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Imes-Moore Bridge Program

"Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. 
It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.

Niels Bohr-


The University of Michigan Applied Physics Imes-Moore Fellows Program is a Master's degree bridge program designed to prepare students for doctoral studies in interdisciplinary research in applied physics, physical sciences and engineering. Named in honor of two scholars that received their Ph.D.'s in physics at the University of Michigan, Dr. Elmer Samuel Imes was the second African American to have received a Ph.D. in physics in the United States and Dr. Willie Hobbs Moore was the first African American woman to have received a Ph.D. in physics in the United States. This program is designed to strengthen the students' preparation in the fundamentals of physics and will provide a broad range of research opportunities spanning fourteen different departments.

The Imes-Moore Fellows Program is a two-year curriculum. Students will receive full financial support, including an annual stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Our goal is to bring promising students to the program and prepare them to succeed at the doctoral level in Applied Physics and related fields at the University of Michigan. With the participation of more than one hundred faculty, we provide unmatched research opportunities for our students.

Research Scope

  • Photonics/laser physics
  • Nanoscience and technology
  • Physics in the life sciences
  • Space Physics
  • Plasma Physics
  • Materials Science
  • Energy and Environment
  • Quantum Information
  • Microelectromechanical Systems

Student Environment

  • Student Environment
  • Success-oriented
  • Personal focus
  • Flexible curriculum with many electives
  • Weekly student luncheon seminar
  • Research rotations
  • Guaranteed continuous financial support
  • Diverse, nurturing environment for growth