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2002 SPS National Interns
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Jason Tabeling Jason Tabeling
Virginia Tech, VA

Internship: SPS Outreach

I am a senior at Virginia Tech pursuing degrees in Physics and Mathematics with minors in Astronomy and Spanish. I spent the first half of this summer working at VT for Dr. Randy Heflin experimenting with the electrochromic properties of polymer ISAM thin films. For the remainder of the summer, I will be creating a website to publicize the William F. and Edith R. Meggers Project Award in addition to working on the development of the new SOCK project. If time allows, I will also work to expand the awareness of the Careers Using Physics (CUP) website at the high school level.

During my time at college, I have become increasingly active in the SPS. I started as a member-at-large of the chapter's governing board in my freshman year. Then after a sophomore year full of helping with society activities, I was elected vice president in my junior year. In the upcoming year I will serve chapter president and Associate Zone Councilor for Zone 4. Also, through the efforts of a then-graduate student at VT, I became involved in a very active physics outreach program. By teaching physics to middle and high school students, outreach efforts provided particularly rewarding experiences that complemented my own study of physics perfectly. Involvement in the SPS and the outreach program have allowed me to immerse myself in the local physics community and forge a great many friendships that have been invaluable to my development as a student of physics.


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