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ASU Physics Prof Re-Elected to National Post

June 01, 2011

Dr. Toni Sauncy, an associate professor of physics at Angelo State University, has been re-elected president of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) National Council, and will begin her second two-year term at the SPS Executive Committee meeting later this month.

As SPS president, Sauncy serves as chairperson of the Executive Committee, presides over National Council meetings and represents SPS to the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Governing Board and the AIP Advisory Committee on Physics Education.

An ASU faculty member since 2000, Sauncy is also faculty advisor to the Angelo State SPS chapter, which has been named an Outstanding Chapter by the SPS National Council for 10 straight years. Sauncy was named the national Outstanding Chapter Advisor for 2007, and the SPS chapter has won several national physics outreach awards.

A dedicated researcher, Sauncy has received external research grants from the National Science Foundation and the Research Corporation, as well as internal ASU President’s Circle, Research Enhancement and Faculty Development grants. Since 2001, she has mentored more than 40 student research projects that have resulted in over 50 presentations at regional, national and international professional physics meetings and conferences.

In addition to her work with SPS, Sauncy is immediate past president of the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and previously served as president of the ASU Faculty Senate. She also received the 2010 ASU President’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Leadership/Service.

Sauncy holds a doctorate in applied physics, a master’s degree in physics and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, all from Texas Tech University. She is also involved locally with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and periodically performs with the Concho Valley Flute Choir.