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Astrophysics

Astrophysics (Greek: Astro - meaning "star", and Greek: physis – φύσις - meaning "nature") is the branch of astronomy that deals with the physics of the universe, including the physical properties of celestial objects, as well as their interactions and behavior. Among the objects studied are galaxies, stars, planets, exoplanets, the interstellar medium and the cosmic microwave background. Their emissions are examined across all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, and the properties examined include luminosity, density, temperature, and chemical composition. The study of cosmology addresses questions of astrophysics at scales much larger than the size of particular gravitationally-bound objects in the universe.

Because astrophysics is a very broad subject, astrophysicists typically apply many disciplines of physics, including mechanics, electromagnetism, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, relativity, nuclear and particle physics, and atomic and molecular physics. In practice, modern astronomical research involves a substantial amount of physics. The name of a university's department ("astrophysics" or "astronomy") often has to do more with the department's history than with the contents of the programs. Astrophysics can be studied at the bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. levels in aerospace engineering, physics, or astronomy departments at many universities.

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Matching Astrophysics Colleges

University of California-Berkeley
Four or more years; Public; $34,098 average out-state tuition; $11,220 average in-state tuition
Princeton University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $37,000 average out-state tuition; $37,000 average in-state tuition
Michigan State University
Four or more years; Public; $31,639 average out-state tuition; $12,769 average in-state tuition
University of California-Santa Cruz
Four or more years; Public; $34,098 average out-state tuition; $11,220 average in-state tuition
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Four or more years; Public; $16,650 average out-state tuition; $11,650 average in-state tuition
University of California-Los Angeles
Four or more years; Public; $34,098 average out-state tuition; $11,220 average in-state tuition
University of Colorado Boulder
Four or more years; Public; $28,850 average out-state tuition; $7,672 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Astrophysics Majors

name award deadline

Emmy Noether Award

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

$25,000 March 29, 2019 See Details

Emmy Noether Award

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

award

$25,000

deadline

March 29, 2019
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Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship

National Research Council

$24,000 January 08, 2019 See Details

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship

National Research Council

award

$24,000

deadline

January 08, 2019
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Keynote Scholarship

National Space Club

$10,000 November 30, 2018 See Details

Keynote Scholarship

National Space Club

award

$10,000

deadline

November 30, 2018
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Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence In Education Foundation

Up to $7,500 January 31, 2019 See Details

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence In Education Foundation

award

Up to $7,500

deadline

January 31, 2019
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GFD Fellowship Program

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

$5,985 February 15, 2019 See Details

GFD Fellowship Program

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

award

$5,985

deadline

February 15, 2019
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APIASF/Southern California Edison Scholarship

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

$2,500 January 10, 2019 See Details

APIASF/Southern California Edison Scholarship

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

award

$2,500

deadline

January 10, 2019
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Mary Harris Clark President's Honor Scholarship

West Texas A&M University

$2,000 February 01, 2019 See Details

Mary Harris Clark President's Honor Scholarship

West Texas A&M University

award

$2,000

deadline

February 01, 2019
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Louisa Miller Eldredge President's Honor Scholarship

West Texas A&M University

$2,000 February 01, 2019 See Details

Louisa Miller Eldredge President's Honor Scholarship

West Texas A&M University

award

$2,000

deadline

February 01, 2019
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Josef Princ Memorial Scholarship

Clark County Public Education Foundation

$2,000 January 31, 2019 See Details

Josef Princ Memorial Scholarship

Clark County Public Education Foundation

award

$2,000

deadline

January 31, 2019
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Edwin F. Wiegand Science and Technology Scholarship

Clark County Public Education Foundation

$1,250 January 31, 2019 See Details

Edwin F. Wiegand Science and Technology Scholarship

Clark County Public Education Foundation

award

$1,250

deadline

January 31, 2019
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