SGA approves grant for Society of Physics Students

Robert Pecarrere

SGA approves grant for Society of Physics Students

11-20-13

 

SGA sign - Photograph by Robert Pecarrere

SGA sign – Photograph by Robert Pecarrere

[Hammond]-The Student Government Association approved a travel grant for the Society of Physics Students at the meeting on Nov. 11. The Student Government Association planned to allocate $1099 to the Society of Physics Students. This grant would allow six students to attend the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society meeting in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Sean Craft, a member of the Society of Physics Students, represented his organization as he requested a travel grant to go to the physics conference. Craft said “[The grant was] to fund our [six] students to attend the annual Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society meeting.”

The Society of Physics Students have attended the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society conference every year for at least the last six years. Craft said “It is a trip that we do almost every year. We’ve been doing this for probably about six years now, actually longer than that if you count the ones that I haven’t personally recorded.”

Craft quickly shared his own experiences of attending a past conference. Craft said “I went last year and it’s a great opportunity for our physic students to look at how professional physicists in the academic world after their undergraduate career will end up being. There are people from all over the Southern half of the United States giving presentations on their physics research and there will also be a couple key note speakers who are highly acclaimed physicists in the field giving public speeches which we will all be attending.”

After discussing among themselves, the Student Government Association altered the allocated funds to a a lower amount. Jeff Simmons, vice president of the Student Government Association, said “There were a couple different things we couldn’t pay for so we changed it to $1099.”

For more information about the the Society of Physics Students visit http://www.spsnational.org/ or for more information on the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society meeting visit http://www.aps.org/units/sesaps/.

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