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Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

Awards in which Students Apply

Ralph B. Bodine Scholarship


The University of Michigan Physics Department invites undergraduate physics students at the University of Michigan to apply for the Ralph B. Bodine Scholarship. The scholarship is made possible by a gift from Norman R. Bodine ('64) and United Technologies. It is named in honor of Ralph B. Bodine, a 1936 University of Michigan graduate.

The Scholarship provides annual scholarship support to a 3rd-year student (applications should be submitted by current 2nd year students) with proven academic ability in the Department of Physics. The recipient must be a citizen of the United States and need financial assistance. If no undergraduates in physics meet the qualifications, the scholarship is to be given to an undergraduate in electrical engineering or to a first- or second-year graduate student in physics, in order of preference. Each recipient will receive scholarship support for two years, contingent on satisfactory academic performance.

Award Amount: Provides scholarship support for two years up to $10,000 per academic year

Number Awarded: One student per year

Scholarship Criteria: Prospective students must be citizens of the United States and need financial assistance. Students should currently be in their second year to apply.

Deadline: All materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the second Monday in March. The scholarship is awarded in the month of April.

Apply: Bodine Application & Bodine Recommendation Form

The 2017 Ralph B. Bodine Scholarship was awarded to Noah McNeal.

Past Recipients

2016

Ezra Lesser

2015

Alec Josaitis

2014

Pranav Rao

2013

Hassan Ali

2012

Nico Wagner

2011

Phillip Bonofiglo

2010

Sophie Zhang

 

Wirt & Mary Cornwell Prize - Undergraduate

 

The Cornwell Prize is given to a graduating Physics Concentrator who has demonstrated intellectual curiosity and given promise of original study and creative work. The award can be made to honor research, teaching, or any other contributions made to the intellectual life of the Department.

Award Amount: $5,000

Number Awarded: One student per year

Award Criteria:

    Student must:

  • Graduate in current academic year 
  • Be a declared Physics Major
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.5
  • Have been involved in research while an undergraduate student
  • Plan to be enrolled in a graduate program no later than Fall 2018

Deadline: Student completes the application and submits it to the Student Services Office (1440 Randall) no later than 5 p.m. on the second Monday in March. The prize is awarded in the month of April.

Apply: Wirt & Mary Cornwell Prize - Undergraduate Application

The 2017 recipient of the Wirt & Mary Cornwell Prize for Undergraduates was Jacqueline Beechert and Wenli Zhao.

 Past Recipients

2016

Efrain Segarra

2015

Yunjie Yang

2014

Timothy (Patton) Doyle

2013

Jonathon Hunacek

2012

Benjamin Isaacoff

2011

Kate Miller

2010

Steven Moses

 

William L. Williams Thesis Award


This award is established in memory of Professor William L. Williams to honor an outstanding undergraduate thesis. The award recognizes a student who exhibits excellence in posing a question, conducting independent investigation, and determining an answer.

Award Criteria: You must be a University of Michigan student receiving a bachelor's degree with a concentration in physics in the current academic year.

Award Amount: $5,000

Number Awarded: One student per year

How to Proceed: Please send your completed thesis in PDF format to physics.sso@umich.edu. A supporting letter by the thesis advisor is required. Among other things, the letter should include a description of the specific, independent contributions of the student to the thesis. Additional supporting letters are optional, but encouraged. 

Deadline: Submit materials to the Student Services Office (physics.sso@umich.edu) by 5 p.m. on the second Monday in March. The award is presented in the month of April.

The 2017 recipient of the William L. Williams Award was Wenli Zhao.

Past Recipients

2016

Jessica Micallef

2015

Yunjie Yang

2014

Kareem Hegazy

2013

Phillip Bonofiglo

2012

Kassandra R. Anderson

2011

Pavel Chvykov

2010

Jason Hindes

 

Awards in which Students are Nominated by Faculty

Pearson Book Award

The Pearson Book Award is presented for outstanding contributions to the life of the Physics Department. 

The 2017 recipient of the Pearson Book Award was Jared Dziurgot.

