Research is a fundamental part of our graduate curriculum. Students are expected to perform independent and original research in the theoretical and/or experimental realm from which the dissertation results are derived.
The University of Colorado has more than 50 tenured or tenure-track faculty in the physics department. These faculty are conducting exciting cutting-edge research in a wide variety of fields. Students are encouraged to explore the research being done by faculty (using the menu on the right) and to talk directly with faculty who conduct research of interest to the student.
Students can also learn about current research opportunities (and enjoy a free lunch) by attending the Research Opportunity Seminars on Mondays at noon in the 11th floor Commons Room.
There are also opportunities to perform research toward a Ph.D. degree in many other areas in and around Boulder.
Students who receive a fellowship that pays their salary and tuition will receive a $2000 bonus from the department for each year that their salary and tuition is paid by the fellowship. This is to serve as additional encouragement to apply for these fellowships and to ensure that receiving a fellowship does not result in a pay cut relative to an RA position.