields as the council shall deem fit. The proposal for ordinary members shall be signed by two members of the institute and approved by two-thirds of the institute members.
Students are admitted into the Nigerian Institute of Physics only if they are undergraduate or postgraduate students of physics or other scientific but related courses of recognized tertiary institutions as shall be approved by the Council.
However, student membership expires once the students complete their last academic year as undergraduate or postgraduate students of physics.
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The honorary member is a member of the Honorary Fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Physics. Members are recommended and chosen by the Council.
These members are installed as a result of their outstanding contributions to the advancement of physics in Nigeria.
A prospective fellow has to fill a form that will be signed by two members of the Council and approved by at least two-thirds of the members.
There is also a category for corporate membership. This is for corporate bodies, companies, or tertiary institutions that have made significant contributions to the advancement of physics in Nigeria, as shall be determined by the Council.
Corporate members are admitted based on the invitation of the institute itself. The admission or election of members into the Nigerian Institute of Physics shall be conducted by the Council.
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Members can transfer from one membership rank to another. However, a transfer is not allowed from the membership cadre to the fellowship or honorary cadre. You can choose the membership grade of the Nigerian Institute of Physics that suits you and join.