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2007 Marsh W. White Award Recipients
Award Info & Previous Recipients | Marsh White Legacy Presentation

Marsh W. WhiteThe following twelve Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapters have received Marsh W. White Outreach Awards to help fund their outreach projects during the coming academic year. Marsh W. White Awards are made to SPS chapters "to support projects designed to promote interest in physics among students and the general public." Award details...

Ohio Wesleyan University
  Ohio Wesleyan University
 

Left to right: Rob Anthony, Cory Myers, Chad Ellis (back row); Stephanie Vasicek, Claire Ryu, Nalin Vutisalchavakul, Rachel Decker, Rachael Roettenbacher (front row).


Ph3 —Physics Phun Phriday

Final Report

Abstract
One of the most effective ways to promote physics is providing fun and engaging demonstrations for high school students. We propose to do up to seven physics demos that we particularly like at local high schools. These events will not only promote interest in physics, but also build a good relationship between the community and Ohio Wesleyan University.

Principal Proposers: Yun Kyoung Ryu and Stephanie Vasicek
Chapter Advisor: Dr. Robert A. Kaye
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert O. Harmon

 
Ohio University
  Ball State University
 

Back row, left to right: Yuri Marmerstein, Rick Bond, David McCowan, Jess Wilhelm, Kyle Uckert. Front row, left to right: Tianjiao Chen, Joel Smith, Daniel Hoy, Jen Drerup. Not pictured: Greg Rosen, Paul Ingram, Steven Rogers, Chris Haas.

An After School Science Club for Elementary Students

Final Report

Abstract
In the 2005-06 school year, the Ohio University chapter of SPS began an outreach program with a local elementary school by creating a five week after school science club focusing on demonstrations and hands-on experimentation. This year, the chapter plans to improve the program by refining the five areas of focus (electricity, magnetism, light, chemistry, and temperature) with more effective activities, and expanding the program to include an additional short middle school project highlighting temperature.

Principal Proposers: Rick Bond, Daniel Hoy, and David McCowan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alexander Neiman

 
California State University, Chico
  California State University, Chico
 

Left to right: Sam Hage, Nick Sanabria, Shemu Ariyasivam, Justin Dhooghe, Joe Gran, Joel Amato, Brendan Diamond, and Tiara Norris.


Absolute Zero at the Boys & Girls Club

Final Report

Abstract
The CSU Chico chapter of SPS requests financial aid in order to bring the wonders of physics to children of the city of Chico. This upcoming spring we will begin collaboration with the local Boys & Girls Club to present monthly physics lectures and demonstrations, targeted specifically to interest K-12 students in the broad and rewarding field of physics.

Principal Proposers: Nic Sanabria and Brendan Diamond
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Kagan

 
Drexel University
  Drexel University
 

Left to Right: Jerome Mlack, Tim McJilton, Jordan Viss, Sarah Wall, Andrew Jerista, Max Soloff and Vede Ramdass.


Low Temperatures, Levitation, and Legendary Experiments

Final Report

Abstract
We propose a series of physics demonstrations, with an emphasis on low temperature physics, to be presented to high school students in the spring of 2007, coinciding with the Absolute Zero Campaign. In addition to purchasing new demonstrations, we will utilize existing resources from the Drexel University Ultra-Low Temperature Lab.

Principal Proposers: Jerome Mlack and Sarah Wall
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Roberto Ramos

 
The College of Wooster
  The College of Wooster
 

Left to right, John Lindner (SPS Advisor), Danny Tremblay (Physics Club President), Danny Shai (Physics Club Vice-President).


Light and Optics Outreach for Elementary Schools

Final Report

Abstract
We would like to expand our successful outreach program for children in grades two to five with a light and optics demonstration. We would discuss visible light as part of a much larger spectrum of light and illustrate various facets of light and optics such as lasers, polarization, holograms, fiber optics, and mirrors.

Principal Proposers: Danny Tremblay and Daniel Shai
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John F. Lendner

 
Angelo State University
  Angelo State University
 

Left to right, back row: Daniel Bullock, Meagan Saldua, Marshall Preas, Kieran O'Kallaghan,
Jake Spencer. Front Row: Cassidy Smith, Jennifer Hendryx.


