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Admissions Information for Prospective Graduate Students

Thank you for considering the PhD program in Physics at MIT. Information regarding our graduate program and our application process can be found below and through the following webpages and other links on this page. If your questions are not answered after reviewing this information, please contact us at [email protected] .

Here are some links to pages relevant to prospective students:

  • Material Required for a Complete Application , and information about When/How to Apply can be found below on this page.
  • We have an FAQ which should help to answer many questions, and we provide Application Assistance from staff and students if you don’t find what you need in the FAQ.
  • Additional Guidance about the application itself, along with examples, can be found on a separate page. The graduate application is available at https://apply.mit.edu/apply/ .
  • General information about the graduate program and research areas in the physics department may also be of use.
  • MSRP (MIT Summer Research Program) is designed to give underrepresented and underserved students access to an MIT research experience, pairing each student with a faculty member who will oversee the student conducting a research project at MIT.

Statement regarding admissions process during COVID Pandemic (Updated Summer 2023)

MIT has adopted the following principle: MIT’s admissions committees and offices for graduate and professional schools will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant.

In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/No Record (or Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail) and other grading options during the unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruptions, whether those decisions were made by institutions or by individual students. We also expect that the individual experiences of applicants will richly inform applications and, as such, they will be considered with the entirety of a student’s record.

Ultimately, even in these challenging times, our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are collectively excellent and composed of outstanding individuals who will challenge and support one another.

Questions or concerns about this statement should be directed to the Physics Department ( [email protected] ).

Also, to stay up-to-date on the latest information on MIT and the COVID-19 pandemic at now.mit.edu .

Applying to the MIT Department of Physics

We know that the application process can be time-consuming, stressful, and costly. We are committed to reducing these barriers and to helping all applicants receive a full and fair assessment by our faculty reviewers. Help is available from the Physics Graduate Admissions Office at [email protected] and additional assistance from current students is offered during the admissions season. Further details are described at the end of this page in our Assistance for Prospective Applicants section.

The list below describes the important elements of a complete application. Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you have a concern or logistical difficulty that could prevent you from providing your strongest application.

Required for a Complete Application

1. online application and application fee.

  • MIT Graduate Admissions Online Graduate Application
  • Application Fee: $75 NOTE: Applicants who feel that this fee may prevent them from applying should send a short email to [email protected] to describe their general reasons for requesting a waiver. We will follow up with information about how to apply for a formal ‘application fee waiver’. Additional documents may be required, so additional time will be necessary to process requests. Either the fee or a formal fee waiver is required with a submitted application.

2. University Transcript(s)

Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for our initial review, with final transcripts required as a condition of matriculation for successful applicants. Applicants should include a scan of their transcript(s) and, if a degree is in progress, should include a list of the class subjects being taken in the current semester. The GradApply portal will allow applicants to log back into the application after the deadline to add their Fall term grades when they are available.

Note: We will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/No Record (or Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail) and other grading options during the unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruptions, whether those decisions were made by institutions or by individual students.

3. Standardized Test Results

  • GRE Tests are not required for graduate applications submitted in 2023. The Physics subject GRE (PGRE) will be optional in 2023 and our department does not require results from the General GRE test.
  • TOEFL or IELTS Test or a waiver is required for non-native English speakers. MIT’s TOEFL school code is 3514; the code for the Department of Physics is 76. IELTS does not require a code. Eligibility for TOEFL/IELTS waivers is in our FAQ section .
  • Self-reported scores are sufficient for our initial application screening, with official scores required for admitted students as a condition of their offer. Applicants should attach a scanned copy of their test score report.

4. Letters of Recommendation

Letters should include any individual work applicants have done and/or areas where they have special strengths. It is possible to submit up to 6 total letters, but 3 are sufficient for a complete application and committee members may evaluate applications based on the first three letters that they read.

5. Statement of Objectives

Research is central to graduate study in physics. The Statement of Objectives/Purpose should include descriptions of research projects, aptitude and achievements as completely as possible. This important part of the application provides an opportunity to describe any interests, skills, and background relative to the research areas selected on the application form. Applicants should share anything that prepares them for graduate studies and describe their proudest achievements.

Additional Application Materials

  • Research, Teaching, and Community Engagement – Any special background or achievement that prepares the applicant for Physics graduate studies at MIT. This may include research at their undergraduate school as part of their Bachelor or Master degree, or summer research at another program or school.  We also value our student’s contributions to their community on a variety of scales (from institutional to societal) and we encourage applicants to tell us about their teaching and community engagement activities.  The “experience” questions are intended to provide a CV-like listing of achievements, some of which may be elaborated on in the “Statement of Objectives” and/or the optional “Personal Statement”.
  • Publications, Talks, and Merit Based Recognition – Recognition of success in research, academics, and outreach can take many forms, including publications, talks, honors, prizes, awards, fellowships, etc.  This may include current nominations for scholarships or papers submitted for publication.
  • Optional Personal Statement – Members of our community come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We welcome any personal information that will help us to evaluate applications holistically and will provide context for the applicant’s academic achievements. This statement may include extenuating circumstances, significant challenges that were overcome, a non-traditional educational background, description of any advocacy or values work, or other information that may be relevant.
  • Detailed instructions for each application section, and many examples , can be found on the “ Additional Guidance ” page.  The detailed instructions are lengthy, and are intended to be read only “as needed” while you work on your application (i.e., you don’t need to go read the whole thing before you start).

When/How to Apply

When : Applications can be submitted between September 15 and December 15 by 11:59pm EST for the following year.

How : The application is online at https://apply.mit.edu/apply/

Application Assistance

Faculty, students, and staff have collaborated to provide extensive guidance to prospective applicants to our graduate degree program. Resources include several department webpages to inform prospective applicants about our PhD degree requirements and to help applicants as they assemble and submit their materials. In addition to staff responses to emails, current graduate students will answer specific individual questions, give one admissions-related webinar, and provide a mentorship program for selected prospective applicants.

During the application season, prospective students may request additional information from current students about the admissions process, graduate student life, or department culture, either as a response to a specific individual email question or for more in-depth assistance. Applicants will benefit most from contacting us early in the process, when current students and staff will be available to respond to questions and mentor selected applicants. After mid-November, department staff will continue to field questions through the admission process.

Here are some resources for prospective applicants:

  • Our website provides answers to many frequently-asked admissions questions .
  • Admissions staff are available for questions at [email protected] .
  • Current students collaborate with staff to answer specific questions emailed to [email protected] .
  • PhysGAAP Webinars are designed to provide student perspectives on the application and admissions processes in an interactive format. This year’s webinar will take place on Wednesday, Nov 1st, 2023 from 10am to 12pm EDT. Sign up here: https://mit.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ah13eCcEh0cKW7I
  • PhysGAAP Mentoring provides in-depth guidance through the application process.

Student-led Q&A Service

A team of our current graduate students is available to share their experience and perspectives in response to individual questions which may fall under any of the following categories:

  • Coursework/research (e.g., How do I choose between two research areas and how do I find a potential research advisor?)
  • Culture (e.g., What is it like to be a student of a particular identity at MIT?)
  • Student life (e.g., What clubs or extracurriculars do graduate students at MIT take part in?)

To request a response from the current students, please send an email to [email protected] and indicate clearly in the subject line or first sentence that you would like your email forwarded to the PhysGAAP student team. Depending on the scope of your question, department staff will send your email to current students.

We encourage you to reach out as early as you can to maximize the benefit that this help can provide to you. While the admissions office staff will continue to field your questions throughout the admissions season, current students may not be available to respond to questions sent after November 15.

This student email resource is designed for individual basic questions. More in-depth guidance, especially about the application itself, will be available through the PhysGAAP Webinars and/or PhysGAAP Mentorship Program described below.

Student-led Webinar

A panel of our graduate students hosted a 2-hour long Zoom webinar in late October of 2022 to present information about the application and admissions processes, and to respond to questions on these topics. The webinar addressed general questions about preparing, completing, and submitting the application; what the Admissions Committee is looking for; and the general timeline for the admissions process.

Below is video from our latest webinar that took place on Wednesday, Nov 1st, 2023. Check back here in Fall 2024 for information on our next webinar.

Note: We have  compiled a document  containing supplementary material for previous PhysGAAP webinars.

Webinar Recordings

Past PhysGAAP Webinars

Please note that the two webinars below are from prior years and may contain outdated information about some topics, such as GRE requirements.

  • October 2022
  • December 2021
  • September 2021

Mentorship for Prospective Applicants

In addition to the materials available through this website, answers to emails sent to the department, or from our graduate student webinars, we also offer one-on-one mentoring for students who desire more in-depth individual assistance. Prospective applicants may apply to the PhysGAAP Mentoring program,, which pairs prospective graduate school applicants with current graduate students who can assist them through the application process, provide feedback on their application materials and insight into graduate school and the MIT Physics Department.

We welcome interest in the PhysGAAP Mentorship program and mentorship applications are open to any prospective applicant. However, our capacity is limited, so we will give preferential consideration to PhysGAAP Mentorship applicants who would most benefit from the program and can demonstrate that they are a good fit.

PhysGAAP Mentoring may a good fit for you if you

  • feel like you lack other resources to help you navigate the graduate school application process,
  • find the other forms of assistance (online webinars, email at [email protected] ) insufficient to address your needs, and
  • think you could benefit from one-on-one application mentorship.

PhysGAAP Mentoring may not be a good fit for you if you

  • only have one or two questions that could be answered elsewhere (online webinars, email at [email protected] , or online FAQs), or
  • feel like you already have sufficient resources to complete your application (e.g., the PhysGAAP webinars, access to other mentoring services or workshops)

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Please note that:

  • PhysGAAP Mentoring is only open to students who are planning to apply to graduate schools in Fall 2024 .
  • Participation in PhysGAAP is not considered during admissions review. It helps applicants put forward their strongest materials, but does not guarantee admission into our graduate program.
  • Any information you submit in the PhysGAAP Mentoring application will only be seen by the PhysGAAP team and your matched mentor.

Admissions/Application FAQs

Our Frequently Asked Questions provide further information about degree requirements, funding, educational background, application deadlines, English language proficiency, program duration, start dates and deferrals, and fee waiver requests.

The MOST Frequently Asked Question…

What is included in a strong graduate application for physics at mit.

Applications are assessed holistically and many variables are considered in the application review process. The following four main factors are required for a complete application.

  • the applicant’s statement of objectives or purpose,
  • transcripts of past grades,
  • score reports of any required standardized tests,
  • three letters of reference.

In addition, any past research experience, publications, awards, and honors are extremely helpful, particularly if they are in the area(s) of the applicant’s interest(s). Applicants may also include a personal statement in their application to provide context as the materials are assessed.

Applications are routed to admission committee members and other faculty readers using the “areas of interest” and any faculty names selected from the menu as well as based on the research interests included in the statement of objectives. Please select the areas of interest that best reflect your goals.

Instructions are available in the application itself , with further guidance on our Additional Guidance page. The Physics Admissions Office will respond to questions sent to [email protected] .

General Questions Regarding the PhD Program in Physics

Must i have a degree in physics in order to apply to this graduate program.

Our successful applicants generally hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, or have taken many Physics classes if they have majored in another discipline. The most common other majors are astronomy, engineering, mathematics, and chemistry. Bachelor of Science degrees may be 3-year or 4-year degrees, depending on the education structure of the country in which they are earned.

What are the requirements to complete a PhD?

