Physics

Physics (from Ancient Greek: φυσική (ἐπιστήμη), translit. physikḗ (epistḗmē), lit. 'knowledge of nature', from φύσις phýsis "nature") is the natural science that studies matter and its motion and behavior through space and time and that studies the related entities of energy and force. Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, and its main goal is to understand how the universe behaves.[a]

Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines and, through its inclusion of astronomy, perhaps the oldest. Over the last two millennia, physics, chemistry, biology, and certain branches of mathematics were a part of natural philosophy, but during the scientific revolution in the 17th century, these natural sciences emerged as unique research endeavors in their own right.[b] Physics intersects with many interdisciplinary areas of research, such as biophysics and quantum chemistry, and the boundaries of physics are not rigidly defined. New ideas in physics often explain the fundamental mechanisms studied by other sciences and suggest new avenues of research in academic disciplines such as mathematics and philosophy.

Advances in physics often enable advances in new technologies. For example, advances in the understanding of electromagnetism and nuclear physics led directly to the development of new products that have dramatically transformed modern-day society, such as television, computers, domestic appliances, and nuclear weapons; advances in thermodynamics led to the development of industrialization; and advances in mechanics inspired the development of calculus.

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Scholarships for Physics Majors

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For Women in Science Fellowship Program

L'Oreal USA

$60,000 January 27, 2023 See Details
 

For Women in Science Fellowship Program

L'Oreal USA

award

$60,000

deadline

January 27, 2023
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Edison Scholars Program

Edison International

$50,000 December 09, 2022 See Details
 

Edison Scholars Program

Edison International

award

$50,000

deadline

December 09, 2022
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EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Up to $45,000 January 31, 2023 See Details
 

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

award

Up to $45,000

deadline

January 31, 2023
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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

award

Up to $30,000

deadline

Varies
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Advanced Energy STEM Diversity Scholarship

Advanced Energy

$20,000 January 31, 2023 See Details
 

Advanced Energy STEM Diversity Scholarship

Advanced Energy

award

$20,000

deadline

January 31, 2023
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Doris and Ralph Klose Scholarship Competition

Wichita State University

Up to $19,000 Varies See Details
 

Doris and Ralph Klose Scholarship Competition

Wichita State University

award

Up to $19,000

deadline

Varies
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Willard L. Eccles Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Utah State University, College of Science

$18,000 Varies See Details
 

Willard L. Eccles Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Utah State University, College of Science

award

$18,000

deadline

Varies
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Porter Presidential Scholarship in Science and Mathematics

Skidmore College

$15,000 Varies See Details
 

Porter Presidential Scholarship in Science and Mathematics

Skidmore College

award

$15,000

deadline

Varies
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Air Force ROTC Express Scholarship

University of Iowa

$15,000 Varies See Details
 

Air Force ROTC Express Scholarship

University of Iowa

award

$15,000

deadline

Varies
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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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