December 7, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 39
The Idaho State University Society of Physics Students (SPS) has received the 2009 Outstanding Chapter Award from the National Society of Physics Students and the American Physical Society.
According to Steve Shropshire, ISU physics professor and the faculty advisor for the club, SPS Outstanding Chapters are determined each academic year after a careful review of the information, photos and supporting material presented in annual Chapter Reports.
Criteria for the award includes: 1) involvement in local, regional, and national SPS meetings, as well as other professional meetings, 2) participation in SPS programs. 3) outreach efforts to the grades K-12 or the general public, 4) participation in community service, 5) contributions to student recruitment and retention, 6) participation in social events, and 7) interactions with the department's alumni.
ISU’s club was specifically recognized for its Pi-Day presentation in the Pine Ridge Mall, its public demonstration shows, its popular Halloween “Haunted Physics Lab,” monthly “Something Destructive” events, outreach to public and private schools, and demonstration postings on YouTube.