Fellowships and Prizes
The Department of Physics offers several opportunities for support of undergraduate research. Interested students should discuss potential research with a faculty mentor. Students who wish to work with a mentor who is not in the Physics department should find a Physics faculty member to be a co-mentor. For additional information and/or to discuss potential mentors, contact Professor Francesc Ferrer (368 Compton, 935-7982).
Greg Delos Summer Fellowship (1 award):
Greg Delos was an excellent student who died during his junior year. In his memory, the Delos family has generously set up the fund that supports the award, each year, of a prize that takes the form of a stipend to support a student working with one of the research groups during the summer. The availability of this prize is publicized each spring semester and the winner is selected, by the department's advisors, from among the applicants, with selection based on performance in the physics courses (and possibly research) thus far.
Undergraduate Physics Fellowship (4-6 awards):
The Fellowship is for ten weeks in the upcoming summer and pays a total of $4,000. The purpose is to provide a gateway for summer research in an on-campus laboratory with an appropriate faculty mentor. Nomination for this fellowship is made by a faculty member; we encourage you to discuss potential nominations with faculty members who are doing research that interests you.
To download a pdf of the Student Information Sheet, required to apply for the Summer Research Fellowships, click here. Selections for both awards will be announced in March.
Academic Year Fellowships
The Fellowship, funded by Professor and Mrs. Randall D. Knight, is for the Fall and/or Spring semester. The purpose of this Fellowship is to provide a gateway to begin or continue existing research in an on-campus laboratory with an appropriate faculty mentor. Nomination for this fellowship is made by a faculty member; we encourage you to discuss potential nominations with faculty members who are doing research that interests you.
Students may apply for support for one or both academic semesters. Full academic year support is contingent upon a positive review by the faculty member. To download a pdf of the Student Information Sheet, required to apply for the Academic Year Research Awards, click here.
The Department of Physics awards prizes to students who have excelled in various ways.
Robert N. Varney Prize
This prize is awarded each year to the best student in the introductory courses (Physics 117-118, Physics 197-198). Professor Varney was a member of the faculty for many years, carrying out research in gaseous electronics. This prize was established to commemorate his deep and long-time interest in physics instruction. The Varney prize is presented each fall.
The Senior Prize
Each year, the selection is based on performance in physics courses and is made by the department's major advisors. This Prize is awarded in a ceremony in the Department after Commencement.