Dr. Kiril Streletzky (Dr. S. as he is known to his students) has been elected President of the National Society of Physics Students (SPS) for a two-year term. SPS is a professional chapter-based society explicitly designed for students and their advisors which exists to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community. The SPS reach is broad and impactful, with a current roster of more than 820 chapters and close to 6,000 paying members (in addition to countless “unofficial” student members).
Dr. S has been leading our own CSU SPS Chapter since 2005. Together with SPS student leaders he organizes physics seminars, talks by alumni, research presentations by students, campus-wide social events (e.g. Catapult Contest, Physics Olympics, Physics Jeopardy), ice cream parties with liquid nitrogen, outreach to schools around CSU, trips to regional research facilities, student poster sessions and conferences, and much more.
Dr. S has been extremely fortunate to work with many dedicated CSU students who served as chapter SPS officers. The chapter success is built on lasting initiatives started by students or with their help such as Physics Olympics, Physics Jeopardy, Physics Fridays Outreach, Fabulous Physics Question competitions, Physics of Rock and Roll events, Catapult Contest, Physics Day presentations, SPS Zone meetings hosted at CSU, Physics Congress Fundraisers, SPS outreach events with NASA, Sigma-Pi-Sigma Inductions, Physics Tee-shirt and SPS logos designs. The CSU SPS chapter flourishes and builds on student contributions through the years.
Under Dr. S’s leadership the Chapter has been recognized with: 11 consecutive Outstanding SPS Chapter Awards (2009-2021); two SPS Chapter Reporter Awards; an SPS Chapter Research Award; a Future Faces of Physics Award for outreach at MC2 high school; Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter Project Award; three SPS Leadership Scholarships; three student Reporter awards, and more than 35 SPS Travel Awards since 2007. The chapter’s 12-year outreach program (Physics Fridays) run by Dr. S and CSU students at the Campus International School – inner Cleveland public K-8 school - has been recognized by 10 Marsh White Outreach Awards and two Blake Lilly Awards. For his contributions to the development and success of the CSU’s SPS chapter, Dr. S was awarded 2015 SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award - the highest recognition by National SPS (division of the American Institute of Physics).
Dr. Streletzky has already served twice (2013-1016 and 2016-2019) on the SPS National Council as elected Zone 7 Councilor (Zone 7 covers all the chapters in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania and includes about 80 active SPS chapters). He is happy for the opportunity to serve the National SPS community as President (July 2021-July 2023) and is looking forward to strengthening the connection of CSU to the physics community.