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Honor and Support

 

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Over the years, alumni, faculty and friends of the department have contributed to the support of the Physics Department and its mission. They have done so in many ways. You will find listed here scholarships that honor faculty, students, and their family. This financial supports continues to help students achieve their academic and career goals. Many would be unable to complete their studies in a timely manner without this support. Listed also are endowed chairs, lectureships and fellowship, again many were established to honor faculty and to support the teaching and research mission of the department. Others have donated unrestricted funds to be used at the discretion of the department to support important activities, not in the department’s budget. These funds are, for example, often the difference between a student presenting a paper at a meeting or staying home. They are also the source of funds to leverage a new program. We hope that, after reviewing this list, you too will be inspired to honor and support your department. We have provided here a link to a simple form and contact information that will enable you to contribute.
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Undergraduate Scholarships

The Kent and Linda McCormack Scholarship in Physics
(for any level undergraduates in physics)

The Kent and Linda McCormack Scholarship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on November 27, 1996, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Kent McCormack, PhD of Alexandria, Virginia, a 1966 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences and Mrs. Linda B. McCormack of Alexandria, Virginia.

McMinn Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Physics
(for upper-division undergraduates in physics, with at least 3.75 GPA)

The Nancy Francis and William Arnold McMinn Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on August 11, 1988, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Ms. Nancy M. Beasley of Houston, Texas, Mr. Stephen C. Beasley of Houston, Texas, a 1974 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences, Ms. Rose M. McMinn of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mr. William A. McMinn III of Colorado Springs, Colorado, a 1976 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, and Ms. Mary McMinn Ogden of Houston, Texas. The endowment honors Mrs. Nancy F. McMinn of Houston, Texas and Mr. William A. McMinn II of Houston, Texas.

Walter E. Millett Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship in Physics
(for any level undergraduate physics majors)

The Walter E. Millett Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on May 26, 2004, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by the estate of Walter E. Millett of Sylvia, North Carolina. The endowment honors Walter E. Millett, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas.

The Ira Lon Morgan Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Physics
(for senior physics majors in applied or theoretical, atomic or nuclear physics,

The Ira Lon Morgan Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on April 21, 1999, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Dr. Ira L. Morgan of Austin, Texas, a 1954 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences. at least 3.75 GPA)

Melvin J. Rieger Scholarship Fund in Physics
(for any level undergraduate majors in physics)

The Melvin J. Rieger Scholarship Fund in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 9, 1979, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by the Melvin J. Rieger Estate.

The Arnold Romberg Scholarship Fund
(for any level undergraduate majors in physics)

The Dr. Arnold Romberg Endowed Scholarship Fund in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on September 3, 1998, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Helyn L. Romberg of Houston, Texas. The endowment honors Professor Arnold Romberg of Austin, Texas, a 1910 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, College of Liberal Arts.

The Carol May and James C. Thompson Scholarship in Physics
(for any level undergraduates in physics. Among equally qualified students, preference shall be given to women students.)

The Carol May and James C. Thompson Scholarship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 17, 1997, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Dr. Alan K. Thompson of Riverdale, Maryland, Dr. Denis Brian Thompson of Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Karl Kelvin Thompson of Austin, Texas, a 1991 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering, and various donors of Austin, Texas. The endowment honors Ms. Carol May Thompson of Austin, Texas, a 1960 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, College of Natural Sciences and James C. Thompson, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas.

Physics Department Scholarship Fund
(for undergraduates in physics)

S. Leroy Brown Scholarship in Physics

Darrell S. Hughes Scholarship in Physics

M.Y. Colby Scholarship in Physics

C. Paul Boner Scholarship in Physics

Harold P. Hanson Research Scholarship in Physics

Arthur E. Lockenvitz Scholarship in Physics

Jeff and Gail Kodosky UTeach Physics Teacher Scholarship

The Jeff and Gail Kodosky UTeach Physics Teacher Scholarship was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on August 29, 2008, to benefit The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences. The endowment honors Jeff and Gail Kodosky. Mr. Kodosky graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in 1980. Gift funds were provided by The Kodosky Foundation.

