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Optics and Quantum Electronics IGERT: Engineering Photons for a Sustainable Future

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (PhD)

The Columbia Optics and Quantum Electronics IGERT facilitates the unique interdisciplinary training of Ph.D. scientists and engineers in the field of Optics and Quantum Electronics towards sustainable and renewable energy solutions. The energy economy is an immediate and grand challenge that must be tackled by current and future generations of scientists and engineers. We address this challenge by focusing on nanoscale device physics, nanomaterial spectroscopy, and technology innovations in two next-generation subsystems including optical communication networks and solar photovoltaics. These fundamental applied physics and engineering studies involve the manipulation of photons, through the realization of physical nanostructured devices and new functional materials, to deliver energy efficiencies dramatically better than current levels. The cross-training scientific research is synergistically integrated with innovative educational approaches and with an emphasis on underrepresented groups.

The Fellowship:

The Columbia Optics and Quantum Electronics IGERT PhD Fellowship support includes full tuition and fees, and a stipend of $30,000 for the full academic year. The Fellowship is a two-year Fellowship and only open to U.S. citizen or permanent residents, who are applying to the doctoral degree in one of IGERT participating departments. Each Fellowship recipient also receives $1,000 per year for conference travel as well as $500 per year for publication in leading journals. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.


If you are currently a graduate student at Columbia interested in or already working in the field of optics and quantum electronics, the Optics and Quantum Electronics IGERT faculty encourages you to contact any of us for more information. Aside from our FAQ page, you may also email Clarissa Marino the IGERT Coordinator or Prof. Chee Wei Wong the IGERT Director for more information.

If you are a prospective graduate student interested in optics and quantum electronics who is applying for admission to any department with the Optics and Quantum Electronics IGERT faculty, we recommend that you state your interest in the IGERT program in your application. In your on-line admissions application, be sure to check the box indicating your interest in the Optics IGERT program to ensure your application will be directed for our evaluation. Support is available for selected new, incoming graduate students.

 • Note: no longer accepting students

Participating Institution(s):
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Columbia University (Lead)
City University of New York (CUNY), City College of New York

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Applied Mathematics
Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
Information Sciences
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Optics & Photonics
Sensor Science & Engineering

Nanoscale Devices
Nanoscale Optics
Nonlinear Optics
Optical Communications & Networking
Optical Engineering
Optical Spectroscopy
Solar Energy

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 2/1/2017
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