Graduate

Graduate Program

graduate-students

Welcome to the Department of Physics graduate program webpages.

Navigate within the sections in the menu on the left of the page to find out the latest information about our program (from application to graduation) and about the numerous opportunities to get involved with the department.

This short video provides an overview of the Physics Graduate Program.  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.

For Planetary Sciences Track program information, click here.

For MS to PhD Bridge Program information, click here.

Calendar

In this calendar you will find all the events, deadlines and opportunities related to your program, as well as important information for teaching assistants (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.

 

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Registration Withdrawal Deadline
Second Installment of Tuition Payment Plan Deadline 12:00 am
Graduate Society of Physics Students (GSPS) Tea Time 2:30 pm
Graduate Society of Physics Students (GSPS) Tea Time @ Physical Sciences Bldg., Atrium
Nov 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Graduate Society of Physics Students is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Tea Time this year! It’s our hope that these events will provide an avenue for students and faculty to take[...]
Last Day to Reinstate Drop for Nonpayment Classes Deadline 4:00 pm
Withdrawal Deadline 11:59 pm
Withdrawal Deadline
Nov 1 @ 11:59 pm – 11:59 pm
 
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Outreach School Teacher Meeting 10:00 am
Outreach School Teacher Meeting @ PSB 160/161
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
In an effort to promote awareness about Physics among k12 students, UCF Physics Department is organizing a meeting with school teachers/coordinators. The meeting is in PSB 160/161, on November 2, Saturday, starting at 10 am.[...]
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Registration Begins for Spring 2020 12:00 am
Registration Begins for Spring 2020
Nov 4 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
 
Women in Physics (WiP) Meetings 12:00 pm
Women in Physics (WiP) Meetings @ PSB 160
Nov 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Hello all, Welcome back! This year the Women in Physics Society (WiP), formerly the Physics Women Society (PWS), will be holding monthly general meetings as well as monthly professional development workshops. We encourage ALL students[...]
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Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Defense Deadline 12:00 am
Graduate Society of Physics Students (GSPS) Tea Time 2:30 pm
Graduate Society of Physics Students (GSPS) Tea Time @ Physical Sciences Bldg., Atrium
Nov 8 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Graduate Society of Physics Students is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Tea Time this year! It’s our hope that these events will provide an avenue for students and faculty to take[...]
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Veterans Day 12:00 am
Veterans Day
Nov 11 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
 
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SPS Group meeting 6:00 pm
SPS Group meeting @ PSB 160
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
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Meet with your mentoring students by:
Physics Majors meet with your mentors
Graduate Society of Physics Students (GSPS) Tea Time 2:30 pm
Graduate Society of Physics Students (GSPS) Tea Time @ Physical Sciences Bldg., Atrium
Nov 15 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Graduate Society of Physics Students is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Tea Time this year! It’s our hope that these events will provide an avenue for students and faculty to take[...]
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Graduate Trivia Night 5:00 pm
Graduate Trivia Night @ Trevor Colbourn Hall Room 213
Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Graduate Student Center is putting on a Graduate Trivia Night November 19th from 5pm-7pm. The trivia event will include categories such as UCF Trivia, Movies & TV, World History/Geography, and more! Teams can be[...]
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Academic Programs Team Meeting 9:30 am
Academic Programs Team Meeting @ PSB 433
Nov 20 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
 
Graduate Recruitment Committee Meeting 9:30 am
Graduate Recruitment Committee Meeting @ PSB 146
Nov 20 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
 
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition 3:00 pm
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition @ UCF Live Oak Events Center
Nov 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Participants must be currently enrolled UCF doctoral students who have entered candidacy and are actively engaged in dissertation research. Submission deadline is October 16th (see flyer).
SPS Group meeting 6:00 pm
SPS Group meeting @ PSB 160
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
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Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Final Submission Deadline 12:00 am
Graduate Society of Physics Students (GSPS) Tea Time 2:30 pm
Graduate Society of Physics Students (GSPS) Tea Time @ Physical Sciences Bldg., Atrium
Nov 22 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Graduate Society of Physics Students is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Tea Time this year! It’s our hope that these events will provide an avenue for students and faculty to take[...]
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Thanksgiving Wednesday- No Classes, Offices open
Thanksgiving Wednesday 12:00 am
Thanksgiving Wednesday
Nov 27 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
Classes not held – Offices still open – Student Holiday Only
Thanksgiving Wednesday 12:00 am
Thanksgiving Wednesday
Nov 27 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
Classes not held – Offices still open – Student Holiday Only
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Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving
Nov 28 – Nov 30 all-day
 
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Complete Mentoring Survey
Graduate Society of Physics Students (GSPS) Tea Time 2:30 pm
Graduate Society of Physics Students (GSPS) Tea Time @ Physical Sciences Bldg., Atrium
Nov 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Graduate Society of Physics Students is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Tea Time this year! It’s our hope that these events will provide an avenue for students and faculty to take[...]
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Governance Team for the Graduate Program 

Department Chair: Dr. Eduardo Mucciolo (mucciolo@ucf.edu)
Associate Chair for Academic Programs: Dr. Joshua Colwell (josh@ucf.edu) For general inquiries about the graduate program activities.
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Abdelkader Kara (Abdelkader.Kara@ucf.edu) For questions specific to the graduate physics curriculum.
Graduate Admissions Coordinator: Esperanza Soto (soto@ucf.edu) 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.