Dianna Cowern & Beach Physics Awarded Funding by Inaugural La Jolla Community Foundation Grants Program

Dianna Cowern receiving the "big check" with Susan McClellan of the LJCF (left) and Lucille Schindler of the UCSD Development Office (right)

Dianna Cowern receiving the “big check” with Susan McClellan of the LJCF (left) and Lucille Schindler of the UCSD Development Office (right). Photo courtesy Carol Hobson

Beach Physics was one of four programs to be awarded funding by the La Jolla Community Foundation, in their inaugural Foundation Grants program.  Beach Physics Creative Director Dianna Cowern (aka “The Physics Girl”) received the $8300 grant – the largest awarded this year – at an awards ceremony at Madison Gallery.  The grant will support two projects in 2015 that aim to enrich science education for La Jolla students and will move Beach Physics from online lessons to live events:

Beach Physics Overnight at Birch Aquarium: In collaboration with the Birch Aquarium and Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering (BEWiSE), Beach Physics will host a physics-themed overnight for La Jolla middle school girls, with demonstrations, a physics-as-art lab, a talk by a woman physicist, and screening (and discussion) of a “questionable physics” movie.

Pop-up Physics Beach Lab: A 3-hour workshop for middle school students on the beach at La Jolla Shores, combining demonstrations, inquiry, design and creativity to engage students in physics concepts relevant to the beach.


Dianna leading a prototype Beach Physics Pop-up at La Jolla Shores in October. Photo courtesy Kim McDonald.

The grant will be managed through the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, and matching funds have been pledged by the Clarke Center, the Division of Physical Sciences, the Department of Physics and the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences.

The award reception was covered in a story by the La Jolla Light.

Congratulations to Dianna and everyone involved in Beach Physics!


  1. […] The 3-minute feature includes a preview of the Beach Physics Pop-up Science Lab with students from Albert Einstein Academy Middle School.  The Pop-up Lab has recently received funding through a grant awarded by the La Jolla Community Foundation. […]

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