Department of Physics

Graduate Program Overview

zou_best_posterThe Department of Physics offers graduate programs of study and research leading to an M.S. degree in physics and Ph.D. degrees in physics and in applied physics. Students may specialize in any of the areas of interest to the faculty, including condensed matter physics, material physics,laser physics, optics, biophysics, and computational physics. In addition, many of the physics faculty are engaged in interdisciplinary research programs with other faculty including those from medical and engineering departments on the UAB campus and at other universities. Several faculty have on-going research collaborations and/or utilize the facilities at national laboratories including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, and the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory as well as with industrial companies.

UAB Graduate Fellow in the Arts and Sciences (applications deadline: Monday, February 2, 2015)

Students applying for the PhD program by February 2, 2015 will be considered for the UAB Graduate Fellow in the Arts and Sciences award.  This prestigious fellowship offers an annual stipend of $32,000 per year, plus tuition and fees, and honors applicants to PhD programs in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences who show exceptional promise in research and scholarship.  Awardees will be notified by March 1 each year.  Fellowships typically are granted for two years, contingent on satisfactory progress and department recommendation.

Contact Information


Current/Incoming Students

     Dr. Mary Ellen Zvanut

Prospective Students

     Dr. Mary Ellen Zvanut

General Information

     Dr. David L. Shealy, Chair