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Robert R. Marchini Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The award(s) shall be given to:

  • Deserving and qualified students at the Univeristy of Memphis majoring in Physics who have completed the Intro to Physics course
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Preference shall be given to high-ability students with a demonstrated financial need.
  • Each scholarship shall be awarded for one academic year. Recipeients may reapply in subsequent years provided they maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and participate in fifteen (15) hours of service for the Physics Department each sememster.

Award recipients, the number of awards, and the amount of each award shall be dtermined by a committee appointed by the Dean, Collage of Arts and Sciences, which will include Dr. Robert R. Marchini as long as he is willing and able to participate. The selection proces shall be coordinated through the University's Scholarship Office.

To apply for the scholarship, or for more information, please visit the University of Memphis Scholarship Office website.


About Dr. Marchini

Dr. Robert Marchini received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008. Professor Robert "Bob" Marchini has been teaching at the U of M since 1967. He also served as the undergraduate advisor and laboratory coordinator in his department and advisor for both Sigma Pi Sigma and the Society of Physics Students. He is well known for his "Magic of Physics" demonstrations, in which he uses an assortment of magician-like tricks to illustrate principles of physics.

Dr. Marchini won the University's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1980 and the Thomas W. Briggs Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2001. He has been recognized by the Tennessee Science Teachers Association and the Tennessee Academy of Science for his service to the science teaching community.

One of Dr. Marchini's greatest contributions to the department, according to Department Chair Shah Jahan, is in the number of students he brings into physics. "Fully half of all of our physics students are ones who changed their majors after being taught by Dr. Marchini." Noting that "one can always find students in his office from early to late", Dr. Jahan states that "the passion he brings to the teaching of physics is contagious, and students just want to be part of this great intellectual exercise. He is the "Pied Piper of Physics."

If you are a former student who has been touched by Dr. Marchini, and would like to give in his honor, please follow the instructions below.


To donate to the Robert R Marchini Scholarship, follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the link provided below.
  2. Choose " College/School/Department/Other"
  3. Find "Scholarship" at the bottom of the list which appears and type "Marchini Physics" into the box next to it.
  4. Tab over to designate your gift amount
  5. Proceed as directed to complete your donation.

Here is the Donation Link: https://www.memphis.edu/development/give.php

Dr. Robert Marchini and daughter Katie at his 2009 retirement party
Dr. Robert Marchini and daughter Katie at his 2009 retirement party
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