Arthur Lockenvitz Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Experimental Physics

The Arthur Lockenvitz Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Experimental Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on October 11, 1991, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by friends of the college of Austin, Texas. The endowment honors Mr. Arthur E. Lockenvitz of Austin, Texas.
Over the years, alumni, faculty and friends of the department have contributed to the support of the Physics Department and its mission. They have done so in many ways. You will find listed here scholarships that honor faculty, students, and their family. This financial supports continues to help students achieve their academic and career goals. Many would be unable to complete their studies in a timely manner without this support. Listed also are endowed chairs, lectureships and fellowship, again many were established to honor faculty and to support the teaching and research mission of the department. Others have donated unrestricted funds to be used at the discretion of the department to support important activities, not in the department’s budget. These funds are, for example, often the difference between a student presenting a paper at a meeting or staying home. They are also the source of funds to leverage a new program. We hope that, after reviewing this list, you too will be inspired to honor and support your department. We have provided here a link to a simple form and contact information that will enable you to contribute.
Contribute to the Physics Department



Graduate Fellowships

Robert N. Little Graduate Fellowship in Physics

Funds distributed from the endowment shall be used to provide financial support to graduate students from Central America who study Physics at The University of Texas at Austin.


The Robert N. Little Graduate Fellowship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on September 26, 2002, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Mr. Scott R. Little of Austin, Texas, a 1970 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering, Mrs. Stephanie Little of Austin, Texas, and the R. Stanton Avery Foundation of Pasadena, California. This endowment was given as a tribute to Dr. Robert N. Little in honor of his long and outstanding service as a University of Texas Professor of Physics. Through this gift the donors seek to continue his lifelong work dedicated to improving physics education in Central America.

Jane and Mike Downer Graduate Fellowship in Laser Physics in Memory of Glenn Bryant Focht

The Jane and Mike Downer Graduate Fellowship in Laser Physics in Memory of Glenn Bryant Focht was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on March 24, 2009, to benefit The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences. The endowment honors Glenn B. Focht, PhD Gift funds were provided by Michael W. Downer, PhD and Mrs. Jane H. Downer.

Michiro Naito Endowed Fellowship in Physics

The Michiro Naito Endowed Fellowship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on August 29, 2008, to benefit The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Dr. Michiro Naito, who graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a PhD in physics in 1992.

N. Kemp Maer, Sr. Endowed Excellence Fund in Physics

The N. Kemp Maer, Sr. Endowed Excellence Fund in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on June 28, 2007, to benefit The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences. The endowment honors Mr. Newton Kemp Maer. Gift funds were provided by Dr. N. Kemp Maer, Jr.

Roland K. Blumberg Endowment in Physics

The Roland K. Blumberg Endowment in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on April 22, 2005, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Roland K. Blumberg CRAT I. The endowment honors Roland K. Blumberg, PhD of Seguin, Texas, a 1942 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences.

Peter and Eva Riley Graduate Fellowship in Physics

The Peter and Eva Riley Graduate Fellowship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 4, 2005, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Eva Riley of Austin, Texas and Dr. Peter J. Riley of Austin, Texas.

H. Wayne Rudmose Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Physics

The H. Wayne Rudmose Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on August 26, 1997, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by H. Wayne Rudmose, PhD of Austin, Texas, a 1935 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences.

F.A. Matsen Graduate Fellowship in Physics

The F.A. Matsen Graduate Fellowship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on October 16, 1996, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by F. Albert Matsen, PhD of Austin, Texas, a 1964 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts.

C. Paul Boner Graduate Fellowship in Physics

The C. Paul Boner Graduate Fellowship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on June 10, 1993, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by H. Wayne Rudmose, PhD of Austin, Texas, a 1935 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences and various donors of Austin Texas. The endowment honors Dr. Charles Paul Boner of Austin, Texas, a 1929 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences.

John A. Wheeler Graduate Fellowship in Physics

The John A. Wheeler Graduate Fellowship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on June 8, 1989, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by an anonymous donor, Roland K. Blumberg, PhD of Seguin, Texas, a 1942 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences, and Mr. Eustaguio Escandon of Austin, Texas. The endowment honors John A. Wheeler, PhD.of Hightstown, New Jersey.

Ingrid and Manfred Fink Exchange Student Endowment in Physics

The Ingrid and Manfred Fink Exchange Student Endowment in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 25, 2011, to benefit The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Dr. Manfred Fink and Mrs. Ingrid Fink.

Herb L. Berk Graduate Fellowship in Physics

The Herb L.Berk Graduate Fellowship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on 2019, to benefit The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences.


