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Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies in Physics & Astronomy


Learn more about how to apply to our graduate program.

Contact Us

If you have questions about any aspect of our graduate program please contact us by e-mail at If you prefer you may also call the department office at 515-294-5440. Our departmental FAX number is 515-294-6027.

Visit Us

We welcome visits to our department by prospective students. Please contact our graduate secretary, Valerie Arnold, in advance and we can arrange for you to meet with faculty in your area of interest.

Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory

Our condensed matter and biophysics research efforts are greatly enhanced by the presence of the Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory on the Iowa State University campus (literally next door to the Department of Physics and Astronomy). Many of our faculty hold cross-appointments with Ames Lab, and DOE staff scientists often work with our graduate students.