Undergraduate Fellowships and Prizes

Research Fellowships

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 Bhupal Dev.

Summer Fellowships

Greg Delos Summer Fellowship (1 award):

Greg Delos was an excellent student who died during his junior year. In his memory, the Delos family generously supports the annual stipend to support a student working with one of the research groups during the summer. This award is publicized each spring semester and the winner is selected based on performance in physics courses and possibly research thus far.

Undergraduate Physics Fellowship (4-6 awards):

This fellowship is for ten weeks in the upcoming summer and pays a total of $4,000 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 apply for Summer Research Fellowships, download the Student Information Sheet for Summer Research. Selections for both awards will be announced in March.

Academic Year Fellowships

This fellowship, funded by Professor and Mrs. Randall D. Knight, is for the Fall and/or Spring semester. This Fellowship provides 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 apply for an Academic Year Fellowship, download the Student Information Sheet for Academic Year Research.

Prizes

The Department of Physics awards prizes to students who have excelled in various ways.

Robert N. Varney Prize

This prize is awarded each fall to the best student in the introductory courses (Physics 197-198) the previous year. 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 Senior Prize

Selection for the Senior Prize is based on performance in physics courses and is made by the department's major advisors. The prize is awarded in a ceremony in the department after Commencement.