Undergraduate Awards

Each year, Physics Illinois recognizes student excellence at a special awards banquet. In 2016, the Thirty-Sixth Physics-on-the-Campus Luncheon was held at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom on Wednesday, April 27. Many of the awards are made possible through the generous support of our alumni.

  • A.C. Anderson Undergraduate Research Scholar
    This fund supports undergraduate students majoring in physics, preferably in summer research activities, and was established in honor of A. C. Anderson on the occasion of his retirement in the fall of 1992.

  • Commonwealth Edison/Beryl Bristow Endowed Award
    This fund provides academic merit based awards to freshman or sophomore students, with preference given to female students in Physics (LAS or  COE), and was established in memory of alumnus Beryl Bristow.

  • Ernest M. Lyman Prize
    This award recognizes the outstanding graduating senior physics major and is named for Professor Ernest M. Lyman, a distinguished researcher and teacher who served on our faculty for 36 years.

  • Jeremiah D. Sullivan Undergraduate Research Scholar
    The Jeremiah D. Sullivan Fund for Support of Undergraduate Research was established by family, friends, and colleagues of Jeremiah Sullivan, a Professor of Physics and Department Head (2000-2006) at Illinois from 1973 to his retirement in 2006.

  • Laura B. Eisenstein Award
    This award recognizes the year's outstanding woman Physics student. The award is named for Professor Laura B. Eisenstein, a distinguished biological physicist who served our department and the biological physics community with distinction from 1969 until her untimely death in 1985.  

  • Lewis C. Hack Scholarship
    This fund provides scholarships to the Departments of Physics and Math at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Lorella M. Jones Summer Research Award
    This fellowship supports a summer research position for an outstanding Physics undergraduate student and is named for Professor Lorella M. Jones, a theoretical high energy physicist who served our Department with distinction from 1968 until her untimely death in 1995.

  • People's Choice Award: Bronze Medal
    This award recognizes outstanding student presentations made at the Department of Physics' annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

  • People's Choice Award: Gold Medal
    This award recognizes the best student presentation at the annual Department of Physics Undergraduate Research Symposium.

  • People's Choice Award: Silver Medal
    This award recognizes outstanding presentations at the annual Department of Physics Undergraduate Research Symposium.

  • Richard K. Cook Scholarship
    This scholarship recognizes an undergraduate engineering physics student at the end of his or her sophomore and was established in memory of alumnus Richard Cook.   A student may receive the award both in their junior and senior year if desired.  The award is to be used for books, tuition and lab fees only -- not room and board or personal expenses. 

  • Robert A. Stein Award
    This fund supports the recruitment of outstanding undergraduate Physics majors. It should go to a student who graduated from a Chicago Public High School if at all possible.  The award was established in memory of alumnus Robert A. Stein by a group of Mr. Stein's family and friends after his untimely death in 1998.

  • Robert E. Hetrick Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award
    In recognition of an outstanding independent research by a senior undergraduate physics major.

  • Shell Foundation Undergraduate Research Scholar
    To support summer research positions for outstanding undergraduate physics majors, supported by the Shell Foundation.

  • Undergraduate Outreach Achievement Award
    To recognize the work of an outstanding undergraduate student involved in Physics Society and/or Physics Van.

  • Yee Seung Ng Award
    The Yee Seung Ng Award was established by family and friends in memory of Yee Seung Ng, B.S. '74. This award recognizes undergraduate College of Engineering students in the Department of Physics.