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July 2008

Release Date: July 16, 2008

ASU Physics Student Wins National Leadership Award

Angelo State University physics major Jennifer Hendryx has been awarded a Leadership Scholarship from the Society of Physics Students (SPS) National Council.

Hendryx, a senior from Alpine, will receive $2,000 from the national SPS. Criteria for the award include high scholarship performance in physics and overall studies, exhibition of the potential and intention for continued scholastic development in physics, and active participation in SPS programs.

A member of Angelo State’s SPS Peer Pressure Team that conducts physics demonstrations for area school districts, Hendryx will also serve as an associate zone counselor for the SPS National Council for the 2008-09 academic year. She is currently participating in a summer physics research program at Princeton University.

Hendryx has also been awarded a Carr Research Scholarship and will study “Piezoelectric Effects in Single Quantum Wells” this fall with faculty adviser Dr. Toni Sauncy. Her other ASU activities include being active in the Baptist Student Ministry and Christian Campus Center as well as membership in Alpha Chi, Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society and Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society. Last summer she completed a plasma physics internship at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

“Jennifer is a good example,” Sauncy said, “of the caliber of our programs and how we stack up with other physics programs around the country.”

Scheduled to graduate in May, Hendryx plans to attend graduate school and then pursue a career in either plasma physics research or engineering.

Hendryx’s award marks the second straight year an ASU student has received a national SPS scholarship. Last year, senior physics major Megan Saldua won the Herbert Levy Memorial Scholarship.