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Physics Student Club Earns National Honor

(Posted March 3, 2014)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College chapter of the Society of Physics Students recently received the Outstanding Chapter Award for the past academic year 2012-2013 for the Zone 3 region from the club's national organization for the 14th year in a row.
The awards recognize the club's activities from the 2012-2013 academic year.

Advised by Matt Beaky, assistant professor of physics, the club competed for the honor in Zone 3, which includes colleges and universities from all of Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware and New Jersey.

The Juniata chapter has more than 20 active members for the 2013-2014 academic year. The student leaders for Juniata's SPS chapter are as follows: David Milligan, a senior from Eighty Four, Pa., is president; Robert Draham, a senior from Port Republic, Md., is vice president; Alex Debrecht, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., is treasurer; and Bradley Spayd, a sophomore from Altoona, Pa., is secretary.

The Juniata chapter was singled out for entering a team in the International University Physics Competitions, receiving grant funding for a group research project, a thriving tutoring program, and its outreach efforts in Huntingdon and surrounding communities. The club holds several annual outreach events, including Physics Phun Night, an entertaining science demonstration held every spring in Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Academic Center.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.