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.
Other Research Opportunities
There are also opportunities to perform research toward a Ph.D. degree in many other areas in and around Boulder.
- JILA and The JILA Physics Frontier Center
- National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST): Students are generally funded through PREP
- Physics Measurement Laboratory: Applied Physics
- Physics Measurement Laboratory: Quantum Electromagnetics
- Physics Measurement Laboratory: Time and Frequency
- Materials Measurement Laboratory: Applied Chemicals and Materials
- Communications Technology Laboratory
- Information Technology Laboratory: Applied and Computational Mathematics
- Information Technology Laboratory: Statistical Engineering
- (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) NREL
- Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)
- (National Solar Observatory) NSO
- Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
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.
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Applications due in October; open to senior undergraduates and first or second year graduate students who are U.S. citizens.
- National Defence Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG): Applications due in early December; open to senior undergraduates and first or second year graduate students who are U.S. citizens.
- DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF): Applications due in early January; open to senior undergraduates and first year graduate students who are U.S. citizens.
- The L'Oreal Fellowship for Women Postdoctoral Scientists: Note this is a postdoc award.