Scholarships Awarded to Physics Students:

NASA West Virginia Space Grant Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The NASA West Virginia Space Grant Undergraduate Fellowship Program offers $1,000 fellowships for undergraduate students interested in careers in science, mathematics, health care, engineering, science education, or working on a NASA related science or teaching research project.

APPLICATION FORM: Instructions and on-line application can be found at here

DEADLINE: Sept. 24, 2018

ELIGIBILITY: Each student receiving a NASA scholarship must:

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be a full-time science/engineering/math/social science undergraduate student at Marshall University
  • Provide a research report by the end of the Spring 2019 semester

Evaluation: Applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Project proposal (or progress from previous award)
  • Recommendation from faculty sponsor
  • Student GPA or ACT/SAT scores

For more information, contact: Habiba Chirchir at:

A. Dixon Callihan, Donald C. Martin and Ralph P. Hron Memorial Physics Scholarship

The Marshall University Foundation Inc. has established an endowed fund known as the A. Dixon Callihan, Donald C Martin, and Ralph P. Hron memorial Physics Scholarship in memory of Dr. A. Dixon Callihan, a nuclear physicist and Marshall University alumnus; Dr. Donald C. Martin, former head of the Marshall University Physics Department; and Dr. Ralph P. Hron, the first head of the Marshall University Physics Department. The endowment for this scholarship was funded by a $20,000 gift from Mildred Thompson Martin Callihan.

Dr. Donald C. Martin, retired chairman of the Department of Physics and Physical Science at Marshall University, died May 13 1975 in a Huntington hospital. He was 67. Born Feb. 15, 1908, in Gardner, Mass., Martin first came to Marshall in 1943 to head the physics program for the U.S. Army Air Corps cadets then in training at the university. He left Marshall in 1944 to work as a physicist for the Raytheon Manufacturing Co., returning in September, 1946. He was named chairman of the Department of Physics and Physical Science in 1950, a position he held until his retirement in 1973. Martin was graduated from Louisiana State University in 1929 and earned his master’s degree from LSU in 1931. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1936. He had taught at LSU and Southeastern Louisiana University prior to coming to Marshall. ~ Marshall University News Letter, June 13, 1975 

Prof. Hron, was born in Kansas in 1886, completed work at Kansas, Oklahoma, and Columbia Universities after receiving his degree at Epworth.  He was at Marshall College since 1916 and he retired in 1951 and died in September, 1964. Prof. Hron was professor of physics and head of the department at Marshall in 1920. He was one of the longest serving members of the Marshall faculty at the time of his employment with Marshall. During his three decades at Marshall, he guided the development of the Department of Physics and Physical Science. He was also a key founder and leader of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and organized Marshall’s first Engineering Department and headed it from 1921 to 1925. ~ MU NewsLetter, February 23, 1989 & A perspective on the 50 years of Lambda Chi Alpha at Marshall University

Eligibility: Must be a junior or senior physics major with a minimum GPA of 3.00. The award may be received for up to a total of 2 years or four semesters if a 3.0 or better GPA is maintained.

Contact: Dr. Huong Nguyen, Physics Department
Phone: (304) 696-2756

Alva and Dixon Callihan Scholarship/John Marshall Scholarship

Dr. Dixon Callihan, a resident of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for 48 years before moving to Davidson, North Carolina in 1993, died after a brief illness Sunday, December 9, 2001. Callihan was born July 10, 1908, in Scarbro, West Virginia. Dr. Callihan received his undergraduate degree from Marshall College, Huntington, West Virginia, Masters from Duke University, and Ph.D. in Physics from New York University. He was a Professor of Physics at New York University and then City College New York when, in 1941, he joined a group working with the Atomic Energy Research Project (Manhattan District Project) at Columbia University. He came to Oak Ridge in 1945 where he began a long career contributing to the many interrelated disciplines of nuclear energy. Dr. Callihan retired in 1973 from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as associate director of the Neutron Physics Division and director of the Critical Experiments Facility, and he continued work as a consultant until 1993. He was a member of the Nuclear Standards board of the American National Standard Institute since its inception in 1957. He was editor of the American Nuclear Society’s Journal of Nuclear Science and Engineering until 1983, and served as an administrative judge on the Atomic Safety & Licensing Board panel of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission until 1990. Dr. Callihan received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Nuclear Society in 1983 for his many significant contributions to the Society, especially his founding of the Nuclear Criticality Safety Division. He was presented with the ANS Standards Committee Service Award in 1988 for thirty years of service to the program and his participation in both national and international standards groups. In 1964, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Marshall University as a leader in the development of atomic energy for peaceful uses; and he also received the Marshall University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1985. He was a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Nuclear Society. ~ Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Radiation Safety Information Computational Center

Eligibility: High School graduate who has earned a minimum of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, earned an ACT composite of 26 or higher,  and is currently enrolled as a physics major. The scholarship may be kept for successive years under the condition that a 3.25 GPA be maintained. Multiple awards possible and shared between recipients. Reapplication must be made each year.

Contact: Dr. Huong Nguyen, Physics Department
Phone: (304) 696-2756

Dr. Thomas J. and Mary A. Manakkil Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship has been gratefully established by Mary Manakkil Griffith and Marita Manakkil Douglas.

Dr. Thomas J. Manakkil, former professor of physics and former university radiation safety officer for Marshall University, was born Dec. 31, 1933, at Kerala, India. Manakkil received his undergraduate degree from Kerala University, a master’s degree from Marquette University and master’s and doctoral degrees from New Mexico State University. He joined the Marshall faculty in 1967 and served on numerous university committees including the International Student Faculty Advisory Board. He also served in the Marshall University Faculty Senate. Manakkil was a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society, and the India Association of Huntington. At the age of 59, on Wednesday, July 14, 1993 he died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. ~ MU NewsLetter, July 29, 1993

Eligibility: The recipient shall be a declared physics major actively working toward a degree in the physics program and a full time student at Marshall University with a minimum GPA of 3.00 or better. Academic excellence must be maintained for continued assistance.

Contact: Dr. Huong Nguyen, Physics Department
Phone: (304) 696-2756

Society of Physics Students Scholarships

SURE Program – Summer Undergraduate Research Experience -Applications typically due in March every year

NASA Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (WVSGC)
Apply Online: Student Fellowship Programs and Opportunities

Scholarships Awarded to Physics and Other Students in the Colleges of Science and Business :

Bernard L. and Sylvia Rosen Miller Memorial
Recipient shall be a full-time, undergraduate student in COS who has a Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Physics major.
Website: MU Foundation
Phone: (866) 308-1346

Jane Whitley Mittendorf Science Scholarship
Shared between Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Lab, Geology and Physics.
Contact: The Marshall University Foundation, Inc.
Website: MU Foundation
Phone: (866) 308-1346

James H. Debord Memorial Scholarship
Science and Math scholarship shared with the College of Business between Chemistry, Biological Chemistry and Physics.
Contact: The Marshall University Foundation, Inc.
Website: MU Foundation
Phone: (866) 308-1346

Click Here for an Application for the College of Science Scholarships. Deadline for submission is March 16, 2018

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