SPS Outstanding Chapter Award


The Wheaton College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office for its efforts in academic year 2018-2019. This is one of several times the chapter has been recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physical sciences organization, a designation given to fewer than 15 percent of all SPS chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and internationally. The SPS chapter at Wheaton College is advised by Dr. Heather M. Whitney, Associate Professor of Physics and is led by student officers.

SPS is a professional association designed for students and membership 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.

SPS chapters are evaluated on their level of interaction with the campus community, the professional physics community, the public, and with SPS national programs. 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.”