Rhodes College Chapter Garners Top Awards by the National Office of Society of Physics Students

image of a musical tesla coil at an event held at Rhodes College
Pictured is a musical tesla coil at the annual pumpkin drop event SPS holds on campus. The device produces 1 million volt sparks, which create a musical sound similar to the way that lightning creates the sound of thunder.

The Rhodes College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) is the recipient of an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office, a designation given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and internationally.

SPS chapters are evaluated on their level of interaction with the campus community, the professional physics community, the public, and 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.”

The Rhodes chapter is advised by Professor of Physics Dr. Brent Hoffmeister and is led by physics major  Olivia Kaufmann ’23.

“I am tremendously proud of our SPS Chapter at Rhodes,” says Hoffmeister. “This year marks the 25th consecutive year that Rhodes has received the Outstanding Chapter Award. This is an extremely strong record of excellence.”

SPS Outstanding Chapter Awards are determined each academic year after a careful review of the information, photos, and supporting material presented in the annual SPS Chapter Reports.

The Rhodes College chapter also is the recipient of the following monetary awards to be used during the 2022-23 academic year:

  • Future Faces of Physics Award to support projects designed to promote physics across cultures
  • Chapter Research Award to benefit work on Rhodes’ cube satellite project
  • Marsh White Award to coordinate an outreach event to educate the community about the wonders of physics