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2010 Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter Project Awards

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Sigma Pi Sigma is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Chapter Project Awards. These annual awards recognize chapter efforts to raise public awareness of the honor society, build Sigma Pi Sigma's student/alumni community, and promote inter-chapter activities. The winning chapters receive funds to help them achieve proposed activities. They are:

 

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Drexel University

Honoring & Uniting Present & Future Faces of Physics
This proposal is for an induction ceremony to honor outstanding Drexel physics students, distinguished faculty, alumni and middle school students involved in our Drexel SPS's Outreach Program. In addition to the awards, the ceremony will serve as a way to connect students at different levels to established scientists. The money from the award will be used to fund the lunch during the ceremony, certificates, and awards.

Counterclickwise from sitting position: Undergraduate students Jerome Mlack and Vede Ramdass, graduate student Ned Damon and SPS Faculty Chapter Advisor Dr. Roberto Ramos. Project Report
   
Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

2010 Zone 15 Meeting of the Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma
The 2010 Zone 15 Meeting of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma will feature prestigious speakers, tours of laboratories at ISU and the Idaho National Laboratory, fun activities, student research presentations, and formal induction of new Sigma Pi Sigma members. Chapters will also share ideas on outreach, fund raising, and recruitment activities.

Top row, starting on the left: Jordan Keough, ISU SPS President; Dayton Syme, ISU SPS Treasurer; Claire Chow, ISU SPS Secretary. In the microwave are Doug Ball, Associate Zone Councilor and Andrew Sayler, ISU SPS Vice President. Project Report
   
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD

Sigma Pi Sigma Student-Faculty Dinner Proposal
We plan on hosting a dinner for undergraduate physics majors and physics faculty members to encourage interaction outside of the academic settings of classrooms and laboratories. This will promote informal discussions about topics in and out of physics. This event will also increase students’ awareness of our chapter and the contributions it can make to our community with greater involvement with an induction ceremony at the beginning of the dinner.

Current and new members of ΣΠΣ in attendance at the 2010 Student-faculty dinner. Left to right (back) Luke Johnson, John Martin, Henry Scher, Colin Kennedy, Matthew Barr and Amar Husain. Front: Jonathan Cohen, Kaitlin Tuley, Joshua Crawford and Daniel Hemmer. Project Report

 
Mesa State College, Grand Junction, CO
Mesa State College, Grand Junction, CO

SPS Induction Ceremony & Egg Drop & Bridge Building Competition
In hope of inspiring the minds of tomorrow and to facilitate the recruitment of new members, Mesa State College's chapter of Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma propose to involve local middle school and high school students in an egg drop and bridge building competition. We plan to invite the winners of the egg drop and bridge building competition to our annual Sigma Pi Sigma induction ceremony and to open our ceremony to all of our physics majors and minors.

From left to right: Armand McGee, Caitlin Heath, Dr. Chad Middleton, Marshall Sweat, Dr. Bill Tiernan, Ethan Stanley, Matt Whittlesy, Anton Neff, Casey Brown, Kristina Drawbridge, and Mitchell Reid. Project Report
   
Towson University, Towson, MD
Towson University, Towson, MD

Alumni Reception and Open House in Connection with Grand Opening of New Planetarium and Telescope Facility
We wish to invite our Physics, Astronomy and Geoscience alumni to an open house in connection with the grand opening of Towson University's new planetarium and telescope facility, including a presentation by Physics Nobel Laureate John Mather, who has agreed to speak at the event.

From left to right: Christopher Thibodeau, Dr. Jennifer Scott, Michael Davis, Anna Koliais, Joshua Giltinan, John Vitucci, Brian Eney, Dr. Phuoc Ha, and Dr. James Overduin. Not pictured: Panagiotis Koliais, Rachel Hunter, Derek Morgan, Leanne Curtin, and Brian Kirby. Project Report
   
Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

Alumni Panel & Dinner Honoring SPS inductees & Undergraduate Research Day Presenters
We will host our induction ceremony on the University's Research Day and honor departmental award recipients, presenters at the research event and inductees. Three alumni will be invited to lead a panel discussion on the importance of undergraduate research in post graduate life. One alumnus will be recognized for a lifetime of service at WIU. A catered dinner will be provided for all participants.

