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2007 SPS Leadership Scholarship Recipients
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Outstanding Leadership Scholarship
Award amount: $3,500 | Award Information

Outstanding Leadership & Future Teacher Scholarship
Award amount: $3,500 | Award Information

Herbert Levy Memorial Scholarship
Award amount: $2,000 | Award Information

Peggy Dixon Two-Year College Scholarship
Award amount: $2,000 | Award Information

Leadership Scholarships
Award amount: $2,000 | Award Information

Scholarship Recipient Profiles

Sarah Anderson—Bethel University
Outstanding Leadership Scholarship—$3,500 Award
Sarah AndersonSarah is currently a junior majoring in physics at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She actively participates in the physics department at the university, where she served as an officer in the SPS chapter this year and has recently been reelected for another term. As an officer, she helps organize events for the physics students at Bethel, including presentations from outside speakers, pumpkin carvings (carving equations in pumpkins!), and a student trip to tour the Soudan Underground Laboratory.  She enjoys creating a welcoming atmosphere in the physics department for new students, especially for the female students. Sarah is also active in the music department at Bethel University. She is a violinist in the university orchestra where she serves as chaplain, performs in ensembles, and plays in the pit orchestra for musicals.

Sarah plans to pursue a career in physics and hopes to attend graduate school after college.  Her current interest is in physics research, and she is excited to gain some experience in research this summer at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Alison Earnhart—Juniata College
Outstanding Leadership & Future Teacher Scholarship—$3,500 Award
Alison EarnhartI am a senior at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. My major is Physics and Education, with a minor in Religious Studies. I am currently the vice president of the Juniata chapter of the Society of Physics students, and have previously served as president, treasurer, and secretary. I am a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta national honors societies. My other activities on campus include playing tuba in the Wind Symphony, being a DJ for the college radio station, and playing women’s rugby. I plan to graduate in May with my degree, and return to Juniata in the fall to student teach at State College Area High School.

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Meagan Saldua—Angelo State University
Herbert Levy Memorial Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Meagan SalduaI am a senior at Angelo State University, in San Angelo, Texas, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physics and Mathematics. I currently serve as the Fundraising Chair for ASU’s SPS Local Chapter and I participate in outreach activities as a member of the ASU SPS Peer Pressure Team. I was inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society this semester. During the next school year, I will conduct optical spectroscopy research using a material with very appealing physical properties, InGaAs. I plan on graduating in May 2008 and have high hopes of attending graduate school where I will seek my PhD in physics or some field of engineering. Outside of my rigorous physics schedule, I enjoy watching reality TV, cooking, and playing with my Jack Russell “Terror”, Roxy. My summer plans include working at the SPS National Office in Washington, DC as an APS Physics Quest Intern.

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Ann Deml—University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Herbert Levy Memorial Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Ann DemlAnn Deml is a senior from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls majoring in physics and chemistry.  She has just completed a National Student Exchange to Rhode Island College and will be graduating in the spring of 2008.  This summer, Ann will be participating in a Research Experience for Undergraduates in materials science at Montana State University.  She plans to earn a Ph.D. in physics and develop a career in experimental research.

 

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Andrea Roma—Green River Community College
Peggy Dixon Two Year Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Andrea RomaMy name is Andrea Roma, and I have spent the last two years at Green River Community College earning Associate of Science degrees in Physics and Engineering Pre Chemical. I am preparing to transfer to the University of Washington to persue degrees in Physics and Chemical Engineering. When I first came to Green River, I was an Engineering major, and the only thing I knew about Physics was that I needed it for my degree. The Physics department here is so talented, by the time I had taken what was needed, I was in love and took evry bit of it they had to offer. Even then, the subject matter was so beautiful that I couldn't turn away, so I decided to add it to my plans at the UW. I had origionally wanted to work in research and development for a pharmacutical company as a Chemical Engineer, however I became fascinated by nanotechnology when doing a report on it for an english class. I see it as a place where Chemistry and Physics meet, and now I would most love to get into nanotechnology applications in health care.

