Give back for today’s students
Give back for today’s students

We appreciate the many alumni and friends who have supported the Department of Physics & Astronomy. We greatly value your private gifts, as they are vital to keeping our program on the cutting edge and continuing a positive learning experience for our students.

Your gifts help to create academic, leadership, and research opportunities for students and faculty. All donations are greatly appreciated, and even small amounts per month add up to a substantial annual gift.

Priority Funding Needs

The following priorities have been determined by the Department for funding. Several established funds are also available for donor participation.

Create Your Own Fund

Establishing your own fund is the ultimate way to make a difference in the Department. Your support enables the Department to enhance students' experiences through relevant and challenging educational programs, cutting edge research, and the transfer of knowledge, which helps prepare competent and intelligent graduates who are ready for careers in physics or other disciplines.

Student Support

Undergraduate Scholarships

Each year, the Department awards up to $35,000 to undergraduate Physics and Astronomy Majors. These gifts increase financial aid opportunities for deserving students. With the help of scholarships, students are able to engage in more opportunities within the Department including seminars, lectures, and research.

Graduate Student Bridge Program and Fellowships

Whether collaborating with faculty on research or teaching and mentoring undergraduates, graduate students are crucial to the strength and integrity of the university. Private support for graduate fellowships ensures that the university will continue to attract the top minds as graduate students. The Bridge Program is specifically designed to help incoming graduate students from the U.S. be better prepared for graduate-level coursework. Students arrive at Nebraska before the fall semester for two weeks of intense study. Your gift supports this program and enables students to begin their studies with more confidence in their knowledge.

Faculty Support

The Physics & Astronomy Department utilizes a high standard in teaching and development of our students. Faculty not only prepare students for employment or graduate study through rigorous coursework but they also employ undergraduate and graduate students within their research laboratories. Faculty give students hands-on experiences that enrich their education and provide learning outcomes with real world applications.

Priority Funding Needs
  • Create Your Own Fund
  • Graduate Student Bridge Program
  • Jorgensen Hall – Naming Opportunities

For more information on how you can make an impact on physics & astronomy education through a major, planned, or estate gift to the department, contact:

Victor Martinez
Development, College of Arts and Sciences
Kees Uiterwaal and student

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Special Endowments

Former students, friends, and colleagues of Professors Sitaram Jaswal, Ted Jorgensen, Roger Kirby, or David Sellmyer and Lecture Demonstrations Manager Menno Fast may wish to contribute to specific endowment funds established to benefit Physics education within the Department.

Professor Emeritus Sitaram Jaswal

Banti & Mela Ram Jaswal Fund

for undergraduate scholarships

Theodore Ted Jorgensen

Ted Jorgensen Fund for Physics

for undergraduate scholarships

Professor Emeritus Roger Kirby

Roger and Suzanne Kirby Fund

for Outstanding Physics Major

Professor David Sellmyer

David J. & Catherine J. Sellmyer Fund

for condensed matter and materials science

Menno Fast

Menno Fast Memorial Fund

for lecture demonstration equipment