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Physics scholarships awarded

Scholarships were recently awarded at the Department of Physics & Astronomy banquet. The following list includes this year's recipients as well as the last couple years. Congratulations to all the students for their hard work and dedication to their studies and future pursuits in physics.

Roxanne Accola Memorial Scholarship

Claire Arneson 2015 - 2016

Caleb Nunn 2016 - 2017

Allie Knuth 2017 - 2018

Ruth Woehlke 2018 -2019

Samantha Maurer 2019 - 2020

Cadie Ash 2020 - 2021

This scholarship will be awarded to a freshman, sophomore, or junior student to help them grow into a leader and give back to the university community.

The highest priority will be given to students involved in STEM with a preference for those in physics or the physical sciences, who has shown a social consciousness supporting equity and inclusivity in science. Additionally, the successful candidate will be a high achieving student with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Recipient must show leadership potential supporting diversity activities, demonstrate compassion for others and exhibit a love for learning


W. Parker Clark Scholarship - $500 

Grant Keane 2016 - 2017

Matthew Lehnen 2017 - 2018

Whitney Mottishaw 2018 - 2019

Jack Flatten 2019 -2020

Kyle Anderson 2020 - 2021

Awarded to an outstanding physics major based on academic excellence and potential for future scientific and/or professional contributions to the field.

Established by the family of W. Parker Clark, former Chair of the Physics & Astronomy Department, in honor of his contributions to the Physics & Astronomy Department.


Karlgaard Physics Scholarship - $4500

Claire Arneson 2016 - 2017

Michael McDonnell 2016 - 2017

Matthew Lehnen 2017 - 2018

Michael Lund 2017 - 2018

Whitney Mottishaw 2017 - 2018

Rebecca Tollakson 2017 - 2018

Whitney Mottishaw 2018 - 2019

Colleen Olson 2018 - 2019

Casey Sroda 2018 - 2019

Rebecca Tollakson 2018 - 2019

Zoe Xiao Sun Bellis 2019 - 2020

Jack Flatten 2019 – 2020

Joe Jasper 2019 - 2020

Elijah Raflik 2019 - 2020

Jack Flatten 2020 - 2021

Cameron Johnson 2020 - 2021

Eden Thompson 2020 - 2021

Huston Wilhite 2020 - 2021

This scholarship is awarded to outstanding junior or senior physics majors who are concentrating on applied physics, especially those with a computational science minor and who are participating in student-faculty collaborative research with a Physics & Astronomy Department faculty member. 

David and Marilyn Karlgaard have fond memories of UWEC because they met here. David Karlgaard, a Rice Lake native, graduated from UWEC in 1967 with degrees in math and physics.  He was co-founder, CEO and president of PEC Solutions, Inc., an internet technology-consulting firm headquartered in Fairfax, VA, which was acquired by Nortel Networks in 2005.  Marilyn, a Viroqua native, attended UWEC from 1965-1968.  She is a retired human resource manager.


Dr. Gabriel Kojoian Memorial Scholarship - $1000

Luogen Xu 2016 - 2017

Max Bossert 2017 -2018

Cameron Severin 2018 - 2019

Jack Flatten 2019 - 2020

Scott Lawton 2020 - 2021

Awarded to a student majoring in the Physics and Astronomy Department who shows great promise for a successful career in research or teaching (where preference is given to a student who is preparing to attend graduate school).

This scholarship was established to honor Dr. Gabriel Kojoian, a long-time Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UWEC.  The first son of Armenian immigrants,Gabe received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was widely recognized for his research in the fields of particle physics and radio astronomy.  Gabe joined the UWEC faculty in 1976.  In addition to teaching physics, astrophysics and astronomy courses at UW- Eau Claire for over two decades, he mentored and wrote papers with UW-Eau Claire students on research projects in astronomy and astrophysics.  Gabe was a devoted friend and mentor, and the opportunities that he provided to students will be long remembered.  This scholarship was established by UW-Eau Claire alumnus Doug Pearson in Gabe's memory on his passing in 1998.


Jacob Clarkson Memorial Scholarship - $500

Nathan Baughman 2016 - 2017

Whitney Mottishaw 2017 - 2018

Skyler Hanson2018 - 2019

Alexander Bordgard 2019 - 2020

William Slinkman 2020 - 2021

Awarded to an outstanding junior or senior UW-Eau Claire student majoring in physics with a record of academic achievement and a deep passion for the study of physics.  Award recipients are also evaluated based on their breadth of interests outside of physics, their leadership skills, their commitment to fellow students, and their intention to pursue graduate study in physics.

