APS Bridge Program

University of Cincinnati

Program Website

Program Contacts:

Kay Kinoshita, Department Head


Rohana Wijewardhana, Professor of Physics

The University of Cincinnati is a Research-Intensive Institution with an enrollment of over 33,000 undergraduates and 11,000 graduate students. The University has adopted a Diversity Plan for increasing student and faculty diversity. Currently, more than 11% of students and 8% of faculty are U.S. underrepresented minorities.

The Department of Physics has undergraduate BS and BA and graduate MS/PhD programs. Our BS program is both rigorous and supportive, and more than half of our BS graduates go on to succeed in highly ranked PhD programs. Both our BS and PhD programs have appeared on the APS lists for their high precentages of women graduates. Most incoming graduate students are supported on a 12-month stipend, in the form of a Teaching Assistantship or Fellowship, and a full tuition scholarship. Our graduate program offers multiple paths to success for all of our students. Upon matriculation, students may be recommended for an individualized Bridge curriculum based on the results of a comprehensive diagnostic test to assess mastery at the undergraduate level. The Bridge path gives students one year to master foundational coursework before embarking on the graduate curriculum. All students receive coaching for the qualifying exam and attend workshops on professional development. Students proceed to PhD candidacy through performance on the written qualifying exam, acceptance into a research group, and the oral candidacy exam.

The department consists of 25 faculty performing research in a variety of areas of physics and with interdisciplinary collaborations in Chemistry, Engineering, and Medical Sciences, as well as at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, ranked third among children's hospitals in the nation. Our students have performed research at major laboratory facilities throughout the world, including CERN in Switzerland, Fermilab in Illinois and KEK in Japan. Our graduate students play a key role in the research and teaching missions of the Physics Department and work closely with faculty advisors.