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.

2016 UAB Graduate Fellowship in the Arts and Sciences

Attention Early PhD Applicants

Students applying for the PhD program by January 18, 2016, will be considered for the UAB Graduate Fellowship in the Arts and Sciences.  This fellowship offers a stipend of $32,000 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.  Fellowships are granted for one year, with possible continuation for a second. In subsequent years, students may compete for one of several fellowships and research assistantships available for senior graduate students in the the Department of Physics. It is expected that awardees will be notified by February 20.

For more information, contact the Physics Graduate Program Director at or visit .

Contact Information


Current/Incoming Students

     Dr. Mary Ellen Zvanut

Prospective Students

     Dr. Mary Ellen Zvanut

General Information

     Dr. David L. Shealy, Chair