The Physics Department at NDSU is small and research intensive. The main focus of our research lies in the areas of Computational Physics, Soft Condensed Matter, Biophysics and Optics. If you would like to work with someone in particular we recommend that you contact this faculty member informally to discuss with them the availability of research opportunities in their groups.
Currently, we have openings for students to work in the following areas:
Stability and phase behavior of complexes between lipid membranes and associated biopolymers
Simulation of phase separating fluids in a temperature ramp using the lattice Boltzmann method
Development of a viscoelastic lattice Boltzmann method for multicomponent fluids
Studies of phase behavior of charged colloids, polyelectrolytes, and colloid-polymer mixtures using theoretical and computational methods
Simulations of active polymers: microtubuli and actin networks
Development of mesoscale, particle-based simulation methods for complex fluids
Requirements for all of these positions include a good knowledge of statistical mechanics and computer programming skills.
Application material for the Physics graduate program should be sent to:
NDSU Dept # 2755
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Any informal inquiries about the Physics graduate program at NDSU can be sent to the graduate selection committee, or
Prof. Alexander Wagner
Graduate Advisory Committee
North Dakota State University
Department of Physics #2755
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Do not send application materials to this address!
To formally apply, please submit the application materials to the NDSU Graduate School. Applications are generally online. Please start your graduate application here. You can apply for a assistantship by submitting the Graduate Assistantship in Physics Form, which is in Portable Document Format (PDF).
Deadlines for Graduate applications:
All application materials are due one month before registration for U.S. students. For international students, all materials must be received by the Graduate School prior to March 1 for Fall Semester and prior to September 1 for Spring Semester. We recommend that you apply as early as possible, since we often make offers to especially qualified students shortly after we receive their applications.
Fees: The Graduate School's application fee is $35.00 plus a $10 processing fee.
International applicants must pay an additional transcript evaluation fee of $15. Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree in physics with a grade point average of at least 3.6.
Students from non-English-speaking countries must have a minimum TOEFL ibT score of 81 (IELTS of 7), a TOEFL ibT Speaking subscale score of 23 or above and a TOEFL ibT Writing subscale score of 21 or above to qualify as Graduate Teaching Assistants. The official score must be sent through ETS. The institutional code for NDSU is 6474 and the code for the Physics department is 0808.
The general and subject GREs are strongly recommended and will significantly improve your chances of being accepted. We typically expect an analytical score of 700+.
For a complete listing of courses offered at NDSU, please visit the Bison Connection.