Scholarships and Awards for Undergraduates

During the Spring semester, physics majors will be considered for many awards and scholarships. The Scholarship Committee of the Department of Physics plays an active role in many of these nominations and, in some cases, makes the final decision. In order to be considered for one of the Department of Physics awards, please fill out and submit the Undergraduate Scholarship Application between February 1 and March 1 (closes at 5pm).

If you are interested in a University award or a scholarship, you should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, and supply the information they require. In addition to facilitating scholarships administered through the Physics Department, The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid can frequently match students' unique characteristics with specific scholarship guidelines. The following is a partial list of awards and scholarships. If you are interested in more information, contact the Academic Support Office (PAS 260), or check with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

The Department has put together a collection of national and international scholarships available for undergraduate physics and astronomy majors:

(Deadlines August - December)

 (Deadlines January - May)

 (Deadlines June - July)

If you want to be considered for a need-based scholarship, or the Weaver Award for Undergraduate Research, you will need to write a one page statement for the scholarship committee and turn in in to the Academic Support Office, located in PAS 260. Awards will be announced in the Spring.

  • Source: The Cubic Corporation
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students majoring in the area of physics, financial need is a consideration. Candidates are nominated by the Physics Department Committee, subject to the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Science and the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Value: Varies

Application deadline: October 18, 2019

The Outstanding Senior Award criteria:

  • A cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or better (recommended).
  • Involvement in research/internship.
  • Contribution to community outreach/service, participation in philanthropic activities, or involvement with clubs/organizations in the campus community.

Every application packet should demonstrate evidence of the student’s achievements in each of these criteria.


Each application packet should include:

  1. At least two letters of recommendation emphasizing why the student best represents the department.
  2. A summary of the research work/project the student participated in and results.  This is to be written by the student; the summary should include a description of the student’s role in the project (not to exceed 1 page).
  3. A personal statement describing goals, aspirations, graduate school, etc. (2 pages or less).
  4. Curriculum vitae (honors & awards, research, teaching, and/or work experiences, service, publications, memberships, and extra-curricular activities).

Please submit all documents as a single pdf file before the deadline to

  • Source: A scholarship endowment established by George Gregson of Beverly Hills, California.
  • Eligibility: Junior or senior students enrolled in the Department of Physics selected on the basis of scholarship, character, and engineering promise.
  • Value: One at $2,500
  • Source: A scholarship endowment established by former UA Physics undergraduate student, Kenneth S. Krane of Corvallis, OR.
  • Eligibility: Recipients shall be full-time undergraduate students majoring in Physics at the University of Arizona.
  • Preference shall be given to students with junior or senior class standing. Recipients shall have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.
  • Value: Varies
  • Source: Funded by an endowment established as a memorial to the late John A. Leavitt, Professor of Physics, 1960 to 1995.
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students who in the Physics Department's Advanced Lab Sequence completed the following four experiments: the Charge-to-Mass Ratio of a Electron, the Millikan Oil Drop Experiment, the Universal Gravitational Constant, and the Photoelectric Effect. The student selected will have the highest cumulative average score on the four experiments as determined by the laboratory supervisor.
  • Value: Award recipients will receive $1000, in the form of an
    unrestricted check.
  • Source: A bequest from the estate of the late Glenn C. Purviance of Tucson, Arizona.
  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen who intend to major in Physics or Engineering Physics at the Universty of Arizona and continuing students who are majoring in Physics or Engineering Physics at the University of Arizona. Chosen by Physics Department subject to the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Science and the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Value: Varies
  • Source: Funded by an endowment established as a memorial to the late Alice M. Van de Verde.
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students who are majoring in a College of Science discipline.
  • Value: $1500 (renewable by re-application). Number of awards varies.
  • Source: Endowment from Vesto M. Slipher, managed by JP Morgan Scholarship
  • Eligibility: Awarded "to worthy students who are pursuing studies in science," most often awarded to an undergraduate.
  • Value: Varies.
  • Source: A gift from Retired Professor of Physics Albert Weaver.
  • Eligibility: Preference for this award will be given to physics and engineering physics majors in their sophomore and junior years. Candidates should have an outstanding record in physics and mathematics courses and should have demonstrated promise as a research scholar. The Physics Department Scholarship Committee will review all applications and select the award recipients.
  • Preference may be given to students who have a clear idea as to the kind of research they wish to do and with whom they wish to research.
  • Value: Varies