The Francis Marion University chapter of the Society of Physics Students has been named an Outstanding SPS Chapter for the 2003-2004 school year.
Less than 10 percent of SPS chapters nationwide are so honored – about one per state.
The selection is based on the depth and breadth of SPS activities conducted by the chapter in such areas as physics research, public science outreach, physics tutoring programs, hosting and representation at physics meetings, and providing social interaction for chapter members.
SPS is the professional society for physics students and their mentors. With over 4,500 members in over 700 chapters on college campuses, SPS provides opportunities for physics students across the
nation, including research awards, outreach programs, scholarships, and travel awards.
The FMU chapter was founded in 1985, and last year changed its name to the Society of Physics and Engineering Students (SPES) to accommodate engineering students. FMU physics professors Seth Smith and Derek Jokisch are the advisers of the organization.
“This award is due to the collective efforts of the excellent students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy,” said Smith. “They have worked very hard to make SPES a vibrant organization, and I am very proud of them. They are a large part of the dramatic growth that our department has experienced in recent years. It is a joy to be one of their professors.”
The FMU chapter was also recently named SPS “Chapter of the Month,” joining the University of Tennessee and the University of Louisville as the only chapters to achieve that distinction thus far for the 2004-05 academic year.
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