Each year, a student is chosen to receive a competitive award for students majoring in Physics. The Ongaro Family also offers several Green Science Awards, which are given for excellent work and presentation of research related to sustainability.
Each year an outstanding physics student is selected by the faculty to work with a member of the department faculty or staff at a position which is both educational to the student and useful to the department.
Each summer, research stipends will be available to outstanding students, who are selected by the department faculty to work in a position that is both educational to the student and useful to the department.
Between 2002 and 2019, an upper division physics student was selected by the faculty to conduct research with a member of the department faculty during the summer. The students were paid a stipend provided through an annual donation by Michael and Sheila McQuillen.