Society of Physics Students Chapter Earns National Recognition for Four Straight Years
Published on January 15, 2020
The USciences chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won the Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office for the fourth consecutive year. This award is given to an SPS chapter for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physical sciences organization, a designation given to fewer than 15 percent of all SPS chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and internationally.
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association designed for students and membership is open to anyone interested in physics and related fields. SPS operates within the American Institute of Physics (AIP), an umbrella organization for professional physical science societies.
The SPS chapter at USciences is advised by Roberto Ramos PhD, associate professor of physics, since 2015 and is led by student officers. The 2018-19 officers were:
- Gopal Goberdhan Phys’20, Neuro’20, President
- Steven Simpkins Phys’21, Vice-President
- Ed McLaughlin Phys’21, Treasurer
- Despina Nakos Phys’20, Future Faces Project Lead
SPS chapters are evaluated on their level of interaction with the campus community, the professional physics community, the public, and with SPS national programs. The Outstanding Chapter Award recognizes high levels of outreach as well as unique approaches to fulfilling the mission of SPS to “help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community.”
During the award year, USciences SPS hosted a rotational motion-based physics booth at the annual Philadelphia Science Festival, an optics-themed outreach at Upper Darby High School, an Astronomy Night and a 2018 Nobel Physics Prize themed outreach on the USciences campus. SPS members also formed the crew of the Physics Wonder Girls Camp. During the award year, Dr. Ramos also received the national Outstanding SPS Chapter Advisor Award, for guiding the chapter to national recognition.