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June 2009

Release Date: June 8, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Physics Students Nab National Leadership Awards

Two Angelo State University physics students have received leadership awards and corresponding scholarships from the national office of the Society of Physics Students (SPS).

Logan Hancock, a senior from Brownfield, received a 2009 SPS Top Leadership Award, including a $3,000 scholarship. Also a Carr Student Research Scholarship recipient, Hancock is president of the Angelo State SPS chapter and is a member of the group’s Peer Pressure Team that conducts annual spring road trips to give physics demonstrations at area public schools. He is also an online consultant for the “Physics to Go” Web site that provides resources for physics and astronomy students and teachers as part of the National Science Digital Library. He is a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma national physics honor society.

Kunal Bhatnagar, a junior from New Delhi, India, received a 2009 SPS Leadership Award, including a $2,000 scholarship. He is active in the Angelo State SPS chapter and is a member of the Peer Pressure Team. He is a recipient of a Carr Student Research Scholarship and is a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma national physics honors society.

The Society of Physics Students was formed in 1968 and is open to any university student interested in physics. It operates within the American Institute of Physics and currently boasts more than 700 chapters on college campuses across the U.S. with more than 5,000 members. Dr. Toni Sauncy, ASU associate professor of physics and SPS chapter adviser, is president of the national SPS.

The ASU chapter of SPS has been designated an Outstanding Chapter, ranking it in the top 10 percent nationwide, for seven straight years. Earlier this spring, the ASU chapter was one of only four in Texas to receive the award.