Past Recipients

2016

Hanna Schamis

 2014

 Sean Carney

 Nicholas Rombes

2013

 Celeste Carruth

 Tyler Hughes

 2012

 Gregory Affeldt

 Christopher Davis

 Gregory McCracken

 2011

 Samantha Thomas

 2010

 Timothy Raben

Wiley Book Award

Established in 1996, the Wiley Book Award is presented for outstanding achievement by an undergraduate physicist.

Award Criteria: The award is given to a graduating senior with a high G.P.A. who is going to graduate school.

Number Awarded: One student per year

Deadline: There is no application needed. The prize is awarded by a faculty committee in April.

The 2017 recipient of the Wiley Book Award was Michael Ausilio.

Past Recipients

2016

Ryan Levy

2015

Youngshin Kim

 2014

 Homayoon (Amir) Maghsoodi

 2013

 Jennifer Roloff

 2012

 Christopher Anderson

 2011

 Benjamin Treweek

 2010

 Sacha van der Spek

Otho Lyle Tiffany & Mary Lois Tiffany Fellowship

This prize is for non-graduating physics students who we would like to encourage to continue their great academic efforts. This award is given to students based on faculty nominations and the deliberation of the Undergraduate Awards Committee.

Award Criteria: You must be a University of Michigan student working towards a bachelor's degree with a concentration in physics in the current academic year.

Award Amount: $1,000 - $3,000

Number Awarded: Depends on deliberations of committee.

The 2017 recipient of the Otho Lyle Tiffany & Mary Lois Tiffany Fellowship was Alec Josaitis.

Past Recipients

2016

Timothy Borucki

2015

Jaqueline Beechert

Josephine Dykstra

Jared Dziurgot

Joseph Golec

Alexander Kavner

 2014

 Katherine Coppess

 Ryan Levy

 Arielle Maxner

 Julia Pakela

 Noah Shutty

 2013

 Kyle Gordon

 Yashwanth Lagisetty

 Erik Ljungman

 Bardia Nadim

 Jon White

 2012

 Neal Anderson

 Alexander Blaty

 Sean Carney

 Mary Hemmeter

 Kareem Hegazy

 Tyler Hughes

 2011

 Nicholas Hac

 Jonathon Hunacek

 Emily Lichko

 William Murdock III

 Justin Priest

 2010

 Trevor Gray

 Laura Lai

 Michael Stewart

 Benjamin Treweek

 Zimu Li

George Eugene Uhlenbeck Award

This award was created to recognize outstanding achievements by an undergraduate student.

The 2017 recipient of the George Eugene Uhlenbeck Award was Shangnan Zhou.

Past Recipients

2016

Weishun Zhong

2015

 Nicola Canzano

2014

 Robert Brzozowski III

2013

 Soon Hoe Lim

 Mykola Murskyj

2012

 Madeline Huberth

2011

 Laurie Lai

2010

 Timothy Blasius

Walter W. Wada Award

This scholarship is for non-graduating undergraduate physics students deserving of encouragement and recognition for their great academic efforts and contributions to the Department.

The 2011 recipient of the Walter W. Wada Award was Michael Norman.

Michael La Marca Gravitational Wave Summer Research Award

This award was created in recognition of continuing research in Gravitational Wave Physics in the Univerisity of Michigan Physics Department. 

The 2017 recipient of the Michael La Marca Gravitational Wave Summer Research Award was Peng-Huan Huang.

 Past Recipients

2016

Eilam Morag

2015

Pranav Rao

Outstanding Achievement in Physics Award

This award was created to recognize exemplary undergraduate service to the University of Michigan Physics Department.

 Past Recipients

2015

 Jonathan Haefner

 Christopher Hoef

 James Kakos

 Manoj Kowshik

 Jessica Micallef

 Caleb Zerger

 2014

 Steven Bassette

 Isabel Bonachera Martin

 Mary Hemmeter

 Nicholas Luongo

 Jennifer Miller

 Michael Mills

 Nicholas Sferrazza

2013

 Lauren Franzblau

 Blythe Moreland

 Yutong Pan

 Samuel Shreeman

 Daniel Smolkin

 Brian Swiger

 Jun Jie Eugene Tan

 Shi Jie Sejay Tan

 2012

 Britney Blankenship

 Christine Harris

 Nicholas Maher

 Connor Roncaioli

 Li Zhao