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Visiting the Department

We encourage prospective graduate students to inquire about visiting the campus. Of course the best time is during the school year when classes are in session. Some travel funds are available to reimburse prospective students' travel costs. Be sure to inquire.

Many students find that a Friday can prove to be an excellent day for a visit. This leaves a weekend day on Saturday to get to know the Raleigh and Research Triangle area. Also, often physics graduate students plan activities on Saturday that can be incorporated into a prospective student's schedule. This gives the visitor a chance to catch a glimpse of graduate student life in our university's physics community.

Student who do visit should let the Graduate Programs Office know beforehand if they would like to emphasize one specific area of physics in their laboratory and office visits with our faculty. With a faculty of 43 and day that can incorporate only a handful of visits, only a cross-section of our faculty can meet with each prospective student. The Graduate Programs Office can tailor a prospective student's visit around one or two specific areas (such as nano-technology, optics, computational physics, materials physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics, etc.) or - alternatively - schedule a tour that provides a visitor with a broad sampling of many of our research areas.

Prospective students interested in touring the department should contact the Graduate Physics Program Office.