The requirements for a PhD in Physics at MIT are the doctoral examination, a few required subject classes, and a research-based thesis. The doctoral examination consists of a written and an oral examination. The written component may be satisfied either by passing the 4 subject exams or by passing designated classes related to each topic with a qualifying grade; the oral exam will be given in a student’s chosen research area. The Physics Department also requires that each student take two classes in the field of specialization and two physics-related courses in fields outside the specialty. Research for the thesis is conducted throughout the student’s time in the program, culminating in a thesis defense and submission of the final thesis.

Can I take courses at other schools nearby?

Yes. Cross-registration is available at Harvard University and Wellesley College.

How many years does it take to complete the PhD requirements?

From 3 to 7 years, averaging 5.6 years.

How will I pay for my studies?

Our students are fully supported financially throughout the duration of their program, provided that they make satisfactory progress. Funding is provided from Fellowships (internal and external) and/or Assistantships (research and teaching) and covers tuition, health insurance, and a living stipend. Read more about funding .

Note: For more detailed information regarding the cost of attendance, including specific costs for tuition and fees, books and supplies, housing and food as well as transportation, please visit the Student Financial Services (SFS) website .

How many applications are submitted each year? How many students are accepted?

Although the number varies each year, the Department of Physics usually welcomes approximately 45 incoming graduate students each year. Last year we received more than 1,700 applications and extended fewer than 90 offers of admission.

What are the minimum grades and exam scores for admitted applicants?

There are no minimum standards for overall grade point averages/GPAs. Grades from physics and other related classes will be carefully assessed. Under a special COVID-19 policy, MIT will accept transcripts with a variety of grading conventions, including any special grading given during the COVID-19 pandemic. GRE Tests are not required for graduate applications submitted in 2023. The Physics subject GRE (PGRE) will be optional in 2023 and our department does not require results from the General GRE test.

Our program is conducted in English and all applicants must demonstrate their English language proficiency. Non-native English speakers should review our policy carefully before waiving the TOEFL/IELTS requirements. We do not set a minimum requirement on TOEFL/IELTS scores; however, students who are admitted to our program typically score above the following values:

  • IELTS – 7
  • TOEFL (computer based) – 200
  • TOEFL (iBT) – 100
  • TOEFL (standard) – 600

The Application Process

When is the deadline for applying to the phd program in physics.

Applications for enrollment in the fall are due each year by 11:59pm EST on December 15 of the preceding year. There is no admission cycle for spring-term enrollment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for me to take tests in person. Can I still apply?

GRE Tests are not required for graduate applications submitted in 2023. The Physics subject GRE (PGRE) will be optional in 2023 and our department does not require results from the General GRE test.Non-native English speakers who are not eligible for a test waiver should include their results from either an in-person or online version of the TOEFL or IELTS test.

Does the Department of Physics provide waivers for the English language exam (TOEFL/IELTS)?

An English language exam (IELTS, TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, or the C2 Cambridge English Proficiency exam) is required of all applicants who are from a country in which English is not the primary language. Exceptions to this policy will be considered for candidates who, at the start of their graduate studies in 2022, will have been in the US or in a country whose official language is English for three years or longer and who will have received a degree from a college or university in a country where the language of education instruction is English. An interview via telephone, Zoom, or Skype may be arranged at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. More information on a possible English Language Waiver Decision (PDF).

Does the Department of Physics provide application fee waivers?

Although we do not want the MIT application fee to be a barrier to admission, we cannot provide application fee waivers to all who request one.  Under-resourced applicants, and applicants who have participated in the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP), Converge, or another MIT program or an official MIT recruiting visit are eligible for a fee waiver from the MIT Office of Graduate Education (OGE). Please check MIT Graduate Diversity Programs for further details.  Departmentally, we have allotted a small number of waivers for applicants who have completed an application (including transcript uploads, and requests for letters of recommendation), but do not qualify for a waiver from the OGE. Fee waiver requests will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis, and not after December 1. Furthermore, applications lacking the paid fee or a fee waiver by 11:59pm EST on December 15 will not be reviewed or considered for admission. Please complete the  MIT Physics Departmental Fee Waiver Application Form  when you are ready to apply for a departmental waiver. Waivers are not awarded until the application is complete.

Can I arrange a visit to the Physics Department or a specific research area?

Update as of September 23, 2021: In an effort to keep our community safe and healthy, we are not currently hosting or meeting with outside visitors in person, nor are we facilitating visits to our classrooms. Current graduate students and prospective applicants should direct any questions by email to [email protected] .

Applicants are invited to send specific questions to the Physics Admissions Office and some questions may be forwarded to current students for further information.

Can I receive an update on the status of my application?

Candidates will receive email acknowledgments from the Physics Academic Programs Office informing them whether their application is complete, is missing materials, or if further information is needed. Due to the high volume of applications that are received, no additional emails or telephone inquiries can be answered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all items are sent.

When will I be notified of a final decision?

Applicants will be notified via email of decisions by the end of February. If you have not heard from us by March 1, please send email to [email protected] .

We do not provide results by phone.

Can admitted students start in a term other than the next Fall semester?

Applications submitted between September 15 and December 15 by 11:59pm EST are assessed for the following Fall semester. We do not provide a separate admission review cycle for the Spring semester. Individual research supervisors may invite incoming students to start their research during the summer term a few months earlier than their studies would normally begin. All other incoming students start their studies in late August for the Fall term.

Once admitted, applicants may request a one-year deferral to attend a specific academic program or for another approved reason, with single semester deferrals for the following Spring term granted only rarely.

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PhD Program

A PhD degree in Physics is awarded in recognition of significant and novel research contributions, extending the boundaries of our knowledge of the physical universe. Selected applicants are admitted to the PhD program of the UW Department of Physics, not to a specific research group, and are encouraged to explore research opportunities throughout the Department.

Degree Requirements

Typical timeline, advising and mentoring, satisfactory progress, financial support, more information.

Applicants to the doctoral program are expected to have a strong undergraduate preparation in physics, including courses in electromagnetism, classical and quantum mechanics, statistical physics, optics, and mathematical methods of physics. Further study in condensed matter, atomic, and particle and nuclear physics is desirable. Limited deficiencies in core areas may be permissible, but may delay degree completion by as much as a year and are are expected to remedied during the first year of graduate study.

The Graduate Admissions Committee reviews all submitted applications and takes a holistic approach considering all aspects presented in the application materials. Application materials include:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae, describing your current position or activities, educational and professional experience, and any honors awarded, special skills, publications or research presentations.
  • Statement of purpose, one page describing your academic purpose and goals.
  • Personal history statement (optional, two pages max), describing how your personal experiences and background (including family, cultural, or economic aspects) have influenced your intellectual development and interests.
  • Three letters of recommendation: submit email addresses for your recommenders at least one month ahead of deadline to allow them sufficient time to respond.
  • Transcripts (unofficial), from all prior relevant undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Admitted applicants must provide official transcripts.
  • English language proficiency is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. The various options are specified at: https://grad.uw.edu/policies/3-2-graduate-school-english-language-proficiency-requirements/ Official test scores must be sent by ETS directly to the University of Washington (institution code 4854) and be received within two years of the test date.

For additional information see the UW Graduate School Home Page , Understanding the Application Process , and Memo 15 regarding teaching assistant eligibility for non-native English speakers.

The GRE Subject Test in Physics (P-GRE) is optional in our admissions process, and typically plays a relatively minor role.  Our admissions system is holistic, as we use all available information to evaluate each application. If you have taken the P-GRE and feel that providing your score will help address specific gaps or otherwise materially strengthen your application, you are welcome to submit your scores. We emphasize that every application will be given full consideration, regardless of whether or not scores are submitted.

Applications are accepted annually for autumn quarter admissions (only), and must be submitted online. Admission deadline: DECEMBER 15, 2024.

Department standards

Course requirements.

Students must plan a program of study in consultation with their faculty advisor (either first year advisor or later research advisor). To establish adequate breadth and depth of knowledge in the field, PhD students are required to pass a set of core courses, take appropriate advanced courses and special topics offerings related to their research area, attend relevant research seminars as well as the weekly department colloquium, and take at least two additional courses in Physics outside their area of speciality. Seeking broad knowledge in areas of physics outside your own research area is encouraged.

The required core courses are:

In addition, all students holding a teaching assistantship (TA) must complete Phys 501 / 502 / 503 , Tutorials in Teaching Physics.

Regularly offered courses which may, depending on research area and with the approval of the graduate program coordinator, be used to satisfy breadth requirements, include:

  • Phys 506 Numerical Methods
  • Phys 555 Cosmology & Particle Astrophysics
  • Phys 507 Group Theory
  • Phys 557 High Energy Physics
  • Phys 511 Topics in Contemporary Physics
  • Phys 560 Nuclear Theory
  • Phys 520 Quantum Information
  • Phys 564 General Relativity
  • Phys 550 Atomic Physics
  • Phys 567 Condensed Matter Physics
  • Phys 554 Nuclear Astrophysics
  • Phys 570 Quantum Field Theory

Graduate exams

Master's Review:   In addition to passing all core courses, adequate mastery of core material must be demonstrated by passing the Master's Review. This is composed of four Master's Review Exams (MREs) which serve as the final exams in Phys 524 (SM), Phys 514 (EM), Phys 518 (QM), and Phys 505 (CM). The standard for passing each MRE is demonstrated understanding and ability to solve multi-step problems; this judgment is independent of the overall course grade. Acceptable performance on each MRE is expected, but substantial engagement in research allows modestly sub-par performance on one exam to be waived. Students who pass the Master's Review are eligible to receive a Master's degree, provided the Graduate School course credit and grade point average requirements have also been satisfied.

General Exam:   Adequate mastery of material in one's area of research, together with demonstrated progress in research and a viable plan to complete a PhD dissertation, is assessed in the General Exam. This is taken after completing all course requirements, passing the Master's Review, and becoming well established in research. The General Exam consists of an oral presentation followed by an in-depth question period with one's dissertation committee.

Final Oral Exam:   Adequate completion of a PhD dissertation is assessed in the Final Oral, which is a public exam on one's completed dissertation research. The requirement of surmounting a final public oral exam is an ancient tradition for successful completion of a PhD degree.

