Scholarships and Awards

Albion College physics students with professor Dave Seely.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.

Annual 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.


An Albion College physics student adjusts equipment in the lab.The following scholarship awards for students were established by the generous donations of the Kammers, the Rickers, Norma Taber, and alumni and faculty.

The Dorothy & David Kammer Scholarship in Physics

The Dorothy and David Kammer Scholarship in Physics was established by the Kammers to support highly qualifiied students in pursuit of a major in physics at Albion. David Kammer is an emeritus member of the Physics Department Faculty. The scholarship will be awarded to current or incoming students who intend to major in physics. 

Charles W. Ricker Scholarship in Physics

The Physics Department is proud to announce the Charles W. Ricker Scholarship in Physics. This Scholarship shall be awarded to worthy and deserving students who intend to, or are majoring in Physics. This award may go to upper-class Physics majors and/or incoming freshmen.

Norma J. Taber Scholarship for Women in Engineering

This scholarship is presented each year to a Sophomoe woman or above (however a freshman could be considered if the student has an expressed desire to pursue engineering) who is a top female science or mathematics student with interest 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.