The University of Alabama

514 University Boulevard, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487, United States of America

About

Where Legends Are Made

The Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Alabama provides an exciting opportunity for students to work on cutting-edge research with internationally renowned scholars, and receive the intensive preparation required for today’s top positions in industry and academia. Over the last 10 years, we have recruited over 20 new faculty members, each a world class researcher in their own right. This rapid growth has resulted in a young, vibrant faculty focused on bringing world-class research and training to their graduate students.

Our major research areas are Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astro-Particle Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Experimental Particle and Nuclear Physics, Theoretical Particle Physics. Members of the faculty are engaged in research that is supported by external grants in excess of ~$5 million annually.

The astronomy group at UA uses national and international ground- and space-based observatories which covers the EM spectrum from X-ray, UV, optical, infrared and radio. We are members of the SARA Telescope consortium, which operates a 0.9 meter telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona, a 0.6 meter telescope at Cerro Tololo in Chile and a 1.0 meter telescope in La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain. UA is a member of Galaxy Zoo and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) IV. The astro-particle group are members of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole and the VERITAS and CTA gamma ray observatories.

The condensed matter group is based in the cutting edge interdisciplinary Center for Materials for Information Technology (MINT). Research at MINT focuses on nanometer scale science and technology, magnetic materials, and devices for information storage. These activities involve collaboration with national laboratories and private companies. Faculty and students take frequent trips to Argonne, Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.

The experimental particle physics group are involved in searches for new physics beyond the Standard Model with the CMS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, direct Dark Matter detection with the LZ experiment, search for magnetic monopoles with MoEDAL at CERN and the nature of neutrinos with the EXO-200 and nEXO experiments. These activities involve collaboration with institutions and laboratories across the world and include travel to the sites of our projects in Switzerland, South Dakota and New Mexico. Facilities within the group include state of the art radiation detection labs, clean rooms and a full set of instrumentation for developing and characterizing detectors.

The theoretical physics groups are involved in areas of phenomenology, cosmology, holography (gauge/gravity correspondence), and matrix models of physical systems. Faculty and students have access to high performance computing and supercomputers at the University of Alabama.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is dedicated to advancing the forefronts of knowledge in both pure and applied physics, thus providing an exciting intellectual climate for our graduate students. Our dept. is fully committed to the success of our graduate students. All students admitted to the PhD program are fully supported financially by either teaching assistantships, research assistantships or fellowships.

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The University of Alabama: Where Legends are Made

Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Physics is required.

Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Alabama has 27 research faculty and ~65 graduate students with researchers in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astro-Particle Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Experimental Particle and Nuclear Physics, High Energy Theoretical Physics. We are a department with diverse research interests that provides a friendly, welcoming environment for students. Over the last 10 years, we have recruited over 20 new faculty members, each a world class researcher in their own right. This rapid growth has resulted in a young, vibrant faculty focused on bringing world-class research and training to their graduate students. To encourage interaction between faculty and students, the department hosts multiple picnics and lunches throughout the year. The department holds weekly colloquia and seminars in all major research areas and organizes career workshops frequently. All students have individual academic advisors from their first day at the University. All graduate students receive personal attention and advice as they progress toward their advanced degree.

Tuscaloosa is a small city with low cost of living which offers big-city amenities including a vibrant nightlife, numerous cultural attractions, concerts, art events, and scenic outdoor recreation. The University of Alabama is located along the scenic Black Warrior River.