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Preview Weekend

October 9, 2020 & October 16, 2020

The Applied Physics Preview Event is an opportunity for well-qualified prospective PhD students to interact with the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Applied Physics Program, to network with our faculty and current graduate students, and to get personalized advice on how to prepare a strong Applied Physics PhD application. Typically this event included a visit to our campus. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's event will be held entirely online.

The deadline to apply is September 18,2020

Application review is conducted on a rolling basis and admission is granted as space permits, so it is in your interest to apply as early as possible. All applicants will be notified of decisions by September 30, 2020.

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Eligibility Criteria

Space is limited. To be eligible to attend the Preview Weekend, individuals must:

  • Be United States citizens, permanent residents, or DACAmented students.
  • Intend to apply to the Applied Physics PhD program in Fall 2020 or Fall 2021 with the intention of matriculating into the Applied Physics PhD program in Fall 2021 or Fall 2022.
  • Preference will be given to applicants planning to matriculate in Fall 2021.

Preview Weekend Application Instructions

The application contains five sections. We suggest you prepare your responses to the questions before accessing the online application so that you can complete it in one sitting. You can find the application questions summarized below. When you are ready, you can access the online application here.

1. Contact Information: First Name; Last Name; Address; Phone; Email

2. Academic Information: Where are you completing/did you complete your undergraduate degree?; Undergraduate major(s) and minor(s); Academic level (junior, senior, master’s student, other); Expected graduation date; Cumulative undergraduate GPA (on a 4.0 scale); Please describe any previous research experiences and/or internships you’ve had; Please list any academic honors or awards you have received; Please indicate whether you have or will receive a degree from any of the following types of institutions (Community or junior college; Historically Black college or university; Tribal school or college; Single gender college or university; Predominantly Latinx-serving college or university; None of the above).

3. Program Interest: Please briefly describe your interest in Physics and/or Applied Physics and how pursuing a PhD degree in the field fits within your educational and professional goals; Please list the names of 3-5 Michigan faculty members whose research interests most closely align with yours. You can find a listing of Physics Faculty here, and a listing of Applied Physics Faculty here; Please provide the name and email of ONE faculty reference (not from the University of Michigan) that we could contact regarding your application

4. Additional Information: Citizenship; Do you come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is traditionally underrepresented in Physics graduate programs? If yes, please elaborate; Have you demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through your work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations? By commitment to diversity, we mean efforts in the U.S. to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S. If yes, please elaborate; Have you experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances and/or have you received a Federal Pell Grant? If yes, please elaborate; Are you a first-generation U.S. citizen or are your (and/or any of your siblings) the first in your family to graduate from a four-year college? If yes, please elaborate.

5. Demographic Information: (The questions in this section are optional. Responses to these questions will be used for statistical and reporting purposes only and will not in any way be used to determine eligibility for participation.