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Dear Prospective Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program in Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. I want to take this opportunity to acquaint you with some of the exciting opportunities that await entering graduate students here at Berkeley.

We have over 60 faculty members in the Physics Department. Their research interests include theory and experiment in a wide range of areas, including condensed matter, elementary particles, astrophysics, plasma physics, atomic physics and nuclear physics, as well as many other topics at the boundaries of traditional fields, including biophysics, materials research, and nanoscience. Faculty research can be found on our website by clicking here.

In addition to research within the Department, opportunities exist for you at the adjacent Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Space Sciences Laboratory, the Berkeley Center for Cosmology, and the Center for Integrative Planetary Sciences, along with the resources available in Berkeley’s other well-known departments. Among our major research facilities are the Advanced Light Source at LBNL, the Berkeley Microfabrication Facility, the Molecular Foundry at LBNL, and the Keck Telescope in Hawaii. We have active and involved student groups at Berkeley, including the Society for Women in the Physical Sciences (SWPS).

If you are accepted and choose to attend Berkeley, you will receive financial support in the form of a fellowship, teaching assistantship, or research assistantship. Tuition and fee support is provided for all of our graduate students throughout their program of study. Last year 775 students applied for graduate study in physics at Berkeley; 127 were offered admission, and 53 will enter this fall. We currently have 268 graduate students in our department.

If you would like further information, you can correspond with our Graduate Student Affairs Officer, Donna Sakima by email( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

We look forward to receiving your application.


Steve Boggs