Undergraduate Student Awards

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is a prestigious, nationally competitive award for college sophomores or juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

2021: Meredith Stone
2019: Zoe Kearney
2019: Kenneth Lin
2016: Robert Johnston
2015: Aaron Dunbrack
2007: John Barrett (Honorable Mention)

21st Century Leaders Award

Recognized graduating seniors who are academically accomplished and who have contributed to the university by exceptional achievement or have enhanced the campus.

2017: Ryan Boyden
2008: John Barret

Rising Researcher Award

Recognized graduating seniors whose achievements exemplify the quality of research, scholarship, and creative activity in the campus.

2023: Dante Lamenza Naylor
2021: Kate Mallory
2017: Saba Karimeddiny
2016: Robert Johnston
2015: Javier King
2013: Kelly Malone

William F. Field Alumni Scholarship

Presented to a junior in the College of Natural Sciences. Awarded for academic excellence.

2020: Anthony Englert
2019: Kenneth Lin
2019: Jack Mirabito
2018: Thomas Connolly
2017: Liam O'Brian
2016: Robert Johnston
2015: Jose Lasalle
2015: Mitchell Negus
2012: Jamie Budynkiewicz
2012: Mark Lodato
2011: Colleen Treado
2010: Ashley Bemis
2010: John Quirk
2009: Keith Fratus

Youngren Award

Presented to an outstanding CNS student engaged in a research opportunity during the summer of his/her junior year and continuing through the senior year.

2009: Sebastian Fischetti
2008: Keith Landry

CNS Senior Celebration "Chirper"

The Chirper is selected by faculty or students to give a brief, stirring or humorous speech at the annual CNS Senior Celebration.

2022: Gassan Yacteen
2021: Faizah Siddique
2020: Emily Hansen
2019: Tanios Abi-Saad
2018: Mufid Alfaris
2017: Ryan Boyden
2016: Dana Brown
2015: Gutam Satishchandran
2014: Sarah Zuraw

Edward S. Chang Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Research

Continuing a lifetime of devotion to undergraduate education in Physics, Prof. Chang endowed this fund to provide research grants for UMass undergraduate Physics majors pursuing summer research projects with faculty guidance.

2023: Emily Aslanian
2023: Joelle Beck
2023: Zachary Gotobed
2023: Charles Veihmeyer
2022: Arunendro Dutta
2022: Shane Keiser
2022: Dante Lamenza Naylor
2022: Shiyu Zhang
2021: Devin Kenney
2021: Roshan Trivedi
2020: Mykhaylo Barchuk
2020: Grace Chowdhry
2020: Ben Feinland
2020: Isaac Spivack
2019: Trevor Nelson
2019: Ben Reggio
2019: Tom Shneer
2018: Yihan Gao
2018: Anthony Raykh
2018: Justin Roberts
2018: Anwesha Saha
2017: Allyson Bergeron
2017: Tara Dowd
2016: Aaron Dunbrack
2016: Danny Todd

Glover Studentship Award

Awarded by the American Physical Society.

2007: Calla Cofield

Hasbrouck Scholarship Award

Presented to a current junior for academic excellence. Student must be in residence for his/her senior year.

2023: Allison Powell
2022: Nathan Hall
2022: Tal Sheffer
2022: Meredith Stone
2021: Samantha Maragioglio
2021: Yikai Wu
2020: Mykhaylo Barchuk
2020: Jacob McConley
2020: Alexander Shilcusky
2019: Jack Mirabito
2019: Ian Murphy
2018: Thomas Connolly
2018: Amy Ralston
2017: Matthew Bissaillon
2017: Thomas Bogue
2017: Bela Nelson
2016: Ryan Boyden
2016: Saba Karimeddiny
2016: Jordan Kornfeld
2015: James McInerney
2015: James Tilley
2014: Brian Harvie
2014: Ryan Horton
2014: Amanda LaFauci
2013: Kyle Vanderwerf
2012: Henry Byrd
2012: Kelly Malone
2012: Morgan Opie
2011: Alexander Nemtzow
2011: Zachary Nemtzow
2011: Russell Smith
2010: Karthik Prakhya
2010: John Quirk
2010: Patrick Rogan
2009: Robert Deegan
2009: Amanda Lund
2009: Christopher Maclellan
2009: Richard Rines
2008: Keith Landry
2008: David Ouellette
2008: James Schneeloch
2007: John Barrett
2007: Matthew Gratale

Ida and Joseph Simenas Physics Scholarship

Named for Ida and Joseph, parents of Scott Simenas, UMass Physics '71, this scholarship is presented to a Physics major for displaying the qualities of hard work, resilience in the face of adversity, the ability to collaborate, and enthusiasm with a positive attitude. See the attached file for an inspiring biography of Ida and Joseph.

PDF icon Biography of Ida and Joseph Simenas

2023: Nicholas Yazbeck
2022: Nathan Balk King
2022: Devin Kenney (Physics/Simenas)
2021: Alysea Kim
2020: Emma Lovett
2019: Thomas Connolly
2018: Michael Buckley

Kandula Sastry Undergraduate Award

To encourage and recognize outstanding undergraduates in Physics, this award is given annually to the outstanding undergraduate student in the department.

