Chemical Physics

Chemical physics is a subdiscipline of chemistry and physics that investigates physicochemical phenomena using techniques from atomic and molecular physics and condensed matter physics; it is the branch of physics that studies chemical processes from the point of view of physics. While at the interface of physics and chemistry, chemical physics is distinct from physical chemistry in that it focuses more on the characteristic elements and theories of physics. Meanwhile, physical chemistry studies the physical nature of chemistry. Nonetheless, the distinction between the two fields is vague, and workers often practice in both fields during the course of their research.

The United States Department of Education defines chemical physics as "A program that focuses on the scientific study of structural phenomena combining the disciplines of physical chemistry and atomic/molecular physics. Includes instruction in heterogeneous structures, alignment and surface phenomena, quantum theory, mathematical physics, statistical and classical mechanics, chemical kinetics, and laser physics."

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Kent State University at Kent

Four or more years; Public; $19,876 average out-state tuition; $11,000 average in-state tuition

Harvard University

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University of California-Davis

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Lewis University

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Wellesley College

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Rice University

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Hamilton College

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $59,380 average out-state tuition; $59,380 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Chemical Physics Majors

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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Lumpkins Family Merit Scholarship in the College of Science

University of Notre Dame

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Lumpkins Family Merit Scholarship in the College of Science

University of Notre Dame

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$25,000

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UNCF Kia America Accelerate the Good Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

Up to $15,000 June 03, 2024 See Details
 

UNCF Kia America Accelerate the Good Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

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Up to $15,000

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June 03, 2024
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SEI Native American Education Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

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SEI Native American Education Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

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SEI Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

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SEI Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

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NSF S-STEM Scholarship

University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

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NSF S-STEM Scholarship

University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

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EAGLES Scholarship - PSU

Portland State University

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EAGLES Scholarship - PSU

Portland State University

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ACS-Hach Land Grant Undergraduate Scholarship

American Chemical Society (ACS)

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

ACS-Hach Land Grant Undergraduate Scholarship

American Chemical Society (ACS)

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Veterans and Family Scholarship

For A Bright Future Foundation

Up to $10,000 May 30, 2024 See Details
 

Veterans and Family Scholarship

For A Bright Future Foundation

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STEAM Scholarship

For A Bright Future Foundation

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STEAM Scholarship

For A Bright Future Foundation

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May 30, 2024
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