Graduate school requirements

Common requirements for all doctoral degrees are given in the Graduate School Degree Requirements and Doctoral Degree Policies and Procedures pages. A summary of the key items, accurate as of late 2020, is as follows:

  • A minimum of 90 completed credits, of which at least 60 must be completed at the University of Washington. A Master's degree from the UW or another institution in physics, or approved related field of study, may substitute for 30 credits of enrollment.
  • At least 18 credits of UW course work at the 500 level completed prior to the General Examination.
  • At least 18 numerically graded UW credits of 500 level courses and approved 400 level courses, completed prior to the General Examination.
  • At least 60 credits completed prior to scheduling the General Examination. A Master's degree from the UW or another institution may substitute for 30 of these credits.
  • A minimum of 27 dissertation (or Physics 800) credits, spread out over a period of at least three quarters, must be completed. At least one of those three quarters must come after passing the General Exam. Except for summer quarters, students are limited to a maximum of 10 dissertation credits per quarter.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 must be maintained.
  • The General Examination must be successfully completed.
  • A thesis dissertation approved by the reading committee and submitted and accepted by the Graduate School.
  • The Final Examination must be successfully completed. At least four members of the supervisory committee, including chair and graduate school representative, must be present.
  • Registration as a full- or part-time graduate student at the University must be maintained, specifically including the quarter in which the examinations are completed and the quarter in which the degree is conferred. (Part-time means registered for at least 2 credits, but less than 10.)
  • All work for the doctoral degree must be completed within ten years. This includes any time spend on leave, as well as time devoted to a Master's degree from the UW or elsewhere (if used to substitute for credits of enrollment).
  • Pass the required core courses: Phys 513 , 517 , 524 & 528 autumn quarter, Phys 514 , 518 & 525 winter quarter, and Phys 515 , 519 & 505 spring quarter. When deemed appropriate, with approval of their faculty advisor and graduate program coordinator, students may elect to defer Phys 525 , 515 and/or 519 to the second year in order to take more credits of Phys 600 .
  • Sign up for and complete one credit of Phys 600 with a faculty member of choice during winter and spring quarters.
  • Pass the Master's Review by the end of spring quarter or, after demonstrating substantial research engagement, by the end of the summer.
  • Work to identify one's research area and faculty research advisor. This begins with learning about diverse research areas in Phys 528 in the autumn, followed by Phys 600 independent study with selected faculty members during winter, spring, and summer.
  • Pass the Master's Review (if not already done) by taking any deferred core courses or retaking MREs as needed. The Master's Review must be passed before the start of the third year.
  • Settle in and become fully established with one's research group and advisor, possibly after doing independent study with multiple faculty members. Switching research areas during the first two years is not uncommon.
  • Complete all required courses. Take breadth courses and more advanced graduate courses appropriate for one's area of research.
  • Perform research.
  • Establish a Supervisory Committee within one year after finding a compatible research advisor who agrees to supervise your dissertation work.
  • Take breadth and special topics courses as appropriate.
  • Take your General Exam in the third or fourth year of your graduate studies.
  • Register for Phys 800 (Doctoral Thesis Research) instead of Phys 600 in the quarters during and after your general exam.
  • Take special topics courses as appropriate.
  • Perform research. When completion of a substantial body of research is is sight, and with concurrence of your faculty advisor, start writing a thesis dissertation.
  • Establish a dissertation reading committee well in advance of scheduling the Final Examination.
  • Schedule your Final Examination and submit your PhD dissertation draft to your reading committee at least several weeks before your Final Exam.
  • Take your Final Oral Examination.
  • After passing your Final Exam, submit your PhD dissertation, as approved by your reading committee, to the Graduate School, normally before the end of the same quarter.

This typical timeline for competing the PhD applies to students entering the program with a solid undergraduate preparation, as described above under Admissions. Variant scenarios are possible with approval of the Graduate Program coordinator. Two such scenarios are the following:

  • Students entering with insufficient undergraduate preparation often require more time. It is important to identify this early, and not feel that this reflects on innate abilities or future success. Discussion with one's faculty advisor, during orientation or shortly thereafter, may lead to deferring one or more of the first year required courses and corresponding Master's Review Exams. It can also involve taking selected 300 or 400 level undergraduate physics courses before taking the first year graduate level courses. This must be approved by the Graduate Program coordinator, but should not delay efforts to find a suitable research advisor. The final Master's Review decision still takes place no later than the start of the 3rd year and research engagement is an important component in this decision.
  • Entering PhD students with advanced standing, for example with a prior Master's degree in Physics or transferring from another institution after completing one or more years in a Physics PhD program, may often graduate after 3 or 4 years in our program. After discussion with your faculty advisor and with approval of the Graduate Program coordinator, selected required classes may be waived (but typically not the corresponding Master's Review Exams), and credit from other institutions transferred.
  • Each entering PhD student is assigned a first year faculty advisor, with whom they meet regularly to discuss course selection, general progress, and advice on research opportunities. The role of a student's primary faculty advisor switches to their research advisor after they become well established in research. Once their doctoral supervisory committee is formed, the entire committee, including a designated faculty mentor (other than the research advisor) is available to provide advice and mentoring.
  • The department also has a peer mentoring program, in which first-year students are paired with more senior students who have volunteered as mentors. Peer mentors maintain contact with their first-year mentees throughout the year and aim to ease the transition to graduate study by sharing their experiences and providing support and advice. Quarterly "teas" are held to which all peer mentors and mentees are invited.
  • While academic advising is primarily concerned with activities and requirements necessary to make progress toward a degree, mentoring focuses on the human relationships, commitments, and resources that can help a student find success and fulfillment in academic and professional pursuits. While research advisors play an essential role in graduate study, the department considers it inportant for every student to also have available additional individuals who take on an explicit mentoring role.
  • Students are expected to meet regularly, at a minimum quarterly, with their faculty advisors (either first year advisor or research advisor).
  • Starting in the winter of their first year, students are expected to be enrolled in Phys 600 .
  • Every spring all students, together with their advisors, are required to complete an annual activities report.
  • The doctoral supervisory committee needs to be established at least by the end of the fourth year.
  • The General Exam is expected to take place during the third or fourth year.
  • Students and their advisors are expected to aim for not more than 6 years between entry into the Physics PhD program and completion of the PhD. In recent years the median time is close to 6 years.

Absence of satisfactory progress can lead to a hierarchy of actions, as detailed in the Graduate School Memo 16: Academic Performance and Progress , and may jeopardize funding as a teaching assistant.

The Department aims to provide financial support for all full-time PhD students making satisfactory progress, and has been successful in doing so for many years. Most students are supported via a mix teaching assistantships (TAs) and research assistantships (RAs), although there are also various scholarships, fellowships, and awards that provide financial support. Teaching and research assistanships provide a stipend, a tuition waiver, and health insurance benefits. TAs are employed by the University to assist faculty in their teaching activities. Students from non-English-speaking countries must pass English proficiency requirements . RAs are employed by the Department to assist faculty with specified research projects, and are funded through research grants held by faculty members.

Most first-year students are provided full TA support during their first academic year as part of their admission offer. Support beyond the second year is typically in the form of an RA or a TA/RA combination. It is the responsibility of the student to find a research advisor and secure RA support. Students accepting TA or RA positions are required to register as full-time graduate students (a minimum of 10 credits during the academic year, and 2 credits in summer quarter) and devote 20 hours per week to their assistantship duties. Both TAs and RAs are classified as Academic Student Employees (ASE) . These positions are governed by a contract between the UW and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), and its Local Union 4121 (UAW).

Physics PhD students are paid at the "Assistant" level (Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant) upon entry to the program. Students receive a promotion to "Associate I" (Predoctoral Teaching Associate I or Predoctoral Research Associate I) after passing the Master's Review, and a further promotion to "Associate II" (Predoctoral Teaching Associate II or Predoctoral Research Associate II) after passing their General Examination. (Summer quarter courses, and summer quarter TA employment, runs one month shorter than during the academic year. To compendate, summer quarter TA salaries are increased proportionately.)

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The selection of the Ph.D. students admitted to the Department of Physics is based on an individualized, holistic review of each application, including (but not limited to) the student's academic record, the letters of recommendation, the statement of purpose, past accomplishments, and talent for research in physics. Applicants should keep in mind that attributes such as persistence, enthusiasm, and intellectual creativity can play a significant role in the evaluation of the aptitude of a candidate to graduate school. 

For the 2024-25 application cycle, the General GRE or Physics GRE scores will be accepted but are not a required part of a complete application.  

Applications must be submitted by the middle of December to be considered for the following Autumn Quarter. In January and February of each year, the Physics Department Graduate Admission Committee reviews each application. All applicants will be notified of their admission status by March 1st.

The Physics Department recognizes that the Supreme Court issued a ruling in June 2023 about the consideration of certain types of demographic information as part of an admission review. All applications submitted during upcoming application cycles will be reviewed in conformance with that decision. The Department does not offer a separate program for the M.S. degree, but this degree may be awarded for a portion of the Ph.D. degree work with approval from the Department. Graduate students have opportunities for research in theoretical physics, AMO physics, ultra-fast lasers, particle and nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, quantum information and control, cosmology, astrophysics, and gravitation. Opportunities for research are also available with the faculty at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the areas of theoretical and experimental particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics, accelerator design, and photon science. In Applied Physics there are opportunities in the areas of theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics, materials research, quantum electronics, and novel imaging technology.

The application deadline for this academic year 2023-24 (2024-25 admissions cycle) is  11:59pm Pacific Standard Time, Friday, December 15, 2023 . The application submission deadline is a hard deadline and no late applications are accepted, no exceptions. We strongly suggest you do not wait until the last day to submit in case you encounter any difficulties.

  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably including at least one from a research group.
  • Upload one scanned version of your official transcript(s) in the online application (see File Upload Requirements ).   Official transcripts are preferred, however, if obtaining official transcripts is financially burdensome, we will accept unofficial transcripts at the time of application.  For those that are offered admission to our program, we will require submission of official transcripts for accepted students before matriculation.
  • The TOEFL exam is required for applicants whose first language is not English. It must be taken within the last two years. The TOEFL is waived for applicants who have recently completed or will complete a Bachelor's degree, or a 2-year Master's program, in the U.S. or in another English-speaking country.  See the  Graduate Admissions GRE/TOEFL FAQ  for detailed information.
  • The GRE General and Physics exam scores will be accepted but are not required in the 2024-25 application cycle (2023-24 academic year).

The Department of Physics welcomes graduate applications from individuals with a broad range of life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds who would contribute to our community of scholars. Review of applications is holistic and individualized, considering each applicant’s academic record and accomplishments, letters of recommendation, and admissions essays in order to understand how an applicant’s life experiences have shaped their past and potential contributions to their field.

The department is interested in understanding and mitigating barriers to access to all of our programs, including barriers based on citizenship status, accessibility, or financial or logistical challenges.  If you are interested in our graduate program but there are barriers that limit your ability to apply given our current procedures, we would appreciate hearing from you.  Please fill out this brief form .  

Not all students have equal access to information on the graduate admission process. The department is interested in helping those who may need additional guidance in applying to graduate programs in Physics. If you are interested in attending a Q&A panel to hear from current graduate students about applying to graduate programs please fill out this form .

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The Harvard Department of Physics offers students innovative educational and research opportunities with renowned faculty in state-of-the-art facilities, exploring fundamental problems involving physics at all scales. Our primary areas of experimental and theoretical research are atomic and molecular physics, astrophysics and cosmology, biophysics, chemical physics, computational physics, condensed-matter physics, materials science, mathematical physics, particle physics, quantum optics, quantum field theory, quantum information, string theory, and relativity.

Our talented and hardworking students participate in exciting discoveries and cutting-edge inventions such as the ATLAS experiment, which discovered the Higgs boson; building the first 51-cubit quantum computer; measuring entanglement entropy; discovering new phases of matter; and peering into the ‘soft hair’ of black holes.

Our students come from all over the world and from varied educational backgrounds. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment and attracting the widest possible range of talents.

We have a flexible and highly responsive advising structure for our PhD students that shepherds them through every stage of their education, providing assistance and counseling along the way, helping resolve problems and academic impasses, and making sure that everyone has the most enriching experience possible.The graduate advising team also sponsors alumni talks, panels, and advice sessions to help students along their academic and career paths in physics and beyond, such as “Getting Started in Research,” “Applying to Fellowships,” “Preparing for Qualifying Exams,” “Securing a Post-Doc Position,” and other career events (both academic and industry-related).

We offer many resources, services, and on-site facilities to the physics community, including our electronic instrument design lab and our fabrication machine shop. Our historic Jefferson Laboratory, the first physics laboratory of its kind in the nation and the heart of the physics department, has been redesigned and renovated to facilitate study and collaboration among our students.

