This scholarship was established in 2006 for recognizing an
outstanding Physics sophomore, junior, or senior involved in the Women
in Science Programs.
The fund for these awards was established by the Family and friends of Professor Gianni Ascarelli for the purpose of recruiting and encouraging promising undergraduate Physics majors. Ascarelli scholars are placed in departmental research labs and are paid for working up to 10 hours per week under the close mentorship of a faculty member.
This scholarship was established in 2006 and recognizes outstanding
undergraduate student majoring in Physics.
This annual award was established in 1970 for recognizing an outstanding undergraduate physics junior and an outstanding physics senior student.
Richard W. King joined the Purdue Department of Physics in 1955 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1958, and to professor in 1961. He became Acting Head of the Department of Physics in February 1966, and served as Head of the Departament from October of that year until his untimely death in August 1969.
During his years at Purdue, Professor King gained a reputation as an inspiring teacher and sympathetic friend of students. He directred graduate student research and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in mechanics, nuclear physics and quantum theory, and was frequently asked to give popular science talks to local high school groups. He believed strongly in the great value of a broad science background for students pursuing careers such as teaching, law, journalism, and medicine, and was one of the group responsible for setting up the General Science Program in the College of Science. Despite his many other activities, he served for several years as the counselor for undergraduate majors and later, as Department Head, made it a point to have a personal conversation with each incoming physics graduate student.
As a tribute to Professor King's interest in students, his family,
friends and colleagues have established a fund to make awards to
students in his name. These awards will be presented a yearly intervals
to outstanding physics majors who by their achievements show promise as
future physicists. The candidates are to be chosen by a representative
faculty committee selected by the Head of the Department of Physics.
This scholarship was established in 2004 for out-of-state residents
who graduated from a U.S. high school.
These awards were established and given by our local Society of Physics Students.
Each year, an award of $200 is given to the most outstanding freshman
and sophomore in physics. Criteria include an essay, grades and
involvement in SPS.
This award was established in 1984 for honoring outstanding physics graduate students in theoretical physics.
Instructor Emeritus Anna M. Akeley has
provided the means to establish an award account in memory of Professor
Edward S. Akeley, her late husband. It is intended that an annual award
of $100 is to be made to an outstanding Ph.D. candidate or recent
graduate in the area of theoretical physics in the Department of
Physics, Purdue University. The award recipient will be chosen each
year by a committee of faculty members of the Department of Physics.
These awards have been established to show gratitude for the efforts put forth by those exceptional graduate student teaching assistants who excel beyond the mere requirements of the job, investing their own time and effort to insure that they provide the best education possible to the students who depend on them.
In a large university such as Purdue, a great deal of the undergraduate teaching responsiblity falls to the graduate student teaching assistants. Because of the importance of quality pedagogy in maintaining the university's reputation, it is the intention of this award to motivate graduate students to become better educators. Through recognition of the effort and teaching quality which is already present in many graduate students, this award will encourage others to invest the time and energy required to improve the quality of education which the Department of Physics provides to this university.
These awards are funded by Instructor
Emeritus Anna Akeley in memory of her late husband Edward S. Akeley and
her late Brother, Kurt Mandler.
Established in 1999 by Purdue University, these awards honor excellence
in teaching by the Teaching Assistants. Physics Department typically
nominates 2 graduate TA's to the University for these awards. The
Commitee on the Education of Teaching Assistants (CETA) and the EVPAA
calls this Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching.
Established in 1987 and named after Professor Emeritus H. Y. Fan, this award is given annually to a physics graduate student for outstanding research in experimental or theoretical condensed matter physics.
The Professor H.Y. Fan Award was established in recognition of Professor Fan's many contributions to solid state physics and to the Purdue University Department of Physics. Professor Fan is a pioneer and major contributor to experimental theoretical and condensed matter physics, especially in the area of infrared studies of semiconductors. He has played a major role in the development of the Purdue Department of Physics into a large research oriented department. He came to Purdue in 1948 and in 1963 was appointed the Duncan Distinguished Professor.
The award will recognize demonstrated research abilities and
outstanding promise in the research area of experimental or theoretical
and condensed matter physics. Any faculty member of the Purdue
Department of Physics may nominate, for the award, a Ph.D. candidate in
the Department of Physics, or a graduate who has received the Ph.d.
degree within the last year. The prize will be awarded to the one
nominee judged most deserving by a faculty committee appointed by the
Head of the Department.
This award was established in 1969, and is given annually to a physics graduate student for outstanding research accomplishments.
The Lark-Horovitz Prize in Physics has been endowed by the gifts of the staff of the Purdue Department of Physics, and the family, friends, and associates of Dr. Lark-Horovitz, in memory of his great contribution to the growth and development of the Purdue Department of Physics. Establishment of the prize is intended to stimulate and encourage graduate work in physics at Purdue by providing an appropriate recognition of unusual achievements in the field.
The Lark-Horovitz Prize in Physics is to be presented at appropriate
intervals, of not less than one year, to a graduate student in the
Purdue Department of Physics, in recognition of demonstrated ability
and exceptional promise in research.
This annual award was established in 1970 to honor outstanding physics graduate students in high energy physics.
George Tautfest helped pave the way at Purdue University and in the Midwest towards establishing a strong and healthy discipline to investigate the most fundamental interactions of nature. This truly frontier endeavor, high energy physics, challenges the serious and active intellect as thoroughly as any of the problems faced by earlier generations of physicists.
In view of this it is appropriate to remember the important
contributions of George Tautfest to science by the establishment of an
award in his name that will be presented to a graduate student at
Purdue University who shows outstanding promise in high energy physics
research, either experimental or theoretical. The award wil be made at
yearly intervals, providing a suitable candidate is found by a
representative faculty committee to be chosen by the Head of the
This award was established in 2003 to provide support of graduate students engaged in research during the summer term.
Purdue alumnus and 1998 Honorary Degree Recipient, Lee Grodzins, has given
the department funds for the support of this award. This gift is in
honor of Wen Yu Zhang, who directed Lee's doctorate at Purdue (1954).
This award was established for the purpose of promoting professional careers in physics for women. It provides teaching awards and travel grants for graduate and undergraduate female physics students.
This scholarship was established in 2006 for recognizing an outstanding
Physics sophomore, junior, or senior involved in the Women in Science
This is an award designed to recognize outstanding teaching of physics
the undergraduate and graduate levels. The undergraduate selection
committee is organized by our departmental chapter of the Society of
Physics Students. The graduate selection committee is organized by
Physics Graduate Student
Outstanding Clerical and Service Award
The Department of Physics presents the Outstanding Clerical and Service
Award to a clerical and service employee in recognition of superior
efforts each year at the annual Staff Appreciation luncheon.