Minnesota State University Moorhead Physics and Astronomy:
Scholarship Opportunities

College of Health, Science, & the Environment

Every year the Department of Physics and Astronomy offers students the ability to apply for scholarships or other honors managed by the department. These scholarships and honors are designed with the purpose of promoting excellence in Physics and Astronomy. Scholarships whose deadlines haven't yet passed are highlighted.

Departmental Scholarships

Worman Scholarship (Online Application Form)
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 17, 2017 at 4:30 PM
Award Amount: $1000 per year for up to 2 years

Description: The Worman Scholarship recognizes and supports outstanding work in astronomy. That work could be work on astronomical instrumentation, software, a research project or other activity related to astronomy. It is named for a retired MUSM faculty member, Dr. Walter Worman.

Eligibility Requirements: The Worman Scholarship is open to any MSUM physics majors with Emphasis in Astronomy who will be enrolled in Fall 2017.

Walt Wesley Memorial Scholarship Award for Outstanding Senior Project
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 4:30 PM (Must be turned in with final draft of Senior Project paper)
Award Amount: $1500

Description: This award will be given for Spring 2017 semester for a high-quality senior project conducted Fall 2016. It is expected that the student recipient will present their research during a Spring conference (such as the MSUM Student Academic Conference or other professional organization). The awardee will also be expected to continue the research in the Spring.

Eligibility Requirements: MSUM physics majors working on their Senior Project in Fall 2016 and enrolled for Spring 2017. Application evaluated based on final project report for the Senior Project and the short 1-page proposal (submitted as a separate document at the same time as the Senior Project) describing what student would do further if extra time beyond Fall 2016 were available.

The department will select a winner based on the strength of his/her proposal and their senior project paper.

Hart-Sipson Endowed Scholarship (Online Application Form)
Application Deadline: Friday, March 17, 2017 at 4:30 PM
Award Amount: $1000 per year for up to 2 years

Description: This scholarship is designed to encourage excellence in physics. It is named for two retired Physics faculty at MSUM, Dr. Gerald Hart and Dr. Roger Sipson.

Eligibility Requirements: MSUM physics majors or minors who will be enrolled in the physics program in Fall 2017 with a Physics major GPA of 3.0 or above.

The department will select a winner based on the strength of their physics coursework and on strengths in one or more of the following areas:
  • Service to Department
  • Research Activities
  • Outreach Activities
A student need not have experience in all of the areas above to be considered for the scholarship.
The areas of emphasis for the next several years are listed below:
  • For Spring 2017 applications: Service to Department
  • For Spring 2018 applications: Research Activities
  • For Spring 2019 applications: Outreach Activities

College of Science, Health, & the Environment Student Scholarships

While a full list of all scholarships offered by the college is available here, scholarships of particular interest to our majors include:

College of Science, Health, & the Environment Student Research Award (Online Application Materials)
Application Deadline: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Award Amount: up to $1000

Description: This scholarship is designed to fund student research projects within the college.

Eligibility Requirements: The College of Science, Health, and the Environment invites proposals for funding to support student research, open to majors of the College of Science, Health, and the Environment. Members of the college Student Advisory Board will review applications and make the final determination of grant recipients. Priority will be given to proposals to support research. Requests to fund travel to conferences to present research findings will be given secondary priority, dependent on available funds and number of research and travel requests received.

Students in Biosciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Physics and Astronomy may want to take note of the additional availability of the Strong Research Funds, provided by the Judy Strong Endowment. There are additional requirements for these funds, both with respect to eligibility and the guidelines regarding their use. These additional requirements are outlined in call for proposals.

Strong Scholars Summer Research Internship (Online Application Materials
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Award Amount: $4800 for salary and up to $1000 for supplies

Description: This scholarship is designed to fund student research projects within the college to be done over the summer.

Eligibility Requirements: Students majoring in Biosciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, or Physics and Astronomy can apply for a Summer Research Internship paid for by the Judy Strong Endowment. They must propose a research project for the summer that has been endorsed by a faculty supervisor. The student must be willing to present their research results at the MSUM Student Academic Conference (Spring 2018) and the Strong research event (Fall 2017).

Hazel and Simon Nakken Scholarship (Online Application Materials)
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Award Amount: $1500

Description: This scholarship is targeted at students in the Natural Sciences and/or Mathematics who have a record of leadership and/or service.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be Sophomores or Juniors in the Natural Sciences and/or Mathematics at the time of application with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5.

The Nakken Scholarship committee will select the winner(s) of the Nakken based on their record of leadership and/or service and their answers to the scholarship application questions.

MSUM Scholarships

A full list of all scholarships offered by the university is available here. Some of the scholarships of particular interest to our majors include:

Upper Class Scholarship (Online Application Materials)
Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by 4:30 PM
Award Amount: typically $1500

Description: This scholarship is designed to help students during their last two years at MSUM.

Eligibility Requirements: Available to students pursuing their first MSUM undergraduate degree who have completed at least 12 MSUM credits by the end of the current fall semester and not be subject to academic or financial aid suspension. Applicants must be full time students (12 or more credits) each semester at MSUM.

Upper Class/Transfer Honors Apprentice Scholarship (Online Application Materials)
Application Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 by 4:30 PM
Award Amount: $5000 per year for tuition for the final two years of a student's attendance

Description: This scholarship is designed help students who want to be involved in faculty research obtain funding to pay for their time doing that research.

Eligibility Requirements: Students in the second semester of the sophomore year or later, maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater are eligible to apply. Current MSUM and incoming transfer students are eligible to apply. A letter of endorsement from an MSUM faculty member, proposing how the applicant will be engaged in an apprentice relationship under the faculty member's supervision, must be submitted along with the application.

Founders Scholarship (Online Application Materials)
Application Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017
Award Amount: $2500

Description: This scholarship is targeted at high GPA (3.0 or above) students.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits hours per semester at MSUM, and must be seeking their first undergraduate degree. It also requires your FAFSA be received by the MSUM Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid (this limits the award to US Citizens).

State or National Scholarships

These are state-level or national scholarships our department has had students receive in the recent past.

Minnesota High Tech Association Foundation (MHTF) Scholarship (Application Instructions)
Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $5000

Description: These scholarships are for Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. These awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 awards and can include internship opportunities at MHTA member companies. MHTF supports diversity in this application and award process. They also have Named Scholarships in specific areas.

Eligibility Requirements: Students must be enrolled at an accredited, Minnesota-based higher education institution and pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM field or in STEM teaching. Only students with sophomore through senior academic status in the current school year may apply. Scholarships will be awarded in the fall term of 2017 and students must be enrolled at time of award.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship (Application Instructions)
Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by 4:00 PM
Award Amount: typically $7500 a year for two years

Description: The Goldwater Scholarship is a highly competitive national scholarship program for students who intend to pursue a research-based career in science, mathematics, and/or engineering. The scholarship is intended for students with one or two years of undergraduate study left, and provides up to $7,500 per year toward documented educational expenses. Each university is allowed to nominate only four (4) applicants to the Goldwater Scholarship program each year, so we have developed this application process to choose MSUM’s nominees. The deadline listed here is the deadline to apply to be nominated by MSUM.

Eligibility Requirements: Recipients must be to U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents intending to apply for U.S. Citizenship (details here). They must be a full-time sophomore or junior pursuing a degree with at least a 3.5 GPA and you intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering.