Department of Physics

UNI Society of Physics Students earns Outstanding Chapter Award


Paul Shand, interim head and professor, physics, 319-273-2930,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office. The chapter is being recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physics club, a designation given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at universities in the U.S.

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

The SPS chapter at UNI is advised by Tim Kidd, associate professor of physics, and is led by student officers. The 2013 officers are Darian Everding, sophomore physics major, from Waterloo, president; Courtney Keiser, senior physics and mathematics major, from Cedar Falls, vice president; Noah Hurley, sophomore physics major, from Waterloo, secretary; Josh Frost, junior physics major, from Gilbertville,  treasurer; and Cassara Higgins, junior physics and chemistry major, from Brandon, community outreach coordinator.

"We are extremely proud to be honored with this award," said Everding. "We have worked hard for this achievement by making an effort to really reach out into our community, and I believe we will continue these efforts far into the future. As our club continues to grow, I hope that we make an even greater impact in the years to come."

SPS chapters are evaluated on their level of interaction with the campus community, the professional physics community, the public and 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.

For more information, contact Paul Shand, interim head and professor of physics, at 319-273-2930 or