Members of the Harvard Physics community participate in initiatives that bring together scientists from institutions across the world and from different fields of inquiry. For example, the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms unites a community of scientists from both institutions to pursue research in the new fields opened up by the creation of ultracold atoms and quantum gases. The Center for Integrated Quantum Materials , a collaboration between Harvard University, Howard University, MIT, and the Museum of Science, Boston, is dedicated to the study of extraordinary new quantum materials that hold promise for transforming signal processing and computation. The Harvard Materials Science and Engineering Center is home to an interdisciplinary group of physicists, chemists, and researchers from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences working on fundamental questions in materials science and applications such as soft robotics and 3D printing.  The Black Hole Initiative , the first center worldwide to focus on the study of black holes, is an interdisciplinary collaboration between principal investigators from the fields of astronomy, physics, mathematics, and philosophy. The quantitative biology initiative https://quantbio.harvard.edu/  aims to bring together physicists, biologists, engineers, and applied mathematicians to understand life itself. And, most recently, the new program in  Quantum Science and Engineering (QSE) , which lies at the interface of physics, chemistry, and engineering, will admit its first cohort of PhD students in Fall 2022.

We support and encourage interdisciplinary research and simultaneous applications to two departments is permissible. Prospective students may thus wish to apply to the following departments and programs in addition to Physics:

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  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Mathematics
  • John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)
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  • Molecules, Cells and Organisms Program (MCO)

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Thank you for your interest in the Boston University Physics Department! We welcome you to apply to our PhD Program, where you will find a community of diverse and amicable physicists from all over the world. We pride ourselves on the close interactions between our students and faculty, as well as our experimental and theoretical research groups. Our students can take advantage of the close collaborations we have with the faculty and research labs of the College of Engineering, the School of Medicine, the Center for Polymer Studies, Neuroscience, Photonics and the Center for Nanoscience and Nano Biotechnology.

To learn more about the BU Physics PhD program, such as our selectivity rate, demographic data, completion and attrition rates, median time-to-degree, and career outcomes, please visit our PhD profile page listed here .

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  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences  Online Application
  • A $95 application fee.
  • Unofficial transcripts   from every college or university attended.  Official transcripts will be required by the Graduate School if you are admitted, and upon your accepting our offer of admission.We respect decisions made by applicants and/or by their academic institutions regarding the enrollment in or adoption of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, Pass/No Record, Credit/No Credit, Pass/Fail and other similar grading options during the pandemic disruptions.
  • Three Letters of Reference
  • GRE Scores (optional). The Boston University Physics Department decided that the general GRE and physics GRE will be optional for all applicants to the Physics Ph.D. program for Fall 2023. We feel that this may provide an opportunity for students who have taken the general GRE and/or physics GRE to demonstrate an ability that is not shown otherwise in their application. We strongly recommend that applicants interested in theoretical research and international applicants submit their GRE scores with their applications, if circumstances allow. Our admissions process aims to equitably evaluate applications based on all available information, and we will perform a thorough evaluation of applications regardless of whether general GRE and physics GRE scores are submitted.
  • Personal Statement. Please write a brief essay describing your qualifications and objectives. Include any research activities, publications, and independent studies you have completed.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Supplemental Materials. You are welcome to submit supplementary documents that will assist in our holistic review of your candidacy. Including full length research papers is generally not useful. But if you have relevant material not apparent in your academic record, a separate curriculum vitae submission is an opportunity to provide it. In particular, if extenuating circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic have affected you, this is an opportunity to discuss these outside your Statement of Purpose. Furthermore, the Boston University Physics Department is interested in a diverse and inclusive student population. You are welcome to describe aspects of your personal background, accomplishments, or achievements that you feel are important in evaluating your application. For example: economic challenges in achieving higher education, such as being financially responsible for family members or dependents or coming from a background of limited income. Perhaps you have unusual life experiences that might contribute to the diversity of the graduate group, such as service to under-served segments of society, or living in multicultural or multilingual communities. In reviewing this optional document, we will attempt to take such matters into account when evaluating your application.

If you are not a citizen of the United States or do not hold official United States Permanent Residency status, you will need to provide the following additional information with your application ( see here for more information ):

  • Certified English translations of all transcripts and academic records. We encourage international applicants to visit our Frequently Asked Questions section on submitting transcripts.
  • Official English proficiency score report sent directly from testing organization which meets the minimum requirements.

Please See:    Guidelines for submitting International Transcripts .

Please visit the Graduate School   Frequently Asked Questions  page for more information about   testing requirements.

For more detailed information about the Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the general admissions process, please refer to the   Graduate School Bulletin .

Application deadline: The application deadline is December 15.   The application portal will remain open until 23:59 ET on December 15 . All student submitted documents have to be posted by then to be considered. Reminder: please include an unofficial copy of your fall semester transcript.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, or a bachelor’s degree in another field with comparable preparation in junior and senior level physics courses including quantum mechanics, intermediate mechanics, electricity and magnetism and statistical/thermal physics.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can’t afford the application fee?   Boston University requires that the application fee be paid before your application is forwarded to the departmental admissions committee for review. There are several special programs for fee waivers that are listed on the   Graduate School page . In particular, we would like to highlight a new program by the Boston University graduate school to   waive application fees for women applicants  in STEM departments, including physics. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required for this program.

What is the basis for admission?   Every year, we have several hundred applicants, and can only offer admission to a much smaller number, targeting a typical incoming class size ranging from 10 to 20 students. Our admission process is holistic, in that we consider many factors, and there is no strict cutoff based on GRE scores (o ptional for 2023 ) or GPA. We are striving to build a highly qualified and diverse class where every student has an excellent chance of thriving and working with a research advisor in their field of interest. Each year our admission goals are adjusted based on the opportunities in theoretical, experimental, and computational sub-fields, and the basis for admission varies within each discipline.

Can I arrange a visit to Boston University?   To arrange a visit, please contact, at least one week in advance, the Physics Department main office at (617) 353-2600, or send an e-mail message to the  Graduate Admissions Team . If you would like to sit in on a graduate-level class, please refer to our course schedule and let us know which course you would like to see. You can also refer to our research group listing and contact individual   faculty members   working in your area of interest. We particularly encourage students to visit on Tuesdays, when we hold our departmental colloquium. Directions to the Physics Department are available  here .

Is financial aid available?  All newly admitted PhD students receive a 5-year offer of support, which may be a combination of fellowship, teaching assistantship or research assistantship. First-year students typically receive teaching assistant positions. Students are encouraged to join a research group by applying for a research assistantship. Both research and teaching assistants receive a scholarship for tuition, fees and basic medical insurance, as well as a stipend. The total stipend amount for the 2022 – 2023 academic year, including summer, is $38,253. See   this page   for more information.

Please refer to the Graduate School’s   Admissions page   for more info. For administrative questions, please contact the   Graduate Admissions Team .

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Graduate education in physics offers you exciting opportunities extending over a diverse range of subjects and departments. You will work in state-of-the-art facilities with renowned faculty and accomplished postdoctoral fellows. The interdisciplinary nature of the program provides you with the opportunity to select the path that most interests you. You will be guided by a robust academic advising team to ensure your success.

You will have access to Jefferson Laboratory, the oldest physics laboratory in the country, which today includes a wing designed specifically to facilitate the study and collaboration between you and other physics graduate students.

Students in the program are doing research in many areas, including atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics, condensed-matter physics, computational physics, the physics of solids and fluids, biophysics, astrophysics, statistical mechanics, mathematical physics, high-energy particle physics, quantum field theory, string theory, relativity, and many others.

Graduates of the program have secured academic positions at institutions such as MIT, Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, and Harvard University. Others have gone into private industry at leading organizations such as Google, Facebook, and Apple. 

Additional information on the graduate program is available from the Department of Physics , and requirements for the degree are detailed in Policies . 

Areas of Study

Engineering and Physical Biology | Experimental Astrophysics | Experimental Physics | Theoretical Astrophysics | Theoretical Physics | Unspecified

Admissions Requirements

Please review admissions requirements and other information before applying. You can find degree program-specific admissions requirements below and access additional guidance on applying from the Department of Physics .

Academic Background

Applicants should be well versed in undergraduate-level physics and mathematics. Typically, applicants will have devoted approximately half of their undergraduate work to physics and related subjects such as mathematics and chemistry. It is desirable for every applicant to have completed at least one year of introductory quantum mechanics classes. An applicant who has a marked interest in a particular branch of physics should include this information in the application. If possible, applicants should also indicate whether they are inclined toward experimental or theoretical (mathematical) research. This statement of preference will not be treated as a binding commitment to any course of study and research. In the Advanced Coursework section of the online application, prospective students must indicate the six most advanced courses (four in physics and two in mathematics) they completed or will complete at their undergraduate institution.

Standardized Tests

GRE General: Optional GRE Subject Test: Optional

Theses & Dissertations

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Applying to UC Berkeley's Physics Graduate Program

The application deadline for Fall 2024 admission to the Berkeley Physics Ph.D. program is:

December 11 2023, at 8:59 PM (Pacific Standard Time)/11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

Your application should be complete — meaning that all of your letters and supplemental materials should be uploaded — by this deadline. Application review commences immediately after the deadline; as such, we cannot guarantee that materials received after the deadline (including letters of recommendation) will be fully reviewed.

Apply for graduate admission online (click here to go to online application)

Updates for Fall 2024 graduate admissions

  • Submission of a  Physics Subject GRE score is  OPTIONAL
  • General GRE scores will  not be reviewed . Please do not submit your general GRE scores to Berkeley Physics.

At this time, no determination has been made if the GRE and/or Physics GRE scores will be required application materials for graduate admission in fall 2025 and beyond.

Our graduate admissions committee conducts a holistic evaluation of all applications, which takes into consideration recommendation letters, academic achievements, research experience, a record of leadership and outreach activities, efforts to promote diversity, personal history, and more.

We require a minimum of three letters of recommendation. You will invite your recommenders to submit their letters through the online application. All letters should be uploaded by the application deadline.

Please do NOT send updated transcripts, publications, etc. after the application deadline. Applications will not be updated after the December 11th deadline with transcripts showing fall grades. Letter writers are still able to upload letters of recommendation via the Slate submission links, but we cannot guarantee that the committee will have them available for review since the application deadline has passed.

Please read the application instructions thoroughly. All supporting materials, including your transcript(s), should be uploaded to your application. Your application will be reviewed with your unofficial transcripts. If you ultimately are admitted and enroll at Berkeley, you will submit official transcripts prior to matriculating.

You must submit a course and textbook list of all the third- and fourth-year physics, astrophysics, and mathematics courses that you have completed. Download our  "Course and Textbook List" form here  ( alternate link 1  /  alternate link 2 ). You may complete our form directly, or you may use our form as a template to create your own document; please save the completed document as a PDF and upload it to the Physics Program page in the online application.

We typically begin making offers of admission in mid-February. Our final offers of admission will be made no later than mid-March.

Please check our  frequently asked questions (FAQ) , compiled from inquiries by prospective graduate students. 

To contact our staff regarding graduate admissions, please email  [email protected]

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All application  waiver  requests should be directed to the Graduate Division of Art and Sciences ( [email protected] ).

Please do not send transcripts or other documents to the “admiss@upenn” email address., information for applicants to the graduate program:.

The graduate program in physics and astronomy is directed primarily towards the PhD degree, emphasizing completion of an original and significant research investigation. The department will, however, award a M.S. degree signifying a knowledge of physics well beyond the undergraduate level but without the comprehensive background and intensive research effort of the Ph.D.

The departmental research program presently emphasizes experimental and theoretical works in particle physics, nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, astrophysics, and astronomy.

Further information about the online application process may be obtained by clicking on the link below:

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Special Admissions Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in physics, astronomy, or a related science is required. If the Bachelor's degree is not in physics or astronomy, a strong physics minor is necessary. Prior research experience is strongly encouraged.

For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL exam is required to demonstrate proficiency in English. We do not require GRE scores as part of our admissions process, but like many other items of a student’s application—transcript, letters, statement—they may provide information about you as a student that might otherwise be missed. If you have chosen to take the GREs and feel that they demonstrate an ability that is not shown otherwise by your record, please note this in your research or personal statements .

