Astrophysics

Astrophysics is the branch of astronomy that employs the principles of physics and chemistry "to ascertain the nature of the astronomical objects, rather than their positions or motions in space". Among the objects studied are the Sun, other stars, galaxies, extrasolar planets, 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. 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 often involves a substantial amount of work in the realms of theoretical and observational physics. Some areas of study for astrophysicists include their attempts to determine the properties of dark matter, dark energy, and black holes; whether or not time travel is possible, wormholes can form, or the multiverse exists; and the origin and ultimate fate of the universe. Topics also studied by theoretical astrophysicists include Solar System formation and evolution; stellar dynamics and evolution; galaxy formation and evolution; magnetohydrodynamics; large-scale structure of matter in the universe; origin of cosmic rays; general relativity and physical cosmology, including string cosmology and astroparticle physics.

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Matching Astrophysics Colleges

University of California-Berkeley

Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition

University of California-Santa Cruz

Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition

Princeton University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $47,140 average out-state tuition; $47,140 average in-state tuition

Michigan State University

Four or more years; Public; $40,024 average out-state tuition; $15,375 average in-state tuition

University of California-Los Angeles

Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Four or more years; Public; $24,986 average out-state tuition; $12,800 average in-state tuition

University of Colorado Boulder

Four or more years; Public; $34,382 average out-state tuition; $10,248 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Astrophysics Majors

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Johnson and Johnson Scholars Award Program

Johnson and Johnson Consumer Products Company

$150,000 September 30, 2022 See Details
 

Johnson and Johnson Scholars Award Program

Johnson and Johnson Consumer Products Company

award

$150,000

deadline

September 30, 2022
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Churchill Scholarship

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

Up to $65,000 November 02, 2022 See Details
 

Churchill Scholarship

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

award

Up to $65,000

deadline

November 02, 2022
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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Up to $30,000 Varies See Details
 

Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Up to $30,000

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SMART Scholarship

United States Department of Defense (DoD)

Up to $38,000 December 01, 2022 See Details
 

SMART Scholarship

United States Department of Defense (DoD)

award

Up to $38,000

deadline

December 01, 2022
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UCF Astronaut Scholarship

University of Central Florida (UCF)

Up to $15,000 March 02, 2023 See Details
 

UCF Astronaut Scholarship

University of Central Florida (UCF)

award

Up to $15,000

deadline

March 02, 2023
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Sturgis Fellowship

University of Arkansas

$12,500 February 01, 2023 See Details
 

Sturgis Fellowship

University of Arkansas

award

$12,500

deadline

February 01, 2023
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President's Scholarship - Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University

Up to $12,000 Varies See Details
 

President's Scholarship - Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University

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Up to $12,000

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SOLV Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

SOLV Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

award

$10,000

deadline

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Team-Up Together Scholarship

Society of Physics Students

Up to $10,000 November 15, 2022 See Details
 

Team-Up Together Scholarship

Society of Physics Students

award

Up to $10,000

deadline

November 15, 2022
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Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Zonta International Foundation

$10,000 November 15, 2022 See Details
 

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Zonta International Foundation

award

$10,000

deadline

November 15, 2022
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