APS Bridge Program

University of Pittsburgh

Program Website

Program Contact:

Ayres Freitas, Graduate Director

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of Physics and Astronomy is recognized nationally and internationally for faculty working at the frontier of research who mentor graduate students on an individual level. Areas of focus include condensed matter physics, particle physics, astrophysics/cosmology, and physics education research.

In the past 80 years, our department has guided over 600 Ph.D. candidates to success. With 41 core faculty members and lecturers, the department has a strong tradition in excellence and innovation. Our alumni have gone on to build distinguished careers as researchers at major academic, government and industrial laboratories, educators at universities and colleges, and as independent scientific entrepreneurs.

The APS Bridge Program at the University of Pittsburgh takes the form of admission to our Ph.D. graduate program, with financial support in the first year, without any teaching responsibilities. During that academic year, they are supported by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences fellowships, allowing students to take classes (at either the undergraduate or graduate level). It is common for US-educated graduate students in our department to take advanced undergraduate courses in their first year to prepare for graduate-level courses that are a required part of our Physics core, which they then take in the second year, so that Bridge students will be part of a broader cohort passing through our program together. That summer, students receive departmental support as research assistants, enabling them to work with any faculty research advisor. APS bridge students receive dedicated mentoring by faculty and students within the Physics and Astronomy department. Furthermore, students participate in mentoring, counseling and other activities of the University's Hot Metal Bridge program, which brings together underrepresented minority students from several other departments at the University of Pittsburgh.

Our campus is located within the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, which is a culturally vibrant city with many museums, an internationally ranked symphony orchestra, a variety of theater groups and major professional sports teams. Three major universities and several smaller colleges provide an abundance of student activities throughout the region. The city and surrounding areas also offer great opportunities for a wide variety of outdoor activities.