UO Physics Awards

The Department of Physics maintains a student travel award fund for students presenting papers or posters at conferences and other meetings. See the physics webpage for the full details and the application:

UO Physics Student Travel Awards

Awards are first-come first-served.

Oregon and UO Scholarships

Mercer Family Foundation Scholarship

Awards up to $7500 for rising junior and senior math and physics majors at Oregon public universities. (Apply in your sophomore or junior years.)

Science Literacy Program – Winter and Spring terms

The Science Literacy Program has completed its grant and the opportunity now continues as a for-credit opportunity. Please contact Elly Vandegrift (ellyvan@uoregon.edu) for more information.

Are you interested in learning about teaching science? The University of Oregon Science Literacy Program offers General Education courses for non-science majors designed to improve science literacy of the educated public.

The Science Literacy Program seeks talented, motivated, and hard-working Undergraduate SLP Scholars to help co-teach general education courses for non-sciences majors. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor from the participating departments (Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Human Physiology or Physics) and will receive course credits for participation. We are very interested in enhancing the creativity, diversity, and talent of the next generation of science educators, and students from diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. The program offers outstanding opportunities to assist with course development, lecture/activity/assessment preparation and presentation, and in-class demonstrations.

Oregon Student Assistance Commission Scholarships

OSAC has a huge catalogue of Oregon scholarships available. It will take you some time to go through them all, but there is a search and filter tool to help you identify which scholarships match your situation. You can apply to as many scholarships as you like. Some require various supplemental materials.

College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships (UO)

The College of Arts and Sciences at UO has a variety of in-house scholarships for continuing students. One application applies to all the scholarships available. Science students should particularly examine:

  • Mildred Braaten Archibald Scholarship Fund in Science and Mathematics ($2,000 – $3,000)
  • Leon B. Davis Scholarship for Preparatory Engineering Studies ($1,000 – $2,000)
  • Clarence and Lucille Dunbar Scholarship ($2,000 – $5,000)
  • William L. Hanks Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Henry V. Howe Scholarship ($1,000 – $5,000)
  • Miller Family Graduate Award in Technology & Science ($1,000 – $2,000)
  • Marthe E. Smith Memorial Science Scholarship ($2,000 – $4,000)

Non-Traditional Student Scholarships

The UO has a couple scholarships for non-traditional students:

  • Osher Re-entry Scholarship: For students returning to school after an interruption of 5 or more years
  • Tillman Military Scholarship: For veterans and their spouses.
  • ASUO Women’s Center Book Scholarship: The Women’s Center provides four $50 book aid certificates to help offset the cost of textbooks. Preference for non-traditional students and single parents.

Scholarships for Oregon Scientists

Scholarships available to incoming freshmen and transfer students to the University of Oregon. Up to $10,000 and 12-15 awards per year.

Women in Graduate Sciences

The UO Women in Graduate Sciences distributes several awards each year.

  • Travel Award – $300 to two applicants per year to assist in travel to a conference to present research.
  • Parenting Award – $1200 to help with parenting while undertaking graduate study. Preference to single parents and parents with children under 5, but no parents are ruled out.
  • Sarah J. Staggs Award – $300 to help undergraduates transition to graduate school. Preference for female applicants.
  • UOWGS Undergraduate Summer Research Award – $500 to any undergraduate or recent graduate working in a lab for the summer.

Scholarships from Professional Organizations

American Physical Society

NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative for NASA Scholarships, Fellowships and Internships

  • Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Techonology (MUST) Program – A scholarship and NASA internship for undergraduates studying science, technology, engineering, or math. Open to all students,  with an emphasis on underrepresented or minority students. Scholarship for up to half the student’s tuition, plus a $5000 summer internship at a NASA center. Due Feb2, 2009for the 2009-2010 scholarship and summer internship.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The NOAA has a handful of scholarships, fellowships and internships available. In particular, the two scholarships available include generous academic year support, as well as an NOAA summer internship.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

The AIAA awards several scholarships annually for students, mostly for those focusing on avionics, aerospace engineering, etc.

Society of Physics Students Scholarships

SPS provides a variety of scholarships to physics students nationwide who are active in their local SPS chapters. Scholarships are all for $1000-$5000 each. Scholarships available on the basis of financial need, academic performance, SPS activities, scholarship or some combination thereof.

Present your physics research in Croatia this summer, courtesy of SPS! Each year the Society of Physics Students supports two students to represent the United States and present their research at the 2015 International Conference of Physics Students (ICPS), a conference hosted by the International Association of Physics Students (IAPS). The students are the winners of the SPS Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research, and are chosen on the basis of their research, letters of recommendation, and SPS participation from among qualified applicants. The winners also receive a $500 honorarium for themselves and a $500 honorarium for their SPS chapter. Note that SPS members can attend ICPS regardless of whether they win this award, but if you win you become an official US representative and all of your expenses are covered.

University Space Research Association

 For students with two years of college credits studying physics or engineering, and interested in space research. Variety of scholarships, each $2000.

National Scholarship Programs

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Open to college sophomores and juniors studying biochemistry, biology, computer and information science, environmental science, general science, geological sciences, mathematics, and mathematics and computer science. $7500 annually. Must be nominated by UO to be considered in the national application process. Contact Dr. Dietrich Belitz, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, for more information.

McNair Scholars

A scholarship program for undergraduate juniors and seniors intending to continue on to graduate school. Includes:

    • $2800 summer research stipend with classes to enhance research and writing skills
    • Graduate funding workshops
    • GRE test preparation
    • Graduate school application assistance
    • Academic advising
    • Travel to conferences and to visit prospective graduate schools
    • Tuition support

Contact Gail Unruh, Director, for more information.


NASA – There are lots of NASA internships, and lots of ways to go about getting one. Below is a list of just a few of them.

  • NASA Undergraduate Student Research Project – A 10 week paid summer internship at a NASA center, open to undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors studying science, math or engineering. $6000 plus transportation. Due Jan 23, 2009.
  • Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Techonology (MUST) Program – A scholarship and NASA internship for undergraduates studying science, technology, engineering, or math. Open to all students,  with an emphasis on underrepresented or minority students. Scholarship for up to half the student’s tuition, plus a $5000 summer internship at a NASA center. Due Feb 2, 2009 for the 2009-2010 scholarship and summer internship.

Society of Physics Students Internships

  •   SPS internships are broad-based learning opportunities for undergraduate physics majors in the areas of scientific research and outreach/policy. Internships at organizations like NASA, NIST, AIP, AAS, APS, AAPT, etc. Includes a stipend, paid housing, and paid airfare to Washington DC.

SLAC Internship

  • Intern at the Standford Linear Accelerator! Applicants need at least one year of college-level physics to be selected by SLAC. Students who are majoring in physics, engineering, or computer science are encouraged to apply. Includes stipends, travel, and housing for the summer internship.

Department of Energy Internships