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Physics Students Earn Grant for Science Day

Marsh W. White Award will help support annual science program for elementary school children

1/22/2008 8:56:45 AM


LYNCHBURG – Randolph College’s Chapter of the Society of Physics Students has earned yet another grant to support its Science Day Program.

The chapter received word in early January that it will be one of the recipients of the Marsh W. White Awards, which are presented by the national Society of Physics Students.

Marsh W. White Awards are made to Society of Physics Students Chapters "to support projects designed to promote interest in physics among students and the general public."

Awards are made annually on the basis of proposals submitted by active SPS. From among the proposals submitted by Chapters, a panel of judges selects several of the most meritorious for Marsh W. White awards.

The program of awards is open to all active Chapters of the SPS. Although each proposal is required to have the endorsement of the SPS Chapter faculty advisor, the advisor acts only in a consultative capacity. The planning and writing of the proposal are the responsibility of the SPS student members. Each Chapter participating in this program probably will want to set up a small committee to consult with the other members and prepare the proposal.

Randolph">’s Science Day is an annual event that brings more than 150 elementary school children to the College for a program designed to spark interest in science. Organized and conducted by college students and faculty from the college's Education Department and the Society for Physics Students, the event allows area students to experience hands on activities designed to spark their interest in the sciences. The students participate in activities such as botany scavenger hunts, lightning demonstration shows science quiz shows, mini science project booths, earthquake shake table building contests, and boat building contests.

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