A number of resources are available for current students, from important information regarding examinations and teaching assistantships to university-wide resources such as the Graduate School, the Office of Residential Life and Housing, and the Academic Year calendar. Additionally, a number of external links are available through the American Physical Society and the Society of Physics Students.

Guide for Graduate Students

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Prior year Guides for Graduate Students


In Brief


Graduate Physics Society


Forms and Documents


Information for the new online Oral Candidacy and Defense exams

To Schedule Your Zoom Meeting

Directions For Online Candidacy Exams And Defenses


Physics Research Writing Center

Throughout graduate school, you will find yourself in the process of writing papers, fellowship proposals, small grant (e.g., travel grant) proposals, candidacy proposals, and ultimately, their theses. There are some things which only your advisor and collaborators can work with you on, relating to the details of the science.  But there are many other aspects where a physicist reader from outside your specialty can help -- with structure, developing a coherent presentation, clarity and readability, and matters of language. You can work with the Physics Research Writing Consultant at any stage of your writing process, from planning through drafting and revisions.

Everyone benefits from having multiple sets of eyes on their writing, and especially from having an uninitiated reader who can spot the things which may be obvious to you as the person doing the research but may not be obvious to your intended audience.  The writing consultant is a professional to whom you can go without hesitation and who is focused on providing support and constructive feedback.  You are encouraged to try this out early, as you will likely find it beneficial to use this resource more than once over the course of your writing project.

To schedule an appointment, please go to the scheduling portal provided by the ND Writing Center:


and be sure to select "Physics Research Writing Consultant" on the log-in page to reach our private calendar.  Consultation appointments will be online via Zoom.


Materials Science and Engineering Doctoral Degree Program

The Department of Physics is one of seven departments and programs at Notre Dame that offers the interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering doctoral degree. Incoming students who are interested in the program should follow the department’s admissions process, with details available at graduateschool.nd.edu. To successfully complete the Materials Science and Engineering degree, students will be required to complete nine hours of materials science courses and a materials science-focused doctoral thesis, in addition to the departmental degree requirements. Students who successfully complete this programming will earn a “Physics: Materials Science and Engineering" degree.

Please discuss your interest in the Materials Science and Engineering doctoral program with our Department DGS or DGA. For more information, please visit nano.nd.edu/materials-science.


Summer Course information

The 2020 summer course consists of three three-week segments:

  • PHYS 67001 Review of Physics A:  Mechanics & Thermodynamics (May 25 - June 12)
  • PHYS 67002 Review of Physics B:  Electromagnetism (June 15 - July 3)
  • PHYS 67003 Review of Physics C: Quantum Mechanics (July 6 - July 24)

Each segment is three weeks.  


  • Read description of Review of Physics Summer Course from the Guide for Graduate Students:  

                Summer Course Information  (pdf file)


Preliminary Examination Dates

Saturday, August 15, 2020 - Part A

Saturday, August 22, 2020 - Part B

Saturday, August 29, 2020 - Part C

Exams are from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

All three exams will be held in Room 101 Jordan Hall of Science

View Preliminary Exam Announcement (pdf file):  August Preliminary Examination Announcement for Fall 2020


  • Read Preliminary Examination details from The Guide for Graduate Students:  

                Preliminary Examination Details  (pdf file)



Archive of past ND Physics Preliminary Examinations and solutions
(for current graduate students and faculty)

               Exam and Solution Archives


For Teaching Assistants (TAs)

Fall 2020

Fall 2020 TA Assignments By Course

Fall 2020 TA Assignments By TA

Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Ta Assignments By Course

Spring 2020 TA Assignments By TA

Fall 2019

 TA Assignments by Course

TA Assignments by Teaching Assistant       

Summer 2019

       Summer 2019 Ta Assignments

TA Resources

University Resources

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