Department of Physics

UNI Physics Students Win National Recognition

Student-Led Physical Sciences Organization is Honored with Award from the National Office of the Society of Physics Students as an Outstanding Chapter

December 4, 2020, Cedar Falls, IA – The University of Northern Iowa chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office for it efforts in the 2019-2020 school year. This is the fourth time the chapter has been recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physical sciences organization, a designation given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and internationally.

The SPS chapter at UNI is advised by Ali Tabei, associate professor of physics, and is led by student officers. The UNI SPS chapter that was recognized was led by the following student officers: Co-president Tyler Nelson, Co-president Taylor Walters, Secretary-treasurer Sophie Roberts, and Social Chair Juliana Huegerich.

The 2020-2021 officers are Co-president Sophie Roberts, junior physics major; Co-president Aaron Janaszak, senior physics major; Secretary-treasurer Colin Gorgen, senior physics and Spanish major; and Social Chair Jacob Vincel, junior physics major. This year, the UNI SPS chapter will be hosting the SPS Zone 11 Meeting.

SPS chapters are evaluated on their level of interaction with the campus community, the professional physics community, the public, and with SPS national programs. The Outstanding Chapter Award recognizes high levels of outreach as well as unique approaches to fulfilling the mission of SPS to “help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community.”

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association designed for students and membership is open to anyone interested in physics and related fields. SPS operates within the American Institute of Physics (AIP), an umbrella organization for professional physical science societies.