Physical Sciences Scholars Program

The Physical Sciences Scholars Program awards up to $10,000 each year to students from families of low to moderate incomes who are interested in majoring in the physical sciences, including chemistry, geology, environmental geosciences, physics and biophysics.

Recipients will receive notifications along with their admissions decisions.

The award is automatically renewed for second, third and fourth years as long as recipients maintain satisfactory academic progress and meet requirements of the program.

In addition to the scholarship, the program offers exclusive mentorship and networking resources to help students accelerate their transition from Bucknell student to professional scientist.

Physical Sciences Scholars spend their first year on campus in the Discovery Residential College, a themed living-learning community where they'll take part in a common foundation seminar with peers, participate in hands-on activities and visit sites of past scientific breakthroughs together.


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Program Benefits

  • Valuable time to devote to your education through reduced dependence on loans or student employment.
  • Additional funding for a 10-week summer research experience, during which you can live on campus and pursue scholarship alongside a faculty member.
  • Travel funds to present your work at academic and professional conferences.
  • Dedicated and sustained faculty mentorship.
  • Specialized aid from the Career Development Center in identifying and pursuing internship, externship and career placement opportunities.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Professor Karen Castle, associate dean of faculty, division of natural sciences & mathematics, at 570-577-3293 or