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Current Grads

Welcome to the new information and resource hub for students currently enrolled in the P&A graduate studies program. This is a work in progress so please email with comments, suggestions, or corrections. 


As always, the mental and physical well-being of our students is a top priority. If you or someone you know is feeling anxious or unwell the University has many resources available. Virus testing remains free for students and the Counseling Center is operating normal office hours. You can find comprehensive information and resources here: as well as under the department's resource tab. 

Comprehensive Exam

Find old exams here:

Fall '19 EM

Fall '19 QM


The Graduate Student Advisory Committee exists to serve current graduate students. GSAC is an invaluable resource for improving the graduate experience. Learn more

Departmental and University Resources

Thesis bootcamps, mediation, career guidance, writing workshops, outdoor equipment, you name it! It's all available to you. Here is a list to get you started but it's by no means definitive. 

Graduate Forms

All required forms are available as PDFs at this link. If you cannot find the form you need it may be listed on the Graduate School or Registrar webpage. 

Milestone MS Procedure

Students enrolled in the PhD program may apply for the Milestone MS upon completion of their Qualifying Exam and Program of Study. The Milestone MS is no different than a non-thesis MS and might benefit your grant and fellowship applications. If you wish to apply for your Milestone MS please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Tuition Benefits and Insurance

The Tuition Benefit Program has been slightly restructured to simplify the process of awarding tuition benefits and health insurance to all qualified students. Students employed as RAs, TAs, GAs, and GFs are now all eligible to receive GSHIP as of Fall 2020. Read more about it here

The Department of Physics & Astronomy will also continue our new initiative of fully covering the health insurance premium. In addition, we will cover the International Student fee and some differential tuition. These fees will still appear on your student account so it's important that you contact the Graduate Program Coordinator before payment deadlines.

 These initiatives are evaluated each semester and will be supported so long as it is financially possible for the department to do so.  

Ready to defend?

If you are within a semester or two of defending your thesis please contact your Graduate Program Coordinator to set up a final semester meeting. International students should also schedule an appointment with ISSS.

Your semester of defense does not necessarily correspond with your semester of graduation. Thesis submission deadlines are critical to determining your graduation semester. With very few exceptions, you must be enrolled in a thesis credit during the defense semester. 

Staying connected

Working from home and minimizing physical interaction might be making you feel isolated or anxious. The CoS and the Department of Physics & Astronomy are still hosting guest speakers and special workshops. You can learn more about these in the events calendar and by reading departmental emails.

Last Updated: 9/18/20