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Physics faculty are actively involved in their research. Many of the faculty secured external or internal sources of funding that allow them to hire students to do research. Please do not hesitate to contact individual faculty and ask them about research opportunities in their laboratories.

Hercules Endowed Scholarships

The Department of Physics offers several full and partial tuition scholarships endowed by the Hercules Foundation. Scholarships plus book allowances are available in each discipline for declared academic majors in physics who plan to pursue industrial, governmental, and academic employment or graduate school in these disciplines following graduation. Candidate students should meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Declared major in Physics.
  2. Sophomore, Junior, or Senior class standing during the academic year.
  3. Full-time student status taking a minimum of 12 hours at UNF.
  4. Minimum overall GPA of 3.00 and minimum GPA of 3.00 in major with a minimum of 1 semester completed at UNF.
  5. Reside in Florida for tuition purposes.

Interested candidates should review the Ashland-Hercules Scholarship Flyer and complete the online application.

The Carolyn and Kenneth Shacter Scholarship

The Department of Physics offers a scholarship for each Fall term endowed by Carolyn and Kenneth Shacter to support students pursuing a degree in Physics. Candidate students should meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Meet admission requirements and be accepted to the University of North Florida;
  2. Reside in Florida for tuition purposes
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00; and
  4. Declare a major in Physics.

Students awarded this scholarship must also agree to:

  1. Enroll full-time (12 credit hours) each semester and earn a minimum of 24 credits by the end of each academic year;
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  3. Comply with all University regulations, rules, and codes of conduct governing students on campus;
  4. Consent to release grades to the Division of Institutional Advancement for the purpose of reporting to the Donors; and
  5. Remain in good standing as a student.

Current recipients may apply for renewal and will be given preference pending funding availability and if all the preceding requirements have been met.

Interested candidates should review the Schacter Scholarship Flyer and complete the online application

Physics Teaching Apprenticeship Program

The Department of Physics is pleased to announce the launch of the Teaching Apprenticeship Program, an opportunity for our students to obtain real-world experience in the teaching environment. Students who secure an apprenticeship are awarded $1,000.00 per semester.

Interested candidates should contact the main office for more information, including guidelines and application dates.

Physics Exchange Program

The Physics Department is partnering with the University of Technology of Troyes (UTT) in France to establish an exchange program for Physics majors.

Interested students should contact Dr. Greg Wurtz, Chair of the Physics Department, early to set up their program. The student may wish to earn PHY 4940 Physics Internship hours as part of their exchange program.

Under this program the student typically will spend a summer doing research with UTT physicists. The airline and living expenses are borne by the student but there are grant opportunities that may partially support the costs. The student should contact the International Center to pursue such grants and to set up their exchange.

Physics Teaching Option

The Physics Teaching Option is provided to physics majors who plan to teach high school physics. One would major in physics (e.g., traditional physics) and complete a minor in profession education from the College of Education and Human Services.

This option will provide you the necessary credentials to teach. Students choosing this option are also encouraged to apply to our Physics Teaching Apprenticeship Program (next tab) in order to get “on the job” training in the classroom. Students choosing this option are also encouraged to complete a physics teaching internship offered by the College of Education and Human Services. 

For more information about the Physics Teaching Option, please contact Dr. James Garner, chair of the Physics department.

Physics Teaching Apprenticeship Program

What do you do?

Contact a local high school physics teacher (public or private) and write a one page proposal on how you will assist this person in class and/or lab for at least 8 hours per week for 14 weeks. The teacher, school principal, and physics teaching apprenticeship program administrator must sign the proposal.

Your Qualifications

  • Full-time student who is majoring in Physics
  • Preference given to a person who is considering a career in teaching high school physics, e.g. an education minor.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA in PHY 2048-2049 sequence
  • Background check

For further information and how to apply, contact the program administrator:

Dr. Warren Huelsnitz 
Department of Physics
Science & Engineering [Building 50] Room 2000
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224
email: or call: 620-2729.