McQuillen Summer Research Award

McQuillen Summer Research Award

Each year since 2002 an upper division physics student has been selected by the faculty to conduct research with a member of the department faculty during the summer. The students have been paid a stipend provided through an annual donation by Michael and Sheila McQuillen.


How to Apply

Every semester, the department will send an email out to all physics and astronomy students with directions on how to apply for this research opportunity. If you, don't see this email in your inbox, please feel free to reach out to your advisor or email the physics department at showing your interest in applying for summer research. Applicants for the Summer Research Awards must be enrolled students majoring in physics (B.A., B.S. or Astro concentration) **What about physical science?** at Sonoma State University and not have graduated by the end of the current semester. Students who have completed Physics 314 will be given some preference. The recipient must be willing to commit to this work for eight weeks during the summer.

The application will require you to submit a one to two-page statement describing the research project you wish to participate in and what you intend to do. Start by discussing opportunities with the faculty member with which you wish to work. See our department website for details on faculty research or past student research projects for ideas. In your application, state your qualifications, and give the reasons why you believe you should receive the award.

Past Recipients of the McQuillen Summer Research Award

Ryan Brown '17


Cody Lynch '16


Erich Diel '15



Aaron Own '15


Adam Smithson '14


Jordan Sperry '13



Anna Wojtowicz '12


Michael Harris '11


Austin Powell '10



Brooks Hanley '09


Mark Wiedeman '08


Jeremy Dixon '07



Kevin John '06


Ryan McDaniel '05


Kris Tyson '04



Tedman Torres '03


John Collins '02