Our Society of Physics Students is a fun, supportive, and ambitious group whose mission is to inspire the community and especially young people about physics and what physicists do. Along the way we find a way to hang out together, share common interests, learn more about physics ourselves – and hone our communications skills as scientists and educators.
Our major activity is our science outreach program, encouraging young students we work with to discover a love for science and eventually major in the sciences. We love the challenge of making scientific concepts understandable and visually interesting, and especially seeing the amazement on children’s faces.
The highlight event is our annual “Clash of the Sciences” where we compete with our peers in Chemistry and Biology to make the most compelling and fun science demo and win audience hearts. This event brings the community into Ball State to provide a family-friendly open house for our science departments. We continue the friendly rivalry in a “Demo-Off” at the regional Science Fair and other outreach projects throughout the year.
Other activities include an annual T-shirt drive, and from time to time, field trips, to great physics places such as Argonne National Lab and Fermilab.
We have been recognized for our outreach work as a Distinguished SPS Chapter for 2015—2016, 2016—2017, 2017—2018, 2018—2019, 2019—2020 and again for 2020—2021 by the national Society of Physics Students.
We meet weekly, and it’s a great way to make friends and get inspired by physics.
For more information send an e-mail or check us out on Benny Link. You can also stop by the undergraduate lounge in CP002.
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