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Graduate Research

Our department offers research opportunities in theoretical, experimental and computational astronomy and astrophysics, biophysics, and condensed matter and materials physics. PhD candidates in the program will work closely with faculty advisors to create a path of study that culminates in a dissertation defense based on independent research of a publishable quality. 

Graduate students receive full tuition and a nine-month stipend as they pursue master's or PhD degrees in physics, working as either graduate research assistants (GRAs) or graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). 

  • Current Graduate Students

    Sam Bleser
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Mark Siemens

    Angie Davidson
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Xin Fan

    David Melnick
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Toshiya Ueta

    Leopoldo Hernandez
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Xin Fan

    Jonathan Huihui
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Kingshuk Ghosh

    Stephen Wedekind
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Kingshuk Ghosh

    Rachel Johnson
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Jennifer Hoffman

    Charles Payne
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Mark Siemens

    Geoff Diederich
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Mark Siemens

    Jasmine Knudsen
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Mark Siemens

    Rachel Bennet
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Barry Zink

    Michael Roos
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Barry Zink

    Sean Morgan
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Maria Mercedes Calbi

    Roopa Madhu
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Dinah Loerke

    Noah DeLeeuw
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Dinah Loerke

    Tristan Wolfe
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Robert Stencel

    Andrew Fullard
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Jennifer Hoffman

    Timothy Vanderleest
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Dinah Loerke

Interested in a research position? View a list of our faculty's research topics and reach out to a PI directly.

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Funding & Support

  • Grant Application Support

    DU's Office of Sponsored Research & Programs (ORSP) can help you through the process of applying for research funding from federal, non-federal and internal sources.

    https://www.du.edu/orsp/

  • Graduate Student Resources

    The Office of Graduate Studies offers several centrally-funded awards as well as workshops and resources for students involved in research.

  • Professional Development Grants

    Graduate Student Professional Development Grants provide financial support for conference presentations, exhibitions and performances, thesis and dissertation-related expenses and travel fares.

    https://portfolio.du.edu/GSPDG