APS Bridge Program

Texas State University

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Program Contact:
Nikoleta Theodoropoulou
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Department of Physics
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX 78666

Bridge students will join a supportive, diverse, and inclusive physics community and pursue an M.S. in Physics that educates students in advanced physics through an exciting curriculum that includes cutting-edge, hands-on training in materials physics and nanotechnology integrated into relevant research projects and independent studies. We also welcome students interested in our vibrant physics education research. Our department is a comprehensive PhysTEC site for teacher preparation.

We offer a flexible curriculum design with the understanding that the path to an advanced degree is an opportunity for intellectual growth and professional development. Students develop professional skills such as collaboration, project organization, presentation, and technical writing through coursework with individualized faculty attention and mentoring. Our students are supported as instructional or research assistants.

Our program prepares students for careers in high-tech industry, advanced studies, or teaching. M.S. graduates have the option to apply to an innovative, multidisciplinary Ph.D. program in Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization offered at Texas State University.

Texas State University is a doctoral-granting university located in the burgeoning Austin-San Antonio corridor, the largest campus in the Texas State University System, and the 4th largest in the state. Texas State is home to a diverse campus community where ethnic minorities make up 42% of the student body and 30% are Hispanic. Texas State is recognized by the federal government as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), the largest in Texas, and ranks among the top 20 universities in the nation for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanic students.

The Physics Department at Texas State University offers Master's and Bachelor degrees and enrolls (Fall 2016) over 100 undergraduate majors and 22 M.S. students. The department has 12 tenure track or tenured faculty, and eight lecturers and offers an especially strong opportunity for research in experimental condensed matter and nanotechnology, materials physics, and physics education research.

Texas State's San Marcos campus is located in a growing community of 60,000 people in the Austin Metropolitan Area. Located in the Texas Hill Country, where blackland prairies roll into beautiful hills, Texas State enjoys a setting that is unique among Texas universities.