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2009 Outstanding SPS Chapters
Chapters listed in no particular order within the zone. Comments provided by Zone Councilors.

Zone 1
Boston University
The Boston University SPS Chapter truly displays energy and commitment by hosting a regional meeting with significant alumni involvement.
Trinity College
The Trinity physics club has launched a really successful outreach initiative.
Zone 2
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Adelphi University
Ithaca College
College of Brockport SUNY
Union College
Zone 3
Drexel University
Drexel’s SPS Chapter has shown great efforts to increase chapter participation and outreach to younger kids…and they have interact well with other chapters, too.
Juniata College
Juniata’s SPS Chapter continues to impress and promote outreach at all levels. They provide a great example that other chapters look to for advice.
St. Peter's College
Over the years St. Peter’s SPS chapter has grown a lot---the students are very passionate about participation, and helping the community promote physics outreach.
Zone 4
Randolph College
The Randolph College SPS chapter’s commitment to education outreach is demonstrated by their extensive involvement in the annual award-winning science day.
VA Tech
Virginia Tech’s SPS chapter hosts a large number of well-attended events, such as Fall picnic, coffee and doughnut night, camping trip, physics outreach, and Relay-for-Life...Remarkable!
Zone 5
Elon University
Although Elon is one of the smaller SPS chapters, their outreach and service programs have been great!
UNC Asheville
The UNC-Asheville SPS chapter did an outstanding job on both the local and national level, sponsoring many exceptional outreach events.
Zone 6
University Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of South Alabama
Morehouse College
Zone 7
Grove City College
For a small college, the Grove City SPS chapter draws a very large number of participants in many events.
Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan’s SPS chapter conducts excellent on-campus events--- the variety of activities at regular meetings could be a guidebook for other chapters.
The Kettering SPS group is a strong chapter that participates in innovative ways, like a soapbox derby.
Denison University
At Denison, the SPS chapter makes significant contributions to recruitment and retention, creating a video of interviews with current students and hosting a Life after Denison event each year.
College of Wooster
Amazing physics outreach is evident at the College of Wooster; the SPS chapter made 23 trips to schools, and initiated a public "Science Day" drawing 200 attendees.
Wittenburg University
The Wittenburg SPS chapter’s contact with its physics alumni is especially commendable
Zone 8
University of Louisville
The University of Louisville SPS chapter continues to be very active through outreach, solid recruiting and student participatio n, with extensive travel to scientific conferences a highlight.
Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville
The Tennessee Cosmic Ray project (TECOP) is an ideal example of combining relevant scientific research with involving local high school students and teachers---kudos to the UT-Knoxville SPS chapter!
Millikin University
Millikin’s SPS chapter shows that it is possible to have a huge positive impact on the local community by remaining active and creative even at a smaller university.
Zone 9
Augustana College
Augustana SPS group is a very active chapter in all aspects---physics outreach to younger students, community service, and participation on the national level. They are a good model for what SPS is all about.
Benedictine University
Benedictine’s SPS chapter does a great job at bringing in guest speakers on a wide array of topics.
Univ. of Wisconsin-Platteville
UW-Platteville’s SPS chapter is very active in outreach, and especially at bringing physics students and alumni together.
Univ. of Wisconsin-River Falls
UW-River Falls SPS chapter does a great job with outreach and getting younger kids hyped up in physics!
Zone 10
Rhodes College
Rhodes’ SPS chapter did a great job in hosting the zone 10 physics meeting, and sponsored a large number of social outreach events.
Univ. of Southern Mississippi
USM’s SPS chapter showed exceptional involvement in SPS national programs and recruiting new physics students.
Henderson State University
Henderson’s SPS chapter excelled at outreach activities in local schools.
Zone 11
Coe College
Coe has a phenomenally vibrant, active SPS chapter. The research, outreach, community services, collegiality and professional/academic development are truly amazing. Prof. Steve Feller and the chapter are to be greatly commended for their initiative and energy.
Gustavus Adolphus College
The SPS chapter at Gustavus Adolphus is to be commended for its research activity and its commitments to community service.
Augsburg College
Augsburg’s SPS chapter is once again strong after rebuilding from inactive years; it really shines in areas of outreach, research and civic engagement.
Zone 12
East Central University
East Central’s SPS chapter has been a stalwart in the region with its exceptional physics outreach, student presentations, and participation at the national level—great job!”
Southwestern Oklahoma State
Southwest Oklahoma’s SPS chapter gets amazing participation from their student members!
University of Tulsa
The U of Tulsa SPS chapter established a journal club with high school students—it’s an original idea and a good recruiting tool for physics.
Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City
The University of Missouri-Kansas City SPS chapter has a good set of well-rounded activities, including field trips to national labs, presentations and speakers and physics outreach.
Zone 13
Abilene Christian University
The SPS chapter at ACU has admirable local involvement on campus, and an enviable national physics presence.
Angelo State University
The Angelo State SPS chapter’s “Peer Pressure” physics outreach program is truly a model to be emulated.
Zone 14
Mesa State College
The SPS chapter at Mesa State College continues to set an example of a fantastic physics organization---their public outreach, strong participation and results are impressive.
Colorado School of Mines
The Colorado School of Mines SPS chapter has a fantastic list of physics activities---a model for other chapters around the country!
Zone 15
Idaho State University
The ISU SPS group is an exceptional chapter that lures the public attention with exciting events like Pi-day in March, traveling demos to many schools, and their “Something Destructive” presentations on YouTube.
Utah State University
USU's SPS Chapter exhibits a depth and breadth of activities, from research to outreach to service, that every chapter in the country would do well to emulate. Who wouldn't want to attend Physics Day at the Lagoon Amusement Park?!
Zone 16
Arizona State University
The physics students in the SPS chapter at ASU took a large role in homecoming and in the freshman orientation event.
University of Texas at El Paso
The UTEP SPS physics circuses are widely known for their fun yet educational experiments. This chapter is extremely involved in national professional communities, more than I’ve seen with any chapter this year.
Northern Arizona University
The physics students in the SPS chapter at NAU are extremely active in the professional, university and local communities, including hosting a Pi-Day celebration jointly with the Math Club.
Zone 17
Central Washington University
The Central Washington SPS chapter has a balanced and active program., including K-12 and community outreach, and have contributed to local and national meetings with student presence and presentations. In addition to giving to the community, they have given to their department by raising funds to purchase equipment.
Green River Community College
Green River Community College continues to be a small department with a strong and active chapter. Their outreach has continued to grow and reached some 600 students from kindergarten through high school, as well as some in their school community. They remain socially active and maintain strong ties with other clubs, with students in the department, and with department faculty.
Portand State University
Embodiment of the phrase ‘Hit the ground running’. As a revived chapter, they are a very enthusiastic group who has seized all aspects of what SPS represents- interaction among each other, outreach to the community, and involvement in national meetings.
University of Washington
The University of Washington is an excellent example of a group of very enthusiastic leaders who can make productive use of all available resources to create an active and rounded program.
Zone 18
Univ of California, Santa Barbara
CSU, Sacramento
Hartnell College


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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