Angelo State SPS Peer Pressure Team Goes to Hollywood
Video Physics to Enhance Community Outreach Programs

Final Report

Abstract
Our SPS Chapter will produce a physics demonstration DVD and printed support materials to enhance the effectiveness of the established Peer Pressure Team (PPT) science outreach efforts. The goal is to provide K-12 teachers and students with a helpful and lasting tool that can be used for post-outreach visit follow up investigations or viewed when the PPT is not available.

Principal Proposers: Meagan Saldua and Jacob Spencer
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Toni Sauncy

 
South Dakota State University
  South Dakota State  University
 

Back Row (left to right): Adam Langbehn, Bryan Dixon, Jeremy Ball. Front Row (left to right): Elizabeth Engel, James Galipeau, Jennifer Imholte, Andy Whitley.


Phundamentally Physics: Elementary Educational Outreach Program

Final Report

Abstract
We, the members of the Society of Physics Students, South Dakota State University chapter, are currently developing a physics-based curriculum designed to promote physics appreciation while educating the greater Brookings community, specifically the students in the Brookings public schools through interactive lectures and participatory demonstrations.

Principal Proposers: James Galipeau and Matt Small
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Geoffrey Bonvallet

 
Texas State University
  Ball State University
 

Back row, left to right: Jennifer Walters, Simona Rieman, Kellie Beicker, Amanda Gregory, Kelly Freeman, Hui-Yiing Chang, Seth Spiegel, Robin Porter, Matt Flores. Front row, left to right: Chris Cumby, Ryan Kassab, Robert Kilbourn, Nick Miller.


Constructing Models for Austin Science Fun Day

Final Report

Abstract
SPS students will assist junior high students from the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District in their preparation for a competition at Austin Science Fun Day. The students will be guided through a systematic process of constructing their models and presenting their experimentation that encourages learning in experiential ways and using creativity.

Principal Proposer: Hui-Yiing Chang
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Donnelly

 
Coe College
  Colorado School of Mines
 

Left to right: Amy Marquardt, Trent Edwards, and Ben Franta.


Fifth Annual Playground of Science

Final Report

Abstract
Four years ago, the SPS chapter at Coe College initiated a new outreach event: the Playground of Science, an evening when the public is welcomed in to our academic and research facilities for a night of scientific exhibition. Since its inception, the Playground of Science has grown to include four departments and over 1,000 inquisitive guests per year observing and learning about phenomena and physical principles associated with the areas of optics, electricity and magnetism, mechanics, acoustics and more. With funding from the SPS national office, we can continue to improve and expand our demonstrations and our service to the public at large.

Principal Proposers: Ben Franta, Trenton Edwards and Amy Marquardt
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Steven A. Feller

 
Yeshiva University

Bringing Physics to New Heights—Physics outreach to local public schools in Washington Heights, New York

Final Report

Abstract
Yeshiva University is located in Washington Heights in New York City, however the students have almost no interaction with the surrounding local residents. The Yeshiva University Physics and Engineering Club (YUPEC) hopes to change that, and at the same time, raise interest among the inner-city public school students in college and the sciences. We have identified five public middle and high schools within a ten block radius which we hope to be in contact with about visually stimulating physics demonstrations.

Principal Proposer: Dovid Skversky
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gabriel Cwilich

 
Georgian Court University
  Georgian Court University
 

Left to Right: Melissa V., Autumn G., Leah M., Michael I., and Eugene G. Missing is Blythe O.


Fun with SPS

Abstract
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) group at Georgian Court University is excited this year to participate in an outreach program in the surrounding high schools, middle schools and the Georgian Court University community. Our commitment to outreach is invigorating our SPS club to more fully develop a program using fun and interesting hands-on demonstrations. We have received the SPS Outreach Catalyst Kit (SOCK), but we would like to expand the program from just the materials that were provided in the kit.

Principal Proposer: Leah Mazza
Faculty Advisor: Dr. A. Tabor Morris

 
Colorado School of Mines
  Colorado School of Mines
 

From left to right: Colin Melvin, Grant Latham, Jeremy Norman, and Ryan Veirs. Not Pictured: Faculty Advisor Dr. Chip Durfee.


Colorado Physics Bowl

Abstract
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) in Golden, CO sponsors an annual Physics Bowl inviting many high schools to compete in several different physics events. The event is normally held on a Saturday in the spring semester around April. In the past, SPS has had much success with this event. The planning has begun for this event and we are coming up with new ideas that are going to require more funding.

Principal Proposers: Ryan Veirs, Colin Melvin, Brianna Rister and Jeremy Norman
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chip Durfee

 
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