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ASU Physics Group Wins National Award

January 28, 2013

Angelo State University’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been honored with a 2012-13 Future Faces of Physics Project Award and corresponding grant by the SPS National Office.

The ASU group earned the award for its project titled “ALPHAS: Alta Loma Peers Helping the Advancement of Science.”  The award also includes a $300 grant that will be used to help implement the program this spring at San Angelo’s Alta Loma Elementary School.  The purpose of the program is to create and maintain a partnership between the Angelo State SPS and Alta Loma students for the purpose of advancing science education in grades 3-5.

“The primary goal of the program,” said Dr. Hardin Dunham, ASU assistant professor of physics and SPS faculty advisor, “is to identify deficiencies in science objectives and provide enrichment activities through the participation of the SPS students in a peer-learning environment in order to help correct the identified deficiencies.  Assessment of student comprehension before and after the enrichment sessions will aid in measuring the effectiveness of the enrichment activities.”

In a letter announcing the ASU award, SPS national director Dr. Toni Sauncy said, “The awards committee was extremely impressed with your proposal for its promotion of physics across cultural divides and for its promise in recruiting and retaining individuals from groups historically underrepresented in physics.”

According to the national SPS website, the goal of the Future Faces of Physics Awards is to support projects designed to promote physics across cultures.  The awards are funded by donations from members of the Sigma Pi Sigma national physics honor society.  Angelo State’s SPS chapter was one of only six to win an award for 2012-13.

For more information, contact Dunham at 325-486-5452.