The graduate PhD program in Physics & Astronomy is a small, personal, yet
challenging environment where graduate students will receive advanced
instruction and guidance to grow as independent research scientists
while using unique research facilities in astronomy and physics.
The strengths of the physics & astronomy graduate program lie in a faculty
committed to excellence in instruction and individual mentoring.
Unique research facilities include Wyoming's own 2.3 meter telescope
on the nearby 9656 ft. Jelm Mountain and the newly equipped
0.6 m Red Buttes Observatory as well as several experimental condensed matter physics
laboratories and a soon-to-be built
National Center for Atmospheric Research Supercomputer.
The physics & astronomy graduate program is
designed to help students mature as research scientists and as
Laramie's location at 7,200 ft. elevation near the eastern edge of the
Rocky Mountains provides excellent recreational opportunities for
hiking, fishing, camping, climbing, skiiing, and enjoying the
breathtaking beauty of the "mountain west" all within a short drive. Its
location gives Laramie a unique cultural flavor, combining elements of
the rugged rural west with the cosmopolitan aspects of an intellectual
center. With a population of just over 27,000 and 11,000 students, Laramie is a
comfortable, friendly town having all the perks of a vibrant university
community yet with a low cost-of-living. By car, Laramie is
approximately 135 miles north of Denver, and 60 miles north of Fort
We are now acepting applications for graduate study in astronomy or physics beginning in Fall 2011.
Applications received by 20 January 2011
will be given first consideration. There is no application fee for applications completed by the due date! Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree based on a four-year curriculum from an accredited
institution. Degrees in physics, astronomy, mathematics, or chemistry
are recommended, though other degrees will be considered.
Direct inquiries to Prof. Chip Kobulnicky.
Admitted students will be notified by the second week of February and
invited to visit the campus in late March with other admitted students.
The first day of the visit will be with the faculty and students of the
Department. The second day of the visit will include a trip to WIRO
and the town and countryside.
We may make additional offers as late as
mid-April, depending on funding levels and responses to our first
round of offers. We encourage new students to arrive in Laramie in the summer before the start of their
graduate courswork to work as research assistants, learn to use the
WIRO telescope, and enjoy summer in Laramie.
An exciting funding opportunity is available for U.S. applicants:
NSF Science Education Fellowships will pay $30,000/year for UW
graduate students to work with local junior high school science
teachers to develop integrated lesson plans.
Fellowships will require
approximately 15 hours/week during the academic year plus the
development and implementation of a week-long summer workshop for
teachers, students, and parents.
SEND MATERIALS TO:
- Director of Graduate Studies
- Department of Physics & Astronomy
- 1000 E. University
- Dept. 3905
- University of Wyoming
- Laramie, WY 82071
Program Goals: The goal of the PhD program in physics & astronomy is to produce research scholars who are also proficient teachers at the college level.
- Outcome 1: Mastery of the 4 major areas of physics (Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism, Quantum Mechanics, and Statistical Physics) at the undergraduate level & Understanding of their chosen sub area (astronomy/condensed matter physics) at the graduate level.
- Outcome 2: Students will be capable of using advanced scientific experimental/observational/computational/theoretical methods appropriate to their subdiscipline to conduct independent research.
- Outcome 3. Clearly communicate the results of scientific analysis in written and oral form at a professional level.
- Outcome 4: Students will know the current areas of research, key open questions, and seminal literature within their subdiscipline.
- Outcome 5: Competency in teaching at the college levels using the best pedagogical methods as determined by current physics education research.