2023: Vivek Chakrabhavi
2022: Gassan Yacteen
2021: Peter McCafferty
2020: Ben Reggio
2019: Amy Ralston
2018: Nathan Rose
2017: Jonah Chaban
2016: Robert Johnston
2015: Gautam Satishchandran
2014: Kyle Vanderwerf
2013: Ryan Horton
2012: Colleen Treado
2011: Vinay Shah
2010: Colin Jermain
2009: Sebastian Fischetti
2008: Thomas Brown
2008: Collin Lalli
2008: Peter Mistark
2008: Andrew O'Donnell
2007: Dylan Albrecht
2007: Coleman Krawczyk
2007: Scott Munro
2007: David Ouellette

Kenneth and Joan Langley Research Endowment for Future Physicists

This endowment honors Ken Langley’s love of learning and his legacy of helping students. A professor of Physics at UMass from 1966 to 2002, Ken was known for his inspiring teaching and mentoring, for his research on critical point phenomena and macromolecular diffusion, and for his innovations in measurement instrumentation. The fund provides research grants for UMass undergraduate Physics majors pursuing summer research projects with faculty guidance.

2023: Jee Hyun Kim
2022: Jackson Diodati
2022: Henry Jordan
2022: Ava Rodrigues
2021: Thomas Pinto Franco
2021: Ruixi Lou
2021: Ruixi Lou
2020: Linda Oster
2020: Nicholas Popowich

LeRoy F. Cook, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Presented to a physics major with particular involvement in outreach or teaching.

2023: Lucas Barrett
2023: Mor Evron
2022: Dan DeGenaro
2022: Caleigh Ryan
2021: Arthur Alves
2021: Caelan Dammer
2020: Anshul Bhargava
2020: Linda Oster
2019: Justin Roberts
2019: Anwesha Saha
2018: Olivia Comeau
2018: Anthony Englert
2017: Daniel Sanchez Rosales
2016: Jared Callaham
2015: Sean McGrath
2015: Madeline Sauleda
2014: Zachary Fox
2014: Amanda Tan
2013: Michael Cowell
2013: Thomas Ledoux
2012: Alexander Nemtzow
2012: Zachary Nemtzow
2012: Nick Wankowicz
2011: Colin Jermain
2011: Kyle Lafata
2010: David Sliski
2009: Keith Fratus
2008: Yitzhak Calm
2007: Drew von Maluski

Morton and Helen Sternheim Undergraduate Award

For excellence in educational outreach and/or teacher preparation.

2023: Allison Irwin
2022: Emily Laus
2021: Marc Scarfo
2020: Anthony Englert
2020: Faizah Siddique
2019: Emily Hansen
2018: Jack Jenkins
2018: Aidan Philbin
2017: Teddy Kareta
2017: Alissa Roegge
2016: Anwesha Saha
2015: Dana Brown
2014: Kirsten Randle
2011: Thomas Brewer
2010: Sebastian Fischetti
2009: Yitzhak Calm

Richard Kofler's Class of 1976-1977 Scholarship

For academic excellence to a freshman or sophomore Physics major.

2023: Ramin Gasimli
2023: Mary Ryan
2022: Jackson Diodati
2021: Emily Laus
2020: Emily Martsen
2019: Faizah Siddique
2018: Bridget Mack
2017: Amy Ralston
2016: Olivia Comeau
2015: Justin Archibald
2015: Wei Xie
2014: Ryan Boyden
2013: Henry Byrd
2013: Mark Lodato
2013: Kelly Malone

Scott J. Simenas Teaching Fellowship

An annually awarded fellowship stipend for up to two undergraduate physics majors to serve as assistant teachers and tutors to undergraduate students of any major who are enrolled in physics courses. Recipients will be selected based on a short essay submitted [in the fall] by the applicants. The essay must demonstrate good communication skills and enjoyment of working with fellow students.

2023: Arthur Alves
2023: Shane Keiser
2023: Dante Lamenza Naylor
2022: Nikki Abromson
2022: Ahmad El-Zeftawy
2021: Nikki Abromson
2021: Ahmad El-Zeftawi

Chang Freshman Award

Presented to a member of the freshman class for academic excellence.

2013: Mitchell Negus
2012: Ryan Horton
2011: Alexander Chippendale
2010: Jason Stockwell
2009: Keaton Burns
2008: Karthik Prakhya
2008: Patrick Rogan
2007: Sebastian Fischetti
2007: Keith Fratus

Chang Transfer Student Award

For academic excellence. Presented to a student who has transferred into the Physics Department from another school.

2013: Morgan Opie
2012: Robert Cyr
2011: Kartikeya Nagendra
2010: Vinay Shah
2009: Paul Hughes
2008: Shaina Rogstad
2007: William Barnes
2007: Fjordor Isla0maj