In the personal statement, all Ph.D. applications within the Graduate Division of Arts & Sciences should address the following:

Please describe how your background and academic experiences have influenced your decision to pursue a graduate degree and led you to apply to Penn. Your essay should detail your specific research interests and intellectual goals within your chosen field. Please provide information about your educational trajectory, intellectual curiosity and academic ambitions. If you have overcome adversity and/or experienced limited access to resources or opportunities in your field of study, please feel free to share how that has affected the course of your education. We are interested in your lived experiences and how your particular perspective might contribute to the inclusive and dynamic learning community that Penn values and strives to create.

For Further Information

Admission statistics.

  • Address admission inquiries to: Admissions Coordinator, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Graduate application fee required: $90
  • Admission deadline (Fall admission) : December 15
  • Admission information: We typically make offers of admission to about 12 percent of those who apply.
  • Admission requirements: Bachelor's degree in physics, astronomy or a related science. If the Bachelor's degree is in another field, a strong physics minor is required. No minimum undergraduate GPA is specified. No minimum score on the GRE verbal and quantitative is specified.
  • Undergraduate preparation assumed: A typical student will have completed intermediate and advanced courses in mechanics (Marion, Becker, etc.); electricity and magnetism (Reitz and Milford, Corson and Lorrain); quantum mechanics (Saxon, etc.); and undergraduate laboratory .

Transfer Credit

Students may receive credit for graduate courses taken at other institutions, though no more than 8 credits may be transferred. For more information, contact the Graduate Chair with your transcript and a description of the topics covered in the class.

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The Cal-Bridge program has the mission of creating opportunities for traditionally underrepresented groups to participate and advance in physics, astronomy, computer science, and computer engineering and to increase their numbers in PhD programs in those fields. The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania is a dedicated partner of the Cal-Bridge program.  Learn more about the Cal-Bridge program here.

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The APS Bridge Program is a post-baccalaureate program lasting one to two years that provides students with research experience, advanced coursework, and coaching to prepare them for a graduate school application. Through the Bridge Program, APS is working to increase the number of physics PhDs awarded to underrepresented minority (URM) students, identified as Black, Latinx, and Indigenous, by creating sustainable transition programs and a national network of doctoral-granting institutions. The Bridge Program also provides students with the opportunity to receive mentoring so that they can successfully complete PhD programs, build and strengthen their professional networks, and explore new career paths.

Department of Physics

Graduate students, prospective students, find all the information you need, including application,  here ..

The Department of Physics offers the opportunity for students to pursue a Ph.D. in many areas of experimental and theoretical physics. Entering students typically have undergraduate degrees in physics or related fields, and are drawn from among the most talented students around the world. The department does not offer a terminal master's program.

The Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team (GRIT) began as a grassroots student organization and has grown to encompass 18 graduate programs in the Biological Sciences Division (BSD) and Physical Sciences Division (PSD) at the University of Chicago with over 50 members and a dedicated faculty counterpart in the form of the Diversity Council. GRIT is committed to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity across the BSD and PSD graduate programs. GRIT focuses on three central components:  recruitment ,  retention , and  sustainability  in order to increase the recruitment and retention of students from marginalized backgrounds.

Learn more about GRIT  here .

Incoming and Returning Students

If you wish to speak to someone about the Ph.D. program, or other issues pertaining to the graduate student experience, please contact either  Zosia Krusberg , the Director of Graduate Studies,  Stuart Gazes , the Undergraduate Program Chair, or  P eter Littlewood , the Department Chair.

Links to detailed information and resources for incoming and returning graduate students are found under the tabs below.

Incoming Student Information

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For international incoming students, please check out International Students Resource for more information.

Dean of Students (Physical Science Division)

The Dean of Students Office works with students, faculty, divisional staff, and campus partners to advance the academic, personal, and professional development of students in the Physical Sciences Division. Our central mission is to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students as they pursue their education and thrive as members of the broader University of Chicago community. 

Our regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. You can reach the Dean of Students Office by emailing  [email protected] .

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A full list of resources can be found under Dean of Students Current Student Resources .

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  • UChicagoGRAD is a one-stop shop of integrated services to help graduate students and postdocs navigate their academic and professional careers. Download an overview of our office  here .
  • Led by Jason Merchant, Vice Provost, UChicagoGRAD programs provide flexible training that complements support in academic units.
  • UChicagoGRAD  staff  are committed to serving the graduate and postdoc community, focusing on recruitment; skills and experience; career development; and alumni engagement.

Contact [email protected] , and visit grad.uchicago.edu  to learn more.

Graduate Program Policies

Students with questions may contact Zosia Krusberg  (Director of Graduate Studies), Putri Kusumo (Assistant Director of Graduate Affairs), Bahareh Lampert  (Dean of Students in the Physical Sciences Division), or Amanda Young (Associate Director, Graduate Student Affairs) in UChicagoGRAD. 

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Physics: ph.d. admissions faq, su physics ph.d. program: general admissions questions & answers.

When is my application due?

To be considered for our program in Fall 2024, please note that our deadline for early consideration is December 15th, 2023. We will continue to review applications received up until our final deadline, January 15th, 2024.

Can I apply for a fee waiver for my application?

We have a limited budget for covering application fee waivers, and only do so in special cases. For consideration of a waiver, please submit a request to [email protected] . Please include your specific research interests here at our department, elaborate on your experiences, and attach your CV. Our committee will then review and get back to you. All waiver requests must be submitted at least 1-2 weeks before application deadlines to allow for time to review and process.

Do I have to have a prior Undergraduate (or M.S.) degree in Physics to be considered for admission?

We will accept applications from students with backgrounds in other fields. However, a prior degree in physics can provide support for your application.

Are GRE scores required? What is the minimum acceptable score?

General and Physics GRE scores are not required!

It is past the January 15th deadline. Will you still accept my application?

We will still accept applications after that date, but your chances of admission will be smaller. Please notify [email protected] that you have submitted late application.

What materials do I need to include with my application?

You should include information about your research interests and experience in the personal statement and CV that you submit with your application.

We also recommend you look through the research groups listed on our department’s website, and specifically mention research areas and/or faculty members you’d be interested in working with (and why).

Check the grad program page for more information about application requirements.

Does my personal statement need to be limited to 500 words or less?

We have no set requirement on the number of words, but please keep your personal statement 1-2 pages. You should upload it as a PDF into your application in the online application program.

How do I apply for financial support from the department?

Every new student who is accepted to the Physics graduate program within our department is offered some form of fellowship or graduate assistantship (TA or RA) for at least their first year, except in very rare cases.

Can my application be evaluated in advance, so I can know my chances of admission?

No. Your application can only be evaluated in comparison to the rest of the applicant pool before we can advise about your chances of admission for the upcoming year.

Please note we admit students to the physics program and not into a research group. Opportunities with some of our research groups are very competitive.

What is the average GPA of students accepted into your program?

Your application is considered in totality and in comparison to the rest of the applicant pool, so this can vary greatly from year to year and depends upon your fields and specializations of interest, your undergraduate program.

Which Faculty members will be taking on students in the upcoming year?

We do not post current openings during the application process. If you contact a faculty member directly and describe your research interests and experience, they may be able to answer that question for you.

How do I complete the part of my application that asks for proof of funding/support?

You can submit your application without the proof of funding information . If you receive an admission offer from the Physics department, it would be coupled with either a fellowship or teaching assistantship offer that would automatically fulfill the funding requirement in the application.

Is an unofficial/scanned in transcript acceptable?

Scanned copies of official transcripts are acceptable at the time of application, but if you are accepted into the program you must provide official copies to the graduate school before the end of your first year of study.

Can I include additional materials (for example a copy of a paper which I coauthored) to be reviewed by the committee?

You have the option to do so, but it is not required. Anything you submit will be factored into the decision that the admissions committee makes in regards to your application. However, a personal statement reflecting upon your research interests and experience is required.

I am interested in the Physics M.S. program. Are you accepting M.S. candidates?

The department only guarantees tuition and stipend support to students who are admitted to the Ph.D. program. However, some students may wish to enroll in the M.S. program supported by a third party (e.g. other industry or federal support). If this is the case, we encourage you to contact [email protected] prior to applying so that your proposed program can be discussed with the Graduate Program Director.

Do you conditionally admit students prior to the official admission cycle?

No, our department does not offer conditional admission to our Ph.D. program.

I am interested in applying for the SPRING semester. How do I do so?

We do not accept applications for spring admission, only fall.

Do you accept transfer students into the Physics Ph.D. program?

We will consider your application for admission, but your chances of admission will be smaller if you are already enrolled in a graduate program in physics in US. Please note on your application or in your personal statement that you are currently attending another university, and that you are looking to transfer. It is important to explain why you are looking to transfer after enrolling in another program. This could play a large role when the admissions committee evaluates your application.

When will admission decisions be made?

Most of admission offers will be typically made in January and February. Some admission offers will be made through March and early April. If we do not reach admission targets by April 15th, we occasionally make admission offers in late April. We rarely send rejection notices before April 15th.

I am an international applicant...

Are TOEFL scores required?

We ask all international applicants to submit TOEFL scores with your application. Good scores will enhance your application greatly, but there are no minimum scores required for consideration.

What is the minimum acceptable TOEFL score?

The average score accepted varies considerably from one year to the next, based upon the applicant pool. We rarely admit students with cumulative TOEFL score below 85.

Will you accept IELTS scores, in place of TOEFL?

Although the admissions committee prefers using TOEFL scores as a source for comparison among applicants, our admissions committee will accept IELTS scores in place of TOEFL if that is the only test you have taken.

I have already earned a prior degree in the US. Do I need to submit TOEFL scores?

In your case, a TOEFL score report is not necessary if you have several years’ experience at US institution.

Is my foreign transcript acceptable?

You need to include a document listing the classes you have completed, the grades you have earned, and any degrees you have earned. If this information is not listed in the standard transcript, please include an official university document that does include this information.

How do I convert the scores on my (international) transcript to a 4.0 scale?

We ask applicants to judge where their performance would fall on the following grade scale(s) , to the best of their abilities.

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The Department of Physics & Astronomy requires all Ph.D. applicants to submit all application materials, including transcripts, online through the Slate application portal .  Please follow the below guidelines when preparing the required materials. At this time, official English proficiency scores are required as part of the international application packet. 

Application Details

Enter all requested information in the online forms.  Below we provide clarification regarding certain questions, organized by the tab inside the portal.

Academic Program

Under “Academic Program,” please select “Physics PHD,” as that encompasses all Ph.D.s granted in the Physics & Astronomy Department.  Under “Area of Interest,” please indicate the research group in the department that you would currently most like to work within.  These categories conform directly to the faculty research groups described on our research pages .  Note that the Condensed Matter Experiment and Theory groups are listed together on the website, even though in the application Condensed Matter Theory is grouped under the “Theory” category.  Select the following options if you wish to express your current research interests this way:

  • Astroparticle - General: You are most interested in astroparticle science topics but do not have a strong preference for working in either of the 3 subgroups over the others.
  • Theory - General: You currently want to work on theory topics in physics and find both areas of condensed matter and high energy equally interesting and currently have no strong preference for either over the other.

We use your selection to match admissions with research group needs, and secondary interests are available for selection under the “College of Science” tab.  These selections are used as a guide, but the personal statement should describe the nature of your interests more precisely.  For example, you may not yet know which area of physics you’d like to specialize in, and that’s OK: Be sure to clearly explain that in your personal statement.

