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Green River physics instructor wins national award

Ajay Narayanan
Physics instructor Ajay Narayanan was honored with the Outstanding Advisor Award by the National Society of Physics Students.

Physics instructor Ajay Narayanan was recently honored with the Outstanding Advisor Award by the national Society of Physics Students, the first time this award has ever been given to an instructor at a two-year college.

Narayanan was recognized for what was described by Vi Tran, one of two students who nominated him for the award, as his demonstrated "commitment and passion for teaching physics that goes well beyond the classroom," and "his indefatigable enthusiasm for physics and his proactive approach to leadership of SPS."

His passion also extends into the community, where Narayanan regularly promotes physics at local elementary schools, and leads students on field trips that both inspire and instruct.

"Few two-year colleges even have branches of the Society of Physics Students (SPS)," says Green River Physics instructor Keith Clay. "But under Ajay's guidance our chapter has become one of the most active clubs at the college. Green River's SPS chapter has been recognized as one of the outstanding chapters of SPS in the country an astonishing seven years in a row."

"I don't believe that anybody at GRCC works harder for our students than Ajay Narayanan," says Clay.

The SPS, formed in 1968, is a professional association explicitly designed for students. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. SPS currently has over 700 chapters on campuses across the country. About 5,000 students participate in chapter activities each year, making SPS the fourth largest physics society in the country.