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Physics

Physics (from Greek: φύσις physis "nature") is a natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through spacetime, along with related concepts such as energy and force. More broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves.

Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines, perhaps the oldest through its inclusion of astronomy. Over the last two millennia, physics was a part of natural philosophy along with chemistry, certain branches of mathematics, and biology, but during the Scientific Revolution in the 16th century, the natural sciences emerged as unique research programs in their own right. Certain research areas are interdisciplinary, such as biophysics and quantum chemistry, which means that the boundaries of physics are not rigidly defined. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries physicalism emerged as a major unifying feature of the philosophy of science as physics provided fundamental explanations for observed natural phenomenon. New ideas in physics often explain the fundamental mechanisms of other sciences, while opening new avenues of research in areas such as mathematics and philosophy.

Physics also makes significant contributions through advances in new technologies that arise from theoretical breakthroughs. For example, advances in the understanding of electromagnetism or nuclear physics led directly to the development of new products which 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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Matching Physics Colleges

University of California-Berkeley
Four or more years; Public; $34,098 average out-state tuition; $11,220 average in-state tuition
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $40,460 average out-state tuition; $40,460 average in-state tuition
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Four or more years; Public; $27,230 average out-state tuition; $9,746 average in-state tuition
Harvard University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $36,305 average out-state tuition; $36,305 average in-state tuition
University of California-Santa Barbara
Four or more years; Public; $34,098 average out-state tuition; $11,220 average in-state tuition
University of Maryland-College Park
Four or more years; Public; $24,337 average out-state tuition; $6,966 average in-state tuition
Purdue University-Main Campus
Four or more years; Public; $27,061 average out-state tuition; $8,893 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Physics Majors

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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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ASDSO Scholarship Program

Association of State Dam Safety Officials

Up to $10,000 March 29, 2019 See Details

ASDSO Scholarship Program

Association of State Dam Safety Officials

award

Up to $10,000

deadline

March 29, 2019
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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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NACE Foundation Academic Scholarship

NACE International

$5,000 January 01, 2019 See Details

NACE Foundation Academic Scholarship

NACE International

award

$5,000

deadline

January 01, 2019
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Leopold and Elizabeth Marmet Scholarship

Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

$5,000 January 15, 2019 See Details

Leopold and Elizabeth Marmet Scholarship

Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

award

$5,000

deadline

January 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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Kris Geldaker Memorial Scholarship

Alaska Travel Industry Association

$2,500 January 31, 2019 See Details

Kris Geldaker Memorial Scholarship

Alaska Travel Industry Association

award

$2,500

deadline

January 31, 2019
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