Scholarships and Awards

Physics Scholarships and Awards

Undergraduate Student Award and Scholarship Recipients

Every April, the Department of Physics hosts an Undergraduate Award Ceremony where high achieving students are recognized and awarded for their hard work in the program.  Students do not apply for these awards; instead, physics faculty nominate students and a faculty board chooses the winners.  

Physics Undergraduate Summer Research Program

The Department of Physics Undergraduate Summer Research Program supports undergraduate Physics and Engineering Physics majors pursuing research projects with an approved physics faculty member during the summer.  The program runs 10 weeks, but may extend further depending on the avialability of funds.

Valentino Physics Academic Achievement Scholarship

The Department of Physics awards the Valentino Physics Academic Achievement Scholarship to one incoming freshman planning to major in Physics or Engineering Physics at OSU.  The scholarship provides the recipient with the cost of in-state tuition per year for up to four years. 

College Scholarships

Scholarships for Engineering Undergraduates

Students who are enrolled in the College of Engineering (this includes Engineering Physics majors) are eligible to apply to many of the academic based or financial need based scholarships offered by the college. For more information, visit the College of Engineering Scholarship Webpage.

Scholarships and Grants for Arts & Sciences Undergraduates

Students majoring in one of the programs offered by the College of Arts & Sciences may apply for scholarships and grants offered by college.  A list of available funding opportunities can be found on the College of Arts & Sciences Webpage.

External Scholarships

Summer Research Opportunity Search Engine

If you're looking for a list of physics summer research opportunities, check out pathwaystoscience.com which can help you with your search.

Society of Physics Students Scholarships

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) offers a number of scholarships for undergraduate physics students.

SMART Scholarship

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.

APS Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors

Any African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is majoring or planning to major in physics, and who is a high school senior, college freshman, or sophomore is eligible to apply.

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

AWIS offers awards to support women planning a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), especially in those disciplines where women are still significantly under-represented (computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences.  The awards are available to female undergraduate and predoctoral students.

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers

The Barbara Lotze Scholarships are available only to US citizens attending US schools.  Undergraduate students enrolled, or planning to enroll, in physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors entering such programs are eligible.

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