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2011 Marsh W. White Outreach Awards

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Marsh W. White The following SPS chapters have been granted 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."
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  Texas State University
  All of the Texas State University counselors and young campers who made the 2011 Summer Physics Camp possible.

Texas State University

Summer Physics Camp 2011

Project Report

Our SPS chapter has hosted a week-long summer physics camp for children between the ages of 9 and 12. Our camp is funded entirely by donations, and is absolutely free to the public. The camp provides children a basic knowledge of physical concepts in a demonstration and activity rich environment. Thirty-six kids attended the 2011 camp, which lasted five full days. Demonstrations and hands-on activities included electricity and magnetism, light and sound waves, forces and friction, and buoyancy. One of the best-received activities occurred on the final day of the camp, when the group learned about space and rocketry, and used vinegar, backing soda, and corks to make their own rockets.

Principal Proposer: Alan D. Woodall
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Donnelly

 
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  Cleveland State University
  Left to right, top to bottom: Joe D'Alessandro, Jim Pitchford, Dr. Kiril Streletzky (SPS Advisor), Lindsay Stanceu, Krista Freeman, Michael Hardin, Chris Mentrek, and Kaitlin Vandemark.

Cleveland State University

Physics Club: Makin' Waves at Campus International School

Project Report

The Cleveland State University (CSU) SPS chapter would use a Marsh W. White Award to aid in establishing an after school Physics Club at a neighborhood public elementary school, Campus International School. The Physics Club, which will meet during the after-school-care hours once every month from January through June, is designed to spark the interest of young students to physics through hands-on, take-home experiments led by members of CSU's SPS chapter.

Principal Proposers: Chris Mentrek, Krista Freeman, Jim Pitchford, and Michael Hardin
Chapter Advisor: Kiril A. Streletzky, Associate Professor of Physics

 
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  University of Rochester
  Left to right: Vladimir Lankevich, Wendi Chang, Dev Ashish Khaitan, Daniel Gresh, Joshua Geller. (Inset: Joshua Brown)

University of Rochester

Rochester Elementary Physics Outreach Program

Project Report

The Rochester SPS would like to develop an educational outreach program to bring an introduction to the ideas of physical science to elementary and middle school students through demonstrations of visually impressive physical phenomenon and accompanying simple explanations designed to spark interest and encourage science learning.

Principal Proposer: Joshua Brown
Chapter Advisor: Prof. Frank Wolfs

 
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  Penn State University
  Left to right, top row: Chris Grigas, Tyler Frisch, and Phil Krosnar. Bottom row: Lynn Ondrusek, Calvin Baldasari, Jason Bartell, Nathaniel Shaffer, Lena Bradley, Brett Scheiner, and Adam Bell. Not pictured: Henry Albertson, Samhita Banavar, Allen Foster, Emily Kremmel, and Blair Porterfield.

Penn State University

Exploration Day 2011: The Mysteries of Physics

Project Report

In conjunction with Penn State's Exploration Day, our chapter will host an exhibit introducing community members to some of the most interesting 'mysteries' of everyday physics. As they travel through six stations, visitors will get hands-on experience using scientific inquiry to solve six Physics cases, earning their honorary title of "Physics Detective" along the way.

Principal Proposers: Lena Bradley, Jason Bartell, Alex Chinchilli, Blair Porterfield, Landon Chambers
Chapter Advisor: Richard Robinett

 
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  Idaho State University
  Left to right: Tiarra Stout, Dayton Syme, and Claire Chow.

Idaho State University

Pi Day

Project Report

March 14 is a wonderful day. Not only was it Einstein's birthday, but 3/14 can also represent that ubiquitous number Pi (3.14). As a result, the ISU SPS Chapter enjoys celebrating this day by inspiring future scientists in today's youth. Through interactive demonstrations on electricity and magnetism and hands-on science exhibits, we hope to instill within them a sense of wonder that will lead them to become scientists themselves.

