The Strayer-Rairden Scholarship in Physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy awards one $1000 grant each year, renewable for up to three (3) successive years following the initial award, to an entering freshman from the state of Iowa. This person is selected by the Department of Physics and Astronomy as the state's best qualified applicant who matriculates at the University of Iowa and has declared physics or astronomy as their major. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, not financial need.

As long as a scholarship winner maintains a 3.2 grade point average, and remains in the declared major specified above, the scholarship may be renewed for a total of four years or the completion of a baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first.

To request a copy of the application, please contact Heather R. Mineart at 319-335-1688 or Please specify if you would like to receive a copy electronically as a Word attachment or if you would prefer us to send you a hard copy. The deadline for applications is January 31.



To be eligible for the Strayer-Rairden Scholarship in Physics, students must:

  • be from the state of Iowa
  • have applied for admission to The University of Iowa and declared physics or astronomy as their major
Application Procedures

Send these application materials to the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

  • the completed application form and the requested separate pages
  • one official high school transcript
  • ACT/SAT scores

Address your material to:

Professor Philip Kaaret, Chair
Department of Physics and Astronomy
203 Van Allen Hall
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1479

Application Deadline

The packet of application materials must be postmarked no later than January 31.

Selection Criteria

A committee from the Department of Physics and Astronomy will review applications. The winner will be selected based on academic promise in physics or astronomy as judged by the department, and the quality of the essay contained in the application materials.

Strayer/Rairden Scholarship Packet