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ASU Physics Students Win SPS Scholarships

June 22, 2012

Three Angelo State University physics students have been awarded prestigious scholarships by the national Society of Physics Students (SPS) organization for the 2012-13 academic year.

Blake McCracken, a senior physics major from San Angelo, is one of only three recipients nationally of the SPS Outstanding Leadership Scholarship and will receive $3,000. 

Dawn Olivia Popnoe, a senior applied physics/mathematics major from Florida, and David To, a senior applied physics/mathematics major from Lubbock, are two of less than 20 national recipients of the SPS Leadership Scholarship and will each receive $2,000. 

All three will be featured along with the other recipients on the national SPS website at 

To be eligible for the scholarships, a student must be a full-time junior or senior and a member of his/her college’s or university’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students.  Recipients are chosen by the national SPS Scholarship Committee based on 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. 

Founded in 1968, SPS is a component organization of the American Institute of Physics based in College Park, Md.  With more than 700 chapters on campuses throughout the U.S., about 5,000 students take part in chapter activities every year, making SPS the fourth largest physics society in the country.  SPS is designed to supplement students’ course work with the development of effective communication skills, leadership experience, establishing contacts, presenting scholarly work and outreach services to their campuses and local communities. 

More information on the scholarships is also available at