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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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Physics Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Up to $38,000 October 27, 2017
Keynote Scholarship $10,000 December 01, 2017
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Up to $7,500 January 26, 2018
MSA Grant for Student Research in Mineralogy and Petrology Up to $5,000 March 01, 2018
Dr. Ralph E. Yingst Scholarship in Chemistry $2,400 December 01, 2017
Mary Harris Clark President's Honor Scholarship $2,000 February 01, 2018
Louisa Miller Eldredge President's Honor Scholarship $2,000 February 01, 2018
Regeneron Science Talent Search Up to $250,000 November 15, 2017
Albert R. and Herta A. Karwatka Memorial Scholarship $2,000 February 01, 2018
Ralph L. and Frances A. Jaeschke Arts and Sciences Endowed Scholarship $1,250 February 01, 2018