University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

Application Deadline: 11:59pm, Friday, March 31, 2017

Nomination Deadline for Outstanding TA Award: Friday, March 31, 2017 | Nomination form

The School of Physics and Astronomy annually recognizes undergraduate students of great promise with 20 scholarships and awards. These have been established through the generosity of many donors to the School with the goal of promoting high achievement and the drive to discover in our undergraduate majors. Some awards recognize outstanding academic achievement in course work, some reward demonstrated potential for excellence in research, and a few are awarded on the basis of overall excellence and achievement. Specific awards range from $1,000 to $10,000, either directly applicable to tuition and fees or as stipends supporting summer or academic year research with a member of the School's faculty.

Undergraduate Scholarships online application

Every applicant will be considered for any award for which she or he is eligible. Letters of recommendation are an optional part of the application process, but are required for full consideration for some specific awards.

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Edmond B. Franklin Scholarships

Recognizes exceptional promise based on academic achievement. Physics majors are eligible for this scholarship; Astrophysics majors are not. See Award Winners

Outside Scholarships

The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Application is now available on-line. The application due date is typically the end of January. You must be a sophomore at the time of application to be eligible.

Hollings information and application materials

The AAPT Executive Board offers two scholarships for future high school physics teachers. These scholarships, supported by an endowment funded by Barbara Lotze, are available only to U.S. citizens attending U.S. schools.

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers

Undergraduate students enrolled, or planning to enroll, in physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors entering such programs are eligible. The two successful applicants will each receive a stipend of up to $2,000. The scholarship may be granted to an individual for each of four years.

Applications will be accepted at any time and will be considered for recommendation to the Executive Board at each AAPT Winter Meeting. All applications in which all materials, including letters of recommendation, are received by December 1 will be considered for recommendation at the January meeting of the AAPT Executive Board.