Help Build The Future In Physics
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 students and faculty.
Whether big or small, we thank you for your gifts. You help transform students’ lives, attract world-class faculty members, and foster an exceptional educational experience. The Department requires smart classrooms and teaching space to recruit and retain world-class faculty, and areas for teams of multidisciplinary students to collaborate, receive tutoring, and seek academic support.
Donor- and state-matching opportunities are available. Contact Jacek Borysow to explore ways your support can multiply—ensuring your gift has maximum impact.
What Your Gift Could Accomplish
C. John ’64 and Kathryn O. Umbarger created the C. John and Kathryn Umbarger Physics Fund at Michigan Technological University. The annual fund provides financial support to Michigan Tech’s Department of Physics for undergraduate and graduate student projects and research.
Thanks to the generosity of the Umbargers students can apply their learning in the lab, practice skills and acquire knowledge that will help them on their future journey and career. For instance, the fund enables projects like Breanna Patz’s “Ultralight Sunflower Starshade Structural Design – NASA challenge” under the guidance of faculty advisor Dr. Jacek Borysow.
- Breanna developed a sunshade to help those using ground-based telescopes to get an unobstructed view of exoplanets by blocking out the light of stars.
- Observers can better see light reflected by planets to discern features like oceans, land masses, and atmosphere.
- Breanna can apply skills learned doing research like communication, critical thinking, information literacy, and problem-solving to a future career.
There are a variety of needs in the department. Choose from the following and make your gift today.
The Physics Fund was established in 1967. Alumni and friends aare encouraged to support this critical fund. The Physics Fund 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.
Undergraduate research is a pillar of our undergraduate physics programs. Our students 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.
Generous gifts to this fund have helped us 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.
Supporting and recognizing faculty members and senior leaders is a priority. These investments help propel cutting-edge research and provide faculty members with the flexibility to pursue new ideas.
Created in honor of Professor Emeritus Donald Beck, the Beck Fellowship supports exceptional students performing high-impact research. A fellow of the American Physical Society and MTU research awardee, Beck received continuous NSF funding for over 30 years. Gifts to the Beck Fellowship continue his legacy of excellence in research.
Established in 1973 by Marc’s parents, Frank and Winifred Blackford, the Marc R. Blackford Endowed Scholarship was created in memory of their son who was killed by a drunk driver in a 1973 car accident in Houghton. At the time of his death, Marc was a junior at Michigan Tech, majoring in physics. Consider supporting this scholarship.
- 2018 - 19: Alyn Leversee
- 2017 - 18: Kaelan Anderson, Benjamin Manning
- 2016 - 17: Benjamin Manning
- 2015 - 16: Kevin Rocheleau
- 2014 - 15: Kevin Rocheleau
- 2013 - 14: David Furlich
- 2012 - 13: Emily Makoutz
The Glenn Hugh-Helen McNair Parker Endowed Scholarship was established by Glenn '24 in 1989 to recognize students majoring in math, physics, geology, and economics.
The Fay L Partlo Endowed Scholarship was established by Mr. Partlo '23 '26 in 1987 to support junior students majoring in physics or engineering.