The Physics Department has about 105 teaching assistant (TA) positions for support of incoming and continuing Ph.D seeking graduate students. New students typically receive a commitment for two years of funding as a TA, contingent upon adequate progress toward completing the degree. Within this two year period, most students transition to research programs that support students on graduate research assistantships (GRA) funded by federal research programs. For areas of physics in which federal grants are scarce, students may continue research while supported on TA positions or fellowships.
First year graduate TA positions can be augmented with one of the department's endowed fellowships. These are intended as support in the summer semester. There are also both TA and GRA positions available in the summer. We also receive fellowship funds from the graduate school.
C. Paul Boner Graduate Fellowship in Physics
Jane and Mike Downer Graduate Fellowship in Laser Physics in Memory of Glenn Bryan Focht
Dr. Byron P. Leonard Endowed Presidential Fellowship
Richard N. Lane Scholarship in Physics
Robert N. Little Graduate Fellowship in Physics
Arthur Lockenvitz Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Experimental Physics
F. A. Matsen Graduate Fellowship in Physics
Michiro Naito Endowed Fellowship in Physics
Peter and Eva Riley Graduate Fellowship in Physics
H. Wayne Rudmose Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Physics