Physics Honor Society Inducts New Members

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 27, 2007 — The local chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, held its annual induction of new members March 15 at Southeast Missouri State University. 

The event was hosted by the Department of Physics & Engineering Physics.

Inducted as new members were Edward Graef, a senior from Imperial, Mo.; Jerrad Martin, a senior from Desloge, Mo.; Michael Nadeau, a senior from Perryville, Mo.; John Shoemaker, a senior from Sappington, Mo.; and Yuma Wakimoto, a senior from Hamamatusu, Japan. Dr. Jai Dahiya, professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, serves as faculty advisor to the physics honor society.

Dr. K.P.R. Nair, dean of the Faculty of Science at Cochin University in Cochin, India, spoke at the induction ceremony on “Science, Society, and Environment from a Spectroscopist’s Viewpoint.”

The local chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma was formed in 1969, and the original charter of 18 members has grown to a total membership of 97, including 11 faculty members.  Several prominent graduates from the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics are Sigma Pi Sigma inductees, including Dr. Linda Godwin, NASA astronaut, who was inducted in 1974.

Photo of recent inductees into Sigma Pi Sigma

Recent inductees into Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society at Southeast Missouri State University, are, from left: Yuma Wakimoto, Michael Nadeau, Jerrad Martin, Dr. Jai Dahiya (faculty advisor), Edward Graef and John Shoemaker.