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The Professor Victor Pollak Scholarship 


Victor Pollak

Dr. Victor Louis Pollak

Born Louis Viktor Pollak on March 25, 1930, in Vienna, Austria, he and his parents fled Nazi occupation for the safety of England in 1939.  In 1940, he and his mother sailed for America, sponsored by his mother's cousin in Cleveland. His father joined them a year later, having been interned as a suspected enemy alien in England, as was the case with so many other men fleeing Nazi Germany.

He graduated with honors from Case Institute of Technology in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and was a member of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, and received a Ph.D. in Physics in 1960 from Washington University in St. Louis. He worked briefly in industry before taking a position at Oklahoma State University. In 1968, he joined the faculty at the fledgling UNC Charlotte campus on Highway 49, serving as the first chairman of the Physics Department through 1976, becoming a full professor in 1973. He retired as emeritus in 1992.

Throughout his teaching career, he took a great interest in the training of science teachers, and spent many hours developing courses for education students and workshops for in-service teachers. From his own childhood experience, he believed strongly that students learn best by taking responsibility for their own learning, and that teachers should serve as mentors in that process.

The Professor Victor Pollak Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding sophomore physics major. The student must have completed a minimum of 8 hours in physics and be currently enrolled as a full time student. The award will be based on merit as indicated by the student’s overall GPA, physics GPA, and participation in Departmental activities.

Congratulations to our 2007 Professor Victor Pollak Scholarship recipient,  Mark Green!


Mark Green is a physics major, hailing originally from a town located near Erie, Pennsylvania. He was originally planning to study engineering; however, he soon realized that physics would be a far better choice for him. He tells us, "I have always enjoyed the concept of understanding how the world works, so studying physics, which not only describes how the world works through math but also gives a theoretical framework to describe why it works the way it does, became my logical direction in college."  Mark enjoys working for Tutorial Services. In his free time he generally likes to read a variety of books or to spend time with my friends, whether playing pick-up games of basketball or just talking over lunch. 





The Professor Silverio Almeida Scholarship 


Silverio Almeida

Dr. Silverio Pedro Almeida

Silverio Almeida was born in Hudson, M.A. on July 27, 1933. He attended Clark University for his undergraduate education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a Masters in Physics, and Cambridge University in Cambridge, England where he earned a Ph.D in Physics. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the CERN Laboratories in Switzerland. He was internationally recognized for his research and teachings in particle physics and optics, serving on subcommittees for NATO and receiving numerous awards and recognition from his peers.

Dr. Almeida was an accomplished educator and leader. He was a professor of Physics for 21 years at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He was appointed Chairman of the Physics Department at UNC Charlotte in 1989, where he served for 9 years. During his tenure, he developed the optics research program, in addition to many other achievements. In addition, Dr. Almeida served as Interim Chair of the Physics Department at the College of Charleston.

The Professor Silverio Almeida Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding junior or senior physics major. The student must have completed a minimum of 14 hours in physics and be currently enrolled as a full time student. The award will be based on merit as indicated by the student’s overall GPA, physics GPA, and participation in Departmental activities. 

Congratulations to our 2007 Professor Silverio Almeida Scholarship recipient, Sarah Gray!

sarahgray.jpgSarah Gray is a senior, double majoring in mathematics and physics.  Physics has always been interesting to her, but it wasn't required in her high school and wasn't even offered every semester.  She did take her first physics course during her senior year in high school and that is when she decided to minor in it.  Sarah thanks Dr. Leilabady and Nic Scott, because during her sophomore year in college here at UNC Charlotte, they convinced her to become a double major.  Sarah is from Lincolnton, NC and tied for the youngest of 4 with her identical twin sister.  She likes to be involved at school and in her home life.  She loves animals and kids.  She tells us, "The reason I love physics so much is because it brings answers, it helps me understand everything in the world and universe around me." 




Teaching Assistantships 

Teaching Assistantships are available at various levels depending upon a student’s capabilities and the teaching assignments.  For an M.S. Applied Physics student, these assistantships should be requested directly from the Department Graduate Coordinator. 


Research Assistantships 

For students in the Optics Program, these assistantships should be requested through the Optics Program Director. For students performing funded research, we have a number of Research Assistantships available through various external grants and contracts.  Students should inquire to individual faculty members regarding specific research areas and support.


Doctoral Fellowships 


Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) Doctoral Fellowships

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is pleased to announce the TIAA-CREF Doctoral Fellowship program in five areas of study, Optical Science and Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Information Technology, Business with a major in Finance, and Organizational Science. Funding for these fellowships is provided through a generous gift to the University by TIAA-CREF to recruit outstanding students who have demonstrated the potential to make a significant contribution to their profession and to society once completing the terminal degree. TIAA-CREF Fellowships provide one year of support to newly admitted students for their first year of doctoral study at UNC Charlotte.  

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is now soliciting applications for the 2007-08 TIAA-CREF Doctoral Fellowship awards. The following eligibility requirements apply to these Fellowships:

    Applicants must be admitted to full standing to one of the following degree programs:


  •     Ph.D. in Optical Science and Engineering

  •     Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics

  •     Ph.D. in Information Technology

  •     Ph.D. in Business (Major in Finance)

  •     Ph.D. in Organizational Science

    Must enroll as a full time graduate student for the fall 2007 and spring 2008 terms.

    The application for admission to the degree program also serves as the Fellowship application.
UNC Charlotte TIAA-CREF Fellows will receive a $25,000 stipend plus tuition support and health insurance for the 2007-08 academic year. Fellows will also have an opportunity for a paid internship with TIAA-CREF during the course of their academic programs at the University.   

Persons who have not previously earned a doctoral degree will be considered for the Fellowships.  Applicants from minority groups historically underrepresented in the disciplines of science, mathematics, technology, and business are especially encouraged to apply for admission by the program deadlines so that they might be given full consideration for the Fellowships. 

Admission information and applications can be found online at