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Scholarship Application Open Until March 8 for Black Undergraduates Pursuing Physics, Astronomy

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Scholarship Application Open Until March 8


TEAM-UP Together to award scholarships of $10,000 per academic year to Black students to ease the financial burdens that may prevent them from completing their undergraduate degree in physics or astronomy.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2024 – TEAM-UP Together is accepting scholarship applications for the 2024-2025 school year. Applications opened in November 2023 and will close March 8, 2024.

The scholarship program is one of a set of strategies being deployed by the TEAM-UP Together initiative as it pursues the bold goal of doubling the number of African Americans earning bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy by 2030. The awards of $10,000 per academic year are typically used for tuition, fees, or supplies.

TEAM-UP Together is an AIP Member Society collective action initiative led by the American Association of Physics Teachers, American Astronomical Society, American Institute of Physics, American Physical Society, and Society of Physics Students.

Since its inception in June 2022, the TEAM-UP Together Scholarship Program has awarded 93 scholarships. The applications received by March 8, 2024, will culminate in the third cohort of scholars, which will be announced in the summer of 2024.

The application process is now open to African American / Black undergraduates majoring in physics or astronomy at accredited U.S. colleges or universities. Students who are second-semester freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and nongraduating seniors are eligible to apply for funding. All eligible students can and should reapply each year for additional years of funding.

The online application requires written statements, a transcript, a certification of good academic standing from the student’s academic department, and one letter of recommendation. Students with any questions about the application can contact for direct support.

The selection committee will consider applicants’ potential, intention, and commitment to continued academic development toward a bachelor’s degree in physics or astronomy and their level of financial need.

These awards are part of the multimillion-dollar TEAM-UP Together program that provides direct funding and support to African American undergraduate students majoring in physics or astronomy and to physics and astronomy higher education departments for efforts that align with the TEAM-UP Together mission.

TEAM-UP Together’s multifaceted approach will engage a variety of stakeholders within the scientific ecosystem, including students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, funding organizations, policy leaders, and more, to effect systemic change and double the number of Black students earning bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy.

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About TEAM-UP Together
TEAM-UP Together is a collective action initiative led by the American Association of Physics Teachers, American Astronomical Society, American Institute of Physics, American Physical Society, and Society of Physics Students to support the scientific community to take the next bold step in doubling the number of African American students earning physics and astronomy bachelor’s degrees annually by 2030. To learn more, check out TEAM-UP Together is aligned with a number of changemaking initiatives being undertaken by these partners and other AIP Member Societies and AIP Affiliates to address underrepresentation and inequity in the physical sciences.

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