Funding and Awards

Funding and Awards

Professional Development Support

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is dedicated to giving its students the support they need to be successful. In this spirit, the department is providing professional development funding to MSE and NE students who wish to engage in co-curricular activities. Students can request up to $500 in professional development support. Activities may include travel support, conference attendance and training opportunities.

Professional Development Supplement form


Materials Science and Engineering Awards

Scholarship Application form

 

F.N. Rhines and W.R. Tarr Scholarship

Description: Scholarship for undergraduates in Materials Science and Engineering. Recipients must be students who are active in supporting the department and the undergraduate activities of the department.

Eligibilty:

  • Full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing
  • Active in supporting the departments activities

Background: Dr. Walter R. Tarr created this fund in 1986, naming the scholarship, in part, after the department founder Fredrick Nims Rhines, who chaired Dr. Tarr’s doctoral committee. Dr. Tarr received all three of his engineering degrees from UF, completing his Ph.D. in 1973. When asked about establishing the scholarship, Dr. Tarr stated, “I got a great deal out of being here at the department and I wanted to give something back.” Dr. Tarr hoped that the scholarship would encourage students to go into materials engineering. The F.N. Rhines and W.R. Tarr Scholarship Fund was the first scholarship to be given by a graduate of Florida’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Tarr and his wife, Patricia, both live in New Jersey.


Vladimir Grodsky Memorial Fund Scholarship

Description: Scholarship for undergraduates in Materials Science and Engineering.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing
  • Seeking a certificate in metallurgy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Background: May R. Hood established this scholarship as part of her estate in memory of Vladimir A. Grodsky.


Robert David Adamson Scholarship

Description: Scholarship for undergraduates in Materials Science and Engineering.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing

Background: Created by Martha A. Clarke Adamson in memory of her husband, Robert David Adamson, who passed away in 1999. Both Adamson’s are graduates of UF.  Mr. Adamson earned a bachelor’s degree in materials science engineering and Mrs. Adamson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.


Robert E. Reed-Hill Scholarship

Description: Scholarship for undergraduates in Materials Science and Engineering.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing

Background: Dr. Robert E. Reed-Hill retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1959 as a Commander and moved to Gainesville in 1960 where he was very active in the UF community. He was active in research, wrote many publications and worked on various projects in the field of physical metallurgy.  He is co-author of the textbook Physical Metallurgy Principles, which is used around the world.


Jonathan Hack Memorial Scholarship for Materials Science

Description: Scholarship for graduate students in Materials Science and Engineering.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time graduate students in good academic standing

Background: MH2 Technology Law Group LLP (formerly, Min, Hsieh & Hack LLP) established this fund in 2006 in memory of Jonathan A. Hack. He was born March 28, 1965 in Milwaukee, WI. He earned a B.S. in business administration and management in 1988, a B.S. in physics in 1994, a master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2006, all from UF. Jonathan was a registered patent attorney and the founding partner of MH2 Technology Law Group LLP, where he applied his extensive experience in all aspects of patent law. Prior to joining MH2 Technology Law Group LLP, he was an attorney with the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in Washington, DC. Jonathan was also a former patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined patent applications on the fabrication of semiconductor devices and VLSI. Prior to his legal career, Jonathan worked as an applications engineer for Mitsubishi Cable America, Inc., where he counseled and advised on semiconductor, opto-electronics devices, and fiber-optic technologies. He held three U.S. patents for ferromagnetic semiconductors based on his research at UF. In addition, he coauthored three journal articles and gave lectures on nanotechnology, micro electromechanical systems and light-emitting materials. He passed away April 6, 2006 at the age of 41.


Richard G. Connell Scholarship

Description: Scholarship for undergraduates in Materials Science and Engineering.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing

Background: This fund was established by Linda Connell in 2008 in memory of her husband, Dr. Richard G. “Doc” Connell, Jr., to support undergraduate scholarships in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Doc earned his doctorate at UF in Materials Science and Engineering in 1973. He was a faculty member of UF for more than 30 years as a professor of metallurgical engineering. Doc served as Associate Chairman and Associate Professor of the department, an undergraduate academic adviser and a faculty adviser before retiring in 2004. He won numerous awards, including “Teacher of the Year” and “Adviser of the Year.” Doc had a passion for teaching and worked alongside the students throughout his career. He passed away in 2007.


Nuclear Engineering Awards

Scholarship Application form

 

Ohanian Scholarship Fund

Description: Scholarship for undergraduates in Nuclear Engineering.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing
  • Florida resident
  • Junior and senior students seeking a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering

Background:  This fund was established by Sandra Ohanian in 2011.


N.L. Griesheimer Memorial Fund

Description: Scholarship for undergraduates in Nuclear Engineering.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing
  • Junior and senior students seeking a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering

Alan M. Jacobs Memorial Funds

Description: Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students in Nuclear Engineering.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing

James E. Swander Memorial Scholarship Fund

Description: Annual scholarship supporting one or more outstanding graduate students in the Nuclear Engineering program and Engineering Sciences.  Based on leadership, academic excellence, and personal character as exemplified in the life and work of Dr. Swander. 

Eligibility:

  • Full-time graduate students in good academic standing
  • Or, for a student in need of emergency funds

Background:  Dr. James Swander earned his master’s and doctoral degree in nuclear engineering from UF in 1966 and 1974, respectively. He married a fellow student, Dr. Karen Swander, who earned both her master’s degree in 1967 and her doctoral degree in education in 1971 from UF. This scholarship was established by family and friends upon his death on June 6, 1974. 


Roberto Pagano Memorial Scholarship Fund

Description: Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students seeking a degree in Nuclear Engineering.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing
  • Or, for a student in need of emergency funds

Background:  Dr. Pagano came to the U.S. in 1964 after enduring four winters working in London. Because of immigration restrictions, the only way he was able to do this was to apply to graduate school and he found two programs of interest here in warm climates. He chose UF. He had two B.S degrees and a M.S. degree in Physics from the University of Cape Town and he obtained a Master M.E. degree after arriving in Gainesville. For his doctorate, he felt fortunate to be able to work with Dr. John Wethington in the Nuclear Engineering Department who became a life-long friend as well as mentor. He often spoke of the summer they spent together in Texas working with NASA and his love of space adventures, no doubt, was the product of that collaboration.

After graduation from UF in 1970, Dr. Pagano moved to Lynchburg, VA with Babcock and Wilcox, a nuclear corporation. In 1972, he started working for The Mitre Corporation in McLean, VA, however, his goal was always to return to UF. He was able to move his expanding family to Gainesville in 1979 when Dr. Erich Farber hired him as director of a training program in alternative energy technologies for developing countries. His final years at UF involved counseling graduate students and teaching graduate courses. He often remarked that his “Outstanding Teacher Award” presented by Alpha Nu Sigma in 1991 was his most rewarding achievement because it was from the students.


GE Edison Scholarship

Description: Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students seeking a degree in Nuclear Engineering.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing

Background: Support undergraduate and graduate students five years (2015-2020) in the Nuclear Engineering Program.


Additional Awards and Resources

UF Graduate School Funding 

Fellowship and Grant Opportunities for Graduate Students

UF Research External Funding Resources

UF Office for Student Financial Affairs

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Undergraduate Scholarships

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

NASA Fellowship Program

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program

DOD SMART Fellowship Program

National Institute of Health (NIH) Fellowship Program

U.S. DOE Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP)

NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program