I credit Keith Clay for making me fall in love with Physics, and Ajay Narayan for getting me involved in SPS. I have learned a lot about doing research projects by teaming up with other SPS students, and I want to continue that at the University of Washington. In addition to being a full time college student, I have four children to enjoy with the rest of my time and energy. If I ever have anything that can be considered spare time, I read my physics and math books. It's what I consider fun.

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Steven Anton—University of Delaware
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Steven AntonI am currently a senior at the University of Delaware, majoring in physics, and I am going to UC Berkeley next year to pursue my PhD, also in physics. I currently serve as the president of our SPS chapter and have previously been an historian. Some trips that I have organized this year were to the government lab NIST, where I did a summer internship, to the local observatory, and to Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. I am very grateful to have been involved in SPS and to have been able to meet others so passionate and motivated about physics.

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Kristyn Bales—Benedictine University
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Kristyn BalesI am a rising senior at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois pursuing a Bachelors of Science in both physics and biology, with a double minor in mathematics and chemistry. After completing my undergraduate degree, I plan on entering an Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering graduate program in the fall of 2008. I was the Events Coordinator of the joint American Chemical Society/Society of Physics Students school club in the 2006-2007 school year and have been elected Co-President for the 2007-2008 school year.

My current undergraduate research is on “Macroscale Experimental Modeling and Analysis of Photon Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (PSTM),” which I presented at the Benedictine ACS/SPS club meeting and the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area Student Symposium in the spring of 2007. I have accepted a NASA fellowship for the summer of 2007, where I will be doing undergraduate research on bioastronautics at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

When I’m not doing physics, I like to play practical jokes, do amateur photography, and spend time with my family and friends. I can also be found doing complex integrals for fun on a Saturday night with my boyfriend.

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James Beacham—University of California-Santa Cruz
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
James BeachamJames Beacham is a junior physics major at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He helped re-form the UCSC chapter of SPS and has been the president for two years; activities have included a weekly undergraduate meeting/colloquium featuring faculty research presentations, a giant Tesla coil demonstration, a field trip to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and a birthday party for Richard Feynman -- complete with a sheet cake he personally decorated with the Feynman diagram for the Higgs-strahlung process. He is spending the summer of 2007 participating in research at DESY Zeuthen, the German Electron Synchrotron, outside of Berlin. He plans to study quantum field theory and electroweak symmetry breaking in graduate school. He's also a filmmaker and a coffee snob.

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John Carruth—University of Tennessee
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
John CarruthI am currently a senior, majoring in physics at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. I am closely involved with my local SPS chapter, formerly holding the position of chapter President, and, currently, of chapter Vice-President. For the past three years I have held summer internships, doing research with photomultiplier tubes, magnetic fields, and neutrino detectors. I also hold regular hours in the department tutorial center where I tutor students in introductory and intermediate-level physics courses. My future plans are to pursue a Masters degree in physics after which I will most likely go to medical school to begin applying my physics knowledge in a related medical specialty such as radiology. I may also pursue a PhD in physics, with emphasis on particle or high energy physics.

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Joan Dreiling—Fort Hayes State University
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Joan DreilingI am a senior at Fort Hays State University.  Next year, I will graduate with two bachelors of science degrees:  one in physics and one in mathematics.  Over the past two years I have served as my university’s SPS chapter treasurer.  I am also involved in Astronomy Club and Mathematics and Computer Science Club and a member of the honor societies of Sigma Pi Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Mu Epsilon. 

For the past three years, I have participated in research at FHSU through the Air Force Research Laboratory doing Thermal Lensing experiments.  In the summer of 2006 I completed a REU at the University of Colorado, and this summer I have an internship at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Laboratory.  After graduating from FHSU, I plan to attend graduate school in physics with the goal of obtaining a doctorate.

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Clint Greene—Tyler Junior College
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Clint GreeneThis May I graduated from Tyler Junior College (TJC) and will continue my quest in the fall to acquire a B.S. in both chemistry and physics at The University of Texas at Austin.  A few summers ago I realized that part of my destiny is to research, discover, and create so that I may build upon the knowledge of mankind to assist in our struggles and to teach and show others the beauty that I see in our natural world.  I have worked diligently to achieve these goals. 

In the fall of 2005, I became the President of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) at TJC.  As President, I assisted in the development of, and still lead an educational outreach program for local elementary school students. This program utilizes engaging and eye-catching demonstrations of physical phenomena as well as hands on activities to spark a scientific interest within young children.  In March 2007, I presented an overview of our chapter’s educational outreach program at the Texas Section American Physics Society meeting in Abilene, discussing reasons why a science and technological literate population is vital to our society and how other SPS chapters can become involved and create one for their community.  We are now working on implementing high school students into our science outreach program, perpetuating it at TJC, and spreading it across Texas.

During the past few years, I have conducted research at Rice University, Texas A&M University–Commerce, and Baylor College of Medicine.  These enlightening and motivational experiences have further confirmed my desire for a career in the physical sciences.  I know I want to work in an intense, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research environment using cutting-edge technology to decipher the world around me. Particular areas I await to explore on a scholarly level are chaos theory, quantum mechanics, neurochemistry, particle physics, and nanotechnology.

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Jenah Harris—University of Northern Iowa
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Jenah HarrisCurrently, I am a senior at the University of Northern Iowa working on a Bachelor of Science in physics with a minor in mathematics. I plan to go on to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in medical physics beginning in the fall of 2008. For the past year, I have been working on an original undergraduate research project in magnetism and magnetic materials. This summer, I will be doing medical physics research at a local cancer treatment center.

I am currently in my second term as being the president of the SPS chapter at U.N.I. In addition to my involvement in the SPS, I am a McNair Scholar, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Kappa Mu Epsilon, Sigma Pi Sigma, and an associate member of Sigma Xi. Most importantly, however, I am the mother of a lively four-year-old daughter named Brianna.

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David Hutchison—Brigham Young University
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
David Hutchison I am from New Zealand but currently studying at Brigham Young University, majoring in physics and minoring in math and Japanese. My hobbies include playing the guitar and singing, camping, and improv comedy (I've been on the performing team for BYU's improv comedy troupe for two years now). I do research with BYU's experimental carbon nanotube team and in the long-term I hope to be a physics professor and continue research into nanotechnology and materials science. Last Fall and Winter I served on the council for the BYU chapter of SPS. We organized big activities every month, including a potato derby, Bill Nye Night, and bottle rocket competition, and we had a grand ol' time.

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Tiara Norris—California State University-Chico
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Tiara NorrisI am in my fourth year at California State University, Chico, working towards a degree in physics with a minor in mathematics. After I finish my degree, I plan to attend graduate school to study astrophysics. I am very involved in my local chapter of SPS, holding several officer positions over the last few years, organizing trips to LLNL and the San Francisco Exploratorium, and participating in outreach events. I have also been a long-time-volunteer at the Chico Community Observatory. Aside from physics and astronomy, I love Rubik's cubes and juggling!

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Andrew Papale—Juniata College
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Andrew PapaleAndrew E. Papale is a rising senior from Juniata College pursuing a BS in Physics.  He has been an active member in the Juniata College SPS chapter for the last three years, taking on many unofficial roles in support of chapter officers.  In addition to SPS, Andy is a baritone in the auditioned Juniata College Concert Choir and participates in student government as a representative of the science clubs on campus.  He likes to play chess or go to the gym in his spare time.  This summer, Andy will be participating in the Mechanisms of Behavior program at Duke University where he will research neural mechanisms of interval timing.  He plans to pursue an advanced degree in integrated neuroscience.  The most important thing he has gotten out of SPS is, “being part of a community of physics-lovers at my school and also in the country.”

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MaryTheresa Monahan-Pendergast—Providence College
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
MaryTheresa Monahan-PendergastMaryTheresa Monahan-Pendergast is a junior Engineering major, in a 3+2 Combine Plan program. She currently serves as the Vice-President of the Society of Physics Students, Providence College chapter. She is also involved in Campus Ministry service and works as a physics tutor on campus. Next year, MaryTheresa will transfer to Columbia University Fu Foundation. In 2009 she will graduate a B.S. in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry from Providence College and a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University.

