Rachel Schafer
Director of Development and Communications
Mathematical & Physical Sciences
UC Berkeley

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UC Berkeley Gift Services
1995 University Ave., Suite 400
Berkeley, CA 94704-1070

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Support What Matters

Berkeley Physics is home to world-renowned scientists and researchers and is regarded as one of the top Physics departments in the world. Our talented faculty and students are engaged in research, innovation, and instruction at the forefront of many fields including astrophysics, biophysics, particle physics, theoretical physics, experimental physics, quantum physics, and condensed matter physics. Your support will allow us 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.

Featured Giving Areas

Friends of the Department of Physics (FOP)

Your gift to this fund provides unrestricted support to the department, allowing us to relieve the areas of greatest need for our students and researchers. Help us continue our tradition of excellence and enhance the collegial life of the department for all of its members. 

Physics Innovators Initiative (Pi2)

The Physics Innovators Initiative (Pi2) will enhance student learning opportunities by transforming the Physics 7 introductory curriculum and its student labs, and updating the student machine shop and building new maker space. Read more about Pi2 here.

The Physics Equity and Inclusion Programs and Initiatives Fund

Your gift supports our department's diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts. These efforts include, but are not limited to, expanding undergraduate research and professional development opportunities for underrepresented students, expansion of our student orientation programs, and colloquia demystifying the career paths of physicists.

Physics Graduate Student Equity & Inclusion Fund

Your gift supports our department's diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts. These efforts include expanding graduate research and professional development opportunities for underrepresented students and providing stipend support to high-achieving students committed to promoting these efforts in the physics field.

The P. Buford Price Endowment Fund in Physics

This fund is in honor of P. Buford Price, pioneering physicist and professor at Berkeley. It provides unrestricted support to our department's most critical needs. Read more about P. Buford Price here.

George Trilling Endowment Fund in Physics

Help the Department of Physics address its most pressing needs with a gift to this memorial endowment fund. Your gift will help us focus on our most critical needs while honoring a truly influential and brilliant physics leader. Read more about George Trilling here.

The Donald A. Glaser Physics 111 Lab

This upper division Lab is the place where students learned to apply physics theory to the real world and picked up practical skills that prepared them for future careers. Support and keep the Glaser 111 Advanced Lab on the technological cutting-edge. Your donation will allow us to add new experiments and maintain its existing equipment.

Please contact Rachel Schafer (info at left) to give to this fund.

Research Centers

Scientists working on equipment

Berkeley Physics is home to 4 research centers which are taking a modern approach to answering some of the most pressing questions in science. The Center for Quantum Coherent Science (CQCS), the Berkeley Center For Theoretical Physics (BCTP), the Berkeley Experimental Particle Physics Center (BEPP) and the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP). Your support will help teams of leading physicists, promising new researchers, and the world's brightest graduate and undergraduate students pursue lines of investigation with fresh perspectives.

Read more about these important research centers and support the center of your choice.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Student explaining to another student

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 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.

Read more and support the Scholarship or Fellowship of your choice.