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May 6, 2005
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EMU physics student receives national physics leadership award

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University student Stephanie Sears, of Dearborn Heights, has won a $1,000 Leadership Scholarship Award from the Society of Physics Students (SPS).

The scholarship award is based on chapter leadership activities, letters of recommendation and academic performance.

"Stephanie is amazing. She was our go-to young lady when the chapter needed leadership," said Diane Jacobs, professor of physics and astronomy and EMU SPS chapter adviser. "She organized speakers and social events, and was our representative to the SPS national meeting in New Mexico. She's also this year's chapter president."

Sears, a senior majoring in physics and chemistry, was one of 40 applicants for the award. She plans to attend the University of California, Davis this summer to conduct research in surface science.

"The caliber of student awardees is very high," said Gary White, director of SPS. "We want to help them in their quest to further their education, and we consider them excellent representatives of SPS and physics majors."

"I am extremely interested in experimental physics research, especially plasma physics," said Sears, who plans to earn a doctorate in experimental physics.

Sears is the second EMU student to receive a $1,000 scholarship award. Joshua Miller, of Tecumseh, was the 2004 awardee.

"It's remarkable that we got two dynamic students in a row," said Jacobs.

Sears also is one of 18 representatives elected to the SPS National Council. Sears will represent Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania when she attends the SPS National Council Meeting Sept. 22-25 in Washington D.C. Representatives will review ethics issues that include a statement on the importance of achieving diversity in physics.

The Society of Physics Students, which is based in College Park, Md., encourages the study of physics, high academic performance and active participation in SPS programs.

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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