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Sherry Savrda2019 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT to be Awarded to Sherry Savrda


College Park, MD, September 25, 2018—AAPT has announced that Sherry Savrda, Seminole State College of Florida, will receive the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during the 2019 Winter Meeting in Houston, TX.

Savrda earned her B.S. and M.S. in Physics at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction is also from UCF. She has been Professor of Physics at Seminole College since 1993.

An active member of AAPT since 1993, Savrda has served on the AAPT Nominating Committee, and the Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges, twice as chair, prior to her election to the Board of Directors as the At Large Representative for Two-Year-Colleges where she served from 2015-2018. As a member of the Board she served on the Lotze Scholarship, Awards, and Audit Committees. She has presented workshops, given talks both contributed and invited, and presented posters at national AAPT meetings.

She has worked tirelessly in promoting physics and physics teaching locally in Florida and nationally through her efforts in TYC21, ICP21 grant project, AAPT's New Faculty Experience for Two Year College Physics Faculty, and numerous other "projects" through or affiliated with AAPT.

She has been active in the Florida Section of AAPT for over 20 years, serving as Section Representative, through the presidential chain of FS AAPT, hosted the FS AAPT meeting at her college, presented numerous talks, workshops, and posters at FS AAPT meetings, and received their Distinguished Service Award in 1998.

Regarding her selection to receive this award Savrda said, "As a new faculty member, right out of grad school, I attended a Two-Year College Workshop, where participants were encouraged to join AAPT. I did, and AAPT has been an important part of my career since that time. Membership in AAPT has truly shaped who I am as a professor. Knowing that AAPT shares my goal of quality physics education and an appreciation of science for all citizens makes my membership a “no-brainer.” It has been invaluable to meet other teachers from around the country, to learn from their expertise and just to know that I am not alone in the struggles I face in my classes every day. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve the organization that has been with me throughout my professional life. I thank AAPT for this honor, and for all the organization has meant to me."

About the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT
Established in 1953 and renamed in recognition of AAPT founder Homer L. Dodge in 2012, the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT is presented to members in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the association at the national, sectional, or local level.

About AAPT
AAPT is an international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial scientists—with members worldwide. Dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching, AAPT provides awards, publications, and programs that encourage teaching practical application of physics principles, support continuing professional development, and reward excellence in physics education. AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.

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