Chairs

Lawrence C. Biedenharn, Jr. Endowed Chair in Physics

The Lawrence C. Biedenharn, Jr. Endowed Chair in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on March 27, 1996, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Sarah W. Biedenharn of Austin, Texas. The endowment honors Lawrence C. Biedenharn, Jr., Ph.D. of Austin, Texas.

Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Physics #1

The Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Physics #1 was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 15, 1985, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by the Sid W. Richardson Foundation of Fort Worth, Texas.

Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Physics #2

The Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Physics #2 was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 15, 1985, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by the Sid W. Richardson Foundation of Fort Worth, Texas.

Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Physics #3

The Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Physics #3 was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 15, 1985, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by the Sid W. Richardson Foundation of Fort Worth, Texas.

Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Physics #4

The Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Physics #4 was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 15, 1985, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by the Sid W. Richardson Foundation of Fort Worth, Texas.

Fondren Foundation Centennial Chair in Physics

The Fondren Foundation Centennial Chair in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on August 12, 1983, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by The Fondren Foundation of Houston, Texas.

Dr. Arnold Romberg Endowed Chair in Physics

The Dr. Arnold Romberg Endowed Chair in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on June 28, 2011, to benefit The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by the estate of Marvin and Helyn L. Romberg. The endowment honors Dr. Gary Romberg. Marvin Romberg was the nephew of Dr. Arnold Romberg.

Jeff and Gail Kodosky Endowed Chair in Physics

The Jeff and Gail Kodosky Endowed Chair in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on November 7, 2011, to benefit The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Gail and Mr. Jeffrey Kodosky.

Leonard Kleinman Endowed Chair in Condensed Matter

The Leonard Kleinman Endowed Chair in Condensed Matter was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on 2019, to benefit The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Leonard Kleinman.


Professorships

Trull Centennial Professorship in Physics #1

The Trull Centennial Professorship in Physics #1 was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on August 12, 1983, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by The Trull Foundation of Palacios, Texas, Mrs. Florence M. Trull of Palacios Texas, and Mr. Robert B. Trull of Palacios, Texas, a 1936 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering.

Trull Centennial Professorship in Physics #2

The Trull Centennial Professorship in Physics #2 was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on August 12, 1983, to benefit The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences.

Marian Harris Thornberry Centennial Professorship in Mathematics Or Physics

The Marian Harris Thornberry Centennial Professorship in Mathematics Or Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 11, 1983, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. The endowment honors Mrs. Marian H. Thornberry of Austin, Texas.

Jane and Roland Blumberg Centennial Professorship in Physics

The Jane and Roland Blumberg Centennial Professorship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on December 11, 1981, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Roland K. Blumberg, Ph.D. of Seguin, Texas, a 1942 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences.

Elizabeth B. Gleeson Professorship in Physics

The Elizabeth B. Gleeson Professorship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on March 16, 2012, to benefit The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences. The endowment honors Mrs. Elizabeth B. Gleeson. Gift funds were provided by Austin M. Gleeson, Ph. D.


Lectureships and Lecture Series

Emmett L. Hudspeth Centennial Lectureship in Physics

The Emmett L. Hudspeth Centennial Lectureship in Physics was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on December 9, 1983, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. The endowment honors Emmett L. Hudspeth, PhD of Chaska, Minnesota.

Mel Oakes Endowed Undergraduate Lecture Series

The Mel Oakes Endowed Undergraduate Lecture Series was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on August 26, 2004, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by friends and colleagues of Austin, Texas and The Kodosky Foundation of Austin, Texas. The endowment honors Melvin E. L. Oakes, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas.

F. A. Matsen Endowed Regents Lectureship On the Theories of Matter

The F. A. Matsen Endowed Regents Lectureship On the Theories of Matter was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on August 11, 1988, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by James C. Browne, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas, a 1960 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences and The ECG Foundation of Austin, Texas. The endowment honors F. Albert Matsen, PhD of Austin, Texas, a 1964 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts.


Endowment for Excellence

Lawrence C. Biedenharn, Jr. Endowment for Excellence

Lawrence C. Biedenharn, Jr. Endowment for Excellence The Lawrence C. Biedenharn, Jr. Endowment for Excellence was endowed by Mrs. Sarah W. Biedenharn of Austin, Texas in memory of her husband Lawrence C. Biedenharn, Jr., Ph.D. of Austin, Texas.