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Scholarships, Awards & Financial Aid
Isao Asano Undergraduate Scholarship in Physics
Two scholarships, valued at a minimum of $1,000, will be granted annually in any term to outstanding undergraduate students who fulfill the following criteria: are enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Science; have declared major in physics; and, are in excellent academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.50.
Patrick McTaggart-Cowan Award in Physical Science
Awarded to a student who is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Science with a minimum cGPA of 3.50. A letter demonstrating interest or aptitude in a field of physical science in one of these areas is required: astronomy; atmospheric science, biochemistry, chemistry, earth science, mathematics, oceanic science, physics or statistics.
Evelyn and Leigh Palmer Scholarship Endowment Fund
Awarded to undergraduate students in a major or honors program in the physical sciences (physics, applied physics, mathematical physics, chemical physics, chemistry, molecular biology and biochemistry, or physics and physiology). Applicants should have completed at least 60 SFU units toward the requirements for a degree and have completed at least 30 units in two of the last three terms in which they were enrolled.
John F. Cochran Award
Awarded to a student who has completed two years of an honours physics degree at SFU. The student should have completed at least 60 SFU units towards the requirement for the honours physics degree and have completed at least 30 units in two of the last three terms in which he or she was enrolled at SFU. The Award shall be made to a student who has shown achievement and promise in both experiment and theory through the first two years of study in any physics honours program.
Rudi Haering Award in Physics
Awarded to an outstanding physics or chemical physics undergraduate who
has completed six terms of study or the equivalent credit units.
Physics Charter Faculty Endowment Fund
Awarded to a top graduating student in any major or honors physics program on the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of Physics. The endowment was established in recognition of physics charter faculty: John F. Cochran, Konrad Colbow, Richard H. Enns, Robert F. Frindt, Rudi R. Haering, David J. Huntley, J.C. Irwin, Klaus E. Rieckhoff and K.S. Viswanathan.
Grant Sheffer Undergraduate Student Research Award in Physics
Awarded to outstanding full-time SFU undergraduate students majoring in Physics who have completed their first year of undergraduate studies. This research award is intended to support SFU Physics Undergraduate Students carrying out research projects under the supervison of a faculty member in the Department of Physics.
The endowment was established in 2017 by the Sheffer family in memory of Grant Sheffer (1952-2016), an SFU graduate (awarded his BSc in 1976), and a former employee of the Department of Physics and TRIUMF.
Ralph Kerr Memorial Bursary
Awarded to students who are in their third or fourth year of studies in the physics or engineering programs. This bursary fund has been established in memory of Ralph Kerr, a charter member of Simon Fraser University and a former employee of the Department of Physics.
Scott Wilson Memorial Endowment Fund/Bursary
Awarded to an undergraduate student(s) enrolled full time in a physics
program in good academic standing on the basis of demonstrated financial
need. Preference will be given to students who are returning to
university after a break in their studies, lasting at least one year or
Awarded to graduate students in physics or for majors or honors
undergraduate students in physics, mathematical physics, chemical
physics, biophysics or other joint programs with physics. These
bursaries are subject to demonstrated financial need and good academic
We have a page with information on our scholarship and award winners.
Further details on these awards can be found on the student services web page.