Scholarships and Awards

Frank C. McDonald Memorial Award

Frank C. McDonald memorial award based on merit in memory of Dr. Frank C. McDonald, chair of the Physics Department from 1941- 1962.

Prof. McDonald was remembered by his students for engaging them in the struggle to understand physics concepts and solve problems using those concepts. It wasn't about memorizing equations; it was about understanding what they meant in order to solve new problems or create new knowledge.

Award Winners

Year

Name

2019

Payton Price

2018

Sean Doyle, Payton Price

2017

Jasmine Liu

2016

Ify Achu

2015

Matthew Bruemmer

2014

Daniel Gum

2013

Joshua Abramovitch, Ben Wise

2012

Matthew Rispoli, Dennis Stanley

2011

Landon Banister

2010

Don Davis, Kelly Pearson

2009

Ken Ueda

2008

Alex Weckiewicz

2007

Charles Taylor
and Paul Hartin

2006

Zachary Parvin

2005

Anna Stelzenmuller
and Charles Taylor

2004

Joe Mahoney
Brandon Reimer

2003

Graham Everitt
Michael Bligh 

2002

Eric Reiman

2001

Alonso Gutierrez
and Chad Myers

2000

Martina Kolmeder
Clifford Yapp

1999

April Kramer
and Shannon Thornton

1998

Joe Parker Cravens
and Joe Williams

1997

Melissa Smith
and Elizabeth Rittenberg

1996

Jason Parker Cravesn

1995

Jason Cain

1994

Stephen Ornes

1993

Kelly O'Neil

1991

Christopher Myatt

1990

Hugo Perrez

1989

John Victor Ray

1988

Gary J. Baker
and John Victor Ray

1986

Joe Pierce Holder

1985

James Spicer

1983

Anton Dreher

1981

Keith Verges


Robert Stewart Hyer Scholarship in Physics Award

Robert Stewart Hyer, Physicist and First President of SMU.

Awarded to a student who performs at the highest academic level. In memory of Robert S. Hyer, physicist and first President of Southern Methodist University.

Robert Stewart Hyer was regarded in the physics community for his work with x-rays and wireless communication. He is the first American ever known to have transmitted a signal wirelessly over a distance of about 1 mile. He did this within a year of Heinrich Hertz's discovery of electromagnetic waves. Such experiments set the stage for the modern wireless communication revolution. President Hyer was one of the founders of SMU and his hand in the formation of our university can be seen across the campus, even today, as he set the standards still cherished by students at SMU: the school colors (Yale Blue and Harvard Crimson), the composition of the brick used in the campus architecture, and the design of Dallas Hall. Hyer served as a member of the faculty of SMU until he passed away in 1929.

Award Winners

Year

Name

2019

Rebecca Moore

2018

Robert Schmidt

2017

Joshua Bedsole, Andrew Posada

2016

Nicole Hartman

2015

Mayisha Nakib, Rafael Sierra

2014

Benjamin Wise

2013

Landon Banister

2012

Santosh Adhikari

2011

Matthew Rispoli

2010

Mariam Ishaque

2009

Amy Hand

2008

Kelvin Varghese

2007

Kristin Schild
and Kelvin Varghese

2006

Rozmin Daya
and Paul Hartin

2005

Zachary Parvin
and Elise Voicu-Comendant

2004

Michael Shearn

2003

Alonso Gutierrez

2002

Shannon Thornton
and Chad Myers

2001

Eric Reiman

2000

Eric Morgan

1999

Curry Taylor

1998

Melissa Smith

1997

Kevin Yarritu

1996

Samuel Williams

1995

Graham Moore

1994

Carl Elliston

1993

Carl Elliston

1992

Jonothan Pryer

1991

Temesgen Demissie

1990

Mia Beth Kurth

1989

Mia Beth Kurth

1986

Joe Pierce Holder

1985

James Spicer

1981

Keith Verges


Katherine Sams Wiley Physics Scholarship

Wiley Scholarship recipient Jasmine Liu (left) poses with Mrs. Wiley (right) in 2017.

Award based on merit to students at the sophomore level or above who are majoring in physics, with attention to women focused on science and engineering.

Award Winners

Year

Name

2019

Taylor Wallace, Xixi Zhou

2018

Rebecca Moore, Taylor Wallace

2017

Jasmine Kim, Jasmine Liu, Christina McConville

2016

Jasmine Kim, Jasmine Liu

2015

Ashleigh Miller

2014

Nicole Hartman

2013

Mayisha Zeb Nakib

2012

Holly Howard


Jeff Chalk Physics Award

Given in honor of former SMU physics professor Dr. Jeff Chalk to a student who embodies Dr. Chalk’s passion for promoting the learning of physics.

Professor Jeff Chalk earned his PhD in Physics from University of Colorado in Boulder and served as a member of the SMU Physics Faculty for over 30 years. During that time, he had a tremendous influence on the teaching of physics and on the lives of students who took his classes. He was especially famous for dramatic demonstrations of core physics ideas. "He drinks liquid nitrogen!" exclaimed one student in a teaching evaluation. Jeff had a passion for physics that informed his teaching and inspired learning in his students.

Award Winners

Year

Name

2019

Taylor Wallace

2018

Rebecca Moore

2016

Jasmine Kim

2016

Ashleigh Miller

2015

Nicole Hartman

2014

Mayisha Zeb Nakib

2013

Matthew Rispoli

2012

Joshua Abramavitch

 

Physics Undergraduate Scholarship

2019

Chris Newey, Xixi Zhou

2018

Jared Burleson, Chris Newey