The Department uses donations made to the NIU Foundation to support a number of activities. These activities are important to the mission of our department but are often difficult to fund through normal accounts.
To make a donation, send a check made out to the NIU Foundation with a note of the particular fund. The donation can be sent to the Physics Department or directly to the NIU Foundation. Please let us know if you need additional information on any of the funds.
Provides funds for all department activities at the discretion of the Chair. To make an online donation to the department, visit the NIU Foundation at https://www.niufoundation.org/give . Under "I'd like my gift designated to:", select "a specific area". In the pop-up window, select "College of Liberal Arts and Sciences", then "Physics Department". Specific funds can be typed in the "Other Fund or Scholarship" box.
Physics Outreach Fund
This fund supports outreach activities such as the traveling road show, Physics Olympics, Spooky Halloween Lab, Science Camp, and the observatory. Items funded include materials, equipment, and scholarships for campers.
Kaluf Astronomy Memorial
This fund supports the purchase of equipment for the Davis Hall Observatory.
Physics Graduate Student Travel
This fund provides for "Albright Awards" which fund graduate students presenting talks on their research at conferences.
Courtland Bohn Memorial Fund
Provides funds in support of graduate students in the Beam Physics and Astrophysics Group (BPAG).