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Scholarships & Financial Aid for Physics Undergraduates

A number of University scholarships are available each year to students who plan to study science or engineering at Old Dominion University. Details about these awards will posted on this page soon.

Specialized Scholarships

The Clifford L. & Lillian R. Adams Scholarship

The Department of Physics selects one or more students each year to receive the Clifford L. and Lillian R. Adams Scholarship. The recipient must be a declared physics major and may be an entering freshman, a transfer student, or a continuing student. Selection is based on a student's academic record, relevant test scores, and recommendations. The award is renewable. Typical awards are $2,000 per year. Applications are available from the Office of Financial Aid.

The Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Teachers

Undergraduate students in, or planning to enter, physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors planning to enter such curricula are eligible to apply for the Barbara Lotze Scholarship. Awards up to $2,000 may be granted to an individual; for each of four years.

Jefferson Lab Researchships

The Thomas Jefferson National Facility (Jefferson Lab) plans to award physics researchships to at least six promising juniors enrolled in undergraduate programs at US institutions whose research interest correspond to activities to be conducted at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Virginia (i.e., nuclear and related particle physics, or accelerator physics). The awards will be based on competitive evaluation of the applicant's academic qualifications, references, and essays.


The Jefferson Lab Undergraduate Physics Researchship (UPR) program is a summer research program held annually at Jefferson Lab. The program aims to recognize the nation's most promising undergraduate physics students and immerse them in the science of Jefferson Lab. The researchships provide students with the opportunity to interact with Jefferson Lab staff and visiting scientists in a learning/working environment. The program hopes to encourage these outstanding students to pursue advanced degrees in Jefferson Lab-related disciplines. Link to the application is here.

Aerospace Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Scholarships are available to undergraduate students in ANY DEPARTMENT with an interest in AEROSPACE research. To encourage young people to study engineering and the sciences, the Virgina Space Grant Consortium has established this undergraduate scholarship with the goals of:

  • Promoting undergraduate aerospace research while recognizing high academic achievement and promise.
  • Increasing participation of underrepresented minorities, females and disabled students in aeronautics, space and related fields.
  • Implementing the goals of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Awards are one-year, non-refundable scholarships limited to a $3,000 student stipend during the academic year and a $3,500 stipend during the summer. Students are eligible for an additional $1,000 research allocation for materials and travel to support research activities conducted during the academic year and a $1,000 research allocation for materials and travel to support research activities during the summer. The maximum award per year can not exceed $8,000. The program is open to students currently enrolled in a program of study at one of the Virginia Space Grant colleges who are U.S. citizens and who have completed at least two years of an undergraduate program. Students must be enrolled full-time during the award period.

Eligibility is not limited to science and engineering majors. Any undergraduate major that includes coursework related to an understanding of or interest in aerospace is eligible. The AUSP requires the student to participate in an active, identified research experience that has aerospace applications. The research must be supervised by a faculty mentor and may be conducted on the home campus or at an industrial or government facility affiliated with the VSGC, such as NASA Langley Research Center or Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology. The research period must be continuous, but may be incorporated within the academic year or as a special summer activity.

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