Physics Department Award Descriptions

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Undergraduate Awards

  • The Fay Ajzenberg-Selove Award is presented to undergraduate women majoring in Physics, Astronomy, or Physics/Astronomy to encourage them to continue their careers in science. Dr. Ajzenberg-Selove, who received her Ph.D. in Physics in 1952, is currently a Professor Emerita the University of Pennsylvania.
  • The Dr. Maritza Irene Stapanian Crabtree Award in Physics was established by William Crabtree to honor his wife, Dr. Maritza Crabtree, who graduated with a Physics degree in 1971. This annual award benefits undergraduate students in physics based equally on merit and need.
  • The Bernice Durand Undergraduate Research Scholarship was established by Emerita Physics Professor Bernice Durand to promote meaningful undergraduate research and to support and encourage women and ethnic minorities as undergraduate majors in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy.
  • The Henry and Eleanor Firminhac Physics Undergraduate Scholarship is given to undergraduates in Physics with financial need as the primary consideration. Funding provided by Ralph Firminhac in honor of his parents.
  • The L. R. Ingersoll Prize is given for distinguished achievement in introductory physics. This prize is underwritten by a fund established by the family and friends of the late Professor Ingersoll, a distinguished physicist and teacher at the University who served as Department Chair for many years.
  • The Liebenberg Family Research Scholarship is for Physics, AMEP, or Astronomy/Physics majors. This scholarship opportunity was initiated by the Liebenberg family for the purpose of promoting undergraduate summer research opportunities.
  • The Albert Augustus Radtke Scholarship Award is given to outstanding junior or senior students majoring in Physics or Applied Mathematics Engineering and Physics. This award was made possible by a bequest of the late Mrs. Elizabeth S. Radtke in honor of her husband, a 1900 degree recipient from UW-Madison.
  • Graduate Awards

  • The Cornelius P. and Cynthia C. Browne Endowed Fellowship Fund is presented to assist graduate students pursuing doctoral studies in the Physics Department. This award is possible through the generous support of Cornelius P. Browne.
  • The Jeff & Lily Chen Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship is presented to assist outstanding incoming graduate students pursuing doctoral studies in Physics. It is made possible through the generous support of Jeff & Lily Chen, Physics alumni.
  • The Joseph R. Dillinger Award for Teaching Excellence was made possible by the family of Joseph Dillinger in honor of their father. The award provides recognition to an outstanding teaching assistant in undergraduate-level Physics. Prof. Dillinger was a faculty member of the department with a special interest in improving undergraduate education.
  • The Henry and Eleanor Firminhac Physics Graduate Scholarship is given to graduates in Physics with financial need as the primary consideration. Funding provided by Ralph Firminhac in memory of his parents.
  • The Phyllis Jane Fleming Graduate Student Support Fund was created by colleague, Linda B. Miller, in honor of Phyllis J. Fleming, Sarah Frances Whiting Professor of Physics, Emerita, Wellesley College and alumna. Phyllis received her Ph.D. in 1955 under Professor Dillinger. This fund provides support for a female doctoral candidate in physics.
  • The Raymond G. and Anne W. Herb Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships are presented to assist outstanding incoming graduate students pursuing doctoral studies in Physics. They are possible through the generous support of the late physics Professor Emeritus Raymond Herb, and his wife Anne.
  • The Elizabeth Hirschfelder Award is made possible through a fund established by Elizabeth Hirschfelder for graduate women in Physics, Math and Chemistry. The purpose of the fund is to provide funding for research related activities and to encourage graduate women in science.
  • The Karl Guthe Jansky and Alice Knapp Jansky Family Graduate Award in Astronomy and Physics is given to an outstanding graduate student, with preference to students interested in astrophysics and astronomy. This award is made possible through the generosity of the Jansky family in honor of their father and mother, Karl Guthe, and Alice Knapp Jansky.
  • The Emanuel Piore Award is presented for academic excellence in the first year of graduate study. Winners of the award are graduate students with exceptional performance on qualifier examinations. The award is made possible through the generosity of the Piore family.
  • The Special Physics Graduate Support Fund was recently created by a Physics Faculty Member to provide a number of graduate awards as part of a financial aid package to entering graduate students in the department who are supported by TAships.
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