The Grove City College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office. This is the fifth consecutive time the chapter has been recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-lead physics club, a designation given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at universities in the United States.
The SPS chapter at Grove City College is advised by Dr. D.J. Wagner and Dr. Mark Fair, and is led by the student officers. The 2013-2014 officers are:
President – Allen Scheie ’14, Physics
Vice President Nate Rupprecht ’14, Physics
Secretary – Ashley Lindow ’15, Physics and General Science Secondary Education
Treasurer – Anna Snelgrove ’15, Physics
Historian – Emily Hare ’14, History
Sargent in Arms – Tim Rogers ’14, Physics
Sargent in Arms – Sam Niehaus ’15, Physics
Chaplain – Michele Augspurger ’14, Biblical and Religious Studies
Outreach Coordinator – Libby Carbone ’14, Physics and General Science Secondary Education
Outreach Coordinator – Jeremy Smith ’15, Physics
Outreach Coordinator – Lauren Dallachiesa ’15, Physics
Webmaster – Nate Higgins ’15, Physics and Computers
“This award is a great honor for Grove City College. I am proud to be president of our SPS chapter, and I hope we will continue to provide excellent programs and opportunities for students for years to come.” said Allen Scheie.
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.”
SPS is a professional association designed for students and membership is open to anyone interested in physics. SPS operates within the American Institute of Physics (AIP), an umbrella organization for professional physical science societies.
The Grove City College SPS chapter was recognized as outstanding for its efforts in many areas. Of particular note was the tradition of taking students to professional meetings such as the 2012 Quadrennial Sigma Pi Sigma Congress (“PhysCon”). Last year, Grove City College represented the second largest contingent at PhysCon with 33 students and three faculty attending the four-day meeting in Orlando. SPS students also attended several regional meetings as well as the national summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers in Portland, Ore.