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2003 Outstanding Chapter Awards
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2003 Outstanding Chapters by Zone

Zone 1
1. Mount Holyoke College

  • Marsh White and Blake Lilly Awards
  • Very active outreach program (6th grade)
  • in school laser-light shows
  • LEGO Mindstorms after-school program
  • Outside speakers
  • New website

Zone 2
1. SUNY Brockport

  • Although Brockport's outreach program was quite small this year, they had significant activity in other categories.

2. Siena College

  • With the exception of applications for SPS awards, Siena has been active in all other ways.

3. St. Lawrence University

  • Activity is very good for a chapter that has recently become active.

Zone 3
1. Moravian College

  • Small SPS chapter, but really active. Level of activity/involvement is really commendable. And future growth should
    be encouraged.
  • Limited involvement in Zone/National level involvement.

2. Juniata College

  • Active chapter
  • Participation in SPS national programs strong
  • Selected outstanding chapter in Zone 3 for past four years

3. Drew University

  • ONLY chapter to participate in ANY Zone meetings (2)! this past year.
  • Involvement at national and local level is excellent (scholarship/council)
  • Local chapter very strong...

4. Lycoming College

  • Increading number of members
  • Strong recruitment efforts
  • Very informative colloquium
  • Strong enthusiasm

5. Rowan University

  • Many awards/involvement in SPS programs
  • Many co-authored publications
  • Two participation in professional meetings
  • Many SPS sponsored social events

Zone 4
1. Virginia Tech

  • Very complete report

2. Johns Hopkins University

  • Very complete report-one day late

3. Bridgewater

  • Very small program with great activity for its size. Has not had report in recent years-strong report.

4. NOVA Community College

  • As usual a strong program though not reported as impressively as in recent years-one day late.

5. Virginia Military Institute

  • Hosted Zone Meeting; resurgent program.

Zone 6
1. University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

  • Great report-clearly a fun chapter with excellent esprit de corps.

2. University of Florida

3. University of Central Florida

4. University of South Alabama

5. University of South Florida

6. Wallace Community College

Zone 7
1. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  • Excellent regular meetings-frequent excellent speakers
  • Continued outreach to K-Univ.
  • Thoroughly involved in department service
  • Encourage student talks
  • Aggressive participation in SPS awards programs
  • Wished they would go to Zone Meeting

2. University of Toledo

  • This is a very healthy chapter!
  • Active, eager participation in Zone meetings
  • Aggressive participation in SPS awards program
  • Great outreach and web presence
  • Field trips to excite, enhance SPS program
  • Always involved in service to community

3. Eastern Michigan University

  • Meetings are dynamic and involve many students.
  • Active, eager participation in Zone meetings
  • Nominated Associate Councilor
  • Great outreach and web presence
  • Good service to department and community
  • Balance of social/science to keep students involved

Zone 8
1. Murray State University

2. University of Tennessee

3. University of Louisville

  • Good outreach and involvement

4. Principia College

  • I was impressed by their trip and solar car contest.

Zone 9
1. University of Wisonsin, River Falls

  • Continued high level of activity and are even increasing student involvement
  • Involved in undergraduate research and tutoring programs for their physics students.

2. University of Wisconsin, Platteville

  • Continued high level of activity even during changes in the dept.
  • Lots of social activities and lots of outreach.

3. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

  • Excellent use of their Marsh White Award with a lot of outreach *shows. Good involvement in student research and
  • Strong involvement in department activities.

