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Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah

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Departmental Scholarships

Scholarships & Awards

The Department of Physics & Astronomy welcomes applications from all declared undergraduate student majors in Physics and Astronomy for all of our scholarships (Please note that while the majority of our scholarships are awarded every year, there exists some scholarships that are awarded only as often as funding allows). Students who have applied for scholarships will be reviewed by the scholarship committee in March. Students will be notified via e-mail if they are to be awarded a scholarship after the committee has made their final decision.

Application Materials

All applications will be submitted through the Academic Works scholarship system through the University of Utah Scholarship Office. All applications must have the following items, unless otherwise specified.
• A one-two page personal statement from the applicant describing their accomplishments, need for the scholarship, and future goals.
• Current transcripts.
• Two letters of support from a faculty instructor or research advisor. (Students will need to present each recommender with a Consent to Release (PDF) form.)
Preference will be accorded to students with outstanding academic performance.

Departmental Tuition Waivers

Please submit all application through the online application system by March 1.

These scholarships provide resident tuition for the academic year. Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA. Entering freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors may apply. Students must reapply each year. Students receiving “Honors at Entrance” or “Presidential” Scholarships will not be considered.

Named Department Scholarships

Please submit all application through the online application system by March 1.

Scholarships & Awards

Undergraduate Student Awards:

  • Paul Gilbert Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award
    in Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Martin Hiatt Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award
  • Thomas J. Parmley Scholarship 
    for outstanding undergraduate students in the Department of Physics & Astronomy
  • Walter W. Wada Endowed Scholarship 
    for physics majors (must not be scheduled to graduate in the award year)
  • Taylor Undergraduate Award
    for overcoming obstacles on the way to strong academic achievements
  • Tyler Soelberg Memorial Award
     for a senior physics major who has demonstrated exceptional performance in science coursework and creative ventures
  • Diversity Scholarship
     for students demonstrating exceptional commitment to the advancement of women and underrepresented groups in the fields of physics and astronomy
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Junior Award
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Sophomore Award

Graduate Student Awards:

  • Swigart Graduate Scholarship
    to support research and research-related travel of outstanding graduate students in the Department of Physics & Astronomy
  • Outstanding Graduate Student
    for demonstrated success in coursework and research
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant
    for exceptional fulfillment of teaching duties

Awards Open to Both Undergraduate & Graduate Students

  • Diversity Scholarship 
    for students demonstrating exceptional commitment to the advancement of women and underrepresented groups in the fields of physics and astronomy

 

College of Science Scholarships & Awards

Competition for College of Science scholarships are open to students with a declared major in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy. Eligibility is based on the applicant class standing for the current academic year. Scholarship application forms are submitted on the College of Science website and the deadline to apply is in March.

College of Science complete scholarship list.

For more information contact the College of Science at (801) 581-6958.

Swigart Graduate Scholarship

J. Irvin Swigart

Swigart Graduate Scholarship: $5,000

All Applications Due: March 1

The Department of Physics & Astronomy invites graduate student applications for the Swigart Graduate Scholarship, to be awarded for Fall Semester.

Named in honor of former faculty member J. Irvin Swigart and endowed through the J. Irvin and Norma K. Swigart Endowed Scholarship Fund, the Scholarship provides a $2,000 cash award to the student, an additional $1,000 in travel support for presentation of a paper at a relevant conference, and up to $2,000 of support for the student's RA or TA stipend. The applicant must be affiliated with a research group in our department, as explained in a letter of support from the faculty adviser.

Application materials consist of the Departmental Scholarship Application Form, a current CV, two-page (single-spaced) statement of research (including plans for use of the travel award), and a letter of support from the faculty adviser.

ADDITION: The application should include a nomination by faculty familiar with the student's research achievements.

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Thomas J. Parmley Scholarship

Thomas J. Parmley

Thomas J. Parmley Scholarship: $2500

The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications from declared majors in Physics and Astronomy for the Parmley Scholarship, to be awarded for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Named in honor of former faculty member and master teacher Thomas J. Parmley and endowed through the Parmley Scholarship Fund, the Scholarship provides a $2,500 stipend for the academic year.

Application materials consist of the Departmental Scholarship Application Form, a single page (single-spaced) personal statement from the applicant describing his/her accomplishments, need for the scholarship, and future goals. The applicant should also provide current transcripts and arrange for two letters of support from a faculty instructor or research adviser. Both need and academic merit will be considered in determining the recipient of this award.

Please submit all application materials to Jackie Hadley, JFB 201-D, by March 1.

Deadline for all Departmental Scholarships is March 1. Also note that, while seniors are eligible, it may not possible to award the tuition portion of the award to seniors graduating the same semester awards are given. For further information, contact Jackie Hadley at 801-581-6901


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Outstanding Junior Student (Undergraduate) Award

Outstanding Junior Student (Undergraduate) Award: $150

The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications from declared majors or pre-majors in Physics and Astronomy who are Junior students at the time of the award. The award provides a $150 stipend for the academic year. Preference will be accorded to students with outstanding academic performance, have a large number of credits in physics and math courses, and also based on teaching assistant duties and performance. Application materials consist of the Departmental Scholarship Application form, a single page personal statement describing his/her accomplishments, current transcripts and two letters of recommendation from faculty instructor or research adviser.

Please submit all application materials to Jackie Hadley, JFB 201-D, by March 1.

Deadline for all Departmental Scholarships is March 1. To apply for these scholarships, all students must fill out and submit an application, as well as have at least two recommendation letters filled out by the student's adviser, supervisor, professor, etc. Also note that, while seniors are eligible, it may not possible to award the tuition portion of the award to seniors graduating the same semester awards are given. For further information, contact Jackie Hadley at 801-581-6901


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