Natural Sciences

Natural science is a branch of science concerned with the description, prediction, and understanding of natural phenomena, based on empirical evidence from observation and experimentation. Mechanisms such as peer review and repeatability of findings are used to try to ensure the validity of scientific advances.

Natural science can be divided into two main branches: life science (or biological science) and physical science. Physical science is subdivided into branches, including physics, chemistry, astronomy and earth science. These branches of natural science may be further divided into more specialized branches (also known as fields).

In Western society's analytic tradition, the empirical sciences and especially natural sciences use tools from formal sciences, such as mathematics and logic, converting information about nature into measurements which can be explained as clear statements of the "laws of nature". The social sciences also use such methods, but rely more on qualitative research, so that they are sometimes called "soft science", whereas natural sciences, insofar as they emphasize quantifiable data produced, tested, and confirmed through the scientific method, are sometimes called "hard science".

Modern natural science succeeded more classical approaches to natural philosophy, usually traced to ancient Greece. Galileo, Descartes, Bacon, and Newton debated the benefits of using approaches which were more mathematical and more experimental in a methodical way. Still, philosophical perspectives, conjectures, and presuppositions, often overlooked, remain necessary in natural science. Systematic data collection, including discovery science, succeeded natural history, which emerged in the 16th century by describing and classifying plants, animals, minerals, and so on. Today, "natural history" suggests observational descriptions aimed at popular audiences.

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Emmy Noether Award

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

$25,000 May 08, 2020 See Details

Emmy Noether Award

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

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$25,000

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May 08, 2020
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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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Jeffrey and Lily Chen Undergraduate Scholarship

University of Maryland, College Park - College of CMPS

$10,000 Varies See Details

Jeffrey and Lily Chen Undergraduate Scholarship

University of Maryland, College Park - College of CMPS

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$10,000

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UHD Scholars Academy Scholarship

University of Houston - Downtown Scholars Academy

Up to $6,000 Varies See Details

UHD Scholars Academy Scholarship

University of Houston - Downtown Scholars Academy

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Beverly McAllister Parker Scholarship

Southern Nazarene University, Department of Science

$5,000 Varies See Details

Beverly McAllister Parker Scholarship

Southern Nazarene University, Department of Science

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$5,000

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Austin E. Knowlton Scholarship

Denison University

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Austin E. Knowlton Scholarship

Denison University

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Edwin Foos Memorial Scholarship

Yellow Springs Community Foundation

$4,000 April 15, 2020 See Details

Edwin Foos Memorial Scholarship

Yellow Springs Community Foundation

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$4,000

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April 15, 2020
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KCTCS Workforce Development Transfer Scholarship

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

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KCTCS Workforce Development Transfer Scholarship

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

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Ruth and Horace Daum Memorial Scholarship

Hood River County Education Foundation

$2,000 April 17, 2020 See Details

Ruth and Horace Daum Memorial Scholarship

Hood River County Education Foundation

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$2,000

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April 17, 2020
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James "Jim" Schalk Memorial Scholarship

Association of Conservation Engineers

$1,500 Varies See Details

James "Jim" Schalk Memorial Scholarship

Association of Conservation Engineers

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$1,500

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