Scholarships in the Physics and Astronomy Department are determined by a department committee. Some scholarships are primarily based on merit, and others on a combination of merit and financial need. There is no need to apply for merit-based scholarships: all majors in the department are automatically considered. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship based on financial need or would like additional information about scholarships, please contact the department chairperson, Marc Favata.

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Joan L. Dalton Memorial Graduate Fellowship in Astronomy
Amount: up to $50,000; frequency varies
Criteria: Provides funding to a graduating physics major to pursue a PhD in any area of astronomy or astrophysics. See the Dalton Astronomy Scholarship (PDF) or Dalton Astronomy Scholarship (DOC) for full details
Contact: Marc Favata, Fellowship Administrator
Dean Hamden Scholarship Awards
Amount: multiple awards, $300 to $400
Criteria: Recognizes students excellence in the teacher certification program or those contributing to the department via service in the Physics Club or as a tutor/supplemental instructor.
Richard Hodson Scholarship
Amount: $400
Criteria: Awarded annually to an outstanding physics major.
Mary Lou West Scholarship
Amount: $300
Criteria: Outstanding beginning physics major.

Additional scholarship opportunities for those interested in Physics Teaching are available at the Center of Pedagogy’s Grants and Scholarships page.

For a full list of scholarships available to CSAM students visit the Undergraduate or Graduate scholarships pages.