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2014 Future Faces of Physics Awards

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Marsh W. White The following SPS chapters have been granted Future Faces of Physics Awards to help fund their outreach projects during the coming academic year. Future Faces of Physics Awards are made to SPS chapters "to support projects designed to promote physics across cultures." The goal of the Future Faces of Physics Awards program is to promote the recruitment and retention of groups historically underrepresented in physics.

Award details...

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  Adelphi University
 

Adelphi University

Lab for Kids

Project Proposal

We propose to demonstrate and discuss a homemade electric generator as part of our "Lab for Kids" outreach program. We plan to purchase the components necessary to construct such a generator, and develop a modular kit the children could assist us in assembling, resulting in a working electric generator.

Principal Proposers: Jessica Scheff, John Dellatto, Michael Trietsch, Dennis Mars, & Brian Kaufman
Faculty Advisor: Sean Bentley

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  Cleveland State University
 

Cleveland State University

Physics Apparatus Challenge: Materials And Numbers (PAC-MAN)

Project Proposal

The Cleveland State University SPS chapter would use a Future Faces of Physics Award to purchase supplies for a series of three "project-based learning" challenges for high school students at MC2STEM High School.

Principal Proposers: Janna Mino & Chris Mentrek
Chapter Advisor: Kiril A Streletzky

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  Colorado School of Mines
 

Colorado School of Mines

Future Faces of Physics and the Higher Education Support Program

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SPS at Colorado School of Mines will visit two underprivileged or underrepresented schools to promote science education outreach and the value of college studies. We will present physics demonstrations, discuss the value of a college education, and describe careers in engineering and applied science.

Principal Proposers: Nicholas Wendrych & Leah Moldauer
Chapter Advisor: Chuck Stone

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  Drexel University
 

Drexel University

Patching the Pipeline

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Drexel University SPS hopes to take a small step toward tackling the underrepresentation of women in physics by organizing outreach events at local all-girls high schools. Our goal is to break down the stereotypes surrounding physics and show girls that physics is fun, accessible, and a viable career option.

Principal Proposers: Robyn Smith, Jeremy Gaison, Courtney Slocum, & Rishiraj Mathur
Chapter Advisor: Luiz Cruz Cruz

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  Indiana Wesleyan University
 

Indiana Wesleyan University

Physics Outreach to a Low Income Middle School

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The Indiana Wesleyan University Society of Physics Students (IWU-SPS) proposes to "make waves" in the underrepresentation of minorities in physics careers through an outreach event to McCulloch Middle School. This activity will cater to middle school students to teach about the physics of waves of all kinds.

Principal Proposers: Joshua Ostrander & Robert Burchell
Chapter Advisor: Roberto Ramos

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  University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
 

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
Cesar Chavez Pen Pal Program

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The University of Michigan's SPS chapter has started a pen pal program with Cesar Chavez Middle School, an underprivileged school in Detroit, to promote physics to 99 sixth graders. Proposed activities include weekly pen pal letters, demo shows, and a campus visit.

Principal Proposer: Nico Wagner
Chapter Advisor: Dragan Huterer

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  Morehouse College
 

Morehouse College
Physics in the Phlesh

Project Proposal

The Morehouse Chapter of SPS requests support for a STEM peer mentoring project called Physics in the Phlesh. The purpose of the Physics in the Phlesh mentoring program will be to provide (1) individualized, peer-to-peer mentoring, (2) retention and recruitment of students who may be considering a career in science, especially with an interest in physics or engineering, and (3) community outreach and service exposure to 1st and 2nd year students at Morehouse College.

Principal Proposer: Hakeem Jones
Chapter Advisor: Aakhut Bak

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  Sonoma State University
 

Sonoma State University
SSU SPS/MESA Skills Lab: Teaching Arduino Based Microcontrollers to Underrepresented Students

Project Proposal

Sonoma State University's SPS chapter, in partnership with MESA at SSU, will host an introduction to microcontrollers and their scientific applications. SSU's SPS chapter intends to help combat the technological divide that many underrepresented students face in their pursuit of a science education.

Principal Proposers: Ben Cunningham, Kevin Zack, & Hunter Mills
Chapter Advisor: Hongtao Shi

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  University of Southern Mississippi
 

University of Southern Mississippi
Proposal to allow the continuation and improvement of our mentoring program

Project Proposal

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter wishes to continue the existing mentoring and tutoring program, building upon prior years by including more outreach activities on campus and in the community. All of these components help students see that they are making a difference, encouraging them to perservere in the major.

Principal Proposers: Kinsey Zarske, Abi Jacobson, & Grant Tingstrom
Chapter Advisor: Michael Vera

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  University of Texas at San Antonio
 

University of Texas at San Antonio
Undulating into the Future of Public Pendulums

Project Proposal | MouseFinal Report

Building and demonstrating pendulums in partnership with the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science chapter will expand our reach of science to a minority within the physics community. We will focus on making a positive impact in the student demographic here at the University of Texas at San Antonio with these public demonstrations.

Principal Proposer: Shaylynn Clark
Chapter Advisor: Kelly Nash

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