USciences Awarded $1,500 to Promote Physics

By Jenna Pizzi

USciences awarded $1,500 to promote physicsInnovative projects aimed at promoting interest in physics among middle and high school students has earned the newly revived USciences chapter of The Society of Physics Students (SPS) nearly $1,000 in awards from a national organization and another $500 to to establish a Physics Honor Society at USciences.

The 2016-17 Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter Project Award was awarded to Dr. Roberto Ramos from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) to build the chapter by hosting an induction ceremony-banquet that will celebrate academic excellence of physics students and feature invited speakers from physics alumni and local industrial physicists.

The students involved in the USciences Society of Physics Students chapter were awarded the $500 Marsh White Award for their proposal called “Catch that Wave: The Physics of Waves.” The award, written by Katee O’Malley Phys’17 enables USciences physics students to have a booth about the physics of waves at the Philadelphia Science Festival. This is the second consecutive year that O’Malley has been awarded monies to promote physics. Last year, she and other students conducted physics outreach at West Catholics Preparatory High School, hosting experiments and hands on experiences in an engineering class.

The prize supports projects designed to promote interest in physics among the general public. This award was first given in 1975, and is named for one of the founders of Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honors society, Dr. Marsh W. White.

Another of the chapter’s proposals entitled “‘Turn’ing Up with Physics” was selected as a Future Faces of Physics Award winner, earning a $500 prize from the SPS. The Future Faces of Physics Award is aimed at "supporting projects designed to promote physics across cultures,” and is designed to promote the recruitment and retention of people from groups historically underrepresented in physics.  

The award, written by Despina Nakos Phys’20, Austin Vantrease Phys’19, Alyssa Petroski Phys’20, and Karla Miletic Phys’20, will help to fund a collaboration with Philadelphia’s Mighty Writers organization to deliver physics content to an after school mentoring program.

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