Principal Proposer: Tiarra Stout
Chapter Advisors: Dr. Steve Shropshire

 
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  Drexel University
  Left to right, back row: Will Giang, Nick Kruczek, Jeremy Gaison, Robyn Smith, and Arvind Radhakrishnan. Front row: Amanda White and Sajjan Mehta.

Drexel University

Drexel University & The Philadelphia Science Festival

Project Report

We propose a set of outreach events in conjunction with the Philadelphia Science Festival in attempt to help promote an awareness and appreciation of science in the general community. In particular, we plan to hold an exhibition during the Science Carnival and a separate event at Drexel University during the two week long festival.

Principal Proposers: Sajjan S. Mehta, Wendy B. Harris, and Nick E. Kruczek
Faculty Advisor: Roberto C. Ramos

 
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  Augustana College
  Left to right, front row: Matthew Dunlop and Andrew Palm. Back row: Ahmed AbuZant, Andrew Kim, Kyle Weigand, Mark Warren, and Dr. Cecilia Vogel.

Augustana College

Laserfest Open House

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The open house event we propose is devoted to light and the laser, as part of the Laserfest celebration of the 50th anniversary of the laser. We plan to invite the local community, particularly grade school children, to campus for hands-on activities. We plan to stimulate interest in optics and its applications.

Principal Proposer: Kyle Weigand
Chapter Advisor: Dr. Cecilia Vogel

 
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  Colorado School of Mines
  Left to right, front row: Amy Garland, Jennifer Buechler, Margaret Lutz, and Ariel Bridgeman. Middle row: Jacob Lapenna, Chris Marchbanks, Thomas Brenner, Marty Otzenberger, Olivia Koval, and Zach Boerner. Back row: Alex Golden, Lucas Quintero, Jason Buster, Charles Pearl, and Cayla Bresch.

Colorado School of Mines

Partners in Physics II: A Fun-Filled Rocket Outreach Project

Project Report

The Colorado School of Mines SPS Chapter will enhance the Golden physics community by extending projects to several local-area elementary, middle, and high schools. In November 2010, students from Bell Middle School in Golden and Boulder High School in Boulder will learn about projectile motion and different ways to make rockets. In Spring 2011, we will work with these new "Partners in Physics" to deliver a science show and make-and-take workshop to local elementary school students.

Principal Proposers: Shirley Moore, Levi Miller, Marty Otzenberger
Faculty Advisor: Chuck Stone

 
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  California State U-Los Angeles
  Left to right, back row: Velveth Klee, Tzitlaly Barajas, Karen Garcia, Joby Marfori, and Ariana Valdez. Front Row: Gaby Vidrio, Suley Rivera, Tino Truong, and Prof Susan Terebey.

California State University-Los Angeles

Physics Outreach: Promoting Science (POPSci)

Project Report

The SPS Chapter at CSULA is proposing the creation of a year-long after-school program to encourage and be actively involved in the scientific development of Nimitz Middle School students. Through this outreach, we plan to cultivate these students' interest in science, and motivate them to take physics in high school, and pursue careers in science. We will do this by exposing them to the different branches within science, and to the endless possibilities for careers and areas of research during our weekly visits and through several planned events.

Principal Proposers: Thien-Tin (Tino) Truong, Hugo Velazco, Tzitlaly Barajas, Joby Marfori, Karen Garcia, Jose Felix, and Velveth Klee
Chapter Advisor: Susan Terebey

 
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  University of Florida
  Left to right: Rachel Hoffman, Matt Gilbert, Peter Nguyen, and Emma Borrowman.

University of Florida

Cryo-Gators

Project Report

In a nod to the University of Florida's Physics Department's outstanding low temperature physics research, and MicroKelvin Laboratory, we propose a series of physics demonstration shows at local elementary and middle schools to highlight the world of low temperature physics. These shows will not only garner interest in physics, but also build a good relationship between the community and the physics department.

