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Idaho State University physics club receives national award

Posted January 6, 2014

The Idaho State University Society of Physics Students (SPS) has received the 2013 Outstanding Chapter Award from the National Society of Physics Students and the American Physical Society.

According to ISU physics Professor Steve Shropshire, the faculty advisor for the club, SPS Outstanding Chapters are determined each academic year after a careful review of the information, photos and supporting material presented in annual Chapter Reports.

ISU’s club was specifically recognized for its Haunted Science Lab, where SPS members, with the help of the Pocatello Kiwanis Club, maintained a set of interactive spooky science exhibits for school field trips for two weeks in October 2012 and for the public on the Saturday before Halloween.

Also mentioned in the award was the Eastern Idaho Science Olympiad they organized, events at the 2013 Idaho Science and Engineering Festival, public demonstration shows, outreach to public and private schools, and demonstration postings on YouTube.

Criteria for the award includes: 1) Involvement in local, regional, and national SPS meetings, as well as other professional meetings, 2) Participation in SPS programs. 3) Outreach efforts to the grades K-12 or the general public, 4) Participation in community service, 5) Contributions to student recruitment and retention, 6) Participation in social events, and 7) Interactions with the department’s alumni.