Rochester Institute of Technology will begin offering a new Ph.D. in physics in the fall of 2024, becoming only the second university in the greater Rochester area to offer the degree.
The Ph.D. in physics will provide students paths for careers in academia, industry and government laboratories. It will draw from RIT’s strengths in areas including photonics and quantum technology, biological and soft matter physics and physics education research.
“This program will provide knowledge, training and opportunities for a diverse body of students across numerous exciting, high-profile subfields of physics,” said Michael Kotlarchyk , head of RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy. “The program is built on a strong foundation of physics faculty who have been steadily growing their research funding, scholarly output and opportunities for students across the past decade.”
Kotlarchyk said the program plans to enroll five Ph.D. students in the program’s first year and will grow to 31 students by year five.
This is the second Ph.D. program offered by the School of Physics and Astronomy, joining RIT’s astrophysical science and technology Ph.D.
It will become RIT’s 14th doctoral program, following Ph.D. programs in business administration and cognitive science that will launch in 2023.
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