Brown University Physics Students Win National Recognition

The Brown University chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office. This is a designation given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and internationally, and we are proud that our chapter has been recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physical sciences organization.

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 Brown is advised by Professor Ian Dell'Antonio and is led by the student undergraduate departmental group, including Joseph Taylor, Taylor Knapp, Adam Furman, Isabel Horst, Smita Rajan, Ethan Swagel, and Ekin Secilmis.

“We do care about building a warm and close-knit community in Physics,” said 1st Year Liason Ekin Secilmis ‘24, “and this award has been so encouraging that our work actually matters.” 

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.”