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Randolph Society of Physics Students honored with Outstanding Chapter Award

Randolph’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has once again won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS national office–a designation given to fewer than 15 percent of chapters at colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally.

The College has received the award for 15 of the last 16 years.

Presented by the national SPS organization, the designation honors the group for its activities during the 2019-20 academic year.

Randolph’s chapter is advised by Peter Sheldon, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics and Engineering, and led by student officers. The 2019-20 officers were Hailey Gilman ’22, Joe Vazquez ’20, Jessica Gross ’21, Paige Edwards ’21, Agnes Reyes Merced ’21, Brandon Kaiser ’21, and Luis Camacho Bruno ’22.

Officers for the current academic year are Gilman, Edwards, Merced, Laura Rowland ’23, Shae Taylor ’23, and Nick Vazquez ’23.

“It is a great pleasure being involved with such an active club on campus,” Sheldon said. “I am so proud of the continued excellence. Only a small fraction of all the SPS clubs in the world are awarded this distinction each year, and we have been awarded so consistently. The awards attest both to the dedication of our students and also to the strength of our Physics & Engineering program here at the College.”

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

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.”

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