SPS is a professional association designated for students and membership is open to anyone interested in physics. The society operates within the American Institute of Physics, an umbrella organization for professional physical societies


Physics students win national recognition

CMU’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the society’s national office.

This is the sixth time the chapter has been recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physics club, a designation given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at universities in the United States.

Each year, SPS chapters submit a report to a team of four National Council members, showcasing their group’s activities. The reviewing team evaluates the chapter on its 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 society’s mission to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community.

The SPS chapter at CMU is advised by Associate Professor of Physics Chad Middleton, PhD, and is led by student-officers. The 2013 officers are Jaimie Stephens, President; Sam Hebenstreit, Vice-president; Victoria Chavez, Treasurer; Joseph Howerton, Secretary and Daniel Cicero, Club Advisory Board Representative.

SPS is a professional association designated for students and membership is open to anyone interested in physics. The society operates within the American Institute of Physics, an umbrella organization for professional physical societies. •

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