Scholarships and Awards

Undergraduate Student Awards

Awards in which Students Apply

Awards in which Students are Nominated by Faculty


Ralph B. Bodine Scholarship
The University of Michigan Physics Department invites undergraduate physics students at the University of Michigan to apply for the Ralph B. Bodine Scholarship. The scholarship is made possible by a gift from Norman R. Bodine ('64) and United Technologies. It is named in honor of Ralph B. Bodine, a 1936 University of Michigan graduate.

The Scholarship provides annual scholarship support to a 3rd-year student (applications should be submitted by current 2nd year students) with proven academic ability in the Department of Physics. The recipient must be a citizen of the United States and need financial assistance. If no undergraduates in physics meet the qualifications, the scholarship is to be given to an undergraduate in electrical engineering or to a first- or second-year graduate student in physics, in order of preference. Each recipient will receive scholarship support for two years, contingent on satisfactory academic performance.

Award Amount: Provides scholarship support for two years up to $10,000 per academic year

Number Awarded: One student per year

Scholarship Criteria: Prospective students must be citizens of the United States and need financial assistance. Students should currently be in their second year to apply.

Deadline: All materials must be submitted by Friday, March 11, 2016. The scholarship is awarded in the month of April.

Download: Bodine Recommendation Form  & Bodine Application

The 2015 Ralph B. Bodine Scholarship was awarded to Alec Josaitis.

 Past Recipients
 2014  Pranav Rao
 2013  Hassan Ali
 2012  Nico Wagner
 2011  Phillip Bonofiglo
 2010  Sophie Zhang
 2009  Ruthi Hortsch
 2008  Steven Moses
 2007  Peter Troyan
 2006  Paige Warmker
 2005  Benjamin Sonday

Wirt & Mary Cornwell Prize
The Cornwell Prize is given to a graduating Physics Concentrator who has demonstrated intellectual curiosity and given promise of original study and creative work. The award can be made to honor research, teaching, or any other contributions made to the intellectual life of the Department..

Award Amount: $5,000

Number Awarded: One student per year

Award Criteria:

    Student must:

    1. Graduate in academic year 2015-2016
    2. Be a declared Physics Concentrator
    3. Have a GPA of at least 3.5
    4. Have been involved in research while an undergraduate student
    5. Plan to be enrolled in a graduate program no later than Fall 2016

Deadline: Student completes the application and submits it to the Student Services Office (1440 Randall) no later than Friday, March 11, 2016. The prize is awarded in the month of April.

Download: Cornwell Undergraduate Application

The 2015 recipient of the Wirt & Mary Cornwell Prize for Undergraduates was Yunjie Yang.

 Past Recipients
 2014  Timothy (Patton) Doyle
 2013  Jonathon Hunacek
 2012  Benjamin Isaacoff
 2011  Kate Miller
 2010  Steven Moses
 2009  Seth Siegel
 2008  Liz Otto
 2007  Erin McCamish
 2006  Michael Kagan
 2005  Jacob Bourjaily

William L. Williams Award
This award is established in memory of Professor William L. Williams to honor an outstanding undergraduate thesis. The award recognizes a student who exhibits excellence in posing a question, conducting independent investigation, and determining an answer.

Award Criteria: You must be a University of Michigan student receiving a bachelor's degree with a concentration in physics in the current academic year.

Award Amount: $3,000

Number Awarded: One student per year

How to Proceed: Provide three copies of the thesis. A supporting letter by the thesis advisor is required. Among other things, the letter should include a description of the specific, independent contributions of the student to the thesis. Additional supporting letters are optional, but encouraged. As part of the judging process, the committee may choose to interview students regarding thesis content. The committee would appreciate it if the thesis could be submitted in print and also in electronic form (if available).

Deadline: Submit materials to the Student Services Office (1440 Randall) by Friday, March 11, 2016. The award is presented in the month of April.

The 2015 recipient of the William L. Williams Award was Yunjie Yang.

 Past Recipients
 2014  Kareem Hegazy
 2013  Phillip Bonofiglo
 2012  Kassandra R. Anderson
 2011  Pavel Chvykov
 2010  Jason Hindes
 2009  Sam Espahbodi
 2008  Liz Shtrahman
 2007  Matthew Becker
 2006  David Hucul
 Mark Yeo
 2005  Phillip Killewald
 2004  Michael Borysow
 2003  Brandon Kelly
 2002  James Degenhardt
 2001  Daniel Berebitsky
 2000  Susan Amrose
 1999  Jameson Rollins
 David Sowards-Emerd
 1998  Matt Lewis
 1997  Robert Michniak
 1996  Melody Klaus
 1995  Daniel McKinsey
 1994  Alan Hunt
 1993  Steven Watchorn
 Britton Plourde
 1992  Peter Kurczynski
 1991  Lisa Lapidus
 Roxane Ronca
 1990  Jeffrey Stehr
 1989  Brian Saam
 1988  Rachel Goldman
 Brian Arbic

Pearson Book Award
The Pearson Book Award is presented for outstanding contributions to the life of the Physics Department. 