Zone 10
1. Rhodes College

  • Hosted Zone meeting; held Sigma Pi Sigma induction
  • Held Astronomy Open House
  • Held Friday social events
  • Conducted multiple campus-wide events (RNL, egg drop, etc.)
  • Invited grad school recruiters

2. Christian Brothers University

  • Consistent chapter meetings
  • Built pendulum from campus bell tower
  • Held physics demos at St. Todel Target House;
  • Held Sigma Pi Sigma inductions
  • Presented at County science fair

3. Centenary College

  • Attended zone meetings
  • Physics/Chemistry "Circus"
  • Faculty barbecue
  • Started astronomy club
  • Egg drop contest

Zone 11
1. Coe College

  • Good outreach program
  • Lots of meetings and papers
  • Very active, large number of members

2. Minnesota State University-Moorhead

  • Good outreach program
  • A few publications
  • Demonstration at hospital on MRI

3. Augsburg College

  • Great list of meetings and events
  • New web page
  • Yearly newsletter
  • Co-sponsored party with Christmas party

Zone 12
1. Southern Nazarene University

  • A very active chapter, they attend Zone meetings-even distant ones. They travel together on field trips. A "model" chapter.

2. East Central University

  • Another very active group; many activities beyond "pizza" meeting. Traveling, presenting, a lot of public outreach.

3. Truman State University

  • Active group; traveled to meetings, hosted Zone meeting, community outreach.

Zone 13
1. University of Texas-Dallas

  • Group involvement

2. Abilene Christian University

  • Group involvement; community outreach

3. Angelo State University

  • Group involvement, community outreach, freshman outreach, alumni involvement, SPS activities

4. Southwest Texas State University

  • Recent hosting of Zone meeting, community outreach, SPS activities, freshman outreach

5. Sam Houston State University

  • Group involvement, community outreach, SPS activities, freshman outreach

6. Southwest Texas State University

  • Group involvement, community outreach, SPS involvement, freshman outreach

Zone 14
1. Colorado State University

  • Large active chapter (20 active members)
  • SPS students involved in research (REU, summer research, etc.)
  • Growing membership
  • Developed website
  • A number of SPS students involved in professional meetings.
  • Fundraising activities, "Little Shop of Physics" support

2. Metropolitan State College/University of Colorado at Denver

  • Hosted combined AAPT/SPS meeting Spring 2002
  • SPS students organized workshop for African American Leader Institute (AALI) (middle and high school boys)
  • Organized upcoming AALI workshop for middle and high school girls
  • New web site this year
  • Small, active, young, growing chapter

Zone 15
1. Weber State University

  • Hosted Zone meeting
  • Undergrad representation at professional meetings
  • Ongoing outreach

2. University of Utah

  • Chapter has become much more active in the past few years.
  • Came to Zone meeting, helped organize Zone meeting, presented.

3. Brigham Young University-Idaho

  • No report but an active chapter. Voted in the election. Active Sigma Pi Sigma chapter.

Zone 16
1. University of Texas, El Paso

Zone 17
1. Lewis & Clark College

  • Met goal of fun/educational event every month
  • Two scholarships were awarded to the chapter President and Secretary.
  • Events: p Day-involved other fields in celebrating math/physics
  • Physics/Math Career Forum
  • Take Things Apart Day
  • Halloween Pumpkin Catapult

2. University of Washington

  • SPS web site on department page
  • Barbecue/Chess Tournament with Chemistry Club
  • Designed and sold over 100 physics t-shirts
  • Students ate lunch with colloquium speakers
  • Co-authored several papers

Zone 18
1. California State University-Sacramento

  • Large jump in membership
  • Many contributions to department/community
  • Participation in AAPT/AAS/Zone meeting
  • Strong social group

2. California State University, Chico

  • Perennially great Chapter
  • Active community/campus events
  • Great meeting series
  • Active in National programs

3. Whittier College

  • Undergraduate research participation
  • Sponsored colloquium series
  • Good outreach activities

Selection Criteria

SPS Outstanding Chapters, selected by Zone Councilors and Associate Zone Councilors, are determined by carefully reviewing the information, photos and supporting material presented in the annual Chapter Reports.

Criteria include:

  • The chapter's involvement in local, zone and national SPS meetings and other professional meetings
  • Participation in SPS programs
  • Outreach efforts to the grades K-12 or the general public
  • Participation in community service
  • Contributions to student recruitment and retention
  • Participation in social events, and
  • Interactions with the department's alumni


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