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2007 Outstanding Chapter Awards
Highlights from 2007 Chapter Reports | Award Info & Recent Recipients

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2007 Outstanding Chapters by Zone
Comments provided by Zone Councilors

Zone 1

  • University of Connecticut-Storrs
    “Tutoring program; friendship and outreach within department; excellent speakers in formal talks.”
  • Providence College
    “Active in K-12 outreach; leadership awardee to chapter member; worked on a hovercraft; research involvement is strong.”
  • Simmons College
    “Hosted Zone meeting as brand new chapter (1 year); involved in K-12 outreach—outreach program for elementary school girls—’Strong Girls to Women’; nearly all majors in research!”
  • Southern Connecticut State University
    “Trebuchet design contest, participation in professional meetings; K-12 outreach in New Haven with MRSEC.”
Zone 2
  • Adelphi University
    “Held movie nights; Bill Nye.”
  • University of Buffalo
    “Sponsored trip to Niagara Falls Power Station; hosted bad movie night.”
  • Colgate University
    “Demo day; rocket day; good expansion of outreach.”
  • Ithaca College
    “Very enthusiastic about holding Zone 2 meeting.”
  • SUNY at Brockport
    “Comprehensive program.”
Zone 3
  • Rowan University
  • Juniata College
Zone 4
  • University of Maryland-College Park
    “Has a well thought-out plan for promoting SPS membership. They really went out of their way to provide a space of their own.”
  • Old Dominion University
    “Quite a lot of activity; held pumpkin drop analysis; great physics-related activities—very educational.”
  • Randolph Macon College
    “RMC SPS seems very solid and looks like it’s growing well; lots of outreach and public service.”
  • University of Richmond
    “The University of Richmond Chapter is one of the more active chapters in Zone 4. They truly are committed to outreach, student research, and a sense of community.”
Zone 5           
  • Furman University
    “Hosted guest speakers and held outreach activities and pizza parties.”
  • Guilford College
    “Weekly seminars and speakers; dinner parties; elementary school presentations; astronomy open house.”
  • University of North Carolina-Asheville
    “Eight presentations by SPS members at meetings; extensive outreach and volunter activity by SPS members; lots of research, great speakers; pizza parties; Sigma Pi Sigma activities; Science Olympiad; Super Saturdays; liquid nitrogen ice cream; tutoring.”
  • University of North Carolina- Greensboro
    “Research at AAPT; new faculty hires will help with SPS activities.”
  • University of North Carolina- Wilmington
    “Presentation at NCUR; guest speaker; picnics/movie nights; good effort in restarting the chapter.”

Zone 6    

  • University of Central Florida
    “Attended Zone meeting; presented several papers.”
  • Florida Institute of Technology
    “Hosted Zone meeting; received several awards.”
  • University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

Zone 7

  • Denison University
    “Outreach; overnight holography workshop; involving alumni; science olympics; annual retreat. Denison’s efforts to involve alumni and other science clubs on campus is exemplary.”
  • Eastern Michigan University
    “EMU continues its outstanding level of activity and service to the institution and to the community.”
  • University of Michigan
    “Thirty-three to forty-five attendees new ‘h-bar’; joint outreach with museum tour guides for prospectives; >two times in SPS National; Blake Lilly prize.”
  • Ohio University
    “Participated in SOCK and Marsh White; held weekly meetings. OU has an excellent outreach program and an impressive increase in chapter activity over the past few years.”
  • Wittenburg University
    “The initiative and effort required to build a radio telescope from scratch is commendable.”
Zone 8
  • Bradley University
    “Participated in posters on the hill conference; took a spring trip to Fermilab; 70 percent of department is in SPS.”
  • University of Louisville
    “Newsletter with student and faculty articles; fall and spring trips; weekly meetings with speakers.”
  • Middle Tennessee State University
    “Attended AAPT meeting; conducted outreach activities; student publications.”
Zone 9
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    “Annual ‘Physics Phunshop’ is a great effot in outreach; Zone 9 Meeting; Physics Day at Six Flags; includes number of participants in activities.”
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls
    “Sigma Pi Sigma reception was excellent; excellent addendum materials, has a very nice variety of activities in outreach, community service, national participation, etc.”
Zone 10
  • Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge
    “Hosted Zone meeting; Super Science Saturday (high school outreach).”
  • Rhodes College
    “Expanded pumpkin drop; Rube-Goldberg device.”
  • University of Southern Mississippi
    “Conducted Absolute Zero and Conquest of Cold outreach campaign; held student/faculty jam sessions.”
Zone 11
  • Coe College
    “Weekly ice cream socials were announced in classes; teamed up with other departments for activities; hosted prospective students; held canned food drive.”
  • University of Northern Iowa
    “Held twice weekly meetings with guest speakers; much student involvement in conferences—presenting their research.”
Zone 12
  • East Central University
    “Above average presentations; very well published; astronomy viewings are a good idea.”
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
    “Tons of activities; very active; great outreach activities.”
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University
    “Good overall varied activities; great Sigma Pi Sigma attendance (40); great outreach.”
  • William Jewell College
    “Good overall chapter participation; varied activities also published; 125 participants in outreach camp; had several speakers.”
Zone 13
  • Abilene Christian University
    “Lots of student participation in Zone meetings, both presenting and not. ACU is an exceptionally active chapter that is continuously growing and increasing their SPS participation. Their students are active in scholarly and outreach activities.”
  • Angelo State University
    “More SPS activity than any chapter in the country. Thirteen points for SPS National participation: Marsh White, Blake Lilly; Intern; Scholarship; Outstanding Advisor.”
  • Texas State University
    “Lots of National SPS participation including award app/rec. Excellent outside participation in outreach. TSU-SM did an outstanding job of documenting their activities this year.”

Zone 14 

  • Mesa State College

Zone 15

  • Utah State University
    "Hosted the Zone 15 Meeting, and held many SPS social events. Outreach included Physics Demo Night and a mentoring program for incoming freshmen. Community Service included a campus-wide blood drive and repair work at the Bear Lake Observatory."
Zone 16
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
    “Very active participation in local, zone, and national SPS activities. To be especially congratulated for becoming such a strong chapter very quickly after being formed (2003). Membership of 100+ after only two years incredible, and the list of activities presented is commendable.”
  • New Mexico State University
    “Commitment to outreach and community service in particular, and to their record of active involvement in SPS local, Zone, and national activities. Gives evidence of a chapter that continues to do great things for UTEP and for your community, and that seems to have fun doing it. UTEP-SPS was incremental in reviving Sigma Pi Sigma chapter activities and induction this year.”

 Zone 17 

  • University of Washington
  • Central Washington University
  • Green River Community College
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Zone 18

  • California State University-Chico
  • Hartnell Community College
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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