Department Head

Professor Nora Berrah

Associate Department Head for Graduate Education and Research

Professor Gerald Dunne

Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Education

Professor Thomas Blum

Associate Department Head for Administration

Professor Robin Côte


Berrah, Blum, Cormier, Côté, Dunne, Dutta, Edson, Eyler, Fernando, Gai, Gibson, Gould, Hamilton, Javanainen, Joo, Kharchenko, Kovner, Mannheim, Peterson, Stwalley, Wells, Wuosmaa, Yelin

Associate Professors

Brooks, Dormidontova, Jain, Jones, P. Schweitzer, Sinkovic

Assistant Professors

Bezrukov, Hancock, Puckett, Sochnikov

Research Professors

Budnick, Hines, Islam, Mallett, Michels, Montgomery, Rawitscher, Roychoudhury, J. Schweitzer, Smith

The UConn Department of Physics graduate program provides research opportunities in numerous fields including atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear and hadronic physics, particle physics and cosmology, quantum optics, laser physics, polymer physics, geophysics, computational physics, laboratory astrophysics and quantum chemistry. A detailed description of the various research groups within the department can be found at the homepage <>.

In addition, the UConn Physics Department has faculty directly affiliated with external National and International Laboratories and Research Institutes, such as Brookhaven National Lab (BNL), Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab), Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (ITAMP) at Harvard, Canadian Light Source, Paul Scherrer Institute, Argonne National Laboratory, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.


In addition to the basic requirements for admission to the UConn Graduate School, an applicant must submit scores from both the General and the Physics Subject Test of the Graduate Record Examinations at the time of application. International students applying for support by a Teaching Assistantship must satisfy the UConn English Proficiency requirements.

The Master of Science Degree

Each student in the master’s program follows an individual plan of study arranged jointly by the student and an advisory committee, based on the student’s career goals as well as prior preparation. Candidates for the non-thesis M.S. degree are required to complete 24 credits of coursework. The thesis M.S. degree requires 15 credits of coursework, as well as completion of 9 credits of M.S.Thesis Research courses. For further details, see the Standards and Degree Requirements section of the UConn Graduate Catalog.

The Ph.D. Degree

Each doctoral student’s course of study is supervised by an advisory committee, headed by the student’s major advisor. The committee and the student jointly plan a curriculum that is designed to provide the general physics knowledge appropriate for the Ph.D. and also the specialized expertise necessary to conduct dissertation research. This research is conducted under the supervision of the major advisor and culminates in an original scientific contribution. There are numerous research projects in the Department of Physics which provide graduate students with opportunities for conducting the scientific investigations necessary for the Ph.D. degree: see <>.

The requirements for the Ph.D. include all the UConn Graduate School requirements listed in the Standards and Degree Requirements section of this catalog. In addition, passing the Physics Department Qualifying Exams [“preliminary exams”]; and satisfactory completion of Physics 5302 (Electrodynamics II) and Physics 5403 (Quantum Mechanics III) is required for the Ph.D. degree. There is no foreign language requirement.

Special Facilities

Many Physics graduate students do their dissertation research using experimental and computing facilities in UConn’s Institute of Materials Science, an adjacent research institute with members from UConn’s Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering.

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