Graduate Program


Welcome to the graduate program webpages of the Physics department. We intend to provide you will all the information that you will need during your stay with us or while applying into our program. We will keep these pages updated in a regular fashion, so that you know of the latest developments affecting your degree. Navigate within the sections in the menu on the left of the page to find out about the numerous opportunities to get involved with the department.

Below, we bring your attention to a few aspects of our graduate program that you do not want to miss.

The Department of Physics at UCF offers both Master’s and Doctoral programs.  More information about our degree programs is available on the Curriculum page.


In this calendar you will find all the events, deadlines and opportunities related to your program, as well as your duties as a teaching assistant (if you are one). The calendar is designed for the whole department, so it contains events and activities directed to faculty, research associates, graduate and undergraduate students and staff. If you just want to see the activities related to the graduate program, chose GRADUATE STUDENT CALENDAR in CATEGORIES at the top of the calendar.


Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Deadline to submit the Tag Line
Apr 7 all-day
Thesis/Dissertation Defense Deadline
Faculty Meeting 1:30 pm
Faculty Meeting @ PSB 160/161
Apr 7 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Colloquia 4:00 pm
Apr 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Science Café 6:30 pm
Science Café @ PSB 160/161
Apr 13 @ 6:30 pm
Subith S. Vasu, PhD Associate Professor, Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research (CATER), Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) State-of-the-art Experiments to investigate Combustion of Bio Fuels Location: Physical Sciences Bldg., Room 160 Date: Thursday,[...]
Colloquia 4:00 pm
Apr 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
On Campus housing opens
On Campus housing opens
Apr 19 all-day
The Friday before classes begin
Faculty Meeting 1:30 pm
Faculty Meeting @ PSB 160/161
Apr 21 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Governance Team for the Graduate Program 

Department Chair: Dr. Eduardo Mucciolo (
Associate Chair for Academic Programs: Dr. Enrique del Barco ( For general inquiries about the graduate program activities.
Director of the Graduate Program: Dr. Abdelkader Kara ( For questions specific to the graduate physics curriculum.
Assistant for the Graduate Program: Esperanza Soto ( For all administrative issues related to the graduate program.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have a question, comment or suggestion.

Student Societies

It is a great honor to have several graduate students societies in the Physics department. We strongly encourage all of you to get involved with them. They are the ones representing you in the department, we work very closely with them in many aspects related to the program, including teaching, research and service (outreach) activities.

Graduate Society of Physics Students (GSPS)- The Mission of the GSPS is to:
1. Represent the interests of physics graduate students in committees of the department.
2. Help orient and inform new physics graduate students about the department of physics.
3. Educate graduate students in the department of physics about university, conference,and journal policies and resources such as funding, conferences, workshops, seminars,colloquia, lectures, schools, and social events.
4. Organize conferences, workshops, seminars, colloquia, lectures, schools, and social events for physics graduate students.
5. Assist students with qualifier examinations in the department of phyiscs.
6. Facilitate access to and support physics graduate students requesting information about fellowships, grants, assistantships, and other funding opportunities available from local, state, and federal sources.
7. Help physics students find a research adviser.
8. Assist the department of physics with recruitment of new students.
9. Help graduate students in the department of physics find jobs and placement upon graduation..

Physics Women Society (PWS) – The mission of the Physics Women Society (PWS) is to promote the interest of women in the physics department by providing a platform for networking, guidance, mentoring, and counseling. The organization hosts many events, including talks given by female professionals, mentoring for female undergraduates, and outreach to encourage a passion for science in young girls. While the focus of the organization is on women, the purpose is to improve the atmosphere and relations throughout the physics department now and for the future.