Academic History

Upload an unofficial transcript for every undergraduate institution you have attended.  Upon acceptance into the program, you will need to provide official transcripts, including evidence of Bachelor’s and (if applicable) Master’s degrees, to the Graduate School.  Admission into the program is contingent on meeting these requirements.

College of Science

Select, if applicable, up to 2 other research areas of interest (see information under the Academic Program heading above for details).  Also indicate whether you would like to be considered only for the Ph.D. program, only for the postbacc program , or if you would like to be considered for both.  Please review the information on the postbacc program to see if it may be applicable to you.  The applicants for the two programs are assessed separately with differing metrics, and in general candidates will be suitable for only one program or the other.  However, strong applicants with non-traditional backgrounds may benefit from the postbacc program even though they would be competitive as a Ph.D. candidate; in this case, requesting to be considered for both programs would be appropriate.

Prerequisite Coursework

List all relevant physics and mathematics courses that you have taken in your previous studies that have prepared you for graduate studies in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah. Please list, for each course, the institution where you took it, term length (semester, quarter, etc.), its name/title, course number, number of credits, your grade, and the name/author(s) of the textbook used (in the additional details box).  The most important entry here is the textbook, since the other information is available in your transcript(s).  Include lower division undergraduate courses, upper division and/or graduate level general physics courses, and upper division and/or graduate level specialized courses (e.g., condensed matter physics, high energy physics, biophysics, etc).  Although not crucial, enter courses in each of these 3 groups together so that they will be listed together (if you forgot one, you do not need to delete courses to have it listed with the proper group—you can simply add it at the end).

Additional Materials

Additional Academic Materials: This is where you upload PDFs of your personal statement and curriculum vitae (CV).  These documents are your opportunity to tell us what makes you a great candidate for the Physics and Astronomy Ph.D. program at the University of Utah.  When preparing them, keep in mind our evaluation criteria, laid out in detail on this page .  It should be possible for reviewers to easily find evidence of that criteria in your statement and CV, as well as elsewhere in your application materials.  Do not be shy about repeating information in multiple places, or pointing to other documents for more details (e.g., in your personal statement, you might mention belonging to multiple student organizations but refer the reader to your CV for more details on those groups and your roles in them instead of describing them in the statement itself).

Your Personal Statement should be a single essay (approximately 500 words or roughly 2 pages double-spaced) that addresses both of the following topics and speaks to the review criteria :

  • What is something about physics or astronomy that you find exciting?
  • How do your goals for graduate school match the opportunities offered by the research programs in the Department of Physics and Astronomy?

For the second topic, please reference the research program webpages to familiarize yourself with the available opportunities.  You do not need to identify specific faculty or groups you absolutely intend to work with, but if certain individuals or groups match your current interests well, this is the place to let us know and describe why that research particularly interests you.

Additional Academic Information: These prompts are optional; however, it can be helpful to us for you to list your undergraduate GPA computed on a 4.0 scale.  If the second prompt applies to you (non-completion of another graduate program), this text box is your opportunity to provide important information explaining your situation.  Even if this topic is discussed in your personal statement, it is beneficial to repeat/expand on it here.

Additional Financial Materials: The application fee waiver code is UUPANDA ; with this code, you should not have to pay the application fee upon submission.  We do not want our applicants to pay a fee, but the graduate school requires one, so the fee waiver code is available to all.

Additional Immigration Materials: I f you have a document with an English proficiency score certification (for more details, click here) , feel free to attach it as an additional page to the scan of your passport and upload both as a single document here.

Recommendations

Please provide contact information for 3-5 individuals who have agreed to provide a recommendation letter on your behalf.  An email will automatically be sent to the provided email address once the Recommender form is complete and “Send to Recommender” is clicked.  For the “Relationship” field, describe the capacity in which the recommender knows you, e.g., you were a student in their class, they were a supervisor for an internship or research project, etc.  It is good practice to follow up with the recommender to make sure they got the email and know the deadline that their letter needs to be submitted by (which will not be stated in the email that goes to them).  You can return to this page to check the status of letter uploads and remind letter writers as the deadline approaches.  For the letters to maximally benefit your application, you should waive access to the submitted letters.

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On the final review tab, any errors (almost certainly a list of unanswered but required fields) will be indicated.  when no errors are found, you will be able to submit the application—once submitted, you will not be able to change any responses or documents provided through the online application.  if information needs to be updated after you have submitted (but before the application deadline has passed), please contact the graduate coordinator at [email protected] ..

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The study of physics has revealed a world remarkably united around a small set of fundamental laws and basic forces of nature. These laws govern phenomena as varied as the behavior of subatomic particles and the motion of galaxies, making the study of physics a basic foundation for all the physical and life sciences.

At Yale, theorists and experimentalists explore and test the physical laws of nature, searching for new phenomena that will provide evidence for more comprehensive and unified theories. Yale’s Department of Physics is recognized for its experimental and theoretical work on nuclear, atomic, solid state, and high-energy particle physics. We also work very closely with other departments to bridge the gaps between sciences.

Our PhD program helps students acquire a general foundational knowledge of physics, and learn to communicate and educate others on that knowledge. Our students are involved in a wide range of research , expanding the world’s understanding of the laws of physics. More information on the graduate program can be found on our Program Details page .

Research areas

Research areas include atomic physics and quantum optics; nuclear physics; particle physics; astrophysics and cosmology; condensed matter; quantum information physics; applied physics; and other areas in collaboration with the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Applied Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Geology and Geophysics, Astronomy, and Yale’s Integrated Graduate Program in Physical and Engineering Biology (PEB). Please see our Research pages for further information.

Course Requirements

Over the course of the first and second years, students are required to complete six foundational courses, one advanced elective, two research seminars, and one special investigation. Our foundational courses cover classical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, mathematical methods, quantum mechanics, and statistical physics. Students may choose from a wide range of classes as their advanced elective(s). During the first year, students are given the option of taking pass-out exams for each of the foundational courses. Students who successfully pass an exam are exempt from taking the course and can choose an advanced elective to take in place of the foundation course. More information regarding course requirements, waivers, and pass-out exams can be found on our Academic Requirements page .

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Prospective students interested in learning more about our PhD program, please see our prospective student pages . Application season is August to December for the following academic year. All students start in the fall.

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Ph.D. Admissions @ IOP, Bhubaneswar

Start your research life with us, important dates, last date for receiving online application: 30 th jun, 2022, tentative window for the selection is 12 th -15 th july, 2022, phase 2.    may 31, june 1-2, 2017 (last date for receiving online application: 23 may, 2017), about our institute.

Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar is an autonomous research institution funded by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India. The research activities in the Institute spans theoretical and experimental research in the areas of condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, high energy physics and interdisciplinary areas such as quantum computation, biological physics, complex systems, nano-science, material science, etc. With its distinguished research faculties and worldclass facilities, Institute of Physics offers an ideal platform to motivated and aspiring students to initiate their research career.

  • Institute of Physics has large number of world class experimental facilities .
  • Institute is actively involved in international collaborations with CERN (Switzerland) ( ALICE , CMS ), BNL (USA), ANL (USA), GSI (Germany).
  • Institute is also participating in various research activities related to India-based Neutrino Observatory ( INO ).

One of the important objectives of the Institute is to train and guide young scholars for research and career in physics. For this, the Institute conducts regular Ph.D program, where the degree is awarded by Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed-to-be University within the Department of Atomic Energy. During the first two years of the Ph.D program (which includes the period of course work), scholars are paid a fellowship of ₹ 31,000/- p.m. Thereafter, scholars are placed in Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) grade and are paid ₹ 35,000/- p.m. In addition, there is an annual contingency grant of ₹ 40,000/- to meet expenses on books and other research related expenses including academic travel. Medical facilities are also available to them.

Ph.D. Admission Criteria

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The Institute invites application for its regular Doctoral Programme starting from August, 2022. Indian nationals satisfying the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • A valid CSIR-JRF / UGC-JRF fellowship OR A valid GATE score with rank up to 200 OR JEST - 2022 rank up to 250 (for Ph. D only)
  • M.Sc. in Physics with a minimum of 55% marks (in aggregate) or equivalent cumulative CGPA. (Candidates who appeared for M.Sc. in 2022, and who satisfy the criteria mentioned above can apply. However, if selected, their admission will be provisional subject to satisfying the minimal criteria and submission of the M.Sc. certificate.)

(Candidates are required to upload the supporting documents regarding GATE/ JRF/JEST and produce the same in original at the time of admission.)

Those who have qualified JEST-2017 with rank upto 300 (we have sent them a mail from [email protected] ) may directly come to interview with their documents on 17 th May, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

Procedure and Stages

The selection will be based on an offline interview. However, depending on the COVID-19 situation, the dates and/or the selection process may be modified.

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  • After admission the selected candidates have to undergo one year of course work. After successful completion of the coursework they will work under the supervision of faculty members of the institute for the Ph.D. degree which will be awarded by the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), Mumbai. Selected candidates# will receive a monthly fellowship at par with other research institutes of the DAE, an annual contingency grant and have access to on-campus accommodation, medical facilities etc. at nominal charges. # For those selected candidates who have appeared for their M.Sc. final examination in this year (2022), the admission will be provisional in case they cannot produce the M.Sc. degree certificate. The admission will be confirmed and the fellowship will start after submission of the certificate and marksheets with minimum of 55% marks. Selected candidates, at the time of joining, have to produce B.Sc., M.Sc. marksheets and certificates besides JEST/GATE/NET scorecard in original. In addition, document indicating date of birth needs to be produced.
  • Last date of online application is 30th June, 2022.
  • Tentative dates of selection are 12th - 15th July, 2022. The selection will be based on an offline interview. However, depending on the COVID-19 situation, the dates and/or the selection process may be modified.
  • Online application does not entitle the applicant to be considered for the Selection process. If the number of applications is more than what can be processed, additional cut-off criteria may be used for further shortlisting.
  • Candidates are encouraged to give their preference for Theory or Experimental Physics towards getting interviewed by a suitable committee.

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May 3-5, 2017, june 4-6, 2022, declaration of final results will be within a week following the interview., address for correspondence.

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Ms. Ayesha Nanda has received a poster prize in the recently concluded 7th Annual Conference of the Division of Plasma Physics of the Association of Asia Pacific Physics Society (AAPPS-DPP 2023), held from November 12-17, 2023 at Port Messe Nagoya, Japan. The poster's title is "Energy exchange in a compact dipole plasma: thermodynamical investigations through measurements and modeling" which is co-authored with Prof. Sudeep Bhattacharjee.

Ms. Deepika Behmani has received a best poster prize in the recently held Plasma Scholars Colloquium (PSC 2023) during July 20 - 21, 2023, at IIT Kanpur. The title of the poster was "Frequency locked measurement of plasma potential fluctuations in an atmospheric pressure microplasma jet".

Ms. Jayashree Majumdar has received the best poster prize in the recently held "35th International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases (ICPIG 2023)" during July 9 - 14, 2023, at Egmond aan Zee in the Netherlands. Her poster was on "Studies on changes in surface morphology of materials under plasma environment and their potential applications in field emission".

Mr. Bheemsehan Gurjar (Prof. Dipankar Chakraborty ) has been awarded the Gary McCartor award from the International Light Cone Advisory Committee (ILCAC) and will be honored in 2023 Light Cone meeting at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ph.D. student Ms. Swati Swagatika Mishra have received the poster award in the recently concluded 6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Plasma Physics (AAPPS-DPP 2022).

Ph.D. student Mr. Sushanta Barman and Ms. Kalyani Barman have received the poster award in the recently concluded 6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Plasma Physics (AAPPS-DPP 2022).

