ASU’s Society of Physics Students wins national award

Angelo State University’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students received an outstanding chapter award from the SPS National Council for it’s activities during the 2014-15 academic year. This is the 12 straight year the chapter has received the honor.

The award is the highest possible honor for an SPS chapter with only about 50-70 chapters out of more than 760 worldwide receive the award each year. Criteria for the award include a chapter’s involvement in local, zone and national SPS meetings, outreach efforts to kindergarten-12th grade and the public, community service, contributions to student recruitment and retention, social events and interactions with alumni.

The ASU chapter’s activities are led by its Peer Pressure team and include the annual “Physics Road Tour” held each summer since 2005. The program features educational physics demonstrations at public schools throughout the region and has won multiple grants and awards from the SPS National Council and American Physical Society.

In 2015, the program was presented to more than 1,750 students, teachers and parents in eight school districts in West Texas and New Mexico. ASU chapter members also participate in ASU Science Days and summer orientation programs, march in the homecoming parade and conduct numerous public outreach and community service activities.

Each ASU chapter officer for 2014-15 has graduated and gone on to graduate school. They are James Bufkin of Seabrook, Chris Madrid of San Antonio, Connor Hoelscher of Wall and Stephen Seibel of Kerrville. The faculty advisor is Dr. Juan Blandon, assistant professor of physics.