California State University, Los Angeles
Department of Physics
California State University, Los Angeles
Astronomy and Astrophysics:
Cosmology and Relativity:
Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics:
California State University, Los Angeles, is a Hispanic Serving Institution located in the heart of metropolitan LA. Naturally diverse by virtue of LA demographics and our service area in particular, which is reflected in the diverse nature of our current students, the Physics and Astronomy department at Cal State LA constantly promotes the participation of underrepresented minorities in the fields of physics and astronomy. With this goal in mind we concentrate our efforts on mentoring and nurturing all students for successful careers. The success of both our alumni and attending students, coupled with their diversity in ethnicity and gender, immediately provides a comfortable and encouraging environment for all new students when they start our M.S. and B.S. programs.
Included in our relatively small group of tenured/tenure track faculty are one female and two Hispanic tenured faculty members who serve as outstanding role models and mentors for our students. We offer BA, BS and MS degrees. We strive to involve all of our undergraduate and graduate students in research with faculty for extended parts of their time with us. Masters students have two options, the comprehensive exam option (which involves more coursework) and the research option, which involves doing research with a faculty member, writing and defending a thesis. Approximately 60% of the Masters students chose the comprehensive exam option. Of these, some chose to participate in research as part of their preparation.
Application for admission to our MS Program starts with CSU Mentor. After applying online, please visit our department page and fill out the information requested. The University, through the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, reviews and decides whether an applicant satisfies the requirements for university graduate admissions and forwards the successful application materials to the department for a decision on admission to the program. At any time during the admission process students should feel free and encouraged to contact one of the following faculty members in the department: Marty Epstein (Advisor); William Taylor (Advisor); Oscar Bernal (APS-BP Contact Person); Radi Jishi (Department Chair).
Students admitted to our MS program should be aware of the many options for financial support that might be available to them if they decide to attend our school. Below is a list of some of these options. More information about specific programs can be found in the links provided.
- MORE Programs--RISE to PhD
Scholarships of up to $30k/year. MBRS-RISE M.S. to Ph.D. trains each year a group of 20 minority students pursuing the M.S. degree at Cal State LA, and involves them in a program designed to enhance their academic achievement. Although the program was established for the biomedical field, it is now all encompassing and involves the physical sciences, including physics and astronomy. Do not hesitate to contact the MORE Programs office for detailed information and datelines.
- NASA Data Intensive Research and Education Center for STEM
Scholarship of up to $12k/year, plus one paid internship at JPL. The NASA DIRECT-STEM Program has an overarching goal of recruiting highly competitive, historically under-represented students, giving them direct NASA research experience in scientific computing and data analysis, and inspiring them to become future leaders in STEM-related professions.
- Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM)
A Partnership between CSULA and the Center for Nanoscale Science at Penn State, an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). Scholarships of up to $15k/year, national conferences and research trips to Penn State. The PREM seeks to enhance the materials science and engineering research and educational program at CSULA by a long-lasting collaboration with Penn State and its Center for Nanoscale Science (an NSF MRSEC) leading to the creation of a Master of Science Degree in Materials Science and Engineering at CSULA. The program recruits, retains and provides a path for minority students to pursue graduate degrees in materials research. Students receive research experience while addressing scientific problems necessary to tackle critical societal needs of the 21st century.
- Office of Graduate Studies and Research
Tuition Waivers and financial aid opportunities. Check constantly for updates. Our campus offers many opportunities to collaborate with faculty, fellow students and our community partners on innovative projects that serve the public good. With small classes and one-to-one interactions with your lead faculty, Cal State L.A. provides a dynamic and diverse learning environment that will prepare you to be leaders in education, industry and the public sector. More information: Center for Student Financial Aid & Scholarships; Student Support Programs.
- Teaching and Graduate Assistantships
TA and GA ships are available for all qualified graduate students. These are typically 20 hr/week workloads to teach (TA) or help faculty teach (GA) general physics labs and tutorial workshops to undergraduate students. TA ships are paid by the unit, with each lab being 2 units and each tutorial workshop 1.3 units. TA load may vary on a case-by-case basis. A full GA load is 4 labs (20 hr/week). TA and GA remuneration is dictated by the dean's office. Contact the Department Chair for more information.
- Research Assistantships
RAs are more often offered by individual faculty and are supported directly by faculty grants; please contact the individual faculty member(s) for detailed information. In some instances, however, depending on funds availability, the department might choose to offer a student a Department RA-ship for his/her first and/or second term on campus. These RAs are funded by the department and managed/coordinated by the department chair who will direct the student to contact a particular faculty member regarding the possibility of joining his/her research group as a Research Assistant. Contact the Department Chair for more information.