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Professor Toni Sauncy to Speak at 2016 American Physical Society Conference

October 3, 2016

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Physics Department Chair Professor Toni Sauncy is a featured speaker at the 2016 American Physical Society (APS) National Mentoring Community Conference in Houston on October 21-23. Professor Sauncy will present a workshop titled, “Including Career Development Resources in Your Physics Program.” Other topics to be discussed are mentoring research and mentoring best practices.

From 2012-2014, Professor Sauncy served as the national director of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma at the American Institute of Physics (AIP) before joining Texas Lutheran University. In addition to her academic pursuits, she has a strong history of engaging the undergraduate physics community at all levels in physics outreach and scientific citizenship. She has a history of proven leadership as demonstrated by her service on numerous collegiate and professional association committees, including those of the APS, American Association of Physics Teachers, and SPS.

Sauncy has a record of successfully funded research and research training projects in solid-state materials physics, and is well known for her dedication to undergraduate students in and out of the classroom. She has mentored numerous student research projects, which have resulted in presentations at regional, national, and international professional physics meetings and conferences. While at AIP, Sauncy took on the challenge of leading the National Science Foundation funded Career Pathways project that has resulted in important new resources for undergraduate physics departments and physics students.

She considers this work to be some of the most important of her career, causing her to pause and rethink her approach to undergraduate physics education in order to make room for professional development that allows physics students to take advantage of the wide array of opportunities made possible by a strong physics background.

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