Sigma Pi Sigma induction

Author: Shelly Goethals


The Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame inducted 11 undergraduate physics majors and 2 physics professors into Sigma Pi Sigma on Friday, April 26. Professor Peter Garnavich, faculty advisor of the Society of Physics Students, and Professor Mitchell Wayne, Department Chair, presented the inductees with their honor cords.

Sigma Pi Sigma is the official honor society of the physics profession. Through election to Sigma Pi Sigma, distinctive achievement and high scholarship in physics is recognized and celebrated.

Students inducted were: Shannon Hughes, Kevin Kelly, Kevin McDermott, Patrick McIntyre, Bailey Moser, Vu Nguyen, Timothy O’Brien, Stanislava Sevova, Brandon Summa, Amanda Williams, and Owen Zeng. The professors inducted were Kevin Lannon and Xiao-dong Tang.

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Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. Sigma Pi Sigma’s mission is not completed in the induction ceremony with the recognition of academic accomplishment. In the four dimensions of Honor, Encouragement, Service, and Fellowship, the mission of Sigma Pi Sigma takes a longer view.

Founded in 1921, Sigma Pi Sigma is a member honor society of the Association of College Honor Societies. Our society has some 75,000 historical members. Election to Sigma Pi Sigma is a lifetime membership.

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) was formed in 1968 with the union of Sigma Pi Sigma and the AIP Student Sections. Today Sigma Pi Sigma is housed within the SPS.