APS Bridge Program

University of California at Los Angeles

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Professor Smadar Naoz
Department of Physics & Astronomy

UCLA Ph.D. Bridge program is intended for students with a bachelor's degree in physics or related field with a strong motivation to pursue a Ph.D. but who could additional coursework, training, research experience, and mentorship.

Admitted students receive full funding for two years to complete the necessary advanced undergraduate and core graduate coursework in a supportive, vibrant and intellectual environment. Admitted students also gain the benefits of considerable mentoring. Each student is assigned a faculty mentor with whom they meet regularly and gain valuable insights about graduate school and careers, a graduate student peer mentor, and a faculty research mentor who will help them hone their research interests, learn specialized research techniques, and navigate the process of cutting-edge research.

Bridge students will continue in the Physics Ph.D. program upon completion of the required coursework and receiving a pass at the Ph.D. level on the written physics comprehensive exam.