Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society Welcomes New Students


Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Physics and Engineering Physics welcomed 11 new students to its Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society during an induction ceremony held May 1. This year’s induction class is the largest group in the 49 years of the local chapter’s history at Southeast.

This year’s inductees included 10 physics majors: Jordan Duncan, Samuel Fincher, Samantha Hasler, Tyler Howard, Nicole Masters, Benjamin Nielsen, Heath Parkinson, Austin Patek, Emilia Schempp and Blake Trickey; and one mathematics major, Arham Chowdury, who has demonstrated a strong interest in theoretical physics.

“It is a great honor to welcome such a strong group of students to the society,” said Dr. Jonathan Kessler, Southeast assistant professor of physics and engineering physics, and presiding officer and locally inducted member of Sigma Pi Sigma.

During the ceremony, Southeast alumna and Sigma Pi Sigma member Stephanie Howard gave a presentation titled “Spacecraft and the Plasma Physics They Accomplish.” Howard discussed information about several NASA satellite and deep space probes, and details about her dissertation project as a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa.

Inductees of Sigma Pi Sigma are not required to major in physics but must have taken more than 15 hours of physics courses, have junior standing, maintain scholastic excellence and demonstrate a desire to serve the greater physics community.

Photo Caption: From left to right are Heath Parkinson, Nicole Masters, Arham Chowdhury, Tyler Howard, Blake Trickey, Emilia Schempp, Samantha Hasler and Benjamin Nielson. Not pictured are Jordan Duncan, Samuel Fincher and Austin Patek.