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The family of Professor Herb Berk has established the Herbert L. Berk Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Physics to celebrate Dr. Berk’s retirement from the active faculty of the University of Texas Physics Department and honor his long career as a scientist, teacher, and tireless advocate for diversity and excellence in Physics. Dr. Berk joined the University of Texas Physics faculty in 1980 as a founding member of the Institute for Fusion Studies; Dr. Berk would spend his career at UT investigating plasma physics with the goal of developing an energy source from nuclear fusion. He was the editor of the pamphlet the "Pervasive Plasma State," that describes the scope of research areas and technology in plasma research. Dr. Berk has also been a champion for inclusiveness and intellectual liberty, serving as Chair of the American Physical Society’s Committee on International Freedom of Scientists from 2014 to 2015.

This endowment will support, in perpetuity, the Department of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin.  The Department of Physics has set a goal of raising $200,000 in gifts and pledges for the Berk Fellowship; all pledges in support of this goal may be paid over a five-year window.


  • To make a gift online, please click here
  • If you are interested in making a gift by mail or a gift of stock, IRA transfer, or have other questions, please contact the College of Natural Sciences Office of Development at 512-471-3299 or email cnsgiving@austin.utexas.edu.