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 directed to
Dr. Alan Denton, Graduate Coordinator
Department of Physics #2755
North Dakota State University
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Do not send application materials to this address!
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.
International applicants: 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 79 (or TOEFL PBT score of 550, IELTS score of 6, or PTE Academic score of 53). To be eligible for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, international students must meet additional minimal requirements for spoken and written English language proficiency:
English Language Proficiency Procedure for Graduate Teaching Assistants
Official scores must be sent through ETS. The institutional code for NDSU is 6474 and the code for Physics is 0808.
The general and subject GREs are strongly recommended and will significantly improve your chances of being accepted. We typically expect a quantitative reasoning score of 155+.
For a complete listing of courses offered at NDSU, please visit the Bison Connection.