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Augustana's Society of Physics Students Chapter Recognized

Augustana's Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter has been named an Outstanding SPS Chapter in Zone 11, a category that includes more than 40 institutions throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.

Criteria for deciding the Outstanding Chapters in each zone include: the chapter's involvement in local, zone and national SPS meetings and programs; outreach efforts to the grades K-12 or the general public; participation in community service; contributions to student recruitment and retention; and interactions with the department's alumni.

In its review of Augustana's SPS chapter, the national SPS reviewers noted the chapter's outreach to local high schools.

This fall, Augustana's SPS members will present a lecture for the students at Lincoln, Roosevelt and Washington high schools in Sioux Falls. This teaching opportunity gives members experience in a leadership role with a focus on communication. The lectures are given in Modern Physics classes where some of the brightest young students are eager to learn.

SPS members also participate in Science Day at Augustana, where many bright high school students watch demonstrations from different departments throughout the College. SPS students give these demonstrations to spark an interest in physics in high school students.

The Augustana SPS chapter is advised by Dr. Drew Alton, assistant professor of physics.