Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography

Awards, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Walter Schmid Award Plaque

Prizes and awards applicable to all UNCW students are described elsewhere at the university website. Examples of these are given below:

In addition, the following are specifically targeted toward students of physics:

Marvin K. Moss Scholarship
Newly-established for 2007-08, this annual scholarship is named for retiring Professor Marvin Moss and is open to students in the physical sciences (Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics), with preference given to qualifying physics majors. Selection criteria are financial need followed by strong and demonstrated academic performance. The scholarship may be renewable if the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA in their major field of study.

Earl Bernard Wilson Scholarship
Initiated in 2003, this scholarship is designated for a student who is a declared physics major, married, and who demonstrates financial need. While the primary consideration is need, the recipient must have at least a 2.50 GPA on all work attempted at UNCW.

Hernandez Award
The Hernandez Award, established in 2003 by Professor Emeritus Hildelisa Hernandez, recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a member of the junior class who is seeking the B.S. degree in physics. The award carries a stipend of $500 to help defray the cost of the recipient's education at UNCW.

Walter Schmid Award
The Walter Schmid Award is given annually to a graduating senior with a B.S. in physics, who, in the opinion of the physics faculty, shows great potential for contributing to the fields of theoretical or applied physics. The award consists of an engraved plaque and a cash prize.

The award honors the memory of Walter Schmid, an engineer and inventor best known for his development of the bazooka fuse credited with stopping the Russian T-34 tank in the Korean War. His son, Dr. Walter (Tom) Schmid, a professor in UNCW's Department of Philosophy and Religion, established the award in 1985 in remembrance of his father, who often spoke of physical laws as the "logic" of nature.

Bookstore Scholarships
Each year the University Bookstore provides two scholarships for deserving physics students. The scholarships, in the amount of $160 each, must be used toward the purchase of textbooks/supplies in the University Bookstore.

Other Financial Aid
Physics students may qualify for part-time employment in the Department through the Work Study Program or the Work Assistant Program. In addition, paid internships are sometimes available with local industrial concerns, such as Corning, DuPont, and General Electric.