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Nuclear Physics Graduate Program in the U.S.

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One Year Faster than the National Average

Explore New Nuclear Science Frontiers

Study alongside renowned faculty researchers at a world-leading nuclear science facility. At the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), graduate-student researchers seek to answer fundamental questions in the areas of nuclear science, radiochemistry, and accelerator science. Questions like, why do atoms exist? Where did they come from? How can we use accelerator technology and related technology to solve society’s problems?

As a Michigan State University (MSU) graduate student at FRIB, you’ll receive an individualized curriculum and conduct unique research in nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, nuclear chemistry, accelerator physics, or engineering. You’ll graduate well-prepared for a career in research, education, or industry.

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Why FRIB at Michigan State University?

Top-ranked nuclear physics graduate program in the country

Prepare for a variety of careers utilizing world-class faculty and research, and graduate one year faster than the national average. Learn and work in a world-leading, state-of-the-art facility to develop crucial skills for research and development and teamwork in a diverse and inclusive environment.

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Conduct Groundbreaking Research

Contribute meaningfully to society through scientific discovery. You’ll work alongside world-renowned faculty mentors conducting research using what will be the world’s most powerful heavy-ion accelerator as well as state-of-the-art computers and specially designed equipment to make novel discoveries with applications in medicine, national defense, and more. Present your findings at national and international conferences to build your network and expand your career options.

Learn in a Diverse Research Environment

Here at FRIB, students and faculty share a common interest—to contribute to society through scientific discovery. We attract students, faculty, and researchers with diverse backgrounds from all over the world to study and work in a respectful, collaborative, and inclusive environment.

Enjoy Life Both In and Out of the Lab

In addition to exploring your world by conducting research in the lab, we encourage you to also have fun outside of it. Connect with fellow students and scientists on campus in clubs, student organizations, and activities designed for you. And, check out the Lansing area's big-city amenities—museums, sporting events, outdoor activities, diverse restaurants, and cultural events—while maintaining a low cost of living and a small-town feel.

Launch Your Career With One of These Exciting Areas of Study

Nuclear physics and astrophysics

Conduct leading-edge research to map the nuclear landscape, to understand the forces that bind nucleons into nuclei, to answer questions about the astrophysical origins of nuclear matter, and to address societal needs related to nuclear science and technology.

Nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry

Probe how nuclear matter assembles itself in systems from nuclei to neutron stars, understand neutron reactions important for homeland security and astrophysics, and provide applications for society, including in medicine and industry.

Accelerator physics and engineering

Leverage world-class instruments, systems, and experts at FRIB—a world-unique opportunity on a university campus—to pursue an in-demand career. Benefit from short- and long-term training and collaboration opportunities at partner Department of Energy national laboratories.

Cryogenic engineering

Train at FRIB on state-of-the-art technologies and advancements in the field to become a next-generation cryogenic-system innovator—a career in high-demand in fundamental research and industrial applications.

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Graduate Highly Qualified and In-Demand for a Variety of Careers

With a 100% job placement rate and a nationally recognized academic reputation, you'll be ready for a career as a respected physicist, engineer, or chemist.

Our graduates go on to: