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Student Enrichment Fund

The Student Assistance and Enrichment Fund was established in 2013 through the generosity of physics alumna Betty J. Stillmaker Chinn and Richard A. Chinn to support physics students with grants for educational opportunities that enhance the students’ learning experience at and beyond Lewis & Clark.

Selection of recipients is based on the following criteria: (1) declared physics major and/or (2) enrollment in the 3-2 or 4-2 engineering program.  Priority will be given to students who would otherwise be unable to afford to participate in these physics-related endeavors.

Grant Opportunities

  • Conferences and workshops—to support travel and registration fees associated with conferences and workshops.
  • Examination fees—to assist with fees associated with examinations related to furthering a student’s career in Physics, which may include the Graduate Record Examination (both the general and the physics GRE).
  • Graduate school—to assist with fees and travel expenses associated with applying to graduate school.
  • Advanced or independent research projects—to purchase materials for advanced or independent physics research projects.
  • Entrepreneurial physics projects—to support entrepreneurial projects or ventures undertaken through the Entrepreneurship program.

Number and Size of the Awards
The number of grants awarded to students annually depends upon the number of students who apply for funding and the amount of funds available. In determining the amount of the award to each recipient, discretion will be given to the committee of faculty from the Department of Physics in measuring the need of the applicants.

Application Process
Download the application form here.  Requests are considered as they are received.  Students may apply more than once.