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Feb. 7 , 2006
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EMU Society of Physics Students named outstanding chapter

YPSILANTI - For the fourth consecutive year, the Eastern Michigan University chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been named an Outstanding SPS Chapter.

EMU’s chapter was one of only two selected from 70 schools in its region

(Zone 7) of the national SPS, which includes Ohio, lower Michigan, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The other winner was the University of Michigan’s chapter.

Less than ten percent of SPS chapters nationwide are honored, usually one per zone, according to SPS, a professional organization that was formed in 1925 to promote an understanding of physics among students. Each outstanding chapter was presented with a certificate.

            Chapters were evaluated on the level of outreach activities in local schools; the number of students presenting talks at professional meetings; physics tutoring programs; participation in zone meetings; and the number of activities and meetings in each chapter.

            “Our chapter gives back to the University by providing 9-12 hours of free tutoring each semester, with each student giving one hour a week,” said Diane Jacobs, chapter adviser and professor of physics and astronomy at EMU.  “Our students develop physics games to teach younger children and participate in summer research.”

            The EMU chapter, which currently has 12 members, was formed in 1984.

There is a high success rate among students active with SPS, said Jacobs.

“Our students go on to graduate school and may eventually teach at a university,” she said. “Others become scientists and engineers, work in the auto industry or go into the military. For example, some are doing science-related work for the Navy.”

            Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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