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January 2005

Release Date: January 20, 2005

ASU Student Physics Chapter Receives National Honor

The Angelo State University chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been named by the National Society of Physics Students Executive Board as an Outstanding SPS Chapter for the 2003-04 academic year.

The recognition marks the third straight year that the ASU chapter has received an Outstanding SPS Chapter designation.

Less than 10 percent of the SPS chapters nationally receive the designation each year. Chapters are selected for the recognition based upon the depth and breadth of the chapter's activities, including physics research, public science outreach, physics tutoring programs and participation in professional physics meetings.

Dr. Toni D. Sauncy, assistant professor of physics, is the faculty sponsor for ASU's SPS chapter.

Sauncy said the ASU chapter is especially excited to learn of the designation this year since 2005 has been designated the "world year of physics" in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's work on the photoelectric effect. That research earned Einstein a Nobel Prize.

The ASU chapter recognition was another in a list of honors for the ASU Physics Department which earlier in the 2003-04 academic year was named one of the top 21 undergraduate physics programs in the nation by Physics Today. ASU's physics program was the only undergraduate department in Texas to receive the honor.