The Washington University in St. Louis chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office, the highest level of distinction given. The chapter has been recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physical sciences organization, a designation given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and internationally.
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association designed for students and membership is open to anyone interested in physics and related fields. SPS operates within the American Institute of Physics (AIP), an umbrella organization for professional physical science societies.
The SPS chapter at Washington University in St. Louis is advised by Associate Professor Kater Murch and is led by student officers. The 2018-19 officers are:
- President: Tyler Satchel Orden
- Vice President: Julia Cohen
- Treasurer: Ryan Wahidi
- Secretary: Jason Tang
SPS chapters are evaluated on their level of interaction with the campus community, the professional physics community, the public, and with SPS national programs. The Outstanding Chapter Award recognizes high levels of outreach as well as unique approaches to fulfilling the mission of SPS to “help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community.”