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231 CAP Building
525 Rivers Street
Boone, NC
28608
(828) 262-3090
FAX: (828) 262-2049

Department Chair (Interim)
Dr. Leon H. Ginsberg
ginsberglh@appstate.edu

Physics Program Coordinator
Dr. Patricia E. Allen
allenpe@appstate.edu

Astronomy Program Coordinator
Dr. Joseph T. Pollock
pollockjt@appstate.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. J. Sidney Clements
clementsjs@appstate.edu

 

Scholarships

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The Jack and Roger Graham Scholarship in Physics and Astronomy

This scholarship has been established in honor of two brothers, Andrew "Jack" Graham and William "Roger" Graham. Raised on a small farm in Ashe County, North Carolina, during the Depression, they grew up knowing the meaning of hard work. They served their country in World War II, and both went on to become successful business men. Jack retired from Lowe's Hardware as the manager of the Boone store in 1984 and passed away in 1994. Roger lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, having retired from a long career that included real estate and property rental management. Well respected in their communities and active in their churches, they distinguished themselves by their generosity to those in need. In honor of these men who have given so much of themselves to help others, we have established this scholarship in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University -- The Graham Family.

A candidate for the Jack and Roger Graham Scholarship in Physics and Astronomy must be a major in the department in good standing; have successfully completed PHY 2010 and 2020 by the fall semester of the year for which the scholarship is awarded; provide a letter of application describing his or her financial situation, academic and employment goals, and reason for choosing Physics and Astronomy as a discipline; provide a current transcript; and provide at least two letters of recommendation from faculty members in the Physics and Astronomy Department. Although not required, preference will be given to students from Northwestern North Carolina with financial need, as determined by the selection committee.

Application materials should be forwarded to the Jack and Roger Graham Scholarship Selection Committee, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608. Please contact the office of Physics and Astronomy at 262-3090 for further information.  Applications should be delivered to the address above by March 15.

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The Jonathan K. Perryman Memorial Scholarship For The Sciences

This endowed scholarship is established as a memorial to Jonathan K. Perryman, a 1966 chemistry alumnus of Appalachian. The scholarship guidelines specify that applicants must be rising juniors or seniors majoring in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Computer Science or Physics and Astronomy. Recipients must demonstrate satisfactory academic achievement by having and maintaining a 3.0 grade point average. In addition, recipients must be full-time students with a course load of at least 12 semester hours. The award is directed to be renewable based upon verification of satisfactory academic performance as evidenced by maintaining a 3.0 grade point average and continuation of progress toward a degree in one of the majors named above. The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences collects applications and nominations and then conducts the selection process in accordance with established guidelines. For additional information, please contact Dr. Dru Henson, College of Arts and Sciences at (828) 262-3078 or the Physics and Astronomy Department at (828) 262-3090.

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The Lloyd L. Hobbs Memorial Scholarships For The Physical Sciences

These endowed scholarships are established as a memorial to Lloyd L. Hobbs by Mrs. Ella T. Hobbs. Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors who demonstrate and maintain satisfactory academic progress by having a 3.0 grade point average. In addition, applicants must have a verifiable need for financial aid and must be majoring in one of the sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian. The awards are directed to be renewable based upon verification of satisfactory academic progress as evidenced by maintaining a 3.0 grade point average. The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences collects applications and nominations and then conducts the selection process in accordance with established guidelines. For additional information, please contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy, (828) 262-3090.

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The Glaxo Women in Science Scholarships

The Glaxo Foundation has established an endowment which makes available two $1000 scholarships for full-time women students at Appalachian who are majoring in and planning a career in the sciences. The purpose of the endowment is to recognize outstanding scholarship, to provide an incentive for women science students to enter the science profession, and to provide students with a woman scientist mentor at Glaxo. The award is directed to be renewable based upon reapplication, reselection, and verification of satisfactory academic performance (3.0 grade point average). Preference in the awarding of this scholarship should accrue to female freshman applicants who would likely be eligible to receive the award in subsequent years. Second preference would be for sophomores, then juniors and seniors who have not received awards in previous years. The student?s grade point average must remain at 3.0 or better to be eligible to continue receiving the award, and Glaxo Scholars who remain eligible will be given preference in receiving the award in subsequent years. The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences collects applications and nominations and then conducts the selection process in accordance with established guidelines. For additional information, please contact Dr. Dru Henson, College of Arts and Sciences at (828) 262-3078.

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Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman.

The purpose of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is to alleviate a critical shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers. It provides for a source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research.

There are two groups of students that be awarded undergraduate scholarships based on merit: those who will be juniors and those who will be seniors during the next academic year. Each person in those groups will be known as a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Appalachian is eligible to nominate up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class during this academic year. The list of areas of study of some former Goldwater Scholars can be found at the Barry M. Goldwater website: http://www.act.org/goldwater .

The Trustees of the Foundation will award up to 300 scholarships to encourage those who will pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Trustees will consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field. Nominees must include in their nomination materials a statement of interest in a career in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering, detailing how their academic program and their overall educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career goal. It is expected that students selected will pursue advanced degrees. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice.

Contact Dr. Holly P. Hirst, Professor, Departmentof Mathematical Sciences for further information 828-262-2364. Forms for applicants may be found at the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship website (given above). Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships will be awarded in April.

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The J. W. Byrd Outstanding Senior Award

An endowment award in honor of J. William Byrd who was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1984-1990 and is currently President of Mount Olive College in Mount Olive NC. The award is given to outstanding senior level physics majors of excellent character who have the potential for highly successful careers in a physics-related field. The faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy select the recipient.

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The Walter C. Connolly Award

An endowment award in honor of Walter C. Connolly who was the first chair of the Department of Physics. He was a member of the faculty from 1963 to 1992. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in intermediate level physics courses.

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