The SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award 2012 goes to Dr. Ajay Narayanan from Green River Community College Department of Physics & Astronomy. This award is the highest recognition of an SPS chapter advisor who has made exceptional contributions toward promoting student leadership, developing and inspiring a broad spectrum of activities, and inspiring enthusiastic student participation.
Ajay received his PhD in physics from University of Arizona in 1997 in experimental particle physics. After finishing his PhD he turned his attention to full time teaching. After serving for one year as an adjunct instructor at the University of Arizona, he joined the GRCC Physics and Astronomy department in 2000.
Ajay has been involved with the SPS since his graduate school days. He has been the chapter advisor at Green River Community College since 2003 and has served two terms as Zone Councilor on the SPS National Council. Having an SPS chapter at a two year college presents significant challenges, but despite this, the GRCC chapter has been named an Outstanding SPS Chapter for the last 8 years, and has received multiple Marsh White Outreach Awards and SPS Student Leadership Scholarships. Several GRCC students have served on the SPS National Council as Associate Zone Councilors.
Among the words written on behalf of Ajay, we find evidence of his effectiveness in his role as teacher and advisor: “Ajay is a caring leader, who encourages students to step outside of their boundaries and construct a strong foundation for leadership, not only for GRCC students but future college students.”