Prospective Students

  • As of Spring 2020 there are seven PhD slots available for US citizen and permanent residents. Minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • There are number of opportunities for international students.
  • Transferring Course Credits: Students coming with Master degree or with graduate level courses may transfer their prior courses towards PhD program.
  • CNRE PhD students may be accepted from Physics, Chemistry, Chemical, Electrical, Materials, and Mechanical disciplines.
  • Students from other fields may be considered with an understanding that they may be required to take some additional courses to become suitable for CNRE and the department under which they seek.

Advantages for our PhD students

  • UDC is in Washington DC, USA. This city is one of the world’s most favorite tourist place (~5 mile from iconic White House). Our students will have unparallel access to free museums, city life, restaurants, parks, and career opportunities at walkable distances or Metro.
  • UDC partnerships! UDC is 2-50 miles from >12 Federal Labs and organizations (e.g. National Institute of Health(NIH), NIST, JHU-Applied Physics Laboratory). Our students can get exposure by working on collaborative projects and get support and recommendations from world renowned scientists to boost their career.
  • Conferences and travels! As CNRE student you will get opportunities to travel across USA and internationally to attend conferences and meetings related to your research.
  • Research Facility! UDC is self-sufficient to conduct cutting edge nanotechnology and related research. In addition CNRE team also have access to easily accessible unique equipment and sophisticated resources at NIST, NRL, and many collaborators in the neighborhood.
  • Career opportunities! CNRE will enable students to network with potential employers at Federal organizations, National Laboratories (NRL, NIST, NIH, ARL(Link), and many Industries to bring numerous career opportunities when you graduate from UDC.
  • UDC is ranked # 1 (Link) in Mechanical Engineering for the affordability and quality. Our engineering program are also accredited by ABET. It means you get unique quality training and education opportunity at UDC
  • CNRE PhD students are eligible to apply for two-year postdoctoral scholarship from NSF for $200,000 for two years to launch their individual career.