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2003 SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor
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Dr. Jerome Long, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, VA
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Dr. Jerome Long  
SPS President Karen Williams (right) presents Dr. Jerome Long with the 2003 SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award during the AAPT Winter Meeting in Miami Beach, FL.  

Jerome Long, advisor for the Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter at Virginia Tech for more than two decades, was presented with the SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award on Monday, January 26, 2004. The award consists of a plaque and a $5,000 prize, with $3,000 going to the advisor and $1,000 each going to the physics department and the SPS chapter. Dr. Long received the award from SPS President Karen Williams at the ceremonial session of the 128th meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers held in Miami Beach, FL.

Nomination letters for Dr. Long cite his longstanding devotion to student issues at Virginia Tech and his regional and national service on the SPS governing Council. He recognized long ago the importance of establishing a Student Lounge, outreach programs, student governance of the chapter, and undergraduate research, things that have since been documented as critical to thriving undergraduate physics departments. His SPS chapter has been the largest in the country for the last several years, exceeding 60 members regularly, and Virginia Tech students have a 22-year history of winning SPS awards for outstanding outreach, research and scholarship.

Dr. Long received his physics doctorate from Louisiana State University in 1965. Following a Post Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the faculty of Virginia Tech in 1967. In the intervening years he has had visiting appointments at Simon Fraser University, Montana State University and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. His research publications span various areas of solid state physics including cryogenics, transport phenomena and super-conductivity. He has served as the Zone 4 representative (VA-MD-DC) to the SPS Council for the past 5 years.

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