Bowling Green State University

104 Overman Hall Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403, United States of America


Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at BGSU!

The faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are accomplished teachers and researchers. In 2019, faculty and students published a combined 32 journal articles and 27 conference papers, and our faculty held multiple external grants that generated over $600K of funding over 12 months. Their scholarship recently received three university-level awards: Dr. Lewis Fulcher received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement award for his accomplishments in teaching, research, and service over an illustrious 46-year (and counting) career at BGSU. Dr. Mikhail Zamkov was named Professor of Research Excellence, a three-year designation in recognition of his outstanding research in nanocrystals and productivity in both published papers and external funding. Dr. Farida Selim received the 2019 Outstanding Early Career Award for her innovative research using positrons to study defects in crystaline materials. Our department offers excellence in student/faculty mentoring in a friendly, supportive environment in which you will never be lost in the shuffle.

BGSU is a high-research, residential university with about 20,000 students, including 2900 graduate students. Over 17% of BGSU students identify as persons of color, and nearly 5% are international students. Of BGSU’s 1200 faculty members, 13% identify as persons of color, 4% hail from different countries. The Division of Diversity and Belonging coordinates affinity groups for faculty and students who identify as persons of color, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and as persons with disabilities.

Bowling Green is a small, midwestern city with good parks, fun activities, and a low cost of living. From bicycling the Slippery Elm rail-trail and hiking in Wintergarden Park, to the Black Swamp Arts Festival and the National Tractor Pulling Championships, we have a wide array of things to do within minutes of campus. A short drive north, there are the world-class Toledo Museum of Art and Toledo Zoo, along with Mudhens baseball and Walleye ice hockey, as well as music and theater. We are located one hour’s drive from Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Detroit Metro airport, two hours from Cleveland and Columbus, and five hours from Chicago.

For Fall 2021, we are especially seeking students who are interested in Materials Physics and Computational Physics.

Program Requirements

Applicants should have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree with a major in physics, or a minor in physics and a major in a cognate field from an accredited institution. Applicants who are interested in materials physics should also have taken a minimum of one year of undergraduate chemistry. Applicants with prerequisite deficiencies should contact us to discuss options.
GRE Requirements: Recommended
Physics GRE Requirements: Recommended
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at BGSU has a welcoming, informal atmosphere that encourages support and collaboration over competition. We have weekly seminars throughout the academic year which include talks from graduate students, faculty, and external speakers from a variety of fields of research; the social time before the seminar is a highlight. We also have department-wide gatherings including a fall barbecue and a holiday potluck.