Principal Proposers: Peter Nguyen and Emma Borrowman
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amlan Biswas

 
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  Green River Community College
  Left to right: Morgan Bayer, Ross Willett, Vi Tran, Chad Garrison and Brent Gilbertson.

Green River Community College

Physics Fun Day

Project Report

The purpose of this year's GRCC outreach proposal is to request funds to provide a fun, and high impact physics based experience to children in a local high needs elementary school. We hope to inspire the children to explore the natural world around them and to pursue higher education and careers in science.

Principal Proposer: Vi Tran
Chapter Advisor: Ajay Narayanan

 
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  Pittsburg State University
  Left to right: Dr. Serif Uran (Advisor), Dongqing Huang, David Heins, Charini Wanigarachchi, and Michael Urteaga.

Pittsburg State University

Educational Awareness and Student Recruitment Project

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Pittsburg State University, Society of Physics Students would like to increase physics awareness among area high school juniors and seniors when they visit our campus on "Junior Day", "Rumble in the Jungle" and "Science Day". These three events are big on our campus and attract about a thousand students all together. We could do physics demonstrations and little experiments to attract student interest in physics. In this part of the country (south east Kansas) it is difficult to get somebody interested in physics and its applications. Often, students perceive physics being so hard and over their heads. We would like to show them that physics is fun, intriguing and mentally stimulating as well.

Principal Proposers: Michael Urteaga and Charini Wanigarachchi
Chapter Advisor: Serif Uran, Ph.D.

 
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  University of Louisville
  Back Row: Adam Braun, Austin Carver, Neil Torrez, Brian Baker, Robert Domek, Matthew Forsthoefel, and Michael Snyder. Middle Row: Tim Thorson, Richard Bagby, Jason Effinger, Jamie Bougher, Patrick Mullaney, and Daniel Showalter Front Row: Joey Lynch, Shannon MacKenzie, Jenn Wojno, and Jenna Lichtenberger. Bottom Row: Dr. James Lauroesch and Matthew Nichols.

University of Louisville

Demonstration Equipment for Outreach

Project Report

Our SPS chapter has long been active in outreach to local schools, and we hope to continue our efforts to excite the public about physics. We request funding for demonstration equipment to be used in outreach trips to local schools, including a Rubens' Tube to give an exciting visualization of the nature of sounds as pressure waves.

Principal Proposers: Austin Carver and Matthew Nichols
Faculty Advisor: Dr. James T. Lauroesch

 
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  Utah State University
  Left to right, front row: Andrew McCorristin , Kristen Jacobsen, Robert Call, and Kenneth Bennion. Back row: Taylor Peterson, Cryi Dixon, Jon Brewer, Brian Tracy, Jacob Dansie, Linsey Johnson, Scott Jensen, Eric Ashby, and Meo La.

Utah State University

A Wave of Excitement for Students of All Ages

Project Report

We propose to augment Utah State University's SPS outreach program with demonstrations designed to educate about the fundamental properties and importance of waves. The demonstrations will be constructed in a manner that will be accessible to K-12 students and provide greater amplification for high school students.

Principal Proposer: Brian Tracy
Chapter Advisor: David Peak

 
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  Rhodes College
  Left to right, front row: Matthew McCravy, Stephanie Milazzo, Joshua Fuchs, Morgan Smathers, and Elizabeth Hook. Back row: Matthew Miller, Joshua Anderson, Joseph McPherson, Stefan McCarty, Alec Lindman, Rebecca Miller, and Alex Piazza.

Rhodes College

Memphis Science Carnival

Project Report

Our SPS chapter regularly visits local schools to do demo shows, engage school children in science, and peak their interest in physics. This spring we plan on holding a Memphis Science Carnival for Memphis area students. Run by SPS, it will be a collaborative effort with other students in the sciences at Rhodes targeting Elementary and Middle School students where they can learn more about science.

