The TEAM-UP Together Student Scholarship Program was launched in June 2022 in response to the groundbreaking TEAM-UP Report which concluded that the persistent underrepresentation of African American students in physics and astronomy was due in part to the enormous financial challenges faced by many of these students.
This scholarship program seeks to relieve some of these financial challenges by providing direct funding and support to African American undergraduates earning their bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy and is administered through the Society of Physics Students.
TEAM-UP Together Scholarship Program Highlights
- Applicants must be African American or Black undergraduate students who are majoring or pursuing a major in physics or astronomy in the United States.
- Applicants majoring or pursuing a major in physics or astronomy must be enrolled at an accredited US college or university at time of the award.
- Applicants must demonstrate a financial need impeding progress toward their degree.
- Only undergraduate students who are sophomores or higher are eligible to receive this award. Freshmen may apply for sophomore year funding.
- Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
- Applicants must agree to receive correspondence from the TEAM-UP Together program once awarded, provide updated contact information annually, and respond to surveys of award recipients.
We know that addressing the financial challenges faced by many African American physics and astronomy students is only one aspect of addressing the systemic issues that contribute to their persistent underrepresentation. We are taking a multi-layered approach that engages a variety of stakeholders within the scientific ecosystem, including faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, funding organizations, policy leaders, and more to effect systemic change.
With that strategy in mind, we will soon launch the TEAM-UP Together Departmental Program, which will directly support physics and astronomy departments in developing programs, tools, resources, and more that lead to positive systemic changes and successful outcomes for African American students.
Check back often as we roll out this new, exciting program.