Awards

NCS-AAPT Awards

The Walter C. Connolly Award for Teaching at the Pre-College Level

The Walter C. Connolly Award has been set up to reward excellence in teaching physical science at the pre-college level. An Awards Committee of the North Carolina Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers headed by the Section Representative seeks nominations from members and others describing the qualities of such individuals teaching in North Carolina schools. Nomination forms and more detailed information can be gotten by contacting the Section Representative or the Secretary-Treasurer. Recipients receive a certificate, a cheque for $300, a one-year membership in the national AAPT, and donated items from sponsors.

Contributions to the fund are encouraged and are tax deductible.

Walter C. Connolly Award Recipients:

Spring 1999 Elizabeth Woolard
Spring 2000 Patricia (Patty) Blanton
Spring 2006 Teresa (Terri) McMurray
Spring 2007 Sam Wheeler

Best Pedagogical Paper

At each meeting of the NCS-AAPT, pedagogical papers are considered for an award that includes a cheque for $150 toward expenses to present a similar paper at a national meeting. Attendees submit suggestions to any officer and the officers meet and vote on a suitable candidate.

Best Pedagogical Paper Recipients:

Spring 1996 Elizabeth A. Rieg
Fall 1996 NO AWARD

Spring 1997 Robert J. Beichner
Fall 1997 J. Aaron McAlexander

Spring 1998 Plinio Santos -Filho
Fall 1998 Donald F. Collins

Spring 1999 P. Joseph Heafner
Fall 1999 Donald F. Collins

Spring 2000 NO AWARD
Fall 2000 NO AWARD

Spring 2001 Tom Tretter
Fall 2001 Aaron Titus

Spring 2002 Thomas A Dooling
Fall 2002 J.B. Sharma

Spring 2003 Michael Paesler
Fall 2003 Harlan Devore

Spring 2004 Duane Deardorff
Fall 2004 Anthony Crider

Spring 2005 Wolfgang Christian
Fall 2005 Bruce Sherwood

Spring 2006 J.B. Sharma
Fall 2006 Joe Heafner

Spring 2007 Mario Belloni
Fall 2007 Shawn Weatherford

Spring 2008 Ken Rathbun and Wolfgang Christian
Fall 2008 William McNairy

Spring 2009 Jeff Regester
Fall 2009 Claudine R. Moreau & Thomas A. Dooling (tie)

Spring 2010 Duane Deardorff
Fall 2010 Donald Smith

Spring 2011 Jeffrey Regester
Fall 2011 Aaron Titus

Spring 2012 Gordon Aubrecht, Ohio State University
Fall 2012 Jarrett Lancaster, James Madison University

Spring 2013 Austin Griffin, UNC Pembroke
Fall 2013 James Perkins and Judith Beck, UNC Asheville (Joint)

Spring 2014 Rebecca Stamillo Ehret
Fall 2014 Jeff Regester

Spring 2015 Anthony Crider
Fall 2015 Colleen Countryman

Spring 2016 Colleen Countryman
Fall 2016 Judy Beck

Best Graduate Student Paper

At each meeting of the NCS-AAPT graduate student papers are considered for an award that includes a cheque for $100. Attendees submit suggestions to any officer and the officers meet and vote on a suitable candidate.

Best Graduate Student Paper Recipients:

Spring 1996 Eric Ayars & Otis Petefer (tie)
Fall 1996 Nicholas Remmes
Spring 1997 Aaron Titus
Fall 1997 Duane Deardorff
Spring 1998 Suzanne Huerth
Fall 1998 NO AWARD
Spring 1999 Duane Deardorff
Fall 1999 Lisa Grable
Spring 2000 Melissa Dancy
Fall 2000 NO AWARD
Spring 2001 NO AWARD
Fall 2001 NO AWARD
Spring 2002 NO AWARD
Fall 2002 NO AWARD
Spring 2003 NO AWARD
Fall 2003 NO AWARD
Spring 2004 Tonya Coffey
Fall 2004 NO AWARD
Spring 2005 Lin Ding
Fall 2005 NO AWARD
Spring 2006 Shawn Weatherford
Fall 2006 NO AWARD
Spring 2007 NO AWARD
Fall 2007 Shawn Weatherford
Spring 2008 Shawn Weatherford
Fall 2008 Alexander Lesov
Spring 2009 NO AWARD
Fall 2009 Jon D.H. Gaffney & Zhengang Wang (tie)
Spring 2010 Jon D. H. Gaffney
Fall 2010 Shawn A. Weatherford
Spring 2011 Mary Bridget Kustusch

