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We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic Undergraduate and Graduate Students to join our research projects.


Information for Prospective PhD Students

We have openings for new PhD students each year for both international and domestic applicants. You can choose one of two degree programs:

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:

  • Graduate-level coursework in optics, electromagnetics, photonics, applied physics, and quantum mechanics
  • Prior research experience and publications
  • Experience with theory and/or computational modeling and numerical simulation of electromagnetics problems
  • Experimental microfabrication experience
  • Experimental optics experience, in research or laboratory classes
  • Scientific programming, parallel programming, and/or familiarity with
    Linux systems and system administration

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.

Applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents are encouraged to investigate external fellowships including NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program, Hertz Fellowship, NASA Space Tech Research Grants, NDSEGCIA, and DoD SMART to identify additional opportunities for funding. Email Professor Povinelli if you are interested in working on one of these applications.

Note: if English is not your first language, make sure to take the GRE and TOEFL in time to submit scores by the Dec. 15 deadline, so that you can be considered for fellowships.

Information for Undergrads at USC

Please contact Professor Povinelli by email and include a copy of your CV.
Sources of funding for USC undergraduates include:

Summer Internships

Summer internships are available through several programs:

Please apply directly to the internship programs listed.


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