APS Bridge Program

University of Texas at San Antonio

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Program Contacts

Kelly Nash
Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor of Records
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 458-6153

Kelly Nash

Belinda Tucker
Program Manager
(210) 458-8517

Christella Robledo
Administrative Services Officer II
(210) 458-4425

Both the M.S. and Ph.D program in Physics offer the advantage of a solid foundation in Physics combined with outstanding research at the forefront of current cutting edge topics. It is one of a handful of programs in the U.S at a minority serving institution that offers a strong Physics preparation while training in topics such as Astrophysics and Cosmology, Biophysics, Computational Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, Nanotechnology and Ultramicroscopy, and Space Science. Since its inception in 2005, the program has had over 139 Ph.D. students. It is currently the 4th largest Physics graduate program in Texas and still growing. Graduates from the program have found employment in academia, industry, or government. The program is designed to provide students flexible opportunities to specialize in different areas of experimental, applied, and theoretical physics.

Faculty in the program are among the leaders in their field of research and offer a variety of research projects. Cornerstones of the program are (1) individual program of study to solidify undergraduate preparation, (2) research experiences and advanced coursework within cutting-edge facilities, close mentorship from peers and research advisors, and professional development. Students also have additional research training opportunities through collaborations with other local research institutions such as the UT Health San Antonio, Southwest Research Institute, and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Ft. Sam Houston, as well as national and international universities.