The Francesc Roig Summer Undergraduate Research Fund
An era has closed with the retirement of Professor Francesc Roig who, in 2010, completed his 25thyear of inspiring CCS Physics students to great accomplishments. Under his tutelage, many CCS Physics students have gone on to attend the best graduate programs in the nation, often accounting for a statistically significant portion of the graduate students at Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Colorado and others. In short, Francesc placed CCS Physics students into the highest ranks of undergraduate education.
While advising these young physicists, Francesc also played a dual and most important role as a mentor, guiding students in his quiet, yet remarkably effective way. He remembers his students and has tracked almost all of them. He knows their trajectory, their jobs and their accomplishments. Many of his students see him as a pivotal person in their professional and personal growth. In honor of Professor Francesc Roig, his spirit and tremendous influence, the College of Creative Studies and the Department of Physics have established the Francesc Roig Summer Undergraduate Research Fund. This fund will function as an endowment to annually support, in perpetuity, a summer research fellowship for a CCS Physics student. Modeled after the existing CCS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (S.U.R.F), the “Francesc Roig Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship” will be awarded on an annual basis to a competitively selected College of Creative Studies Physics student to permit them to undertake up to 12 weeks of research in collaboration with a UCSB faculty member.
To date over $15,000 in seed funding has been generously donated by current and retired UCSB faculty colleagues to honor Francesc’s legacy. Our initial goal is to raise $75,000, which would establish the endowment to permanently fund a “Francesc Roig Research Fellow” each year. As the endowment grows, the number of Francesc Roig Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships awarded will also increase.
Please join us in our effort to support the Francesc Roig Summer Undergraduate Research Fund by making a donation. You can do this online at the UCSB Physics Giving Online link; just choose the Francesc Roig Fund as your specific interest.