Scholarships and Awards
The Physics Department has several funds set up to help support students, research, and curricular initiatives. If you'd like to make a difference, consider donating to the Physics Department Gift Fund. Simply indicate your preference when donating to Albion College and 100 percent of your donation will go to the department. Donations to this fund have been used to support research expenses, speakers, student and faculty travel, equipment, and student awards.
The E.T.S. Walton Award is a prize established by Nobel Laureate E.T.S. Walton and is given annually to the outstanding senior physics major. This award consists of a technical book and is announced at the Honors Convocation in April.
The Howard E. Pettersen Prize is given to the outstanding sophomore physics major each year. This prize was established to honor Professor Emeritus Howard Pettersen, who was a member of the physics faculty for 41 years. The prize is announced at the Honors Convocation in April.
The following scholarship awards for students were established by the generous donations of the Kammers, the Rickers, Norma Taber, and alumni and faculty.
Dorothy and David Kammer Scholarship in Physics
The Dorothy and David Kammer Scholarship in Physics was established by the Kammers to support highly qualified students in pursuit of a major in physics at Albion. David Kammer is an emeritus member of the Physics Department faculty. The scholarship is awarded to current or incoming students who intend to major in physics. The recipient of this award is announced at April's Honors Convocation.
Charles W. Ricker Scholarship in Physics
The Physics Department is proud to announce the Charles W. Ricker Scholarship in Physics. Every spring, the Physics Department will choose an incoming student who intends to major in physics for this award. Only students with exemplary academic records will be considered.
Norma J. Taber Scholarship for Women in Engineering
This scholarship is presented each year to an outstanding woman who is participating in the combined-course program in engineering. This award was established by Norma J. Taber, '78, who completed the combined-course program at Washington University in St. Louis and has since had a very successful career as an engineer.
Alumni/Faculty Endowed Physics Scholarship
This scholarship is given each year to current or incoming students who are on either a physics or pre-engineering track and who have demonstrated potential for mastery of classical and modern physics. Financial need will be considered in the review of scholarship applications. The scholarship winner is announced at the Honors Convocation in April.