Award not given in 2015.

 Past Recipients
 2014  Sean Carney
 Nicholas Rombes
2013  Celeste Carruth
 Tyler Hughes
 2012  Gregory Affeldt
 Christopher Davis
 Gregory McCracken
 2011  Samantha Thomas
 2010  Timothy Raben
 2009  Jessica Zinger
 2008  Robert Van Wesep

Wiley Book Award
Established in 1996, the Wiley Book Award is presented for outstanding achievement by an undergraduate physicist.

Award Criteria: The award is given to a graduating senior with a high G.P.A. who is going to graduate school.

Number Awarded: One student per year

Deadline: There is no application needed. The prize is awarded by a faculty committee in April.

The 2015 recipient of the Wiley Book Award was Youngshin Kim.

 Past Recipients
 2014  Homayoon (Amir) Maghsoodi
 2013  Jennifer Roloff
 2012  Christopher Anderson
 2011  Benjamin Treweek
 2010  Sacha van der Spek
 2009  Brain Ball
 2008  Wai Ling Wu

Otho Lyle Tiffany & Mary Lois Tiffany Fellowship
This is a new prize first given in 2010. It is for non-graduating physics students who we would like to encourage to continue their great academic efforts. This award is given to students based on faculty nominations and the deliberation of the Undergraduate Awards Committee.

Award Criteria: You must be a University of Michigan student receiving a bachelor's degree with a concentration in physics in the current academic year.

Award Amount: $1,000

Number Awarded: Depends on deliberations of committee, about 5 students per year.

The 2015 recipients of the Otho Lyle Tiffany & Mary Lois Tiffany Fellowship were Jaqueline Beechert, Josephine Dykstra, Jared Dziurgot, Joseph Golec, and Alexander Kavner.

 Past Recipients
 2014  Katherine Coppess
 Ryan Levy
 Arielle Maxner
 Julia Pakela
 Noah Shutty
 2013  Kyle Gordon
 Yashwanth Lagisetty
 Erik Ljungman
 Bardia Nadim
 Jon White
 2012  Neal Anderson
 Alexander Blaty
 Sean Carney
 Mary Hemmeter
 Kareem Hegazy
 Tyler Hughes
 2011  Nicholas Hac
 Jonathon Hunacek
 Emily Lichko
 William Murdock III
 Justin Priest
 2010  Trevor Gray
 Laura Lai
 Michael Stewart
 Benjamin Treweek
 Zimu Li

George Eugene Uhlenbeck Award
This award was created to recognize outstanding achievements by an undergraduate student.

The 2015 recipient of the George Eugene Uhlenbeck Award was Nicola Canzano.

 Past Recipients
 2014  Robert Brzozowski III
2013  Soon Hoe Lim
 Mykola Murskyj
 2012  Madeline Huberth
 2011  Laurie Lai
 2010  Timothy Blasius

Walter W. Wada Award
This scholarship is for non-graduating undergraduate physics students deserving of encouragement and recognition for their great academic efforts and contributions to the Department.

The 2011 recipient of the Walter W. Wada Award was Michael Norman.


Outstanding Achievement in Physics Award

This award was created to recognize exemplary undergraduate service to the University of Michigan Physics Department.

The 2015 recipients of the Outstanding Achievement in Physics Award were Jonathan Haefner, Christopher Hoef, James Kakos, Manoj Kowshik, Jessica Micallef, Caleb Zerger.

 Past Recipients
 2014  Steven Bassette
 Isabel Bonachera Martin
 Mary Hemmeter
 Nicholas Luongo
 Jennifer Miller
 Michael Mills
 Nicholas Sferrazza
2013  Lauren Franzblau
 Blythe Moreland
 Yutong Pan
 Samuel Shreeman
 Daniel Smolkin
 Brian Swiger
 Jun Jie Eugene Tan
 Shi Jie Sejay Tan
 2012  Britney Blankenship
 Christine Harris
 Nicholas Maher
 Connor Roncaioli
 Li Zhao