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USciences' Physics Program Receives 2 American Institute of Physics Awards

By Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis

The University of the Sciences chapter of Society of Physics Students (SPS) has received two national awards from the American Institute of Physics—the 2015-16 Marsh White Award and the Future Faces of Physics Award.

“To my knowledge, this is the first time SPS has won either of these awards, let alone two, which are given by the American Institute of Physics to outstanding, nationally competitive proposals to perform physics outreach to surrounding communities by chapter members and volunteers,” said Roberto Ramos, PhD, associate professor of physics at USciences.

Dr. Ramos said these awards demonstrate the leadership and commitment of our physics majors to serve the surrounding community through their discipline and how USciences’ physics program trains its majors early in their careers to write nationally competitive proposals and apply successfully for external funding.

More info about the awards:

  • 2015-16 Future Faces of Physics Award: These awards are made to SPS chapters “to support projects designed to promote physics across cultures.” The goal of the program is to promote the recruitment and retention of groups historically underrepresented in physics. USciences’ chapter of SPS will conduct physics outreach to a local high school and middle school in Philadelphia, with a large number of minority and low-income students. USciences students will use interactive physics demonstrations to stimulate and motivate students’ interest in physics.

            Award amount received: $500 for purchasing demo equipment and supplies
            Project Leaders: Katee O'Malley PHYS’17 and Oberon Wackwitz PHYS’17

  • 2015-16 Marsh White Award: These awards are made to SPS chapters "to support projects designed to promote interest in physics among students and the general public." The USciences chapter of SPS plans to stimulate interest in physics by demonstrating how physics underlies many magic tricks and optical illusions. It will host a physics booth at the Philadelphia Science Festival and visit a high school science club.

            Award amount received: $500 for purchasing demo equipment and supplies
            Project leader: Kacy Catalano PHYS'18

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