APS Bridge Program

University of Minnesota

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Program Contact:

Jorge Vinals
Director of Graduate Studies
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Jorge Vinals

The School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Minnesota has 57 full time faculty, and approximately 200 graduate students in Physics and Astronomy. Research areas include Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biological Physics, Condensed Matter, Cosmology, Nuclear and High Energy Physics, and Space Physics. In addition, faculty from other Engineering and Biological disciplines hold graduate appointments in the School, so we can offer interested students a very wide range of research opportunities. Our faculty are also engaged in a number of campus wide, national, and international collaborations. They include, for example, the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, Nanotechnology Center, the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, the Quantum Materials Institute, international collaborations in observational astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology collaborations (LIGO, BICEP), and High Energy Physics (CERN). Faculty in our school also have a leading role in the operation of national neutrino facilities in the state of Minnesota. Students from the Bridge Program will join our regular Ph.D. course of study, although the detailed curriculum will be tailored to the level and needs of every student. It may include undergraduate level classes, or other training that may be deemed appropriate once the student is selected and arrives on campus. Students in the Bridge Program will receive funding to participate in the University wide Summer Institute that is held during the Summer before their first semester, a program that helps acclimate students to our campus culture, and provides specialized workshops and professional development training. The activities of the institute dovetail into our Community of Scholars program. This is a support, training, and networking program aimed specifically at under represented students throughout their stay at the University of Minnesota. Financial support will include full tuition and stipend, and is guaranteed for the first two years. Support beyond the first two years and through completion of the Ph.D. program will be provided contingent on satisfactory progress.