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WIU Student Organization Wins National Recognition

December 18, 2018

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MACOMB, IL – The Physics and Engineering Club, formally known as the Society of Physics Students (SPS), Western Illinois University chapter, recently earned the designation of a Society of Physics Students Distinguished Chapter.

In a letter addressed to faculty advisor Associate Professor of Physics P. K. Babu, the national office of SPS said the WIU chapter was selected for this national recognition based on its outstanding outreach programs and service to the local community.

In collaboration with the chemistry and biology clubs, the Physics and Engineering Club organizes the Annual Science Demonstration show that has become a prominent outreach activity by the science departments at WIU. This show attracts K-12 school children and their parents from both local and neighboring county schools. This year's Science Demo show was held on Nov.29, and was based on the movie "Incredibles 2."

In addition, members of the Physics and Engineering Club actively take part in conducting the WYSE (Worldwide Youth for Science and Engineering) Regional Academic Challenge, the Regional Science Olympiad, and the Girl Scouts STEM program. Physics majors Emma Clark (president), a junior, from Davenport, IA, Natalie Kovacevic (vice president), a sophomore from Plainfield, IL, and Lucas Elliott (treasurer), a senior from White Hall, IL, are the current office holders of the Physics and Engineering Club.

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