Fellowships-Dept of Physics - Carnegie Mellon University

Graduate Fellowships

A number of fellowships and awards are available to graduate students at various stages of their careers. Most of these fellowships require the nomination of a faculty or the department. If interested, please inquire with the Head of the Graduate Program in Physics about more information.

Fast-Track First-Year Research Fellowships

The Clifford G. Shull Research Fellowship, the John and Marilyn Hall Research Fellowship and the John Peoples' Jr. Research Fellowship are awarded to incoming graduate students.  These one-year research fellowships provide a stipend and additional $1,000 for education-related expenses.   They are intended to free the recipients from teaching duties in their first year and allow them to spend more time pursuing their research interests.

Clifford Shull

Clifford Shull
Clifford G. Shull
Clifford Shull, received his Bachelor of Science from our department in 1937. He was awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the development of the neutron diffraction technique.”  In his autobiography, available at http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1994/shull-autobio.html, Dr. Shull reflects on his time spent at Carnegie Mellon (then Carnegie Tech). “Once there,” he writes, “my interest in physics as a major subject sharpened quickly, helped along no doubt by the brilliant lectures in my freshman physics course given by Harry Hower, the chairman of the Physics Department.” Dr. Shull goes on to write, “The four years spent there were entirely pleasurable ones, in spite of the time-consuming commute and I enjoyed the association with my fellow students and professors in the department.”

Dr. Shull received his Ph.D. from NYU and worked at a research company before joining what is now Oak Ridge National Laboratories where he worked on neutron diffraction. He joined the faculty of MIT in 1955.  Dr. Shull's scientific papers are archived at Carnegie Mellon.


John and Marilyn Hall

Jan Hall
Jan Hall

John "Jan" Hall received his Bachelor of Science (1956), masters (1958) and doctorate (1961) in our department, and was one of the three recipients of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics. Dr. Hall was recognized for his "contributions to the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy, including the optical frequency comb technique." In 2006 he received an honorary degree from Carnegie Mellon. Hall began his career at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow in 1961. He joined the NIST staff as a physicist in 1962, and was named a senior scientist in 1971. Hall has been affiliated with the University of Colorado-Boulder physics department since 1966, retired from NIST in 2004 and currently is a senior research associate at JILA. Dr. John Hall's autobiography is available at http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2005/hall-bio.html.

Marilyn "Lindy" Hall received a degree in science from the Margaret Morrison Carnegie College at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1957, and in 1959 received a master's degree in library science from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. She was a junior high educator in Boulder, CO for 25 years working with 7th graders in the language arts and also designed and operated a high tech media center. In her teaching career she strove to pass along the "Carnegie Way" that changed and influenced her and her husband's lives at crucial and formative times. She strongly believes that problem solving the "Carnegie Way" is a powerful tool with many uses. It also shows that a humanist can be married to a scientist in peaceful and productive co-existence.

Career-Support Fellowships

Bruce McWilliams
Dean Fred Gilman, fellowship recipient
Sandeep Gaan, and Dr. Bruce McWilliams

The Astrid and Bruce McWilliams Graduate Fellowship is awarded yearly to one or more graduate students in the Mellon College of Science who are conducting leading-edge research in the emerging fields of nanotechnology, biophysics, or cosmology. It provides full tuition and stipend support as well as an additional $1,000 for education-related expenses.

Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Bruce McWilliams and his wife, Astrid McWilliams, established in 2007 an endowed fund for this fellowship in the Mellon College of Science. McWilliams earned his bachelor's, master's and doctor's degrees in physics at Carnegie Mellon and serves on the CMU Board of Trustees. He has served as chief executive officer, president and a chairman of the board of directors of Tessera Technologies. When presenting this award, Dr. McWilliams said, "Carnegie Mellon is one of the nation's top-ranked universities. As a student there, I received a scholarship that enabled me to pursue my scientific studies. Through this fellowship, Astrid and I hope to give back to the Mellon College of Science and its brightest minds as they make their mark on science and industry."

Other short-term fellowships and awards are available to our graduate students. Some provide travel funds and others can be used, for example, to allow a student to participate in the early stages of a new research direction before grant funding has been obtained. These fellowships include

  • the William T. Oosterhuis Fellowship,
  • the John G. Fox Fellowship,
  • the Sergio DeBenedetti Research Fellowship ,
  • the T. Parkinson Award,
  • the Arnys Clifton Lilly Jr. Fellowship,
  • the George E. and Majorie S. Pake Fellowship,
  • the John Peoples Jr. Fellowship,
  • the Joseph A. Kane Fellowship.
  • the Dr. Thane Smith Fellowship,
  • and the J. Michael McQuade Nanophysics and Energy Fellowship.

Graduate Student Outstanding Teaching and Research Awards

The Guy C. Berry Graduate Research Award, established in 2005, recognizes excellence in research by MCS graduate students. All graduate students in the Mellon College of Science are eligible for nomination through their department. Guy C. Berry, University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, is an internationally recognized leader in rheology and light scattering of polymers. His work has elucidated important issues in the conformation and dynamics of macromolecules, particularly interactions in dilute and moderately concentrated solutions of flexible, semiflexible and/or rodlike polymers. Berry became a Senior Fellow of the Mellon Institute in 1965, and a member of the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University in 1966. He became a Professor in 1973, and has served as Head of the Department of Chemistry as well as Acting Dean of the Mellon College of Science of Carnegie Mellon.

