Meggers Project Award

Meggers Project Award


The William F. and Edith R. Meggers Project Award of the American Institute of Physics is a biennial award designed to fund projects for the improvement of high school physics teaching in the United States. The Award was made possible by an endowment created by the gift of a stamp and coin collection from William F. and Edith R. Meggers to the American Institute of Physics.

The application period for 2023 will be April 1 - June 15th.   

Nature of the award

The Award consists in monetary support. A limited number of amounts up to $25,000 are available to be awarded biennially for one or more outstanding projects in the competition.


The objective is to support projects at the high school level designed to raise the level of interest in physics and boost the quality of physics education.


  • Preference will be given to the proposals that directly involve pre-college teachers and/or students.
  • Proposed projects must be clearly directed toward accomplishing the above-specified objective.
  • Proposals are invited from individuals as well as groups.
  • Projects that can serve as models for others are encouraged.
  • Proposals that include undergraduate student support are encouraged.
  • Proposals that include collaboration with student and/or high school groups are encouraged.
  • Projects that propose the use of the entire budget for the purchase or rental of equipment will be disallowed. Currently, indirect costs are not considered.
  • A completed proposal will consist of: Coversheet (download pdf template), Title, Abstract, List of Personnel, Vitae, Objectives, Description of Activities, Dissemination Plan (6 or fewer pages), and Budget.
  • Awarded projects deliver mandatory reports on the projects' activities.

Proposal Information

  • Proposals are accepted through email.
  • Proposals must consist of a single PDF document including: The provided Meggers proposal template, a cover letter (1 page max), and a proposal consisting of: Abstract (100 words or less), List of Personnel, Collaborators, Project Objectives, Description of Activities, Dissemination Plan, Related collaborations (if any), Background information (Maximum of 1 page), Detailed Budget, Up to three letters of support, and NSF style CVs for Principle Investigators (5 pages max, each).

Contact Information

Send proposals to:

Liz Dart Caron
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740-3843
Phone: 301-209-3034
[email protected]


Status of the award process

Submissions will be accepted April 1- June 15.

Past Honorees

Year Winner Final Project
2019 University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Promoting Physics Research in High School Classrooms
2019 University of Central Arkansas Conducting Physics Experiments with Smartphones
2019 Randolph College Creating a Community of Physics Scholars
2017 Ohio State University and University of Mount Union Bringing the Hour of Code to the High School Physics Classroom
2017 Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Physics Festival for Student and Teacher Teams
2017 University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA Promoting research experiences in High Schools through the participation to
the International Young Physicists Tournament (IYPT)
2015 Fulton Montgomery Community College Physics of Rockets Summer Institute for High School Physics Teachers and Students
2015 Hartnell College Salinas Airshower Learning And Discovery (SALAD)
2015 University of Texas Arlington, Lee College Solving Mysteries of Physics Technology
2013 Avon Advanced Learning Center, Danville, IN Taking the Power of Physics to the Next Level
2013 Carleton College, Mendota Heights, MN Science Education Resource Center to support the Direct Measurement Video Collection
2013 SUNY-Plattsburgh University, Plattsburgh, NY Nanotechnology Summer High School Research
2013 Tarbut V’ Torah High School, Irvine, CA Video Professional Development for High School Physics Teachers
2009 Hope College, Holland, MI Hope College Nuclear Forensics Workshops for High School Teachers
2009 Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA Suitcase Lab Library
2005 The School of Galactic Radio Astronomy – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Furman University, Rosman, NC High School Physics through Radio Astronomy
2005 High School Physics through Radio Astronomy Using Robots to Teach Beginning Physics
2005 AIMS Community College and Estes Park High School, Greeley, CO Technical Activity Module (TAM) Documentation & Dissemination
2003 Manhattan High School, Manhattan, KS The Thrill of Physics
2003 Colo-NESCO School District, Colo IA Physics and Math: Modeling the Ties that Bind
2002 Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, VA Meggers Website/SPS SOCK Internship
2000 Box Elder High School - Brigham City, UT ADDventures in Physics
2000 New Trier High School - Winnetka, IL The New Trier Connections Project
1998 SUNY - Buffalo, NY Inner City High School Physics Education
1998 Murray High School - Murray, UT Physics Camp for Young Women
1998 Muleshoe High School - Muleshoe, TX Triboluminescent Spectroscopy
1996 University City High School Project Pipeline
1996 Park Center High School - Brooklyn Park, MN Expanding Physics into the Hallway
1996 Berkeley National Laboratory - Berkeley, CA Developing a Cosmic Ray Detector
1994 Pittsburgh Area High Schools - Pittsburgh, PA MBL Interfacing is for Everybody
1994 Clark University - Worcester, MA Physics at Play in the Park
1994 Berkeley National Laboratory - Berkeley, CA The ABC's of Radioactivity