Ph.D. student Ms. Ayesha Nanda (Ph.D. Supervisor: Prof. Sudeep Bhattacharjee) has received the BEST ORAL AWARD in the 8th Plasma Scholars Colloquium (PSC- 2020) held online during 8th and 9th October 2020 organised by Plasma Science Society of India (PSSI) in association with KIIT, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The title of the oral talk was "ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY OF A PLASMA CONFINED IN A DIPOLE MAGNETIC FIELD: SYSTEMATIC EXPERIMENTS AND THEORY".

Ph.D. students Ms. Deepika (Ph.D. Supervisor: Prof. Sudeep Bhattacharjee), has won a poster award in the recently concluded 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Plasma Physics (AAPPS-DPP 2020), held as e-conference, from 26th October to 31st October, 2020. The title of her poster was "Characterization of Fluctuations in Atmospheric Pressure Micro-plasma Jets".

Ph.D. students Mr. Sushanta Barman (Ph.D. Supervisor: Prof. Sudeep Bhattacharjee), has won a poster award in the recently concluded 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Plasma Physics (AAPPS-DPP 2020), held as an e-conference, from 26th October to 31st October, 2020. The title of his poster was "Observation of Nonlinear Demagnification in Plasma-based Ion beam Optics".

Ph.D. students Ms. Swati Swagatika Mishra (Ph.D. Supervisor: Prof. Sudeep Bhattacharjee), has won a poster award in the recently concluded 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Plasma Physics (AAPPS-DPP 2020), held as an e-conference, from 26th October to 31st October, 2020. The title of her poster was "Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Collisional Cooling of He and its Binary Mixtures with Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe in Nose-Hoover thermostat for Creating Strongly Coupled Cryo-plasmas".

The recipients of Rs.10,000 from Dept Excellence grant for the period of Aug 2019-Jan 2020 are given below.

Kamalika Nath , Ph.D. student (Roll no. 12109872) is the second recipient of Arepalli-Karumuri travel grant of 2019.

Ph.D. student Ms. Jayashree Majumdar (Ph.D. supervisor: Prof. Sudeep Bhattacharjee) has received the Plasma Science Society of India (PSSI) POSTER AWARD in the 34TH NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PLASMA SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (PLASMA-2019) organized by PSSI at VIT, Chennai, from 3rd-6th December 2019. The award carries a cash component of Rs. 5000/- and a certificate of merit. The title of the poster was "FIELD EMISSION PROPERTIES OF ATOMICALLY HETEROGENEOUS METALLIC NANOSTRUCTURES CREATED BY MICROWAVE PLASMA GENERATED LOW ENERGY ION BEAMS".

Prof. Mahendra Verma has been elected as a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. effective from 2020.

Dr. Arjun Bagchi (Associate Professor in Physics) has received the prestigious Swarnajayanti Fellowship in Physical Sciences for the year 2018-19.

Dr. Joydeep Chakrabortty (Associate Professor in Physics) has been selected by Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS) core-committee to join INYAS as a member, for five years, from January 2020.

Sayak Bhattacharjee (first-year BS student in our dept) has published a paper: Sayak Bhattacharjee, "Transform as a vector? Tying functional parity with rotation angle of coordinate axes", Eur. J. Phys., 41, 015802 (2020).

Ph.D. student Mr. Sagar Paul (PHY) and Post-Doc fellow Dr. Ganesh Kotagiri (PHY) (Their Supervisor: Prof. Anjan Gupta) has received the "J. C. Bose Prize for Innovation in Method" for a poster presentation titled, "Magnetic reversal through vortex nucleation in a single magnetic nano-particle probed using Nb micro-SQUIDs in hysteresis free mode" at a conference "National Conference conference in electron spectroscopy-2019" held in SNBNCBS, Kolkata during 26-29 Nov 2019.

Ph.D. student Divya Rawat (Ph.D. Supervisor Prof. Pankaj Jain) has been awarded the COSPAR Visiting fellowship and she will be visiting the School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Southampton, UK, for a period of 2 months, to carry out joint research with Dr. Diego Altamirano.

Ph.D. student Ms. Jayashree Majumdar (Ph.D. supervisor: Prof. Sudeep Bhattacharjee) has received the poster presentation prize for the poster titled " Field emission properties of atomically heterogeneous metallic nanostructures created by microwave plasma generated low energy ion beams” authored by Jayashree Majumdar, Krishn Pal Singh, and Sudeep Bhattacharjee, in the 12th International Conference on Plasma Science and Applications (ICPSA 2019), held at the Department of Physics, University of Lucknow during November 11-14, 2019

The recipients of Rs.10,000 each from Dept Excellence fund for the period of Feb-July 2019 are:(Alphabetical list):

Rajesh Tripathi ((Roll no. 13109074) will receive Rs.25,000 from the Arepalli-Karumuri Travel grant in 2019.

Chitres Guria (Roll no. 150208) of BS received the General Proficiency Medal in the 52nd Convocation for the best academic performance among the graduating students of 4-yr UG programme in Physics. He also received the Proficiency Medal for the best UG project work in the Physics Dept.

Sreemayee Aditya (Roll no. 171159) of 2-yr M.Sc received the General Proficiency Medal in the 52nd Convocation for the best academic performance among the graduating students of 2-yr M.Sc programme in Physics. She also received the Proficiency medal for the best M.Sc project work.

Suraj Prakash of BS-MS received the Bhagavatula project award in the 52nd Convocation for the best project work among all graduating students of 4-yr/5-yr programme in the Physics Dept.

Dr. Joydeep Chakrabortty has been selected for Buti Foundation Award for Excellence in Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics and Biophysics for 2018 . The details can be available in the following link: http://www.tifr.res.in/~ipa1970/butiabout.php and the result is announced in this link: http://www.tifr.res.in/~ipa1970/awards/IPAAwards2018.pdf

Dr. Saurabh Mani Tripathi , has been awarded the IPA S. N. Seshadri Memorial Instrumentation Award in Physical Sciences – 2018 conferred by the Indian Physics Association. The award is given in recognition of Dr. Tripathi's outstanding work related to development of a novel fiber-optic based bio-sensor to detect E. Coli bacteria in water over a wide temperature range.

The book titled “Energy Transfers in Fluid Flows: Multiscale and Spectral Perspectives” by Prof. Mahendra K. Verma is now published with Cambridge University Press.

Mr. Ishan Deo , first-year B.S (Physics) student is selected by KVPY to attend the Thirteenth Asian Science Camp-2019 to be held in China during 28th July to 3rd Aug, 2019.

Ms. Ayesha Nanda(Ph.D supervisor: Prof. Sudeep Bhattacharjee) has received the best poster presentation award on her poster titled "Diffusion of particles confined in a dipole magnetic field", in the recently held International Conference on Photonics, Metamaterials and Plasmonics (PMP-2019) at the Jaypee Institute of Information Technology (JIIT), Noida, from February 14 - 16, 2019.

Ms. Meenaxi Sharma(PhD supervisor: Dr Krishnacharya) has received the "Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research" (AWSAR)-2018 award from DST for her popular science story entitled “Slippery Coatings for Highly Viscous Complex Fluids on Solid Surfaces”. The Award carries a cash prize of Rs 10,000 along with a certificate of appreciation.

Ms. Annwesha Dutta (PhD student of Prof. Debashish Chowdhury) has been selected for the "Best Young Investigator Presentation in the International Conference" on “Multiscale Simulation & Mathematical Modelling of Complex Biological Systems - MSMM 2019” , jointly organized by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Rice University, USA, held at JNU Delhi during January 30-February 01, 2019. She was presented with a certificate.

Ms. Pooja Sahu (Physics dept office) and Mr. Rajan C. (Liquid Nitrogen and liquid Helium plant) are the recipients of Merit Award in Jan 2019

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Ph.D. student Ms. Jayashree Majumdar (Ph.D. Supervisor: Prof. Sudeep Bhattacharjee) has received the poster presentation prize for the poster titled " Field emission properties of atomically heterogeneous metallic nanostructures created by microwave plasma generated low energy ion beams” authored by Jayashree Majumdar, Krishn Pal Singh, and Sudeep Bhattacharjee, in the 12th International Conference on Plasma Science and Applications (ICPSA 2019), held at the Department of Physics, University of Lucknow during November 11-14, 2019

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Recent Events

Ph.D. student Divya Rawat (Ph.D. supervisor Prof.Pankaj Jain) has been awarded the COSPAR Visiting fellowship and she will be visiting the School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Southampton, UK, for a period of 2 months, to carry out joint research with Dr. Diego Altamirano.

Ph.D. thesis defense of Mrs. Anisha , Title: Estimating the Impact of Effective Field Theory of the Standard Model and Beyond on Low Energy Observables

Time: 3:00 PM, Monday.

Mr. Arpan Hait , Title: The hunt for an elusive form of matter

Time: Apr 27, 2022, 10:30 AM (Wed)

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Machine learning methods for the simulation of lattice field theories Mr. Ankur Singha (04.09.23)

Stellar structure & evolution in presence of anisotropy and modified gravity Mr. Shaswata Chowdhury (01.09.23)

Complexity as a probe of quantum phase transitions and quantum quenches Mr. Kuntal Pal (25.08.23)

An effective field theory to the Inverse problem in particle Physics Mr. Shakeel Ur Rahaman (23.08.23)

Bosonization study of strongly correlated phenomena in topological systems Mr. Sourav Biswas (14.07.2023)

Studies on the phenomenology of black hole mimickers Mr. Kunal Pal (24.05.2023)

Leptogenesis: A possible explanation of the baryon asymmetry of the universe Mr. Himadri Roy (02.05.2023)

Open quantum systems: Thermal machines and topological state preparation Mr. Sourav Bhattacharjee (06.04.2023)

Sensing quantum criticality: An excursion into the critical behavior of non-equilibrium many-body systems Mr. Souvik Bandyopadhyay (23.03.2023)

Study of Ion Induced Molecular Fragmentation Dynamics Using Recoil Ion Momentum Spectroscopy Mr. Avijit Duley (10.01.2023)

Spatial and temporal statistics of rotating turbulence: A dynamical system approach Mr. Shailendra Kumar Rathor (02.01.2023)

Investigation of Physical Properties of Topological Materials: SrAl$_2$Si$_2$, Cu-doped CaAuAs, and EuAuAs Mr. Sudip Malick (02.01.2023)

Studies on Holographic Entanglement negativity and Black Hole Islands Mr. Joydeeep Kumar Basak (09.09.2022)

On the Holographic Entanglement Negativity and Page Curve from Geometric Evaporation Mr. Himanshu Parihar (08.08.2022)

Studies on optical waveguide long-period gratings and their application as sensors Mr. Krishnendu Dandapat (29.08.2022)

Revisiting order-chaos-order in low-dimensional Hamiltonian systems Mr. Anurag (28.08.2022)

Out of equilibrium dynamics of one dimensional integrable quantum systems: equilibration and information propagation Mr. Somnath Maity (30.06.2022)

First principle exploration of magnetism and topology Mr. Anan Bari Sarkar (13.06.2022)

Quantum critical Kondo lattice in metallic pyrochlore iridate Mr. Bikash Ghosh (31.05.2022)

Floquet, topological and linear response phenomena in semimetals with three-band crossings Mr. Bashab Dey (31.05.2022)

Emergent magnetic properties in nano-structured materials: magnetism in cobalt carbide nanoparticles and metal-insulator transition in nickelate thin films Mr. Nirmal Roy (30.05.2022)

Coevolution of synchronisation and cooperation in coupled map lattices Mr. Shubhadeep Sadhukhan (25.05.2022)

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  • Ranjeev Misra, Divya Rawat, J S Yadav, and Pankaj Jain, Identification of QPO Frequency of GRS 1915+105 as the Relativistic Dynamic Frequency of a Truncated Accretion Disk , The Astrophysical Journal Letters.(3rd February 2020)
  • Divya Rawat, Mayukh Pahari, J. S. Yadav, Pankaj Jain, Ranjeev Misra, Kalyani Bagri, Tilak Katoch, P. C. Agrawal, and R. K. Manchanda, Study of Timing Evolution from Nonvariable to Structured Large-amplitude Variability Transition in GRS 1915 + 105 Using AstroSat , The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 870, Number 1.(27th December 2018)
  • Mara Johnson-Groh, Study takes a comprehensive look at energy distribution and transfers in rotating turbulence
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The Physics Department of IIT Kanpur is engaged in research and teaching in the frontier areas of experimental and theoretical physics. These include biological physics, condensed matter physics, high energy and nuclear physics, cosmology, astrophysics, string theory, photonics, quantum optics, information theory, quantum computation, nonlinear dynamics, statistical physics and soft matter physics. Excellence in research and teaching has been the focus of this Department ever since its inception. Today, the vision is to groom leaders who will excel in their workplace as a result of the foundation they have received during their education at IIT Kanpur.

