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Student Fellowship in Physics and Society

Scholarship Provider: APS Forum on Physics and Society with SPS
Application Deadline: 12/15/2009
Description: The American Physical Society Forum on Physics and Society (FPS) and the Society of Physics Students (SPS) are proud to announce the Student Fellowships in Physics and Society.  The Fellowships are open to undergraduate or graduate students in physics who will be awarded up to $4,000 each to support a project that applies physics to a societal issue.

The primary goal of the Student Fellowship in Physics and Society is to provide research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in physics and society, and to raise the awareness of applying physics to problems in society as a career and as an important undertaking by members of the physics community.  

Students will conduct technical research in an area where physics is applied to societal problems with the guidance of an experienced senior mentor.  Their work will result in a final report suitable for dissemination to the physics community and/or the public.  This report may be in the form of an article for publication, or another product such as a CD/DVD, mass media project, course development, or website.  It is suggested that the students will present their work at an APS or other professional society meeting.  A report on their final project will also be considered for publication in the FPS publication, Physics & Society.

A faculty mentor is expected to advise the applicant during his/her choice of a project and preparation of the proposal, and to provide a letter of support with respect to the value and suitability of the project, and the applicant's capabilities for successfully completing the project, along with follow-up responsilities. For more information and application form see website below
Scholarship Amount: $4000
Scholarship Website: http://www.spsnational.org/programs/fellowship.htm
Applicant Class Requirement: Entering First Year Undergraduate or Freshman or Sophomore or Junior or Senior or Entering Graduate Student or Current Graduate Student
Awards Given: 2
Length of Award: One Year
Other Comments: The criteria for selection include the following, roughly equally weighted:

The extent to which the project addresses, engages, or furthers the objective of the Forum on Physics and Society, which is, "the advancement and diffusion of knowledge regarding the inter-relation of physics, physicists, and society."  The proposal should address the intellectual merit of the project and its probable impact on the issue being studied, and must include appropriate bibliographic references.

The extent to which the proposer(s) have established their ability to perform the project in question, including the academic record and extracurricular activities of the student proposer and the commitment and track record of the proposed mentor.

The extent to which the project has a realistic timeline and budget, a compelling format (paper or another product such as a CD/DVD, mass media project, course development, or website, for example), and utilizes existing resources.

Scholarship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Gary White
Society of Physics Students
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Email: gwhite@aip.org
Phone: 301-209-3007
Fax: 301-209-0839
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