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Physics (from Greek: φύσις physis "nature") is a natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through spacetime, along with related concepts such as energy and force. More broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves.

Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines, perhaps the oldest through its inclusion of astronomy. Over the last two millennia, physics was a part of natural philosophy along with chemistry, certain branches of mathematics, and biology, but during the Scientific Revolution in the 16th century, the natural sciences emerged as unique research programs in their own right. Certain research areas are interdisciplinary, such as biophysics and quantum chemistry, which means that the boundaries of physics are not rigidly defined. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries physicalism emerged as a major unifying feature of the philosophy of science as physics provided fundamental explanations for observed natural phenomenon. New ideas in physics often explain the fundamental mechanisms of other sciences, while opening new avenues of research in areas such as mathematics and philosophy.

Physics also makes significant contributions through advances in new technologies that arise from theoretical breakthroughs. For example, advances in the understanding of electromagnetism or nuclear physics led directly to the development of new products which have dramatically transformed modern-day society, such as television, computers, domestic appliances, and nuclear weapons; advances in thermodynamics led to the development of industrialization; and, advances in mechanics inspired the development of calculus.

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University of California-Berkeley
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Harvard University
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University of Maryland-College Park
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Purdue University-Main Campus
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Physics Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Monsanto STEM Fellowship Up to $50,000 May 01, 2017
AMS Graduate Fellowship $25,000 January 13, 2017
Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship Up to $25,000 May 01, 2017
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship $24,000 January 10, 2017
ASDSO Scholarship Up to $10,000 March 31, 2017
FIRST Scholarship - University of Advancing Technology $10,000 May 24, 2017
NACE Foundation Academic Scholarship $5,000 January 01, 2017
Len Assante Scholarship Up to $5,000 January 15, 2017
ASME Nuclear Engineering Division (NED) Scholarship $5,000 March 01, 2017
FIRST Scholarship - University of Massachusetts Amherst/PTC $5,000 March 15, 2017