Physics research at OSUIntroduction

Graduate students in physics at OSU pursue PhD or Masters degrees in close collaboration with a supportive research faculty. Our young, energetic faculty, trained in some of the world's top physics programs, lead investigations in a range of research areas


Oregon State University is located in Corvallis, a medium-sized city located in the Willamette Valley of western Oregon. The town is among the most well-educated in the United States, on-par with Boulder Colorado and Ithaca New York. The climate is mild, with warm, dry summers. To the west, the Pacific coast of Oregon can be reached in about an hour. The Cascade mountains are less than two hours to the east, offering hiking, skiing, and other mountain activities. Corvallis is home to an exciting portfolio of high-tech start-ups and is well connected to other innovation hubs in Portland and Eugene.

For families with young children, Corvallis offers outstanding resources. Corvallis has one of the best school districts in the state and there are excellent/affordable preschool options. The city is home to an award winning public library, beautiful parks and bike paths, exceptional music teachers and extensive extracurricular opportunities.

Financial Support

Entering students are typically offered full financial support as graduate teaching assistants or research assistants. The stipends and health insurance (insurance for both individuals and families) compare favorably to other institutions. Dollar amounts are especially strong when compared to the cost of living in Corvallis. For example, the rent index is approximately 26 (percentage of New York City prices). 

Students who apply to our PhD program by the application deadline will be automatically considered for a number of fellowship/scholarship awards that support graduate student success. The awards include the Wei Family Foundation Scholarship, the Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships, and the OSU Physics Foundation Scholarship. 

Visiting the department

Personal visits to the department are encouraged throughout the year. Please contact to arrange a visit. Professors and current graduate students will be happy to discuss the graduate program with you.

Additionally, an open house for prospective graduate students is scheduled every March. In 2019, the open house will be held on Friday, March 15th. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the department, and meet other prospective grads before making a final decision. The department pays for travel and accommodation for applicants who have been offered admission to the program. 

Application process

Applications and letters of reference are due on January 15th. Late applicatoins received before January 30 will be given full consideration, but late applications are less likely to be nominated for special fellowship/scholarship funding (see financial support section above). More information

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