Giving Opportunities

Accelerate our Department's Success

Your generous gifts have a direct impact on the lives of students and faculty members. Through your donation, you are investing in the future of scientific research by helping to sponsor students, fund state-of-the-art equipment, and provide conference travel for our outstanding department.

Ways to Give

Physics Alumni and Friends

This fund was established in 1967, and supports a variety of extracurricular activities in the physics department, including our weekly colloquium series, and faculty and student activities that help to create the positive, creative community environment the department enjoys.

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Physics Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is a pillar of our undergraduate physics programs. It provides our students unique opportunities to gain valuable experience, often before their senior year. Gifts to this fund help to support summer research fellowships, equipment costs, and conference travel for our undergraduate students.

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Physics Graduate Research

Graduate degrees in physics are all about research. Generous gifts to this fund have helped the department maintain a high level of excellence and productivity in graduate research by supporting continuous summer support, equipment costs, and conference travel for our graduate students.

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John Miles Physics End Fellowship

This fellowship, established through a charitable remainder trust from the estate of John A. Miles (BS 1935), who passed away in 1986, helps the department to recruit exceptional new graduate students to our program by providing an enhanced stipend to successful applicants.

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Ian Shepherd Endowed Award

Established in 1978 in memory of Dr. Ian W. Shepherd, former Michigan Tech physics department chair, this award is presented to a physics senior or graduate student judged to be the most promising by a three-person committee appointed by the head of the physics department.

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What a Gift Could Accomplish

Henes Gift Support Lab Updates

The Department of Physics is grateful to Richard and Elizabeth Henes for their generous gift supporting infrastructural improvements to research labs during the summer of 2012. Facility updates made possible through this gift included optimizing safety features, replacing the metal cabinetry and countertops in select labs, and implementing state-of-the-art research equipment, such as the specialized Martin Expert system developed in-house for astrophysics research.