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Scholarships and Awards

WVU Graduate Physics Scholarship and Award Opportunities: 

There are a number of fellowships available to well qualified graduate students. The list below gives the scholarship name, its intent, the eligibility, and the award. If you are interested in applying, please do the following:

(1) Determine which scholarships and/or awards you are eligible to apply for. You may apply for more than one in a given year on one application.
(2) Scroll beneath the scholarship descriptions and find the application form. Download it, fill it out, and send it to Physics-Scholarships@mail.wvu.edu. Be sure you satisfy the eligibility requirements before completing the application!
(3) Have a letter of reference from a faculty member in Physics sent to Physics-Scholarships@mail.wvu.edu. The deadline for submissions for 2017 is to be determined but will be in the Spring semester – applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

GRADUATE PHYSICS SCHOLARSHIP AND AWARD OPPORTUNITIES (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER):

Robert T. Bruhn Research Award
What it is – Funding to support the research effort of a graduate or undergraduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in nanotechnology and material science
Eligibility – Currently enrolled graduate student in physics, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester
Award – Approximately $2,000 which must be used to support research activities

Oleg D. and Valentina P. Jefimenko Physics Fellowship
What it is – A Graduate Fellowship to advance research in energy and environmental sciences as well as nanotechnology and material sciences activities in the department.
Eligibility – Currently enrolled graduate student in the WVU Department of Physics and Astronomy, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester
Award – Approximately $2,500 and name on plaque in Department of Physics and Astronomy main office

Carl A. Rotter Graduate Teaching Award in Physics
What it is – Recognition for outstanding teaching either in the classroom or the laboratory.
Scholarship Information – This award was established by Mary Ann Hayes-Rotter, wife of Professor Carl Rotter, to recognize and celebrate her husband’s abiding interest in physics education and teacher preparation. Rotter taught high school physics and mathematics for several years after earning a B.S. in physics at St. Mary’s University in 1958. He returned to academia and earned a Ph.D. in solid state physics at Case-Western Reserve University in 1966, and that same year he came to WVU as an assistant professor. During his 36 years on faculty, Rotter was the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including being named the West Virginia Professor of the Year in 1988 by CASE and an Eberly Family Professor for Outstanding Teaching in 1996. 
Eligibility – Was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for at least one semester in the previous calendar year, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester, has not won the award twice previously
Award – Name on plaque in Department of Physics and Astronomy main office and approximately $1,000, which may be used in a variety of ways depending on student need: for example, salary enhancement, funds for teaching development, travel support, research support, scholarship aid, etc.
Note – By nomination from Laboratory Manager or Physics Faculty only.

Dr. Mohindar S. Seehra Research Award
What it is – Recognition of a doctoral student who is advancing research in physics by publishing his/her research in high-quality peer-reviewed physics journals
Scholarship Information – Established by Dr. Mohindar Seehra, professor emeritus of physics at WVU, who was initially educated in India before completing his doctorate in the United States. He joined the faculty of WVU in 1969, and has since been active in the Department of Physics and Astronomy as a researcher and teacher. 
Eligibility – Currently enrolled graduate student in physics, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester
Award – Approximately $500 and/or $500 for Research Trust Fund, name on plaque in Department of Physics and Astronomy main office

Arthur Weldon Prize
What it is – Funding to recognize an academically outstanding student in their first year of graduate school in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at WVU.
Eligibility – Currently enrolled first-year graduate students in physics
Award – Approximately $1,000 which must be used to support research activities

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
What it is – Given to an excellent teaching assistant in Physics
Eligibility – Was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for at least one semester in the previous calendar year
Award – Name on plaque in Department of Physics and Astronomy main office
Note – By nomination from Laboratory Manager or Physics Faculty only

Download this application to apply for Physics Graduate Student Scholarships and Awards

Email Amanda Dymacek if you are interested in making a donation to start a new scholarship or award

Office of Graduate Education & Life Fellowships

Please follow this link: http://grad.wvu.edu/financial_assistance

National Fellowships

Beyond WVU there are nationally competitive fellowships, including for example:

NSF Graduate Fellowship
Fusion Energy Sciences Fellowship

For more information please contact the Chair of the Graduate Recruitment Committee, Maura Mclaughlin.