Physics Department Fellowships: Incoming Students
The Physics Department has significant fellowships available through the generous gifts and endowments of friends and donors. These fellowships provide supplemental funds for first year students so they enjoy a teaching assistant appointment with this reduced effort. This provides students more time to identify research opportunities with physics faculty and researchers and secure funding through Graduate Student Research Assistantships (GSRA). The department also offeres a small number of highly selective graduate fellowships for incoming students.
The University of Michigan Board of Regents established the Regents' Fellowships to recognize outstanding incoming graduate students. The fellowship is a two-year award consisting of a stipend, tuition, and health insurance. This is the most prestigious University of Michigan fellowship available to entering physics students. It is awarded in recognition of outstanding undergraduate accomplishment and future promise.
Helmut W. Baer Graduate Fellowship
The Helmut W. Baer Graduate Fellowship is sponsored by funding from the Helmut W. Baer Family in recognition of Helmut W. Baer. It provides full stipend, tuition, fees, and health insurance for one academic year.
The Colegrove Fellowship for graduate study is sponsored by funding from Barbara Colegrove. It provides full stipend, tuition, fees, and health insurance for one academic year.
Department Awards and Prizes
The Physics Department offers a number of awards and fellowships for students in the program. These awards are all supported through gifts to the department. They are described in the following.
Peter Franken Award
Peter Franken was a leading member of the Michigan physics faculty for two decades whose contributions include pioneering discoveries in non-linear optics, novel developments in spectroscopy, and detailed studies of physical symmetries.
Award Criteria: The Franken Award is presented every year to honor outstanding work by a first- or second-year Physics graduate student. Selection factors will include grades in graduate courses, involvement in research, and a letter of support from the student's advisor.
Award Amount: $1,500-$2,000
Number Awarded: One student per year
To Apply: The student’s faculty advisor must submit a letter of nomination and support which includes the student’s involvement in research to the Student Services Office,
Deadline: Faculty must submit their nominations to the Student Services Director by the fourth Friday in March. This prize is awarded by a faculty committee each April.
The 2016 recipient of the Peter Franken Award is Trevor Bailey.
Parkinson Travel Funds
|2015||Dr. Dong-Ling Deng|
|2014||Dr. Yifan Zhang|
|2013||Dr. Christian G. Fink|
|2012||Dr. Xuhuai Zhang|
|2011||Dr. Kelly C. Younge|
|2010||Dr. Fang Yuan|
|2009||Dr. Xiaodong Xu|
|2008||Dr. David Moehring|
|2005||Dr. Almut Mecke|
|2004||Dr. Rhonda Dzakpasu|
|2002||Dr. Gang Chen|
|2001||Dr. Teamour Nurushev|
|2000||Dr. Thomas O'Donnell|
|1999||Dr. Jeffrey Siewerdsen|
|1998||Dr. Baoxing Chen|
Marcellus L. Wiedenbeck Award
The family of Marcellus Lee "Marc" Wiedenbeck established this award to honor Marc Wiedenbeck's 40 years of service on the Michigan faculty. The Wiedenbeck Award is presented to a graduate student that exemplifies outstanding teaching abilities.
1) Teaching evaluation scores
2) Student comments on teaching evaluations
3) Feedback from faculty supervisors
4) Feedback from lab supervisors
5) Portfolio submitted by student containing: a) class materials (handouts, quizzes etc.) developed by student b) a brief overview written by the student of the instructional materials used in the course c) any additional material the student wishes to submit
Award Amount: $1,500
Number Awarded: One graduate student per year
To Apply: Students must submit a portfolio to Student Services 1440 Randall Lab containing: a) class materials (handouts, quizzes etc.) developed by student
b) a brief overview written by the student of the instructional materials used in the course
c) any additional material the student wishes to submit.
Deadline: Students can self nominate by emailing the Director of Student Services by the fourth Friday in March. The faculty committee will review the cases of all nominated students. They will narrow the field to between 3 and 5 candidates. Each finalist will be asked to discuss her/her portfolio in a 20 minute interview with the committee. A winner will be selected following these presentations and the award is presented at the Departmental Undergraduate Awards Ceremony the day before graduation.
The 2016 recipient of the Wiedenbeck Award is Yun Suk Eo.
|2004|| Andrew Pawl
Wirt & Mary Cornwell Prize
Funded by a bequest from the Cornwell family, the Wirt and Mary Cornwell Prize is awarded solely on the basis of merit. The Prize is distributed to a uniquely qualified graduate student who, during the four previous years, shall have demonstrated the greatest intellectual curiosity [and] given most promise of original study and creative work in one of six disciplines - one being physics.
Award Amount: $10,000
Number Awarded: One student per year
Award Criteria: Eligible students shall be drawn from the pool of those who have passed the Qualifying Examination.
Other factors include:
- Grades in graduate courses
- Independent study
- Research experience and accomplishments
- Demonstrations of intellectual initiative and originality
- Any other evidence of creative activity and potential shall be a factor, such as reports or papers written, apparatus designed or constructed, experiments carried out, and other notable citations received or academic competitions won.
To Apply: Students must submit a copy of their CV and have at least one letter of support froma faculty member. CVs and letters of support may be submitted to Student Services Office,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 1440 Randall Lab.
Deadline: Faculty must submit their nominations and nominees CV to the Student Services Director by the third Friday in March. The prize is awarded in the month of April.
The 2016 recipient of the Wirt and Mary Cornwell Prize is Shengtao Wang.
|2011||David A. Adams|
For more information on any of these prizes, contact the Student Services Office, 1440 Randall Lab (734) 936-0658 or email@example.com.