There are many components to a successful university physics program that we cannot support with state funds: scholarships and fellowships for graduate or undergraduate students, faculty and student travel to conferences, visiting speakers. Contributions from alumni and friends of the Department can enhance the ability of the Department to provide physics experiences that are essential to the development of our students. Please consider including the Physics Department among your annual list of donations. Your tax-deductible donation will be acknowledged with letters from the Foundation and the Physics Department, and with your permission your name will appear with the list of donors in our annual departmental newsletter.


Online: Physics now has a checkbox on the Foundation page.

  • It should take you to a page that has Physics already set up.  If you want to donate someplace else, just go to the Make a Gift tab at the top of the main physics page and it will take you to the OSU page.


You can designate your gift in a particular area.  You can choose "Physics Unrestricted", or, if you would like your contribution to be directed more specifically, one of the Physics funds listed below.

Donate by mail: Donations should be sent to The Oregon State University Foundation, 850 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333. Designate on the memo line of your check "Physics Unrestricted", or, if you would like your contribution to be directed more specifically, one of the Physics funds listed below.

For further information, or if you would like to establish a new fund, or create an endowment, please contact the Chair of the Physics Department by phone or email. (541-737-4631) or

Physics: Donald J. Nelson Fellowship Endowment Fund
The Nelson Fellowship Fund was established by OSU alumnus Donald Nelson (Ph.D. 1954), and supports excellence in graduate student research.

Physics Fellowship Fund
The Physics Fellowship Fund is for graduate fellowships, and graduate student prizes and awards.

Physics: Fontana Fund
The Fontana Fund was established by retired Physics Professor Peter Fontana to support excellence in graduate student teaching.

Hetherington Physics Scholarship Endowment Fund
Established by Professor Bill Hetherington and his family for Juniors and Seniors majoring in Physics with a 3.0 or higher, preference given to students with demonstrated financial need, who can benefit from reducing the need to work to focus on scholarship.

Physics: Kenneth S. Krane Scholarship Endowment Fund
Established by the family and friends of Ken Krane to recognize his contributions as Chair of Physics from 1984-1998, and particularly his advancement of the cause of women in physics. This supports scholarships for undergraduates in Physics.

Physics: Nicodemus Memorial Scholarships in Physics Endowment Fund
Established by the family of David Nicodemus, a former Physics Professor and Dean of Faculty. He retired in 1986, and was recognized for his inspiration and dedication to students and colleagues.

Physics Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment Fund
Supports Undergraduate scholarships in Physics and Engineering Physics.

Physics: Yunker Lecture Endowment Fund
The Yunker fund was established by the Yunker family in 1981 to honor Edwin Yunker, department chair from 1949-1966. The fund makes possible the highly successful Yunker lecture series that each year brings a distinguished lecturer in Physics to OSU to give a public lecture and meet with faculty and students.

Physics Unrestricted 
Unrestricted funds can be used to fund faculty and student travel to conferences, colloquium speaker expenses, new research and teaching initiatives, and much more.