APS Bridge Program

Florida State University

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Program Contact:
Simon Capstick
Department of Physics
315 Keen Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4350

The Department of Physics at Florida State University (FSU) has established a program to bridge students from Under-Represented Minorities (URMs) in Physics to a PhD program at FSU or elsewhere. Students will initially be appointed as research interns at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) in Tallahassee in the summer prior to enrollment. In their first academic year, bridge program (BP) students can enroll in advanced undergraduate courses in Mechanics, E&M, Quantum Mechanics, and Statistical Mechanics, or may enroll in the corresponding core graduate courses, depending on their level of preparation. After a second summer of research, students will enroll in a mix of core graduate courses and MS thesis credit, and will qualify for a thesis-based MS degree by the end of their second year. Students will receive a full stipend and tuition support, and will not teach until their second year in the BP. Any student who is successful in this course of studies and research would be admitted into the FSU PhD program, requiring completion of the remaining core courses, passing a written PhD qualifying exam in their third year, and dissertation research. This is expected to be true for essentially any other physics PhD program in the US.

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