Western Illinois University's Sigma Pi Sigma action team. Pictured from left to right: Kishor Kapale, P K Babu, Esteban Araya, Mark Boley, Jim Rabchuk. Project Report
   
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

50th Anniversary Induction Ceremony
The Western Kentucky University (WKU) chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma will celebrate its proud history on April 24, 2010 by hosting its fiftieth annual induction ceremony. The ceremony will be open to all WKU Sigma Pi Sigma alumni and special invitations will be extended to five members (one from each of our five decades of existence) to address the new inductees about their experiences and the significance of membership in the national honor society.

WKU SPS Officers Schuyler Wolff (left, President-Elect) and April Pease (right, President) during a recent observational trip at the Kitt Peak National Observatory.
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William Jewell College, Liberty, MO
William Jewell College, Liberty, MO

How my Physics background prepared me for a career as a "Hidden Physicist"
To enhance our annual spring induction ceremony, we propose to invite one of our recent physics graduates whose career involves "hidden physics" as our keynote speaker, so that inductees and other physics students can see the usefulness of studying physics. In addition, we will invite local alumni from our chapter to the induction and dinner to promote fellowship between our department and past graduates. This year is especially important since it marks the 80th anniversary of our first induction ceremony.

Left to right: (back row) Kimberly Carman, Alex Bernskoetter, Carl Merrigan, Chris Day, Jen McKnight, Lena Endsley (front row) Blane Baker, Maggie Brewer, Pat Bunton. Project Report

 
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Reviving a Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter
Sigma Pi Sigma at the University of Wyoming has been dormant for more than six years. We plan to make use of an academically exceptionally strong graduating class to reinvigorate Sigma Pi Sigma again at the University. A fabulous induction event honoring six of our top senior physics students shall serve to establish Sigma Pi Sigma membership as the "in thing" to participate in, which physics and astronomy majors aspire to.

From left to right in the front: Dr. David Thayer; Andy Magstadt; Megan Bagley; Emily May; Shane Allison; and in the back right: Dr. Rudi Michalak.
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Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Induction Banquet
At Coe College we hold an induction ceremony for the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society in conjunction with our end of year banquet, where we elect next year's officers. This year we would like to induct our first honorary member, Nancy Rhodes.

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Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

Revitalization Funds
The Colorado School of Mines physics students wish to revitalize the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society chapter to academic achievement and service in physics. In March 2010, we will hold an induction ceremony to revitalize the chapter where we will provide dinner to new initiates and invite a speaker from industry or a neighboring university.

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St. John's University Queens, NY
St. John's University, Queens, NY

Reviving the Induction Ceremony of the Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter
We propose to revive the Sigma Pi Sigma chapter of St. John's University by hosting an induction ceremony and lunch. We will feature outreach presentations by St. John's SPS members, invited talks by a local industrial physicist and a physics alumnus.

Left: Dr. Huizhong Xu, assistant professor of physics and academic advisor of St. John’s Society of Physics Students chapter. Right: Dr. Robert Finkel, professor and chair of the Physics Department.
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University of Wisconsin-Platteville Platteville, WI
University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Platteville, WI

2010 Sigma Pi Sigma Induction Banquet
This award would pay for an outstanding alumnus of the UW-P engineering physics program to return to campus to present two talks.  The first would be a colloquium at UW-P on the research or employment of the speaker.  The second would be a more informal talk on his or her path since UW-P, to be given at the banquet.  Ideally, this individual would also be a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma chapter. 

Left to right, Hal Evensen (Engineering Physics Program Coordinator), Karland Kilian (current advisor of Sigma Pi Sigma chapter) and Jerome Wilson (past Sigma Pi Sigma advisor). "I want to thank Hal and Jerome for their ideas and suggestions for the proposal to improve our induction ceremony at UW-Platteville," says Kilian.
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