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2009 Marsh W. White Outreach Awards
Award Info & Previous Recipients | Marsh White Legacy Presentation

Marsh W. WhiteThe following fourteen SPS chapters have received Marsh W. White Outreach Awards
to help fund their outreach projects during the coming academic year. Marsh W.
White Awards are made to SPS chapters "to support projects designed to promote
interest in physics among students and the general public." Award details...

  Brigham Young University-Idaho
 

Left to right: Matt Zachreson, Evan Hansen, Heidi Dumais, Brian Pyper, David Oliphant and London Jenks.

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Ph3 (Phantastic Physics Phun)
Things Not to Do with your Mother’s Microwave, and Thrilling Thermodynamics & Eye-Popping Pressure.

Project Report

Abstract
This Ph3 activity will utilize physics demonstrations to encourage physics students to join the local SPS Chapter, expose non-majors to the exciting world of physics, and cultivate an interest in physics among secondary and elementary school students. These goals will be accomplished through several local demonstrations, including: “Things Not to Do with your Mother’s Microwave” and “Thrilling Thermodynamics and Eye-Popping Pressure.”

Principal Proposers: London Jenks
Chapter Advisor: David Oliphant

 
  College of Wooster
 

Left to right—back row: David Simpson, Heather Moore, Frank King, Mary Mills, Alison Huff . Front row: Larry Markley, Henry Timmers.

College of Wooster

Wooster Physics Open House

Project Report

Abstract
The Wooster Physics Club will expand our successful outreach program to include an open house program in the spring. ALl community members will be encouraged to bring their children to spend a Saturday afternoon exploring outreach demonstrations we have set up in various rooms in the Physics Department.

Principal Proposers: Heather Moore, Henry Timmers, Frank King
   and Mary Mills
Faculty Advisor: John Linder

 
  North Carolina State University
 

Left to right—back row: Guilhem Ribeill, Leslie Watkins, Tony Allen, and Tim Canty. Front row: Jeff Hoagland.

North Carolina State University

Performance Physics

Abstract
North Carolina State University’s SPS chapter would like to share our enthusiasm for physics to aspiring scientists in the community. We propose to offer a unique combination of performance physics and interactive demos that will pique students’ curiosity, and allow them to explore hands-on science, with plans to provide a powerful and lasting impression on future scientists in the Raleigh area.

Principal Proposers: Leslie Watkins, Guilhem Ribeill, Tim Canty
   and Greg Youngblood
Chapter Advisor: Dr. Dean Lee

 
  University of Central Florida
  Left to right: Kevin Thomas, Jarrad Pond, Chris Sousa and Carlos Alberto Solano Ortiz.
University of Central Florida

EcoPhysics: The Physics Behind a Sustainable Planet

Project Report

Abstract
The UCF chapter of SPS is interested in creating awareness about our planet’s finite resources and the role physics plays in understanding and contributing to a sustainable future. The target audiences for this outreach program are young students in middle schools around the UCF and Orlando area.

Principal Proposers: Carlos A. Solano, Jarrad Pond, Bruce Chatman
   and Chris Sousa
Chapter Advisor: Costas Efthimiou

 
  Missouri State University
  Left to right: Laura Rios (Administrative Assistant), Dr. Pawan Kahol (Department Head), Justin Graber, Jeffrey Doak (Vice President), Jacob Swett (President), Steven Armour (Treasurer), and Dr. Lifeng Dong (Advisor).
Missouri State University

Demonstrating Physics with Fire and Sound

Project Report

Abstract
Our chapter of the Society of Physics Students at Missouri State University proposes to use the grant money of $175.00 to purchase parts to construct a Rubens’ tube. We would then use the Rubens’ tube to put on demonstrations for students of all ages, elementary to college, and the general public of Springfield Missouri.

Principal Proposer: Jacob Swett, President of MSU SPS Chapter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lifeng Dong

 
  University of California-Davis
  Left to right: Amara Miller, Hilary Brunner, Nasim Eibagi, Francesca Ricci-Tam, Alex Spear, Mark Triplett, Matthew Klint, Adam Burton and Payton Kimbrough.
University of California-Davis

"Hands-On" Science for Grade School Outreach

Project Report

Abstract
The SPS Chapter at UC Davis encourages outreach to local schools to advance public interest in science. Most of our outreach activities involve local high schools. However, we would like to start influencing younger students. We propose a series of interactive demonstrations for local grade schools that will involve young students in building their own science based devices that they will be able to keep in their classrooms or homes.

Principal Proposers: Alexander Spear, Mark Triplett and Ryan Mangan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Randy Harris

 
  Rhodes College
 

Left to right back row: Andy Foss-Grant, Jenna Smith, Josh Fuchs, Travis Rasor. Front row: Stephanie Milazzo, Elizabeth Hook

Rhodes College

From Earth to the Universe

Project Report

Abstract
Rhodes SPS will coordinate an event in conjunction with the International Year of Astronomy. This event, “From Earth to the Universe”, is a display of astronomical images and interactive demonstrations that will be on display at the Memphis Public Library in order to coincide with the Shelby County Science Fair, reaching a city-wide audience.