The Hugh D. Young Graduate Student Teaching Award is given to encourage and recognize effective teaching by graduate students. This award was established in 1995. Professor Hugh D. Young received his B.S. in Physics in 1952, his M.S. in Physics in 1953, Ph.D. in Physics in 1959 all at Carnegie Mellon (then at Carnegie Tech). He was an Assistant Professor of Physics from 1959-1965, and then served as the Head of the Department of Natural Sciences from 1962-1967. He was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California at Berkeley from 1967-68 (and again in 1974). He returned to Carnegie Mellon in 1967, and was made a Full Professor in 1977. For forty years, Hugh Young has devoted his career to teaching Carnegie Tech and Carnegie Mellon students. Generations of students remember his teaching and his personal interest. His efforts have spread the name of Carnegie Mellon around the world, not just from texts he has written but in the fond recollections of alumni.

Graduate Award and Fellowship Recipients

The Hugh Young Graduate Teaching Award

- 1995: Elaine Brunsman Kirkpatrick (Physics)
- 1996: Joanne Kehlbeck (Chemistry)
- 1996: Oliver Lessmann (Mathematical Sciences)
- 1997: Gregory Martin (Chemistry)
- 1997: Stephen Watson (Mathematical Sciences)
- 1998: Shubho Banerjee (Physics)
- 1998: Leonard Vuocolo (Chemistry)
- 1999: Brian Diggs (Physics)
- 2000: Nadine Fattaleh-Diggs (Chemistry)
- 2001: Andrew Harey (Physics)
- 2002: Aris Winger (Mathematical Sciences)
- 2003: Ksenija Simic (Mathematical Sciences)
- 2004: Daniel Hennessy (Physics)
- 2005: Kelley W. Burgin (Mathematical Sciences)
- 2006: Michael Picollelli (Mathematical Sciences)
- 2006: Delia-Laura Popescu (Chemistry)
- 2007: Andrea Benvin (Chemistry)
- 2007: Matthew Szudzik (Mathematical Sciences)
- 2008: Robert Aguirre (Mathematical Sciences)
- 2009: Benjamin Beppler (Physics)
- 2010: Samual Rauhala (Physics)
- 2011: Michael Klipper (Mathematical Sciences)
- 2012: Brian Kell (Mathematical Sciences)

The Guy C. Berry Graduate Research Award

- 2005: Sebastian Stoian (Chemistry)
- 2006: Mike Williams (Physics)
- 2007: Rafael Porto (Physics)
- 2008: Haifeng Gao (Chemistry)
- 2009: Tristan Bereau (Physics)
- 2010: Sonal Shruti (Biology)
- 2011: Huifeng Qian (Chemistry)
- 2012: Duff Neill (Physics)

The Astrid and Bruce McWilliams Graduate Fellowship

- 2007: Sandeep Gaan (Physics), Andrea Benvin (Chemistry), Haifeng Gao (Chemistry)
- 2008: Kevin Bandura (Physics), Wei He (Chemistry)
- 2009: Chip Hogg (Physics), Renaud Nicolaÿ (Chemistry)
- 2010: Tristan Bereau (Physics), Rupal Gupta (Chemistry)
- 2011: Colin DeGraf (Physics), Wenwen Li (Chemistry)
- 2012: Udom Sae-Ueng (Physics), Mingjiang Zhong (Chemistry)

The Clifford G. Shull Research Fellowship

- 2009: William Levine
- 2010: Patrick Diggins
- 2011: Sergio de la Barrera

The John and Marilyn Hall Research Fellowship

- 2009: Robert Haussman
- 2010: Daniel Stahlke
- 2012: Krista Freeman

The John Peoples' Jr. Research Fellowship

- 2010: Katherine Robbins
- 2011: Katherine Robbins

The DeBenedetti Research Fellowship

- 2008: Jimmy Hutasoit
- 2011: Chien-Yi Chen
- 2012: Nora Swisher

The Fox Fellowship

- 2004: Karen Canne, Diana Seymour
- 2005: Diana Parno
- 2006: Eric Evarts
- 2007: Jonathan Lind, Daniel Trembley
- 2008: Muwen Kong, Anjali Manivannan
- 2009: Robert Haussman
- 2011: Sergio de la Barrera, Paul La Plante, David Menasche

The Arnys Clinton Lilly Jr. Fellowship

- 2005: Ryan Carroll
- 2006: Siddarth Shenoy
- 2007: Megan Friend
- 2010: Qi Fu
- 2012: Haw Zan Goh, Arun Kannawadi, Tyler Mullins

The George E. and Majorie S. Pake Fellowship

- 2005: Panchapakesan Ganesh
- 2006: Shiang-Yong Looi
- 2007: Alexander Fore
- 2010: William Huhn, Gian Peralta Briceno, Udom Sae-Ueng
- 2011: Chien-Yi Chen, Gian Peralta Briceno
- 2012: Katherine Robbins

The Joseph A. Kane Fellowship

- 2005: Elisa Pueschel
- 2006: Panchapakesan Ganesh
- 2010: Luxmi, Tabitha Voytek
- 2011: Marilia Cabral do Rego Barros, Qi Fu
- 2012: Rulin Chen

The Dr. Thane Smith Fellowship

- 2012: Arun Kannawadi, Chang-You Lin, Tyler Mullins, Katherine Robbins, Nikhil Sivadas

The J. Michael McQuade Nanophysics and Energy Fellowship

- 2012: Sergio de la Barrera