Rhodes’ Society of Physics Students Receives Grant

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Publication Date: 4/10/2008

Rhodes’ chapter of the Society of Physics Students recently received an "Undergraduate Research Award" from their national organization.  The grant, which totals up to $2,000, will help fund the group′s research project “Binary Orbital Motion of Electrically Charged Spheres.”  Their experiment attempts to achieve a binary orbit between oppositely charged graphite-coated Styrofoam spheres in a near-zero gravity environment. 

This July, members of Rhodes′ SPS will perform their experiment as part of NASA′s Microgravity University and the Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program.

Rhodes’ SPS was one of eight chapters from across the country that received awards. 

According to the national SPS organization’s website, the awards provide calendar year grants to support local chapter activities that are deemed imaginative and likely to contribute to the strengthening of the SPS program. The grants are funded through income from the Sigma Pi Sigma Trust Endowment Fund.

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