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Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award in Physics

Scholarship Provider: Association for Women in Science
Application Deadline: 01/23/2009
Description: The Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award in Physics is an AWIS Educational Foundation program for college sophomores and juniors studying physics, including space physics and geophysics, or geoscience. The award in the amount of $1,000 is given annually to an exceptionally well-rounded student who excels in her studies as well as outdoor activities, service, sports, music, or other non-academic pursuits or who has overcome significant obstacles.

Who may apply?
Female students in the sophomore or junior year of college who are majoring in physics, including space physics and geophysics, or geoscience may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who attend a college or university in the United States.

Evaluation Criteria
Reviewers consider academic achievement, the importance of the research question addressed, quality of the research, reference letters, and the applicant's potential for future contributions to science  and related fields (e.g., engineering or mathematics). For some awards, such as the Lorentzen,  reviewers also evaluate non-academic activities.  Overall, the AWIS Awards program is quite competitive, with about 10% of applicants receiving awards.  

How may the award be used?
The award may be used for any aspect of education, including tuition, books, housing, research, travel, meeting registration, and publication costs.
Scholarship Amount: Up to $1,000
Scholarship Website:
School Type Requirement: Four Year College
Applicant Class Requirement: Sophomore or Junior
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen
Applicant Requirement: Female
Awards Given: 5-10
Length of Award: One Time Award
Other Comments: The number of awards given is not specified in detail, however the website states that they give 10 awards to predoctoral students and expect to give a similar number of awards to undergraduates this year.

Scholarship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Barbara Mandula
200 New York Ave., NW, Suite 650
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-326-8940
Fax: 202-326-8960
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