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"Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution.
It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it."

Niels Bohr

The University of Michigan Applied Physics Imes-Moore Fellows Program is a Master's degree bridge program designed to prepare students for doctoral studies in interdisciplinary research in applied physics, physical sciences and engineering. Named in honor of two scholars that received their Ph.D.'s in physics at the University of Michigan, Dr. Elmer Samuel Imes was the second African American to have received a Ph.D. in physics in the United States and Dr. Willie Hobbs Moore was the first African American woman to have received a Ph.D. in physics in the United States. This program is designed to strengthen the students' preparation in the fundamentals of physics and will provide a broad range of research opportunities spanning fourteen different departments.

The Imes-Moore Fellows Program is a two-year curriculum. Students will receive full financial support, including an annual stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Rackham Graduate School's Summer Institute before their first semester. Our goal is to bring promising students to the program and prepare them to succeed at the doctoral level in Applied Physics and related fields at the University of Michigan. With the participation of more than one hundred faculty, we provide unmatched research opportunities for our students.

Photonics/laser physics
Nanoscience and technology
Physics in the life sciences
Space Physics
Plasma Physics
Materials Science
Energy and Environment
Quantum Information
Microelectromechanical Systems

Student Environment
  • Success-oriented
  • personal focus
  • flexible curriculum with many electives
  • weekly student luncheon seminar
  • research rotations
  • guaranteed continuous financial support
  • diverse, nurturing environment for growth

Admissions Process:

A completed application and transcripts of all previous academic records; Graduate Record Examination scores; personal statement; statement of purpose; three letters of recommendation with at least two of the letters from an academic institution. Please see Admissions for more information.

Students will be admitted into the Imes-Moore Fellows Program based on their:

  • a) academic promise
  • b) potential to benefit from a broad-based training program
  • c) contribution to enhancing diversity of students in applied physics

This last criterion will be assessed by the student's background in one or more of the following areas:

  • An educational, cultural, or geographical background that is underrepresented in applied physics
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity
  • Experience of financial hardship
  • First generation U.S. citizen or first-generation college graduate

Applications will be processed for fall term admission.

* The deadline for applications is January 15, To Apply

If you want to learn more about the Imes-Moore Fellows Program, please contact:
Lauren Segall or Cynthia McNabb

Applied Physics Program
450 Church Street
1425 Randall Laboratory
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1040
phone: 734-764-4595 or 734-936-0653
fax: 734-764-2193
We look forward to hearing from you!