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Justin Schultz—Juniata College
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Justin SchultzJustin T. Schultz is a junior studying physics and mathematics at Juniata College.  Born and raised in the small Western Pennsylvanian borough of Economy, he has had the great pleasure to spend the past academic year studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland through the St. Andrew’s Society’s McFarland Scholarship.  Recently, Justin was elected president of the Juniata College Chapter of SPS and vice-president of Omicron Delta Kappa.  This summer he will be participating in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. 

When he is not studying or participating and planning SPS activities, Justin is a teaching assistant in Juniata’s Introductory Physics Lab and a tutor in mathematics and physics.  He is also a member of the Juniata Concert Choir, Sigma Pi Sigma, the Null Set (Juniata’s mathematics club), All Ways Of Loving, and Juniata’s Wine tasting club.  After he receives his degree in 2008, Justin plans on attending graduate school in pursuit of his doctorate in physics.

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Paul Sinclair—Rhodes College
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Paul SinclairPaul Sinclair, originally of Whitehouse, Ohio, is a senior at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.  He will be graduating this May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, along with minors in Psychology and General Mathematics. While not in classes or doing homework, he can be found on the Wolf River, next to the Mississippi, rowing the bow position on the men's varsity shell of the Rhodes crew team. Paul also enjoys racing radio-controlled off-road cars, and finished 52nd at the R/C Off-Road World Championships in Collegno, Italy, in 2005. Paul's future plans include attending Cornell University to pursue a Masters' Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and then entering the commercial world or working in a lab setting in either Engineering or Physics.

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Timothy Szczykutowicz—University of Buffalo
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Timothy	SzczykutowiczTimothy Szczykutowicz studies physics at SUNY Buffalo where he is President of UB’s SPS chapter. Interested in medical physics research, Timothy is working with UB’s medical physics group on CT vessel sizing. This summer he will be involved with the REU program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Outside of physics, he is an Assistant Scout Master/Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts of America. In his spare time, Timothy enjoys outdoor activities, including caring for his own flock of chickens. Future plans include graduate school in physics and getting married. Timothy would like to say Thank You to all the donors of the SPS Leadership Scholarship.

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Ashley Temple—University of Kentucky
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Ashley TempleI am a physics and mathematics double major and vice-president of the University of Kentucky chapter of SPS. Currently, I’m working on a research project studying the magnetic and electrical properties of geometrically frustrated systems, and this summer I will participate in the American Association of Physicists in Medicine’s 2007 Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program. In my spare time, I tutor physics, math and Chinese, experiment with vegan recipes, and read bad sci-fi novels. After graduation, I intend to go to graduate school to study medical physics.

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David Wacker—University of Tulsa
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
David WackerI am a junior from Colorado double majoring in physics and electrical engineering. I have served as the SPS secretary the past two years and was recently elected as president for next year. I am also serving as the vice president of the student government at TU. I am involved with the Sustainability Committee on campus. I enjoy skiing, triathlons, recycling and working with electronics. Following graduation from TU, I intend to go to graduate school to pursue a career as a medical physicist.

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Kathryn Weber—Lehigh University
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Kathryn WeberI am a physics major in my third year as an undergraduate student, with additional interests in chemistry and biology. I am currently working on a research project involving the use of optical tweezers to probe dividing cells. This past academic year, I had the pleasure of being the local chapter president as a group of us students revived the SPS at Lehigh University. Aside from physics and SPS, I also enjoy ancient Greek, RUF, being outside, and making ice cream with friends. I anticipate entering medical school in the fall of 2008.

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Katherine Zaunbrecher—University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Leadership Scholarship—$2,000 Award
Katherine ZaunbrecherI am a senior at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette pursuing a degree in physics, with a minor in French. For my senior research I am working under Dr. John Meriwether in his nuclear laboratory. We are working with the USGS Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, using gamma ray spectroscopy to analyze soil samples taken from the coast of South Louisiana. For the past five years I have been a member of SPS and currently serve as the Associate Zone Councilor for Zone 10 and the student representative for the Executive Council. I will graduate in December 2007 and go on to graduate school the following fall.

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