Graduate Program

The UC Davis Department of Physics provides a dynamic and diverse environment for the training of graduate students. With our three core research areas of condensed matter, high energy physics, and cosmology and smaller programs in nuclear physics, high energy astrophysics, computational science and physics education, the opportunities for the motivated student are almost endless. Our graduate students go on to prestigious postdoctoral positions and excellent industry placements. The links at left provide details of the program and the application process.

The Physics Department and UC Davis as a whole value diversity among students and faculty. Experiencing a variety of perspectives and interacting with colleagues from differing backgrounds is rewarding for the entire community and enhances our research and teaching missions. The department strives to maintain a respectful, inclusive environment where all students can flourish. For information on campuswide efforts to support diversity, go here.


Shields library and Bookhead, one of seven Egghead sculptures on campus


Angela Sharma

Graduate Program Coordinator
Office: 174A Physics
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-12pm and 1-4pm
Phone: 530-752-1501

Rena Zieve

Vice Chair, Graduate Matters
Office: 243 Physics