FLORENCE – The Lynn D. “Skip” Hendrick Award in Physics and Health Physics, a scholarship to be awarded to a Francis Marion University health physics, physics or engineering technology major, is being established at the university in memory of the late professor of physics.
Hendrick died of cancer in 1998 after teaching at FMU since 1970. He worked to help establish the Bachelor of Science degree programs in physics, health physics, and engineering technology at the university. FMU’s health physics program consistently ranks as one of the top 10 programs in the state, and in 1998, received a special commendation from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.
Hendrick, one of FMU’s founding faculty members, devoted his professional life to the teaching of college physics. In addition to establishing the programs, he designed the physics floors of the McNair Science Building and the Leatherman Science Facility on campus.
He was named the recipient of the 1998 George B. Peagram Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented by the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society, an organization of physicists from 13 states. Under Hendrick’s leadership, the physics program at FMU grew from one course, with an enrollment of six, to 18 courses, with an enrollment of more than 900 students.
He worked to organize campus chapters of the Society of Physics Students, the Health Physics Society, and the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society. He involved students in research on the Auger electron spectroscopy at Oak Ridge National Lab and was awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to establish summer workshops in physics for high school students.
Scholarship recipients will be upper classmen, and will be recommended by the Physics Department Chair. To make donations to this endowed scholarship, contact the FMU Advancement Office at 843-661-1225.