Need More Preparation to Enter a PhD Program?
The APS Bridge Site at USF Physics is looking for academically strong students with
research experience and an unyielding drive to succeed. We diligently
evaluate applicants on multiple dimensions to identify those with strong potential
to become great scientists, regardless of present preparation gaps or GRE scores.
If you are passionate about becoming a PhD-level physicist, but need some
extra preparation to create a competitive graduate school application, the APS-BP
at USF is for you.
Contact the program director, Prof. Garrett Matthews,
If you believe that you may be qualified to begin PhD-level work immediately, we
encourage you to apply directly to our PhD program by the February deadline (http://physics.usf.edu/graduate/).
In that case, just indicate in your application that you are also interested
in the Bridge program; in the event that you are not selected for admission directly
into the PhD program, your application can be forwarded to the Bridge program for
By participating in the USF Bridge Program under the guidance of caring faculty mentors, students will develop a solid academic background, research skills, and one-on-one mentoring relationships critical for successfully transitioning to a PhD program. The Bridge Program ideally requires one year, and is flexible
and individualized to the goals and needs of each student. Courses will be selected
to address gaps in undergraduate preparation, and research experiences are available
to allow students to develop and demonstrate their full scientific talent and potential.
A hallmark of the program is a STEM Professional Development course that focuses
on scientific writing for fellowship and grant applications, scientific communication,
leadership, and physics career paths.
Since the PhD is a research degree, students are encouraged to enter research labs
as soon as they find an interesting topic, and an advisor that fits their needs.
The USF Physics department has three primary research thrusts: condensed matter
physics, biophysics, and optics. Within these subfields (which make up the
majority of physics jobs), our faculty have expertise in experimental, theoretical,
and computational methods.
Check out the web pages of individual faculty members
for more information about exciting research at USF!
All students in the Bridge program will make progress toward
fulfilling the MS and PhD course requirements each semester. This can
be through the graduate core courses, if the student is ready. We also offer
several technical electives (computational and experimental) that require no advanced
physics knowledge. In addition, standard electives may be chosen in
consultation with the student's advisors.
As per the APS Bridge Program, students must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Complete a bachelor's degree in physics or closely related discipline by the start
of the Bridge Program.
- Students cannot be enrolled in or have previously completed a physics graduate program.
Finally, students must satisfy one or more of the following criteria in the current
- Did not apply to a physics graduate program; or
- Applied to one or more physics graduate programs, but were not accepted by any program
- Be committed to improving diversity in physics
- Consideration for the Bridge Program begins with an application to the APS Bridge
Program, which has a deadline in March.
- The APS-BP forwards applicants to APS Bridge Sites for evaluation
- We will conduct Skype interviews with applicants that are very strong candidates
for our program.
- We will make Bridge Fellowship offers by the end of May.