Fall 2011 John Mark Aiken

Spring 2012 Brandon Lunk (NCSU)

Fall 2012  Colleen Lanz and Will Sams (NCSU) Joint

Spring 2013 Eric Raymer (NCSU)

Fall 2013  John Aiken (Georgia State University)

Spring 2014 NO AWARD

Fall 2014

Spring 2015 Colleen Lanz Countryman (NCSU)

Best Undergraduate Student Paper

At each meeting of the NCS-AAPT, undergraduate student papers are considered for an award that includes a cheque for $100. Attendees submit suggestions to any officer and the officers meet and vote on a suitable candidate.

Best Undergraduate Student Paper Recipients:

Fall 1998 Sarah Baxter

Spring 1999 John Conowall
Fall 1999 NO AWARD

Spring 2000 NO AWARD
Fall 2000 NO AWARD

Spring 2001 Chuck Olbert & Chris Clearfield (Joint)
Fall 2001 Sam Hendrix

Spring 2002 Oliver Serang
Fall 2002 Jean Rockford

Spring 2003 Ji-Seon Park
Fall 2003 Bryan Nelsen

Spring 2004 Katie Scholl
Fall 2004 Jennifer Cooper

Spring 2005 Kiril Simov
Fall 2005 Michelle Snyder (Elon University)

Spring 2006 Tie: Cyrus Buffum and Laura Gilbert
Fall 2006 David Sheibley

Spring 2007 Jason York & Michael Everhart [joint]
Fall 2007 George Hall (Elon University)

Spring 2008 Matthew Hoover and Michael Everhart [joint]
Fall 2008 NO AWARD

Spring 2009 Bradley Eidschun & Michael Everhart [joint]
Fall 2009 Daniel Glass (Elon University)

Spring 2010 Elizabeth Messina
Fall 2010 Melissa Guzman

Spring 2011 Jesse Jones
Fall 2011 Rob Argue (Elon University)

Spring 2012 Austin Griffin (UNC Pembroke)
Fall 2012 Andrei Makhanov (High Point University)


Spring 2013 Luis Guadalupe (UNC Pembroke)
Fall 2013 Helen Meskhidze (Elon University)

Spring 2014 Mariah Birchard (App State)
Fall 2014 Anna Wade (UNC Pembroke)

Spring 2015 Helen Meskhidze (Elon University)
Fall 2015 [TIE] Bjorn Ordoubadian (Davidson College)
Fall 2015 [TIE] Natalie Kamitsuka, Jack Hendrick, Nathan Hodges, Chris James, Mike Kuczkuda (UNC Asheville)

Spring 2016 Ben Kaiser (Elon University)
Fall 2016 James Howe (Southwestern Community Colllege) and Hunter Stark (Appalachian State University)

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

An annual award to recognize broad academic achievement in a rising junior or senior as indicated by such factors as: GPA, GPA in physics courses, reference letters, research projects or seminars carried out, and a brief narrative provided by the nominee describing what excites him or her about physics, and a description of his or her future plans. The Awards Committee seeks nominations from any NCS-AAPT member. Awardees will receive a certificate and a cheque for $100.

The John L. Hubisz Award for Outstanding Service to the Section

The Awards Committee considers on an irregular schedule nominations for this award. The awardee receives a certificate and a cheque for $500.

The John L. Hubisz Award for Outstanding Service to the Section Recipients:

Spring 1999 John L. Hubisz
Fall 2004 Wolfgang Christian
Spring 2006 Charles A (Chuck) Stone

Spring 2014 Karl Mamola

Fall 2014 Dr. Jose D’Arruda 

Conrad "Bo" Wessell Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service at the Two-Year College Level

The Award has been established to reward excellence in both teaching and service at the two-year college level in North Carolina. For consideration, a nomination letter, as well as two supporting letters detailing the nominees teaching and/or service at the two-year college level, must be sent to the Section Representative or the Secretary-Treasurer. Recipients receive a certificate, a cheque for $300, a one-year membership in the national AAPT, and donated items from sponsors.

Conrad "Bo" Wessell Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service at the Two-Year College Level Recipients:

Spring 2008 Conrad "Bo" Wessell             

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