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Student physics group honored

Lamar University’s Society of Physics Students has been tapped “Distinguished SPS Chapter” for 2013.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment for Lamar’s physics students,” said Cristian Bahrim, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Physics. Bahrim is also the SPS advisor at Lamar.

Numerous accomplishments led to the chapter’s recognition according to Bahrim. 

Chapter members participated in several conferences during the 2012-13 academic year, Bahrim said, including two American Physics Society conferences, the Quadrennial Physics Congress, and presented student research papers on spectroscopy projects at two other conferences during the year. 

One SPS member, Sara-jeanne Vogler, represented undergraduate research at Lamar, at the Texas Undergraduate Research Day in April. 

Lamar’s SPS chapter was one of the four 2013 UG Research Award winners for undergraduate research on “Solar and Stellar Measurements Using Accurate Spectroscopic Techniques.” 

“In Spring 2013, our physics students participated to numerous educational presentations such as at West Brook High School, Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Lee College, Bob Hope School, and Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Port Arthur,” Bahrim said.

Student members were also active in many on-campus outreach activities from the Open House and New Student Orientation to Discover Engineering at the Spindletop-Gladys Boomtown Museum and the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, only to name a few.

Students who participated in multiple events during the academic year 2012-13 are: Sara-jeanne Vogler, former chapter president; Keeley Townley-Smith, secretary; Jacob James, chapter president; Bryan Neal, Jose Castro, Susan Salazar, Aaron Weatherford, Jessica Plaia, Jason Dark, Danielle Dark, and Jamie Fairchild.

“The Department of Physics is proud of each and all of them, and grateful for our students’ hard work and dedication, which made Lamar’s SPS a nationally recognized chapter”, Bahrim said.