Established in memory of Jacob Clarkson, a UW-Eau Claire physics major with a gift for and love of science, whose life ended prematurely in October 2012.


Physics & Astronomy Opportunity Fund Award - $550

Brendan Kwick 2016 - 2017

Michael McDonnell 2016 - 2017

Michael Lund 2017 - 2018

Patrick McCaughin 2018 - 2019

Ruth Woehlke 2018 - 2019

Jack Flatten 2019 - 2020

Jack Flatten 2019 - 2021

Eden Thompson 2020 - 2021

Awarded to an outstanding student in the Physics & Astronomy Department who demonstrates academic excellence and aptitude for scientific research.  This award will enhance his or her ability to further physics/astronomy knowledge and understanding through a creative research project.

This scholarship was established by a UWEC alum who currently owns his own business in Eau Claire.  He enjoyed his physics and philosophy courses so much while he attended UWEC that he wanted to encourage current students to spend more time working on creative research projects and furthering their knowledge and understanding of the subjects.


Physics Beyond the Classroom Scholarship - $500

Connor Feltman 2016 - 2017

Marissa Zaleski 2017 - 2018

Zoe Bellis 2018 - 2019

Dominic Lehner 2019 - 2020

Mackenzie Lenz 2020 - 2021

Awarded to an outstanding student in the Physics & Astronomy Department who demonstrates excellence outside the classroom, as well as within the classroom.  These extracurricular activities could include participation in a study abroad program, leadership experiences enhancing the social atmosphere of the Department and Seminar Room,and/or the potential for future contributions to a scientific field.

Established by Ben Sykora, a grateful 2006 UW-Eau Claire Physics & Astronomy graduate,along with a generous contribution from Trane/Ingersoll Rand Corporation.


John T. Carroll Scholarship - $1600

Abigail Schwichtenberg 2016 - 2017

Nicholas Reid 2017 - 2018

Colleen Olson 2018 - 2019

Yudai Fukae 2019 - 2020

Cameron Johnson 2020 - 2021

Awarded to the most outstanding physics or pre-engineering major based on academic excellence in Physics 231/232 (introductory calculus-based physics).

Established in honor of John T. "Terry" Carroll son of former Northern States Power – Wisconsin President Jack Carroll, for his notable record of achievement in scientific research.  Terry was 45 years old when he died after establishing a notable record of achievement in scientific research.  He earned a bachelor's degree in Madison.  He did postdoctoral work as a programmer at the Stanford Linear Accelerator.  He also worked on a research project at the European organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva.  The results of the CERN project included the discovery of an important new subatomic particle, and the head of the project received the Nobel Prize for Physics for this discovery.  At the time of his death, Terry was employed as an applied scientist at Fermilab in Batavia,Illinois. 


Richard McGregor Memorial Graduate Studies Scholarship - $600

Alexander (AJ) Kukay 2016 - 2017

Michael McDonnel 2017 - 2018

Tanner Olson 2018 - 2019

Ruth Woehlke 2019 - 2020

Zoe Bellis 2020 - 2021

Awarded to the most outstanding senior student in the Physics & Astronomy Department, to assist in the successful transition to the graduate program of his or her choice.

This award was established by Beverly McGregor in honor of her husband. Richard McGregor graduated from UWEC in 1950 with a BS in math.  After serving in the Korean War and earning his MS from Marquette University in 1959, he returned to UWEC as a faculty member in the Physics & Astronomy Department. For the last 20 years of his service to the University he was an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences.


Excellence in Experimental Physics Research Scholarship

Rebecca Tollakson 2016 - 2017

Marissa Zaleski 2017 - 2018

Rebecca Tollakson 2018 - 2019

Elijah Raflik 2019 - 2020

Eden Thompson 2020 - 2021

Awarded to a physics major doing outstanding physics research with a faculty member in the Physics Department, who also has financial need.

This scholarship was established by a UWEC alum who enjoyed doing a wide variety of research projects in the Department while he was a student. He wants to encourage other students to enjoy the challenge and join in the fun!