As you may know, private funding has grown increasingly important at the University of California, Berkeley. Without it, we would be unable to support the research efforts of our faculty, ensure that our students are the best and brightest, and maintain our competitive position alongside other world-class departments.
Support What Matters!
We are most grateful for your donation to the department!
Ways To Donate
In addition to online giving, the Physics Department welcomes wire transfers, electronic funds transfers for planned giving, in-kind gifts, pledges, matching gifts, securities and memorial and honorary gifts. UC Berkeley Employees can even elect to contribute payroll deductions.
For guidance of all kinds on donating to Physics, please contact:
Director, Development and Communications
University of California, Berkeley
374 LeConte Hall, MC 7300
Berkeley, CA 94720
Fax: (510) 643-8497
The Charles H. Townes Graduate Fellowship
Memorial gifts for Nobel Laureate and Professor Emeritus Charles Hard Townes may be directed to this fund. The Charles H. Townes Graduate Fellowship fund is an endowment, the payout of which will support high-achieving graduate students in the Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Recipients shall be full-time graduate students who demonstrate high academic distinction. Prospective recipients will be identified, screened, and selected by the Chair of the Department of Physics or his/her designated representative.
Friends of Physics
Many donors give gifts that go directly to the department’s operating budget to fund our most crucial programs as well as meet emerging and pressing challenges. Friends of Physics is a discretionary fund that gives the Chair of the Department much-needed flexibility in funding graduate student recruitment, the Society of Physics Students and the Society of Women in the Physical Sciences, parts of the faculty recruitment process, research travel for grad students, and many other initiatives that make our program competitive and rewarding.
The Donald A. Glaser Advanced Lab
Physics alumni remember the Physics 111 Advanced Lab as the place where they learned to apply physics theory to the real world and picked up practical skills that prepared them for jobs in industry or research. The goals of this “capstone” course have not changed, but its laboratory instruments and technology are always evolving. Recently, the lab was renovated and christened in honor of Donald A. Glaser - Berkeley physicist, Nobel Laureate, and ultimate experimentalist. Keeping the Glaser Advanced Lab on the technological cutting-edge, sometimes adding new experiments and always maintaining existing equipment, is a financial challenge and a high priority.
Scholarships and Fellowships
Scholarships and fellowships provide support for new generations of students, and help keep pace with rising tuition costs. They are a key competitive tool in attracting the best and brightest students to Physics at Berkeley. Scholarships and fellowships may be endowed or supported on an annual basis. A full year’s fellowship costs approximately $35,000 for a California resident and close to $45,000 for a non-resident.
Recently created fellowships include the the Stuart J. Freedman Fellowship, the Charles H. Townes Fellowship, the Benjamin Lee and Julius Wess Fellowship, and the Leo Falicov Fellowship, as well as the Graduate Student Support Fund and the Undergraduate Student Support Fund.