USciences Physics Students Win National Recognition for Fifth Straight Year
Published on March 3, 2021
The USciences chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won the Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office. This is the fifth consecutive year that the student-led organization has received this recognition, a designation which is given to fewer than 10% of all SPS chapters at colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally.
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.”
Despite the COVID pandemic, USciences SPS pursued its mission of promoting physics by holding a virtual physics outreach to high school STEM scholars from the Franklin Institute, students from the Snider Hockey Foundation and graduates of the Physics Wonder Girls Camp. In the Spring Semester, 1997 Physics Nobel Laureate Bill Phillips, Ph.D. inducted five SPS members and four physics alumni to the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society
SPS is a professional association designed for students which operates under the American Institute of Physics (AIP). The USciences SPS chapter is led by student officers under the advisement of Roberto Ramos, PhD, associate professor of physics and SPS Zone Councilor for the PA/NJ/DE region.
The 2020-2021 student officers are:
Keeran Ramanathan, President
Dan Fauni, Vice President
Ryan Hess, Secretary
Steven Simpkins, Treasurer
Matt Becker & Nell Grabowski, SGA Representatives