LTU physics students win grant, national recognition

SOUTHFIELD—The Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter at Lawrence Technological University has been awarded the Outstanding Chapter Award for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The award recognizes the dedication of the chapter to events intended to promote physics and science education, including guest lectures, social events, meetings, our interactions with LTU alumni, and its members’ participation in professional meetings, including the American Physical Society’s Inclusion Diversity and Equity Alliance (APS-IDEA).

LTU was one of only 10 chapters recognized in the SPS’ Zone 7, which includes Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

LTU SPS recently created a Women in Physics Committee to further its diversity and inclusion efforts. The Women in Physics Committee of SPS at LTU has been awarded the 2021 American Physical Society’s Women in Physics Group Grant (APS-WiP). This $1,000 grant will be used to support the chapter’s efforts to make physics more accessible to the LTU community and recruit and retain more undergraduate women in physics.

The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics of the national physics organization congratulated the LTU student committee on receiving this prestigious award.

“We are excited to use this funding to support our outreach goals and help us maintain our group,” said LTU senior Andrea Houck, co-president of the LTU chapter of SPS and leader of the Women in Physics Committee. “We will continue working closely with SPS to ensure the success of our events, as well as encourage participation of women in other STEM fields through our collaboration with other student organizations on campus, including the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).”

The Women in Science Seminar series was initiated in the Fall 2021 semester. Two guests have presented their work and career pathways. The chapter invites all interested persons to participate in its next event, via Zoom, on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. Sophia Domokos, assistant professor of physics at the New York Institute of Technology, will speak on “The Many Languages of String Theory—And How They Teach Us to Think About the World.” Participants can join in at the Zoom link For more information, email

Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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