- Must be enrolled as a full-time student at UW-Madison in both semesters of the Academic Year
- Must be a physics major (some awards also include astronomy and AMEP majors)
Applicants will be judged by the Student Awards Committee. You may apply for a specific award below however the Committee will consider all eligible applications for relevant awards. The Committee will review your transcript.
March 15, 2013, 4:00 PM Central Time, no late applications will be accepted.
Submit the following (in PDF) by the deadline above via Scholarships@UW in your student center or here: http://scholarships.wisc.edu/Scholarships/
- Statement of current research/teaching activity and future plans as a physics major (one page)
- Letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member (one page)
- On-line application system will automatically prompt letter writer to submit letter
- If indicated below, a statement of need (one page)
For More information
Contact the Department of Physics: firstname.lastname@example.org
Undergraduate Awards available in 2012-2013
Fay Ajzenberg-Selove Scholarship Fund
This fund supports undergraduate women majoring in or planning to major in astronomy or physics. The fund was established in May 1996 by Professor Ajzenberg-Selove. Professor Selove received her MS in 1949 and Ph.D. in 1952 in Physics, both from the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Maritza Irene Stapanian Crabtree Undergraduate Scholarship
This fund was created in honor of the late Maritza Stapanian Crabtree, a former graduate of the UW–Madison (BS '71) to offer other talented young people a chance to follow their dreams. Maritza worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the UW Space Physics Lab when attending UW and went on to be one of the first women admitted to the graduate program in planetary science at CIT. This scholarship is awarded based on merit and need.
Bernice Durand Undergraduate Research Scholarship
Established in 2003, this undergraduate research scholarship will be giving preference to women or to ethnic minorities in Physics and Astronomy who show research potential, motivation and interest in the discipline. This award will typically be given to 1 student per year after the completion of the three-semester introductory classical and modern physics sequence or equivalent and will enable the student to work with the research group of her or his choice. The intent is that the amount of the award shall be at least one third of the coming academic year's resident full year tuition.
Henry & Eleanor Firminhac Physics Scholarship Fund
Former UW graduate, the late Ralph Firminhac (BS '41, MS '42), created this scholarship in memory of his parents, Henry & Eleanor Firminhac. This endowed fund has financial need as the primary consideration, followed by a genuine interest in physics and ability to obtain a degree.
Liebenberg Family Research Scholarship Fund in Physics
This scholarship will be awarded annually based on merit to a junior majoring in Physics, AMEP, or Astronomy, with preference given to a student interested in Condensed Matter Physics. This scholarship may continue through his/her senior year with support for research and travel.
Ingersoll Prize for best coursework
Prizes to be awarded to students who have done the best work in the undergraduate courses. Nominations will be made by the Faculty and final selection will be made by the Student Awards Committee. Faculty/Instructors - please make your nominations for this award here: Ingersoll Nomination
Albert A. Radtke Scholarship
For one or more scholarships to undergraduate junior or senior students in theoretical physics or electrical engineering.
Campuswide Undergraduate Award Opportunities can be found here:
Graduate Awards available in 2012-2013
Elizabeth S. Hirschfelder Endowment for Physics
The purpose of this fund to assist women graduate students in Physics at UW-Madison. The award has been given in the past for travel to professional conferences, assistance with childcare expenses or other expenses related to attaining an advanced degree. Elizabeth S. Hirschfelder received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1930 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Henry & Eleanor Firminhac Physics Scholarship Fund
Former UW graduate, the late Ralph Firminhac (BS '41, MS '42), created this scholarship in memory of his parents, Henry & Eleanor Firminhac. This fund has financial need as the primary consideration, followed by a genuine interest in physics and ability to obtain a degree.
This award is to fund research for current projects in the Physics Department. The fund was established September 30, 1983 with a gift from Emanuel and Nora Piore. Both Emanuel and Nora Piore received degrees from the UW. Emanuel received his BA in 1930 and Ph.D. in 1936, both in Physics. Nora received her BA (1933) and MA (1934) in Economics.
Joseph R. Dillinger Teaching Award
The purpose of the fund is to provide an annual award to an outstanding teaching assistant in the Department of Physics. This fund was established by the family of Professor Joseph R. Dillinger who was a physics professor at the University of Wisconsin. The recipient(s) shall be nominated by the TA Policy and Review Committee and final selection will be made by the Student Awards Committee. Nominations for this award may be made here: Dillinger Nomination
Charles E. Mendenhall Fellowship
This award is to be used for the support of a graduate student(s) in experimental physics who will be designated from time to time by the physics department committee.
Albert R. Erwin, Jr. - Casey M. Durandet Grad Student Fund
This fund supports graduate students working in experimental high energy physics. Preference will be given to women, applicants with financial need and/or students who may be disadvantaged, and to those showing strong desire and promise. A student whose undergraduate career may have started off slowly, but who demonstrated steady improvement, should be given extra consideration.
Karl Guthe Jansky & Alice Knapp Jansky Fellowship for Physics & Astronomy
The award alternates annually between an outstanding student in the Physics Department and an outstanding student in the Astronomy Department who is pursuing an advanced degree. Preference will be given to a student particularly interested in astrophysics/radio astronomy. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory also has a postdoctoral Jansky fellowship:
Van Vleck Fellowship
The fund benefits the Department of Physics for graduate student support.
Graduate Awards not available for competition in 2012-2013
Cornelius P. and Cynthia C. Browne Fellowship Fund
Cornelius received his BA in 1946 in Physics and Ph.D. in 1951 in Physics and Math from the University of Wisconsin. The fund supports graduate students pursuing degrees in the Department of Physics.
Phyllis Jane Fleming Graduate Student Support Fund
The donor and Dr. Fleming wish to provide support for a female doctoral candidate in any year of training in physics at the UW‐Madison. The purpose of the award is to provide support for such things as equipment purchases required in research, travel expenses to conferences or research sites, books and supplies, or other research related expenses.
Robertson Leach Graduate Student Fund
The donor wishes to assist incoming first year graduate students in the Department of Physics.