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Gifts to the UCF Foundation provide critical support for students, faculty, programs and facilities. Gifts from our alumni, friends, community and charitable organizations enrich academic programs, help purchase equipment and allow UCF to continue to offer special opportunities to students and faculty. We invite you to take a look at some of the giving opportunities available within the UCF Department of Chemistry.


Department of Physics General Fund

Whether you are an alumni, friend, employee, or student, we appreciate your interest in the Department of Physics and we look forward to the opportunity to get to know you better. We also encourage you to make a donation to this fund, which is used to support faculty and student-professional development, student societies, outreach activities, and our weekly colloquium series, which is open to the public. This fund is also used to provide partial support to workshops, conferences, and other scientific and educational events that our faculty help bring to UCF.

Your gift to the Department of Physics is invaluable and deeply appreciated.

To give to this fund, please click the Give Now Button and type “Physics Department” in the comments section.

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Physics Research

The Department of Physics is a research-intensive unit of UCF, where every undergraduate student, from freshman to senior, is strongly encouraged to engage in research projects run by faculty. This fund was created to provide support to research projects of faculty and students, and, in particular, to allow them explore new and promising areas of research. We encourage everyone to donate to this fund, which allows for greater flexibility than state and federal funding agencies.

To give to this fund, please click the Give Now Button and type “Physics Research” in the comments section.

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GTA Scholarship for Physics Labs for Scientists & Engineers

Graduate students are a core component of the educational and research missions of the Department of Physics. While receiving their own education and training, they often participate and support the teaching and research activities in the department through assistantships. Donations to this fund help us reward our best performing graduate students through scholarships, prizes, and awards.

To give to this fund, please click the Give Now Button and type “GTA Scholarship for Physics Labs for Scientists & Engineers” in the comments section.

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Phil Inderwiesen Physics Fund

Phil Inderwiesen, UCF Physics ’74, created this fund to support the outstanding junior faculty he met in the Department of Physics during a visit in 2016. A quick look at the News section of the department’s webpage will show how impactful this support has been. We encourage anyone interested in seeing our new faculty to continue reaching for the stars to donate to this fund.

To give to this fund, please click the Give Now Button and type “Phil Inderwiesen Physics Fund” in the comments section.

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Kaden Physics Junior Faculty Professional Development Fund

The Kaden family created this fund to enhance the professional development of junior faculty in the Department of Physics. The fund is used to support their participation in workshops, conferences, and in visits to funding agencies, among other activities. The impact of this fund has been very positive, given the record number of early career awards our junior faculty have recently received and their increasing visibility and recognition in their communities. We encourage everyone to donate to this fund to help our junior faculty continue in their successful trajectories.

To give to this fund, please click the Give Now Button and type “Kaden Physics Junior Faculty Professional Development Fund” in the comments section.

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Valencia-UCF Physics Research Exchange Program (PREP) Account

The transition from the small setting of a state college to UCF, the largest public university in the nation, is often a critical time for transfer students, who can feel lost and alienated. The PREP program was created to facilitate this transition by bringing Physics-bound students to interact with faculty and other students in the department. The go through an intense 10-week summer research internship before they begin taking classes at UCF. More than a dozen students have already successfully passed through this program, thanks to generous donations. Yet, donations to this fund are much needed to continue this impactful program.

To give to this fund, please click the Give Now Button and type “Valencia-UCF Physics Research Exchange Program (PREP) Account” in the comments section.

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Once a Knight, always a Knight

Supporting UCF is a big part of what it means to be an AlumKnight!

More than 100,000 UCF alumni live and work in the Central Florida region, but it isn’t the only place we’re represented. Our alumni are our brand ambassadors, boosting UCF’s reputation nationwide. Every gift (big or small) to UCF Chemistry counts.

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