USciences Professor Named Society of Physics Student Outstanding Advisor

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on February 7, 2019

The Society of Physics Students has awarded Roberto C. Ramos, PhD, professor of physics and advisor for the USciences’ SPS chapter, as the 2017-18 Outstanding Chapter Advisor.

To support future efforts, the review committee awarded Dr. Ramos $5,000, of which $1,000 each goes to the chapter and the physics department.  He will be officially presented the 2018 Oersted Medal Award for the Outstanding Chapter Advisor during the Winter American Association of Physics Teachers meeting in Houston, TX.

Dr. Ramos has helped to transform the USciences SPS chapter, students wrote in letters of support: 

"Dr. Ramos is an outstanding and motivated scholar who has a true passion for his career and the science of physics. He has ambitiously devoted his time and efforts in spite of his research, teaching, and applying for grants, to help move our chapter of SPS forward, help students navigate the world of physics and further their own undergraduate careers through research and outreach."

Roberto Ramos
Society of Physics Students President Alina Gearba-Sell awards the 2018 Outstanding  Chapter Advisor Award Plaque  to USciences Prof. Roberto Ramos during the  Award Ceremony at the  2019 Annual Meeting of the  American  Association of Physics Teachers in Houston, TX on January 15, 2019. (Photo Courtesy:  American Association of  Physics Teachers)

Dr. Ramos is an experimental quantum mechanic and ultra-low temperature physicist who probes the quantum properties of materials and devices. He earned his BS and MS from the University of the Philippines, his PhD from the University of Washington, and completed his post-doctoral research University of Maryland in the area of superconducting quantum computing. He has published in top scientific journals including Science, Nature Communications, Physical Review, and Journal of Applied Physics. 

Dr. Ramos has been awarded over $1.3M in research and education grants from the National Science Foundation and DOE research equipment valued at over $700,000. He was Program Director of two NSF S-STEM Scholarship Programs, at Drexel University and Indiana Wesleyan University, where he was Blanchard Endowed Research Chair, a Hinds Fellow, and two-time Principium Lecture Awardee.

Dr. Ramos has advised and nurtured award-winning chapters of the Society of Physics Students across three universities, bringing his infectious passion for physics and cultivating a culture of leadership and service among physics majors.  He was nominated several times as Outstanding SPS Advisor, is currently advisor to the University of the Sciences' SPS Chapter and serves as Zone 3 Councilor for the SPS National Council. Dr. Ramos serves as Director of USciences’ Center for Undergraduate Research. He is an advocate of "women in STEM" and has organized eight "Physics Wonder Girls Camps" for middle school girls, featured by ABC and Fox News Networks.

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