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Randolph professor a finalist for national award

Peter Sheldon

Peter Sheldon

Randolph College physics professor Peter Sheldon was one of just 11 educators in the nation to be named a finalist for the Society of Physics Students (SPS) Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award.

Sheldon was nominated for the award by the students he supervises in Randolph’s SPS chapter. Zach Vernon ’18, Randolph SPS chapter president, said Sheldon deserved to be recognized for his dedication to students as well as the community, through events like the College’s annual Science Festival.

“Dr. Sheldon is devoted to his students and Randolph College,” Vernon wrote. “He is often found in his office late into the night, but no matter his workload or the late hour, he is willing to help his students with physics questions or to give advice. He has well-earned this award because he has never forgotten the true goal of the Society of Physics students, which is to help students become all that they can become in the community of physicists and engineers.”

Under Sheldon’s leadership, the Randolph SPS chapter has received numerous national recognitions, including the SPS’s outstanding chapter award for eight straight years. Sheldon was also a finalist for the Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award in 2014 and in 2009.

“It means a lot to me to be a finalist,” Sheldon said. “Not many people are nominated each year. I am honored to be recognized for the hard work we do in the Society of Physics Students at Randolph College.”

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