Professor Walter G. Mayer Endowed Scholarship Fund


This merit-based scholarship supports graduate students pursuing doctorates in Experimental Physics. This scholarship fund has been endowed through the generous support of Dr. David Auth (G'69), a former graduate student of the late Professor Walter Mayer. Walter was a well-loved and respected member of the department from 1965 to 2011 who directed a highly successful research program in acoustics and served as an outstanding teacher and research mentor to many graduate and undergraduate students in the department. Dr. Auth was one of Prof. Mayer’s first graduate students, and went on to a highly successful career as an academic researcher, entrepreneur and business leader.


To be eligible for nomination, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and be pursuing a Ph.D. in experimental physics.

Application Process

Candidates will be nominated by ordinary faculty in the Physics department. The submission deadline is June 1st for the following academic year.

A complete application will consist of:

  1. Research statement with references to anticipated achievements over the next academic year (maximum two pages with references) and CV prepared by the candidate. If the candidate is a prior awardee, the statement should contain a description of prior results during the funded period.
  2. Letter of support from the candidate’s advisor.
  3. Copy of the candidate’s transcript, prepared by the Graduate Program Coordinator.

The applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee and an awardee chosen by majority vote of the committee. All faculty in the department of Physics will be invited to attend the committee meeting at which the candidates are discussed and will be able to provide input on the selection. Committee members who are advisors of applicants will recuse themselves from the voting. In the event that the committee cannot reach a decision the vote shall automatically go to the full faculty at the next scheduled faculty meeting.

Note: Renewals for multiple years will be subject to a higher level of scrutiny in regards to the results of previous years of support.

The fellowship covers the student stipend during the academic year. Tuition, travel costs, research supplies, etc. need to be covered by other resources.