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Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships are selected annually by the faculty. Refer also to the campus Office of Financial Aid scholarship webpage.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Titan Shops Textbook Scholarships

The department generally recognizes one or more physics majors for excellent academic achievement and dedication and service to the department and their student colleagues. The amount of the award is $500.

All upper-division majors are considered for the scholarships. No formal application is needed.

Louis and Sara Shapiro Memorial Loan Fund

The Louis and Sara Shapiro Memorial Loan Fund provides short-term, emergency loans to Cal State Fullerton physics graduate students and physics majors who have attained upper-division standing. Follow the link for more information.

Eiker-Adams Creativity Award

Awarded to physics majors who design with faculty supervision an experiment for use as a lecture demo or in a department teaching laboratory. Funded through the generous endowment of former distinguished professor and department founder Ray Adams in memory of Constance B. Eiker. The the award is up to $2,000.

No formal application is required. More information is available from the Department Office.

Robert Kedzie Award

This award is presented to junior or senior physics majors who have shown recent improvement in their courses. The award is funded through the generous and ongoing gifts of the family of the late Dr. Robert W. Kedzie, a retired physicist who became a dedicated volunteer and popular tutor in the department. The award is up to $1,000.

All undergraduate physics courses including those taken at other institutions will be considered in determining the degree of improvement. No formal application is required.

Black Family Fellowship Award

The Black Family Fellowship Award is an annual award that supports student involvement in research in the Physics Department. Recipients receive $4,000 in salary to work on a research project, supervised by a Physics Faculty Member. Recipients also receive up to $2,000 in research budget in support of research related activities, which can include procurement of materials and supplies for the project, computing purchases or travel to present data from the project. This award is funded through the generous ongoing commitment of Dan Black.

Students enrolled in the Phys-Bus Emphasis may apply to work on a physics-related business project, supervised by a faculty member in the School of Business.

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are now open! Deadline is February 25, 2020.

Approximately 10 awards are available each year, depending on fund availability. Recipients will be notified during March and may access their award from July 1st 2020 through June 30th 2021 (Note: If possible, the department encourages recipients to completely use their award prior to the end of the academic year, May 14 2021).  

Applications should be prepared in consultation with a Physics (or Business) faculty member and submitted to the Physics Department Office. To be considered complete, the application must include:

  • The applicant's name, CWID, email address and expected graduation semester
  • The name of the faculty member who will act as advisor for the project
  • A 600-word research proposal that describes the project
  • An itemized budget describing how the research budget portion of the award will be spent (not included in the 600 word limit)

Applications should be submitted by email to Dr. Leigh Hargreaves (, with the subject line "Black Family Fellowship Application". Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee  of three Physics Faculty. Each committee member will score the proposal based on the following categories:

  • Background: The proposal should describe the broader research area and identify current issues (5 points)
  • Research question: The proposal should identify a specific research question that the applicant will work on, and describe how that question ties to the broader research area (5 points)
  • Methodolgy: The proposal should describe what specifically the applicant will do to address the research question (5 points)

Awards will be ranked according to their total score from the 3 faculty members, and awards will be made, in order, up to the limit of fund availability.

A detailed description of all rules and requirements of the award is available at the Physics Department Office.