Rhodes Society of Physics Students Named an Outstanding Chapter
Publication Date: 3/14/2011
The Rhodes College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been selected as an outstanding chapter for the 2009-2010 school year.
The selection is based on the depth and breadth of SPS activities conducted by the chapter in such areas as physics research, public science outreach, physics tutoring programs, hosting and representation at physics meetings and events, and providing social interaction for chapter members.
Joshua Fuchs ’11, who is president of the chapter, says during the 2009-2010 academic year members served on the National Council of SPS, hosted three public Observatory Open Houses, hosted a travelling educational exhibit on gravitational waves, conducted the annual Pumpkin Drop, presented physics demonstrations to a local middle school, initiated new members into Sigma Pi Sigma honor society, and attended regional, national, and international conferences. The faculty advisor is Dr. Brent Hoffmeister.
This year, the chapter has hosted a number of public Observatory Open Houses, educated over 100 elementary school students with physics demonstrations, received a behind the scenes tour of the Brad Paisley H2O tour from laser show expert Jim Martin ′76, performed Physics Carols during the holiday season, hosted a birthday celebration in honor of the college’s namesake Dr. Peyton Rhodes who taught physics, conducted the annual Pumpkin Drop, and travelled to Louisiana to attend a regional SPS meeting.