USciences Physics Students Win National Recognition

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on January 7, 2019

SPS studentsThe USciences chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office for the 2017-18 academic year. This is the third time the chapter has been recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physical sciences organization, a designation given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and internationally.

The Society of Physics Students is a professional association designed for students and membership is open to anyone interested in physics or related fields. SPS operates within the American Institute for Physics, an umbrella organization for physical science societies.

The USciences chapter is advised by Roberto Ramos, PhD, associate professor of physics, and student officers for the 2017-18 year were Alyssa Petroski Phys’20, Despina Nakos Phys’20, Austin Vantrease Phys’19, Mia Vega Phys’19, and Gabrielle Moss Phys’20.

“It is not easy to receive the Outstanding SPS Chapter Award, especially for three successive years. But our SPS chapter is now nationally known for the quality and energy of its outreach and service in promoting physics,” said Dr. Ramos.

Among the chapter's accomplishments in 2017-18 include hosting its first SPS Zone Meeting attended by 45 physics majors from universities in New Jersey/Delaware/ Pennsylvania; receiving two $500 grants to host a "Renewable Energy" booth at the Philadelphia's Science Carnival and organizing a “Quantum Physics”- themed physics outreach at an all-girls high school; hosting an on-campus "Do-it-yourself Circuit Art Workshop" and organizing a Physics Honor Society Induction.

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.”

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