Environmental/Radon Section Scholarship Awards

The Environmental/Radon Section of the Health Physics Society (HPS) is dedicated to promoting students within our discipline. To this end, the Environmental/Radon Section is proud to sponsor the F. Ward Whicker Scholarship. This scholarship will provide $2,000 per year ($1,000 for the first semester and $1,000 for the second semester—dependent on successful completion of the first semester). Eligible candidates must:

  1. Be students accepted into a graduate program in the United States, though exceptions to this requirement will be considered in some circumstances.
  2. Have projects and academic coursework focusing any of the following: radon (e.g., measurement, health impacts, epidemiology, etc.), environmental health physics, measurements of environmental radioactivity (including radiochemistry), or radioecology. One scholarship is awarded annually and the award is rotated to a different student each year.

Required Materials

Submit the HPS Environmental/Radon Section Scholarship online application form. After you submit the form, you should receive a confirmation by email that the scholarship application has been received by the HPS. If you do not immediately receive this confirmation email, check your spam folder.

Additionally you must submit hard copies of the following to the Secretariat:

  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  • A copy of your GRE score report or, if unavailable, a copy of SAT scores.
  • A one-page statement about your personal career goals, including a statement about your intent to enter the field of health physics.
  • A summary of your health physics curriculum outlining the proposed course of study, a description of the courses to be taken, and the proposed timeline for graduate study. The plan of study must be signed by your faculty advisor and include that individual's contact information. Applicants for entering graduate students need not have been formally accepted by the program at the time this letter is written.
  • Two signed and sealed letters of recommendation from people attesting to your potential for study in health physics. Place the supporting materials into a single packet and mail with a postmark no later than 24 March 2017 to:

    Jill Drupa
    Health Physics Society
    1313 Dolley Madison Boulevard
    Suite 402
    McLean, Virginia 22101
    phone: 703-790-1745
    fax: 703-790-2672

Alternatively, these can be emailed directly as a single PDF file attachment (site to be available soon).

Applications are due by 24 March 2017. The award will be announced on or about 28 April 2017. Click here to access the Environmental/Radon Section Scholarship Award application form.