Graduate Students

At The Ohio State University you will find the faculty, facilities and financial support to help you achieve your goals. We offer a solid foundation in physics that includes course work in a diverse range of specializations covering every facet of contemporary physics research. Our faculty members conduct research in a broad range of areas, including astrophysics; atomic, molecular and optical physics; biophysics; condensed matter physics; high energy physics; string theory; nuclear physics; and physics education research.
Ohio State’s Department of Physics has recruited nationally and internationally distinguished faculty members who have garnered numerous awards. The department is proud to claim two Nobel Laureates and a National Academy of Sciences member, two Max Planck Award winners, four chaired professors, three Distinguished University Professors and 16 winners of young investigator awards, including the Presidential Young Investigator, National Young Investigator and Outstanding Junior Investigator awards.
The most recent ranking of physics departments by the National Research Council places Ohio State (approximately) 24th nationally and 13th among public universities.

General program inquiries including application questions should be emailed to

Prospective Students please visit our Prospective Student page at the right for full information about applying to our program.

Contact Information (not for use for application process)

Jonathan Pelz
Vice Chair for Graduate Studies and Research
Office: 1040F Physics Research Building
Email: (Please do not use for application or program inquires! use
Phone: (614) 688-3299

Kris Dunlap
Graduate Studies Program Coordinator
Office: 1040E Physics Research Building
Email: (Please do not use for application or program inquires! use
Phone: (614) 292-7675

Open Office Hours Daily Monday- Friday 10:30-11:30 AM & 2:30-4:30 pm except for any other meetings. Contact by email for appointment for any issues or questions requiring more than 5 minutes.

Crystal Moloney
Graduate Studies Program Assistant
Office: 1040A Physics Research Building
Email:  (Please do not use for application or program inquires! use )
Phone: (614) 292-5127

Open Office Hours Daily Monday- Friday TBD