Honors & Awards
Robyn Smith, Wendy Harris, and Nick Sukiennik
SPS Outstanding Chapter Awards: 2010-2014
Each year, SPS National presents about five SPS Chapters per zone with Outstanding Chapter Awards. Outstanding chapters are “determined each academic year after a careful review of the information … presented in the annual Chapter Reports.” The award seeks to acknowledge those chapters that are especially involved in professional meetings, public outreach, community service, and social events. Drexel SPS is proud to have received this award three years in a row, especially since our zone includes more than 60 other chapters!
Future Faces of Physics Award: 2013-2015
Future Faces of Physics Awards are made to SPS Chapters “to support projects designed to promote physics across cultures.” In 2015, Drexel SPS was awarded funding to perform demonstrate superconductor at Little Flower Catholic High School promote interest in physics among young women. Drexel SPS won this award for the first time in 2013 with the proposed idea to visit all-girls middle and high schools in the greater Philadelphia area to encourage young women to consider future studies in physics.
Marsh W. White Award – 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
The Marsh W. White Awards are made to SPS Chapters “to support projects designed to promote interest in physics among students and the general public.” Drexel SPS won this award every year consecutively for the past five years.
In February 2013, Drexel SPS was presented with the Marsh W. White award to bring a physics carnival to the Philadelphia community. More details to be posted soon!
2013 Winners: Badri Karthikeyan, Robyn Smith, Nick Sukiennik
In 2012, Drexel SPS was presented with the Marsh W. White award to bring physics to younger students in a unique way by slowing down every-day experiences with a high-speed camera and analyzing the physics concepts seen in the videos. The demonstration was presented at the Philadelphia Science Carnival on Saturday, April 21st, 2012. It was also presented for the seventh and eighth grade students at the Independence Charter School located in Center City, Philadelphia, on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012.
In 2011, Drexel SPS was presented with the Marsh W. White award to create a set of outreach events in conjunction with the Philadelphia Science Festival in attempt to help promote an awareness and appreciation of science in the general community. The exhibition was held during the Philadelphia Science Carnival in 2011, and also at a separate event at Drexel University during the two week long festival.
In 2010, Drexel SPS was presented with the Marsh W. White award to engage Philadelphia-based, inner-city, high school students to view and critique Hollywood movie clips using physics principles. The Hollywood Physics demonstration was presented at two high schools in the greater Philadelphia region in 2010.
Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Award: 2010, 2012, 2015
The Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Awards are made to SPS chapters to support research projects that will “contribute to the strengthening of the SPS program.
In 2015, Drexel SPS was awarded the Undergraduate Research Award to deploy a Geiger-counter and sample of RAM memory into the stratosphere to correlate cosmic ray activity with electronic bit-flipping.
In 2012, Drexel SPS was awarded the Undergraduate Research Award to create an electronic hand-tracking system to be used for manipulating virtual objects.
In 2010, Drexel SPS was awarded the Undergraduate Research Award to create a proof of principle prototype for a dynamic three dimensional projection system.
Blake Lilly Prize – 2014, 2011
The Blake Lilly Prize recognizes “SPS chapters and individuals who make genuine effort to positively influence the attitudes of school children and the general public about physics.”