Ph. D. Program

Illinois Physics is known for its dynamic, creative, and open intellectual culture. We take a holistic approach to training the next generation of brilliant scientists. Our training strategy spans academics, research and teaching methodologies, written and oral technical-communications skills, and professional development.

We have the resources, leading-edge experts, and supportive atmosphere that enable our graduate students to conduct original research on just about any physics problem they desire. In addition to state-of-the-art research laboratories, our faculty and students make use of specialized research infrastructure and equipment at campus-wide facilities. Some faculty and graduate students also carry out research at two national labs within two hours' driving distance of campus.

We set high standards and expect hard work from our grad students—but as a tight-knit community of scholars, we also take time out to enjoy each other and to celebrate our milestones. This truly is a great (and a friendly) place to do world-class physics.

Graduate Admissions Contact

S Lance Cooper

Lance Cooper
Associate Head for Graduate Programs
227 Loomis Laboratory
(217) 333-3645

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