Student Awards in Physics

The awards and scholarships provided by the Department of Physics recognize student achievements and serve as catalysts for further success and provide valuable financial support. The awards contribute to creating a culture of excellence and motivate students to pursue careers in physics while also fostering a sense of pride and community within the Physics Department. The winners are recognized before at the annual Honors Day ceremony.

Milward T. Rodine Memorial Physics Award

This prize is named for the longtime Gustavus professor of physics who taught from 1933-1969 and is awarded annually to a junior physics major on the basis of interests and scholarly achievements.

Julia Swanson Scholarship in Physics

This scholarship was established to honor the work of the physics department faculty who provided Geral Swanson with a background that prepared him for graduate study in physics and for a career with the Bendix Corporation. The scholarship is to encourage physics students of promise who are enrolled full-time at the College.

John Chindvall Scholarship in Physics

This endowed scholarship was established in memory of 1970 Gustavus graduate John Chindvall by his parents and friends. It is awarded annually to a student majoring in physics.

Julian A. Crawford Memorial Prize in Physics

This prize consists of a one year membership in the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The prize is named in memory of the former chair of the Gustavus Department of Physics (1967-69) and awarded to the student with "the greatest potential for contributing to physics and society".

John Borneman Prize Par Excellence in Mathematics

This is awarded in consultation with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in memory of John Bornemann, a 1955 Gustavus graduate, by his family. It is presented annually to an outstanding student in the fields of mathematics and physics.

Physics Departmental Assistants

This position has a nominal expectation of four hours per week in research, course development or other activities that will assist in the work of the department. It is granted once for each semester.