Physics and Astronomy student, Shouvik Bhattacharya, has been awarded the SPS 2012 Leadership Scholarship. The award recognizes outstanding academic performance and high level of commitment to activities of the Society of Physics Students (SPS).

Bhattacharya is majoring in mathematics and physics and astronomy. He has served as historian of the MSUM SPS club, and continues to connect students with national SPS events and opportunities through a variety of social networking tools. His research interests include stellar spectroscopy, photometry of RR Lyrae variable stars, and mathematical modeling of stellar evolution.

Bhattacharya was appointed as a National SPS Intern for summer 2012. He is spending the summer in Washington, D.C., working specifically in the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Career Pathways Project.

Thus far, Bhattacharya reports that he’s visited a STEM Expo, has learned about chaos and fluid dynamics among other things from his mentor, and is preparing a report about why some physics departments are more successful in producing physics graduates than others.

The purpose of the SPS National Internship Program is to place students “in organizations and agencies that utilize the energy and diversity of students and contribute to their professional development through meaningful assignments, both relevant to the institution’s programs and in the advancement of physics or allied sciences.”