Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
May 20, 2014 - The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has ranked the University of
Memphis among the nation’s leading master’s programs in physics.
The U of M’s Department of Physics is one of 24 nationally that averaged five or more
master’s degrees in the classes of 2010, 2011 and 2012 combined. These departments
were responsible for granting 64 percent of all exiting master’s degrees awarded.
The U of M averaged six physics master’s degrees during the three-year period. California
State University Long Beach topped the list, averaging 12 master’s degrees per year.
“Physics programs are generally small. Significant efforts from the faculty and staff
have been made in order to increase the number of graduates at this level,” said Dr.
Jingbiao Cui, professor and chair of physics. “We would not be able to make it without
the generous support from our administrators. We will continue to strengthen the MS
program in physics by investing more resources. The two research labs under renovation
in Manning Hall – the Photonics Lab and Energy Materials Lab – will be ready for
use this summer and fall. This will have a very positive impact on student research
and physics programs.”
The AIP data was compiled from the annual Enrollments and Degrees survey.