Department of Physics
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.

2018 Blazer Graduate Research Fellowship in Physics

Students with exceptional promise in research and scholarship applying for the PhD program in Physics will be considered for the UAB Blazer Fellowship. Fellowship recipients will be able to engage in research at the beginning of their first year with no teaching duties, and a plan of study will be developed based on academic need and interest. It is expected that the Blazer Fellow will choose a research mentor by the end of their first year.

For information about the 2018 application deadline and graduate stipend, contact the Physics Graduate Program Director at

Contact Information

Information About Academics and Research

Dr. Mary Ellen Zvanut

Information About Procedures and Applications

Ms. Amanda Holt