Undergraduate experiences growth outside her “comfort zone”

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16 June 2014

Morgan Smathers“Being pushed out of my comfort zone ended up being one of the best experiences of the entire conference.” This declaration from SPS reporter Morgan Smathers (class of 2014 at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN) sums up her time at the 166th Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Meeting last December.

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) offers travel support for SPS chapters or individual students reporting on a national physics meeting, including those of the ten AIP Member Societies. The resulting articles are 1–2 page reflections about the meeting from a student perspective, often used as features for SPS publications and websites, and those of the meeting hosts.

Continues Smathers, “Presenting to top professionals in our field was an opportunity we would not trade. We made friends with physicists from France, Germany, and Ireland, and, at an evening student mixer, met students from around the world.” Her entire account, “I Never Asked for This!”, was published in the Winter 2014 issue of The SPS Observer magazine.