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2007 SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor
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Dr. Toni Sauncy, Angelo State University, Angelo, TX
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Dr. Toni Sauncy  
Dr. Toni Sauncy (right) is congratulated by her peers on the SPS National Council after being named the 2007 SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor on September 28, 2007.  

Dr. Toni Sauncy, Associate Professor of Physics and Society of Physics Students (SPS) Advisor at Angelo State University (ASU), San Angelo, TX, has been honored as the 2007 SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor. The Award, which was announced at the SPS National Council Meeting on September 28, 2007, consists of a plaque and a $5,000 prize; with $3,000 going to Dr. Sauncy and $1,000 going to both the Angelo State physics department and the Angelo State SPS chapter. The award will be formally presented at the 2008 AAPT Winter Meeting in Baltimore, MD, in January 2008.

Dr. Sauncy has been actively involved with the ASU SPS chapter since she was hired in September 2000. She initially served as faculty co-sponsor but quickly moved to advisor. The ASU SPS chapter has won the Outstanding SPS Chapter Awards every year since she began as advisor, starting officially in the 2001-02 academic year. Toni has supervised undergraduate research projects for over 15 students during the past six years. She actively seeks student travel funds to take 12-15 students to a Zone 13 SPS meeting each year. About one-half of these students make professional presentations on their undergraduate research projects.

The ASU SPS chapter has a presence on campus for innovative home-coming floats, for participation in student government, and for educational outreach projects. Dr. Sauncy received a Physics on the Road Travel grant to take SPS students to regional public schools and demonstrate physics. To keep SPS outreach program going, Dr. Sauncy acquired grant funding through ASU to for two additional years. She also organized a "Peer Pressure Team" comprised of several SPS students and faculty in the department. This team travels to regional middle schools providing many air pressure demonstrations to eight grade students. Dr. Sauncy carefully chose demonstrations that are designed to peak interest in science because everyone of these eight grade students will take integrated physics and chemistry in the ninth grade.

In addition to her hard work with SPS, Dr. Sauncy is an excellent teacher and a dedicated researcher. She has research grants totaling over $250,000. She has students involved in her research at all times. She has also instituted a formal induction ceremony for Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society housed within SPS. She is very involved with the planning and carrying out the induction ceremony.

In summary, Dr. Sauncy is a truly outstanding faculty member, who through her dedication as mentor and especially as the SPS advisor, has made a tremendous difference in the lives of the physics students at Angelo State University.

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