Scholarships & Awards

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 based on 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.

Cornelius Beausang Memorial Award
Established in 2019 to honor Con Beausang, a dedicated teacher and prolific researcher who served as a mentor to many UR students, this award is given each year to a sophomore or junior physics major for achievement in physics or for contributions to the physics community.

Cole Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a first-, second-, or third-year science major based on their academic performance and financial need.

The Clarence Danoon Award
Money towards tuition awarded to a rising senior for excellence in the natural sciences, as determined by the faculty of the physics department.

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.