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2004 Outstanding Chapter Awards
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2004 Outstanding Chapters by Zone

Zone 1
1. Mount Holyoke College
2. Southern Connecticut State University

Zone 2
1. SUNY Brockport
2. University of Rochester

Zone 3
1. Juniata College
2. Lycoming College

Zone 4
1. Bridgewater College
(This is a small program with SPS activity that appears to involve almost every student it has.)

2. NOVA Community College
(This chapter submitted on time a report that documents a very active chapter.)

3.Virginia Tech
(This is a large and active chapter with a great many very beneficial activities well-documented in their report.)

Zone 5
1. Francis Marion University
(A very active chapter; lots of members attended a SESAPS meeting, presented papers, etc.)

2. University of North Carolina-Asheville
(Had lots of K-12 activities; involvement in the Science Olympiad.)

Zone 6
1. Florida Institute of Technology
(Presented paper at National AAPT meeting; won Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Award; held meetings and outreach activities.)

2. Rollins College
(Presented three papers at the National AAPT meeting; won SPS Outstanding Student Award; involved in outreach.)

3. University of South Alabama
(Presented papers at National AAPT and local meetings, held outreach and community service activities.)

4. University of South Florida
(Frequent chapter meetings with speakers; participation in APS, ECS/ACerS, and MRS meetings, award-winning outreach activity.)

Zone 7
1. Eastern Michigan University

2. University of Michigan
(Very strong outreach/ “inreach” program; lots of department interaction; successfully initiated an undergraduate lecture series.)

3. University of Toledo

4. Wittenberg University
(Small department but impressive array of activities including outreach; new Sigma Pi Sigma chapter.)

Zone 8
1. Austin Peay State University
(Very active and growing chapter.)

2. University of Louisville
(Very active in outreach and Zone events.)

3. University of Tennessee-Knoxville
(Very active, large chapter; won SPS Outstanding Student Award.)

Zone 9
1. Augustana College
(Very strong social/recruiting activities; won grant for WYP outreach; community service.)

2. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
(Had over 10 papers/talks/posters, also held 10 large outreach events.)

3 . University of Wisconsin, Platteville
(Held multiple large outreach shows; successful recruitment; active in national SPS programs.)

Zone 10
1. Christian Brothers University
2. University of Louisiana-Lafayette
3. Rhodes College

Zone 11
1. Coe College
(Good outreach night, 450 people! Installed Sigma Pi Sigma chapter this year.)

2. Minnesota State University-Moorhead
(Great outreach program; small chapter with great involvement.)

3. South Dakota State University
(Lots of good social events. Amazing outreach activities throughout the year.)

Zone 12
1. East Central University
(Presentations at zone and national meetings; three SPS scholarship winners; travel award winner; AZC and SPS President from ECU.)

2. Southern Nazarene University
(Hosted Zone 12 meeting; lots of outreach; much campus coordination with other groups.)

3. Southwestern Oklahoma State University
(Growing SPS chapter; outreach activities.)

4. Pittsburg State University
(Attended Zone 12 and three other professional meetings; held field trips; won Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Award.)

5. Truman State University
(Good outreach activities throughout the year.)

Zone 13
1. Angelo State University
2. St. Mary’s University
3. Stephen F. Austin State University
4. Texas State University-San Marcos
(All four chapters distinguished themselves by having strong activities in scholarship and outreach.)

Zone 14
1. Metropolitan State College/University of Colorado at Denver
2. United States Air Force Academy

Zone 15
1. Brigham Young University-Idaho

Zone 16
1. Northern Arizona University
(Has an active outreach program that includes the building of demonstration equipment.)
2. University of Texas, El Paso
(Maintained a full slate of SPS activities despite the departure of key physics faculty.)

Zone 17
1. Central Washington University
2. Lewis & Clark College
3. University of Washington

Zone 18
1. University of California-Berkeley
(Good outreach program; active undergraduate population; R1 school.)

2. California State University, Chico
(Remarkable activity on campus and in community; performs many hours of tutoring.)

3. California State University-Sacramento
(Remarkable activity on campus and in community; performs many hours of tutoring; ZC and AZC from CSU-S.)

4. Cypress College
(Received Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Award; strong outreach component; travel long distances to see speakers.)

Selection Criteria

SPS Outstanding Chapters, selected by Zone Councilors and Associate Zone Councilors, are determined by carefully reviewing the information, photos and supporting material presented in the annual Chapter Reports.

Criteria include:

  • The chapter's involvement in local, zone and national SPS meetings and other professional meetings
  • Participation in SPS programs
  • Outreach efforts to the grades K-12 or the general public
  • Participation in community service
  • Contributions to student recruitment and retention
  • Participation in social events, and
  • Interactions with the department's alumni


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