Information for Prospective PhD Students

Students interested in a PhD in Electrical Engineering should apply to the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering. Applications are due by December 15 for the following fall. Application information can be found here.

Students with an undergraduate background in physics may also consider applying to the PhD program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

You may also send Professor Povinelli an email indicating your interest with a copy of your CV. Please mention whether you have skills or experience in the following areas:

Applicants should typically have an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, physics, or applied physics, or related area. A masters degree is a plus, but is not required. Note: make sure to take the GRE and TOEFL (if English is not your first language) in time to submit scores by the Dec. 15 deadline, so that you can be considered for fellowships.

Information for MS Students and Undergrads at USC

The group accepts a very limited number of MS students and undergraduates for directed research and internship opportunities. A GPA of at least 3.5 is required. Students must have taken advanced electromagnetism (EE330 or PHYS408) and be willing to commit a full year in the lab, starting in the summer. Please contact Professor Povinelli by email and include a copy of your CV.

Sources of funding for USC undergraduates include:

Summer Internships for Students Outside USC

Summer internships are available through several programs. These programs are open to students who have just finished their junior year of undergrad. Preference is given to students who have taken 300-level or 400-level electromagnetics and quantum mechanics. A GPA > 3.5 is required.

Please apply directly to the internship programs listed.