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Scholarships and Fellowships

The following scholarships and fellowships are available to students who major in physics at Wake Forest University.

American Physical Society Minority Scholarships

The American Physical Society, the national society of Physicists in America, sponsors a scholarship for minority students (African-American, Hispanic-American, or Native-American) for students majoring in, or committing to major in, Physics. High school and college students are eligible. The scholarship entitled the American Physical Society Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors, consists of $2000 for new recipients and $3000 for renewal recipients. More information and application forms can be found at
The application deadline is February 1.

Randall Ledford Scholarships in Physics

Wake Forest University offers students who know that they are interested in physics the opportunity to begin physics research early in their college experience. The Ledford Scholarships are awarded to students who show outstanding potential in physics. The Ledford Scholarship I is a half-tuition award and will next be awarded to a student entering in the fall of 2020. The Ledford Scholarship II will next be available specifically to a student who is a resident of North Carolina and will enter the university in the fall of 2018.

These scholarships are funded through the generosity of Dr. Randall D. Ledford, WFU class of 1972. Dr. Ledford is Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer of Emerson Electric Company, one of the world’s leading electronics companies. Before joining Emerson Electric, Dr. Ledford was president and general manager of several divisions of Texas Instruments Inc. including software, digital imaging, enterprise solutions and process automation. He began his career at Bell Telephone Laboratories where he worked on UNIX development, fiber optic communication and microwave transmissions. While at Texas Instruments, Dr. Ledford led the company’s development of the Digital Light Processor (DLP) used in many high definition televisions and video projectors.

Goldwater Scholarships

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is designed to attract outstanding students into careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to students who are sophomores or juniors during the current academic year and who have excellent academic records and demonstrated interest in and potential for careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board to a maximum of $7,500 per academic year. For more information on this program, please follow this link.
The application deadline is December 1 (internal) and January 30 (Foundation Deadline).

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Scholarships

The DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program is intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS Mission. The program supports students at the undergraduate level. The award includes full tuition and fees and a monthly stipend plus a 10-week summer internship doing research in a DHS-related area.

The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research in DHS mission-relevant areas at various federal research facilities. Participants receive a stipend of $500 each week plus transportation expenses to/from their internship location.

The DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions provides research opportunities to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. The program supports research teams composed of a faculty member and up to two students (undergraduate or graduate level) for a 10-week summer internship doing research at a DHS Center of Excellence. The award includes a stipend plus transportation expenses to/from the internship location.

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SMART Scholarships

Established by the department of Defense (DoD) to support the education and recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students in Science, TEchnology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields for recruiting and retaining civilian scientists and engineers to work in DoD agencies and laboratories. Please visit the site for more information.

Churchill Scholarships

The Churchill Scholarship is for one year of graduate study in engineering, mathematics, and the physical and natural sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge University, ENGLAND. The scholarship is available to graduating seniors.

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Summer Research Opportunities

Wake Forest Research Fellowships

The Wake Forest Research Fellowship Program is sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and is designed to encourage individual Wake Forest undergraduates to join their professors as junior partners on scholarly research projects. While improving opportunities for mentoring and helping students to progress into advanced work, these are also a means of supporting successful and dedicated students with financial scholarships. Up to 55 competitive, merit-based fellowships will financially assist students who collaborate with faculty mentors. For more details, follow the link to this program's web page.
The application deadline is Feb 20 for the following summer.

REU opportunities

The National Science Foundation supports undergraduate participation in research through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. For information on how to apply for an NSF REU see

Amgen Scholars

An undergraduate summer research program in science and biotechnology. Please visit the site for more information.
The application deadline is early February, depending on the site.

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Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

SULI (Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships) is a DOE program where undergraduate science and engineering majors can undertake research in a paid internship at a DOE National Lab, such as Fermilab.

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National Institute of Standards and Technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). SURF students work for 11 weeks, contributing to an ongoing research project under the guidance of a NIST scientist or engineer from one of the Institute's nine major laboratories (Physics, Manufacturing Engineering, Building and Fire Research, Chemical Sciences, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Materials Science, Neutron Research, and Nanoscale Science).

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Materials Research Center at Northwestern University

The Materials Research Center at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. The students are paired up with some of the leading research professors in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, polymers, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics and biomaterials. Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in science or engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible. The program dates this year are June 21 to August 20. Participants are paid a $4000 stipend and provided with on-campus housing. For more information, please visit the website.

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The Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) Program is managed for NASA by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) under the auspices of the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). The LARSS Program provides paid internship opportunities year round for eligible students during spring, summer, or fall sessions. Participants gain exciting hands-on research experience while working side-by-side with NASA's finest scientists and engineers who serve as mentors at NASA Langley Research Center. Deadline is usually early February. For more information and online application see -

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Fermilab Summer Internships

The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) has a summer research program for undergraduates. The Summer Internships in Science and Technology (SIST) program at focuses on giving opportunities in science and technology to undergraduate college students currently enrolled in four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Internships are offered to students majoring in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. These internships offer a chance for approximately fifteen college students to work with Fermilab scientists or engineers on a project within the context of laboratory research. The twelve-week program consists of a work assignment, an academic lecture series, and a final report that the intern presents orally to the Fermilab staff and submits to the Laboratory in writing. For more info and to apply use this link: -

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SPS Internships for Undergraduates: Applications due February 1

SPS internships are broad-based learning opportunities for undergraduate physics majors. Students are placed in organizations and agencies that utilize the energy and diversity of aspiring students and contribute to their professional development through meaningful assignments, both relevant to the institution's programs and in the advancement of physics or allied sciences. Participating organizations also assign one or more mentors from its senior staff to guide the interns' work and overall experience.

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Summer Internship in Germany (DAAD)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) - in cooperation with science organizations in North America and Germany - is pleased to invite undergraduate students from the US, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering to apply for a summer research internship in Germany. RISE summer placements take place with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany. The RISE interns are matched with a doctoral student whom they assist and who will also serve as their mentor.

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RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Another overseas research program that encourages American student applicants is the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at Aachen University. Most of your time in the Aachen program will be spent on science research, but for the first two weeks participants work on an intensive German language course. The program also provides organized outings for its participants. A link to the RWTH Aachen University program can be found here:

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2017 Nakatani RIES Fellowship in Japan for Science & Engineering Undergraduate Students

The Nakatani Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the application cycle for the 2017 Nakatani RIES: Research & International Experience Program for U.S. Students! Nakatani RIES connects undergraduates with the best of science & engineering research in Japan and is open to freshman and sophomore science & engineering students attending U.S. universities. The program serves as a catalyst for U.S. students who are interested in future graduate study and research and contributes to the development of a generation of globally-engaged scientists & engineers who have the technical and culture skills to contribute to vibrant international research collaborations in the future.

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Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Northwestern University

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. The students are paired up with some of the leading research professors in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, polymers, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics and biomaterials. While there are many REU programs, the NU-MRSEC stands out in offering students an interdisciplinary research experience. Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in science or engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible. The program dates this year are June 19 to August 18, 2017; Applications are due Feb. 15, 2017. Participants are paid a $4500 stipend, a travel allowance, and on-campus housing is provided. For more information, please visit our website:

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Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington hosts a number of college students who participate in the Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program each summer, sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE). The SULI program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Summer. The deadline is January 13, 2017. The following link provides students with information on how to apply:

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