Principal Proposers: Andy Foss-Grant, Josh Fuchs, Elizabeth Hook,
   Travis Rasor and Jenna Smith.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brent Hoffmeister

 
  Drexel University
 

Left to right—third row: Nick Kruczek, Sajjan Mehta, Jerome Mlack, Collin Murphy, Jon Popovitch. Second row:  Vede Ramdass, Julius Zheng, Brian Cohen, Marcela Garcia, Maria Alessi, Wendy Harris, Grey Shenk. First row: Dr. Ramos, Amanda White, Alyssa Wilson.

Drexel University

Drexel University SPS Physics Mentorship Program

Project Report

Abstract
The Drexel University Society of Physics chapter is proposing a mentorship program with a local middle school. The purpose of the program is to expose students to new issues in physics and the sciences in general as well as principles of physics that the students would not normally encounter until much later in their academic careers.

Principal Proposers: Amanda White and Alyssa Wilson
Faculty Advisor: Roberto Ramos

 
  Idaho State University
 

Left to right—second row: Dayton Syme, Jason Swanson. First row: Emily Schneider, Michael Robbins, Andrew Harmon, Jordan Keough and Cody Womack.

Idaho State University

Spurring Interest in Physics Through Pi Day

Abstract
We propose holding a Physics pi day celebration for the public consisting of three hours of hands-on physics activities and demonstrations on Sunday March 14, 2009. The event will be organized and run by SPS volunteers. The event is designed to bring a mixture of hands on activities and exciting demonstrations to a public venue.

Principal Proposers: Andrew J. Harmon
Faculty Advisor: Steven L. Shropshire, Ph.D.

 
  Colorado School of Mines
  Left to right—standing up: David Summer, Jason Buster, Keri Kuhn, Amanda Garland, Jonathan Albright, Bryce Carande, Nick Shugart, Kelley Commeford, Charles Pearl, Jacob Lapenna, Lindsay Parr, Alex Woolman, and Andrea Yocom. In Front: Sarah Spence, Ginger Gilfillan, Tim Lim, and Joe Stevanak.
Colorado School of Mines

Mitchell Elementary School Family Math and Science Night

Project Report

Abstract
The Colorado School of Mines SPS Chapter wishes to build a resource infrastructure to support continued outreach programs to local elementary schools; in particular, the annual Mitchell Elementary Family Math and Science Night. A collection of demonstration materials will promote a Chapter tradition of bringing physics into the public eye.

Principal Proposers: Andrea Yocom and Ginger Gilfillan
Faculty Advisor: Chuck Stone

 
  Penn State University
 

Left to right—first row: Chelsea Knipper, Liz Carlson, Therese Jones, Lena Bradley, Jason Bartell, Claire Seisler. Second row: Brett Scheiner, Nick Dzienis, Mike Austin, Jason Czak, Blair Porterfield, Mike Prikockis, Brian Quinn, Mark Foerster, Chris Carson. Third Row: Alex Chinchilli, Phil Hochendoner, Brian Dingee, Zack Fifer, Mike Bassett. Not pictured: Matt Noll.

Penn State University

Physics Day—Superhero Training

Project Report

Abstract
Penn State’s SPS Chapter proposes to hold a Superhero Training Academy as part of the university’s Exploration Day, held on April 18th.  In this academy, elementary and middle school kids will travel through a series of eight stations as part of their mission, exploring a variety of superhero skills through hands-on physics demonstrations.

Principal Proposers: Therese Jones, Zack Fifer, John M. Noll, Jason Czak
   and Karan Jani
Chapter Advisor: Dr. Richard Robinett

 
  Green River Community College
  Left to right—back row: Lee Johnson, Ron Draper, Andrew Adams, Tyler Stubenvoll, Huang Yicheng, Terry Thompson. Center: Breiannan Way . Front Row: Brianna Kuypers, David Levine, Abigail Pridgeon, Logan Feiler.
Green River Community College

Physics Fun Day

Project Report | Photo Album

Abstract
Our local Chapter is very active, making several successful attempts to make physics appealing to younger children in elementary and high school. We would like to have a Physics Fun Day that includes the families in our community and bring science into the bonding time we all have together. The idea is to bring community members to our campus and club to expose more people to the wonderful opportunities for all that are here. The event is to take place in the spring so there is enough time to prepare for visitors, and would include a small physics kit giveaway.

Principal Proposers: Breiannan Way
Chapter Advisor: Ajay Narayanan

 
  Henderson State University
 

Shown above are the students who participated in the first HSU "Star Party" funded by the Marsh White Award. Left to right: Trey Davis, Cinty Graham, Kayli Birdsong, Wresha Parajuli, Clay White, and Beau Harrison.

Henderson State University

Star Party

Project Report

Abstract
Within the first year of active operation of our SPS Chapter, our objective is to promote physics within our community by organizing a "Star Party" where we will provide an astronomical viewing experience for local students by taking telescopes out to a viewing site, and guiding them to explore the sky.

Principal Proposers: Resha Parajuli
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Shannon Clardy

 
  University of Wisconsin-Platteville
 


University of Wisconsin-Platteville

UW-Platteville's Annual Girl Scout Science and Technology Day

Project Report

Abstract
The UW-Platteville Society of Physics Students is participating in UWP's annual Girl Scout Science and Technology Day. This is a day where campus organizations prepare hands-on activities for Girl Scouts to participate in The girls spend the day rotating through the different activities. This year we would like to organize an activity around electromagnetism and rotary motion.

Principal Proposers: Alyssa Butterfield and John Grueter
Chapter Advisor: Jerome J. Wilson

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