About

Wesleyan University is a highly selective liberal arts university located in central Connecticut.

The physics department at Wesleyan is a unique community in which faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students of the highest caliber collaborate. It is small enough to afford individualized attention to each student and large enough to contain the resources necessary to conduct research at the highest level. With 12 faculty and 13-16 graduate students in the program, the environment is supportive and guarantees a close working relationship with faculty and fellow students.

Our focused Ph.D. program is tailored to the individual and is designed to allow graduate students immediate involvement in research with a faculty member. We have ongoing experimental, theoretical, and computational work in each of our three broad research fields: atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter and biological physics, and waves and quantum transport in complex media. We have active collaborations with many prominent international and national labs, studying cutting-edge problems within a stimulating collegial environment.

Students accepted to the graduate program receive financial support including research and teaching assistantships as well as tuition remission and a stipend. There is no fee to apply to the program.
Research programs are financially supported by several outside sources, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Defense.

Located in southern New England on the Connecticut River, Middletown is a vibrant community with arts, music, and restaurants featuring many different cuisines. It is thirty minutes from the shore and two hours from Boston and New York.

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Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
Bachelor's degree in physics or closely related field is required.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

In the first years of the program, the core subjects are reinforced in the classroom so that all grad students have a strong base from which to conduct novel research. Graduate students gain immediate experience working in the research labs. Faculty mentor graduate students in research and also support them as they learn to teach and to mentor undergraduates in research.

The department hosts weekly colloquia by noted scientists, challenging students with the most recent developments in physics. The department also holds a number of dinners, social gatherings and events throughout the year, and the Graduate Student Association also holds regular cross-disciplinary social events.

We have a diverse group of graduate students, many of whom are international. They are disciplined and work hard, and they are encouraged to be autonomous; students' research and academics are demanding yet allow sufficient flexibility for personal pursuits.

The relatively small size of our program provides a tight-knit and supportive community that allows for close interaction between faculty and students. Most graduate students live in Wesleyan-owned housing (houses and apartment buildings) just outside campus. This close physical proximity lends to further socialization and camaraderie on personal time.