Five students were inducted earlier this semester into the newly formed Sigma Pi Sigma chapter – a first for the university.

An organization of the American Institute of Physics, Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship and encourage interest in physics. Founded in 1921, there are more than 90,000 members.

“This gives students an opportunity to be part of a national organization that offers resources for them such as job placement, service ideas and outreach to the community,” said Dr. Marsi Archer, professor of chemical and physical science.

Students inducted into the honors society were: Theresa Botzow, senior physics major, Monett; Marissa Gard, undecided, Lamar; Phillip Kovach, senior chemistry major, Joplin; Kristine Pritchard, senior physics major, Joplin; and Benjamin Starkey, senior physics major, Webb City.