On April 8, 2014 five new members were inducted in Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honor Society. To be inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma, students need to attain high standards of general scholarship and outstanding achievements in physics. Criteria for induction in the Wheaton Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter include not only numerical standards for grade and class rank, but also a record of active participation in, and service to the department, through research and teaching assistant positions, as well as being active in the Society of Physics Students.
This year's inductees, Alex Armstrong, David Martin, Michael Morken and James Tarka, all demonstrated this high level of commitment to physics by their involvement in summer research, high standards of scholarship, and excellent performance as teaching assistants in the department. In addition, also Dr. Robert Bishop was inducted as a member of Sigma Pi Sigma.
Wheaton College is home to one of the oldest chapters of Sigma Pi Sigma. Only ten years after the first chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma was founded in 1921 at Davidson College, the Wheaton College Chapter was chartered as the Upsilon (20th) Chapter. Since the beginning in 1931, 324 people have been inducted into the Wheaton College chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma. This represents many generations of experience and wisdom that can be brought to bear on matters of physics and common interest to all members.
The Wheaton College Chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has received national recognition, and has been named a "Distinguished SPS Chapter for 2012-2013." Based on the chapter report over 2012-13, which the Wheaton SPS submitted in May 2013, the national SPS organization was amazed by the amount of activity and the student leadership. They also commended the Wheaton SPS for its involvement in the local community, outreach to local schools, the participation of its members in national scientific conferences and the active Sigma Pi Sigma chapter.
The Wheaton Chapter of SPS is a student-led group which has as goals to foster community for physics students, to advance the knowledge of physics and the connection with the Christian faith among its members, to share the love of physics with others through demonstration shows at local schools, and to introduce students to the professional community. Membership is open for any Wheaton student with an interest in physics. Currently there are about 20 active members in the Wheaton SPS.