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Richmond Science Scholars
The University of Richmond provides around 16 generous full tuition scholarships every year for admitted students demonstrating passion for scientific discovery.  All Science Scholars exhibit a strong potential for the successful pursuit of research in physics, chemistry, biology, math, or computer science. All prospective students who apply to the University of Richmond by the December deadline are considered for the Richmond Scholars Program. Find out more about the Richmond Scholars Program.

Many of our Physics majors have been science scholars and like many of our students generally have gone on to leading graduate schools and employers.

The following awards are given annually to majors in the Department of Physics:

Robert Edward Loving Award in Physics
Established in 1954 by the University of Richmond Chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, this award is given each year to a senior on the basis of general academic achievement and promise for advanced study in physics.

Jackson J. Taylor Best Senior Seminar in Physics Award
Established by the Taylor and Hesch children in 1989 to honor Jackson Johnson Taylor, Professor of Physics from 1948–1986, this award recognizes the student judged by the faculty of the Department of Physics to have presented the best senior seminar.

Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society
Founded nationally in 1925 and established at the University of Richmond in 1932, the official honor society of the physics profession has been a continuous presence on the Richmond campus for over 75 years. There are now over 400 chapters across the United States, boasting more than 58,000 members. Physics students are usually inducted into the society during their third year and membership conveys the right to wear the Sigma Pi Sigma stole at graduation.