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  • Photonics Lab : R. Vijaya
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  • Quantum Measurements Lab : Saikat Ghosh
  • Quantum Optics and Entanglement Lab : Anand Kumar Jha
  • Fiber Optics Lab : Saurabh Mani Tripathi
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  • Superconductivity and Magnetism Lab : Zakir Hossain
  • Soft Matter Physics Laboratory : Krishnacharya
  • Magnetoelectronics Lab : Soumik Mukhopadhyay
  • Low-Temperature Lab, SQUID/PPMS Lab : K. P. Rajeev
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  • Physics of Electronic Materials : Y. N. Mohapatra
  • Optical Spectroscopy Lab : Rajeev Gupta
  • Condensed Matter-Low Dimensional Systems Lab : Zakir Hossain
  • Waves and Beams Lab : Sudeep Bhattacharjee
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  • Soft and active matter Lab : Manas Khan
  • Tandetron Accelerator Lab : Aditya H Kelkar
  • Spectroscopic Investigation of Novel systems : Jayita Nayak
  • Quantum Materials Laboratory : Chanchal Sow
  • Soft and Biological Matter Lab : Sivasurendar Chandran
  • Opto-Electronics Lab : Sudipta Dubey
  • Opto-Spintronics Lab : Dr Rohit Medwal
  • Cold Ions Quantum Technologies Lab : Dr Sapam Ranjita Chanu
  • Nano scale optics Lab : Dr Venkata Jayasurya Yallapragada
  • Ultrafast Light Matter Interaction Lab : Dr Chandrima Banerjee

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B.S: Admission is by the nation-wide Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) conducted for those who have completed 12 years of schooling. Admission is done once in a year. One can consult the IIT-JEE website for relevant details. Conversion to M.S is possible for those who satisfy the required criteria.

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Ph.D. and Integrated Ph.D. programs in physics

IMSc offers Ph.D. and Integrated Ph.D. programs in physics.

Applicants for the Ph.D. program should have completed a masters' degree in physics by the time they join the program.

Applicants for the Integrated Ph.D. program should have completed a bachelor's degree in physics or a B.E./B.Tech degree by the time they join the program.

Admission to both these programs will be opened to students who have qualified for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of the UGC-CSIR NET examination or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) or the Joint Entrance Screening Test  (JEST) [see details below].

The last date for submitting applications  for the programs -- 21 April 2024 .

Last date for submission for reference letters -- 1 May 2024 .

Note : Receipt of a complete application before the deadline does not guarantee an interview spot. Based on the applications we receive, we will shortlist candidates for the in-person interview; shortlist to be announced soon after last date of applications.

ADMISSIONS 2024

Selection interviews:

  • Interviews for admission to the physics Ph.D. and Integrated Ph.D. programs at IMSc, to be held in-person.
  • Interviews for IPhD program: 13-15 May 2024 --  List of candidates shortlisted for interviews
  • Interviews for IPhD program: 20-22 May 2024 --   List of candidates shortlisted for interviews
  • Interviews for PhD program: during week of 20 May 2024

For admission to the physics Ph.D. and Integrated Ph.D. programs, an applicant should have qualified one of the following examinations securing a rank as indicated below.

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)

  • At the time of the interview, you are required to produce a valid JEST scorecard.
  • for applying to the PhD program, the cutoff rank is 191 (JEST 2024)
  • for applying to the IPhD program, the cutoff rank is 92 (JEST 2024)

UGC-CSIR NET Examination

  • Only those who have qualified for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) are eligible to apply.
  • Those who have qualified for only Lecturership are not eligible.
  • At the time of your interview, you are required to produce a valid letter from CSIR-UGC in which you are informed of your qualification as JRF.
  • for applying to the PhD program, the cutoff rank is 125 (NET June & December 2023)

GATE qualified candidates

  • At the time of the interview, you are required to produce a valid GATE scorecard.
  • for applying to the PhD program, the cutoff rank is 100 (GATE 2024)

This page was last updated on 26/04/2024. Any further updates or changes to the schedule would be notified here. Please keep checking this website regularly.

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IIST offers Research Programmes leading to Ph.D. degree is currently available in the following disciplines:

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The Ph.D. programme is categorized into 2 groups as given below

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IIST JRF/SRF scholars will be selected and admitted to the Ph.D. programme based on open advertisement as per identified selection procedure and

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Ph.D. scholars will be selected and admitted into the IIST-ISRO Fellowship programme based on open advertisement and selection as per identified procedures. The Ph.D. Scholars shall do research work in the Institute on a full time basis for Ph.D. and will be required to assist the Department in tutorials and related academic activity normally limited to 8 hours per week. The Ph.D. Scholars will be required to execute a bond to serve the Department of Space (DoS) for a minimum period of three years on the successful completion of Ph.D., in a position appropriate for Doctoral degree holders.

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Admissions under the DoS/ISRO stream are announced through notification circulated in all units / centres under DoS/ISRO. Qualified candidates are admitted to the programme based on nominations by the respective centres.

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1. Admission to PhD 2024 Programme

The PhD programme conducted by RRI aims to empower its students with advanced technical abilities in basic science and in a specialization, so as to prepare them for a career in research. The programme commences with formal credited course work in advanced topics during the first year. RRI offers select PhD students, who qualify in the course work and a subsequent comprehensive examination, opportunities for supervised research within the four broad areas of research conducted at the institute – Astronomy and Astrophysics, Light and Matter Physics, Soft Condensed Matter Physics and Theoretical Physics.

Students at RRI are registered for their PhD degree with Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. RRI is also a participant in the Joint Astronomy Programme (JAP) with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

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Total No. of Vacant PhD Positions = 28

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CORRIGENDUM : Last date for applying to the RRI PhD. Programme is extended till 21 April 2024 .

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Business students have once again raised thousands of dollars for the Children’s Dyslexia Center of the Lehigh Valley through their annual golf sale. 

Initiated in 2022 as part of a senior capstone course, the sale provides students the opportunity to flex their management and leadership skills while contributing to a worthy cause. 

“DeSales’ golf apparel sale has been one of our biggest financial supporters. It has provided tools for tutors who take the knowledge and techniques learned in our tutor training program back to their schools or private practices, impacting even more students and teachers.”

 Cindy Brown, co-director of the Children’s Dyslexia Center of the Lehigh Valley 

Marissa Sutton ’24 played a key role in organizing this year’s event. A pharmaceutical marketing major, she led efforts to advertise the event, assign shifts, organize inventory, and more.

“I was motivated to make this sale a huge success, not only because it is part of my course, but because I’m committed to raising money for an organization that supports such a great cause,” says Sutton.

This year, nearly $5,000 was raised, bringing the total donated to the organization by DeSales business students to more than $20,000 since the event’s inception. Items sold at the event range from apparel, such as polos and sweaters, to stickers and koozies.

Brown is grateful for our continued partnership noting that, “We are a nonprofit, and could not do the important, life-changing work we do without financial support.”

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AI can help improve ER admission decisions

Generative artificial intelligence (AI), such as GPT-4, can help predict whether an emergency room patient needs to be admitted to the hospital even with only minimal training on a limited number of records, according to investigators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Details of the research were published in the May 21 online issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association .

In the retrospective study, the researchers analyzed records from seven Mount Sinai Health System hospitals, using both structured data, such as vital signs, and unstructured data, such as nurse triage notes, from more than 864,000 emergency room visits while excluding identifiable patient data. Of these visits, 159,857 (18.5 percent) led to the patient being admitted to the hospital.

The researchers compared GPT-4 against traditional machine-learning models such as Bio-Clinical-BERT for text and XGBoost for structured data in various scenarios, assessing its performance to predict hospital admissions independently and in combination with the traditional methods.

"We were motivated by the need to test whether generative AI, specifically large language models (LLMs) like GPT-4, could improve our ability to predict admissions in high-volume settings such as the Emergency Department," says co-senior author Eyal Klang, MD, Director of the Generative AI Research Program in the Division of Data-Driven and Digital Medicine (D3M) at Icahn Mount Sinai. "Our goal is to enhance clinical decision-making through this technology. We were surprised by how well GPT-4 adapted to the ER setting and provided reasoning for its decisions. This capability of explaining its rationale sets it apart from traditional models and opens up new avenues for AI in medical decision-making."

While traditional machine-learning models use millions of records for training, LLMs can effectively learn from just a few examples. Moreover, according to the researchers, LLMs can incorporate traditional machine-learning predictions, improving performance

"Our research suggests that AI could soon support doctors in emergency rooms by making quick, informed decisions about patient admissions. This work opens the door for further innovation in health care AI, encouraging the development of models that can reason and learn from limited data, like human experts do," says co-senior author Girish N. Nadkarni, MD, MPH, Irene and Dr. Arthur M. Fishberg Professor of Medicine at Icahn Mount Sinai, Director of The Charles Bronfman Institute of Personalized Medicine, and System Chief of D3M. "However, while the results are encouraging, the technology is still in a supportive role, enhancing the decision-making process by providing additional insights, not taking over the human component of health care, which remains critical."

The research team is investigating how to apply large language models to health care systems, with the goal of harmoniously integrating them with traditional machine-learning methods to address complex challenges and decision-making in real-time clinical settings.

"Our study informs how LLMs can be integrated into health care operations. The ability to rapidly train LLMs highlights their potential to provide valuable insights even in complex environments like health care," says Brendan Carr, MD, MA, MS, a study co-author and emergency room physician who is Chief Executive Officer of Mount Sinai Health System. "Our study sets the stage for further research on AI integration in health care across the many domains of diagnostic, treatment, operational, and administrative tasks that require continuous optimization."

The paper is titled "Evaluating the accuracy of a state-of-the-art large language model for prediction of admissions from the emergency room."

The remaining authors of the paper, all with Icahn Mount Sinai, are Benjamin S. Glicksberg, PhD; Dhaval Patel, BS; Ashwin Sawant, MD; Akhil Vaid, MD; Ganesh Raut, BS; Alexander W. Charney, MD, PhD; Donald Apakama, MD; and Robert Freeman, RN.

The work was supported by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute NIH grant 5R01HL141841-05.

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  • Benjamin S Glicksberg, Prem Timsina, Dhaval Patel, Ashwin Sawant, Akhil Vaid, Ganesh Raut, Alexander W Charney, Donald Apakama, Brendan G Carr, Robert Freeman, Girish N Nadkarni, Eyal Klang. Evaluating the accuracy of a state-of-the-art large language model for prediction of admissions from the emergency room . Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association , 2024; DOI: 10.1093/jamia/ocae103

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