Principal Proposers: Stephanie Milazzo, Evan Nelsen, Rebecca Miller, Elizabeth Hook, and Joshua Fuchs
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brent Hoffmeister

 
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  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ., AZ
  Left to right: John Mangeri, Rhondale Tso, Alex Carnes, and Greg Finn.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, AZ

Community Outreach for Underrepresented Minorities in Northern Arizona

Project Report

The SPS Chapter at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in cooperation with the Northern Arizona University SPS Chapter, plans to conduct community outreach programs targeting underrepresented minorities in the local Northern Arizona region. Specific locations include the Kinlani Bordertown Dormitory located in Flagstaff, Arizona and possibly neighboring public elementary schools.

Principal Proposer: Rhondale Tso
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Quentin Bailey

 
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  Henderson State University
  Left to right, back row: Hannah Hankins, Justin Clark, Brian Milum, Cameron Freeman, and Heather Collie. Middle row: Emmanuel Kayitare, Nathan Johnson, Ana Alvarez, Kayli Birdsong, and Devin Smith. Front row: Steven Keith, Benjamin Burcham, Sonia Perez, and Wresha Parajuli.

Henderson State University

Physics Olympiad

Project Report

Following the success of Star Party and Physics Circus, in 2011 we are planning to host a Physics Olympiad, a more challenging and educational outreach event. It is more challenging because our target group is High School Students, and more educational because students get the opportunity of hands-on experience with Physics, and learn by doing. We aim to use this outreach event as a tool to introduce Physics in a new light, that is more practical, active, fun and in which students can use their imaginations to learn and understand.

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

 
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  Truman State University
  Left to right, front row: Justin Baraboo, Evan Mirts, and Tim Sullivan. Back row: Adam Schmid, Anne Ahlvers, Kevin Satzinger, and Zach Haralson.

Truman State University

Scouting the Stars at the Truman State University Observatory

Project Report

We propose contacting local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and inviting them to the Truman State University observatory to teach them some elementary astronomy. We would have a oneevening interactive presentation at the observatory, working in cooperation with our university’s astronomy club.

Principal Proposer: Kevin Satzinger
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Taner Edis

 
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  Trinity College
  Left to right: Jess Smith, Holly Maykow, Lorenzo Sewanan, Steve Petkovsek, John Bower, Wes Klimas, and Junius Santoso.

Trinity College

Trinity College Third Annual Physics Fair

Project Report

In this challenging era when science and physics are needed to solve the many problems faced by mankind, children in urban settings especially in United States are underachieving in mathematics and sciences. The Trinity College Society of Physics Students seeks to promote achievement in science and science education through holding a physics science project fair for Hartford middle school students on February 5th, 2011.

Principal Proposers: Lorenzo Sewanan, Steve Petkovsek, Justin Hallquist, Brandon Clary
Chapter Advisor: David Branning, PhD

 
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  University of Maine
  Left to right: Danny Wheeler (President), Evan Chase (Vice President), C.T. Hess (Chapter Advisor), Pat Byard (Department Secretary) and Seth Bolduc (Past President).

University of Maine

Undergraduate Presenters for Physics Outreach Programming ("U.P. for Physics")

mouseProject Report

Funding gained through the Marsh M. White Award would go towards purchasing new demonstration equipment and funding of travel expenses for undergraduate physics majors to allow for expansion of the existing outreach activities in which the University of Maine SPS Chapter participates in on an annual basis.

Principal Proposers: Dan Wheeler, Danial Duplissie, Brian Burney, and Even Chase
Chapter Advisor: Dr. C.T. Hess

 
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  Texas Tech University
  Left to right: Ryan Stelly, John Sandy, Daniel Dominguez, Chandon Loya, and Kenneth Verlage.

Texas Tech University

Physics Flying Circus

Project Report

The Physics Flying Circus is a proposed outreach program geared specifically toward elementary school children that hopes to awe, inspire, and expose them to the brilliant world of physics with a focus on aeronautics through the exhibition of flightrelated experiments and participation in a hands-on educational experience.

Principal Proposers: Daniel Dominguez, John Sandy, and Ryan Stelly
Chapter Advisor: Dr. Sung-Won Lee

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