Graduate Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Physics at Western Michigan University offers many scholarships and awards for graduate students.

Donors may designate gifts in support of many of our scholarship programs.

George E. Bradley Award (part of the department of physics quasi endowment)

Dr. George Bradley was chair in the Western Michigan University Department of Physics from 1964-71 and a professor here for 24 years. He established a trust fund to annually recognize a student who has completed the requirements for a master’s or doctoral degree in physics. The award recognizes exceptional overall performance with particular emphasis on excellence in research. In addition to a monetary award, the recipient’s name is added to a plaque displayed in the George E. Bradley Physics Commons.

George and Jean Bradley Graduate Physics Scholarship

Established in 1986 from the trust fund of Jean Bradley, this scholarship is awarded annually to assist graduate students with their studies.

David Carley Memorial Graduate Award
(part of the department of physics quasi endowment)

This award was funded by donations from family and friends in memory of David Carley and is given to graduate students in need of financial assistance.

Haym Kruglak Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Haym Kruglak was a WMU professor of physics from 1954-77. He established this fund to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding effort in teaching. Physics graduate students who serve as teaching assistants in the WMU Department of Physics are eligible. Decisions are based upon faculty recommendations and the cumulative record of the student's teaching evaluations. Students may receive this award more than once.

Leo R. Parpart Physics Scholarship

Each year, our faculty recommends recipients for this scholarship award, established by Leo Parpart in 1994. Preference is given to female applicants from Asiatic countries who are committed to returning to a teaching or research position in the physical sciences in their home country.

Dr. Robert E. Shamu Endowment for Physics

Dr. Robert Shamu was professor in the WMU Department of Physics from 1967-04 and chair from 1996-99. The endowment was established through donations from family, friends and colleagues to support educational experiences for graduate students. Preference is given to funding department colloquia expenses and student conference travel and registration fees.

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