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Gardner Travel Award

The Wilford R. and Marjorie C. Gardner Junior Faculty Travel Fund aims to further the development of junior faculty at USU by supporting international travel for education, research, or service. In order to be eligible for a Gardner Travel Fellowship, applicants must be faculty in physics or a field in which physics principles are applied (including agriculture, engineering, natural resources, and science), in physics education or in instrumental or vocal music. They must also have a tenure-track or tenured position and less than 10 years of experience as a university faculty member.


The recipient will receive up to $2,000 and is expected to provide a brief report of their experiences and outcomes within 30 days of completion. Matching funds are encouraged. Travel solely for paper presentations or a musical performance is not a high-funding priority.


A cover sheet and a one- to two-page request, signed by the faculty member's department head and college dean, should be submitted to the dean of the School of Graduate Studies by February 25, 2011, for review by a committee of faculty from eligible colleges. The request should contain the following:

  • An up-to-date vita
  • The purpose and expected outcomes of the international travel
  • The travel dates and destination(s), including arrangements at international sites that have been or will be made
  • Details on the travel expenses for which funding is requested (stipends, honoraria and salary will not be funded, nor will living expenses at the international sites) and information on matching funds


Wilford R. Gardner (Oct. 19, 1925 – May 20, 2011) received a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from USU and later received master's and doctoral degrees from USU in solid-state physics and mathematics.

While at USU, he met his wife, Marjorie Louise Cole, with whom he shared an active interest in music.

Gardner's career in soil physics included positions as a physicist at the U.S. Salinity Laboratory in Riverside, Calif., professor of environmental physics at the University of Wisconsin, head of the Department of Soil and Water Sciences at the University of Arizona and dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of California at Berkeley.

He was also dean emeritus at Berkeley and an adjunct professor of soil physics at USU. He received a National Science Foundation Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship and a Pye Fellowship. He served as president of the Soil Science Society of American and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1983.

He recently published a history, Memoirs of a "Fair to Middlin" Physicist.