GAANN Program at ASU - Physics and Biological Physics moving forward into the 21st Century

Project: Research project

Project Details


The Arizona State University (ASU) Department of Physics has developed a plan to engage newly recruited students in the science of the 21st century. GAANN students will be admitted into a single department (physics) and receive training in core physics, while their research area and elective courses will be interdisciplinary targeting the frontier area of biological physics. Biological physics embodies many of the grand challenges of the 21st century from deep questions (What is life?) to practical use-inspired questions touching from personalized medicine to new energy sources or photosynthesis mimicking light harvesting. Our proposal emphasizes new students -- we propose to recruit 4 GAANN students in each of years 1, 2, and 3 to increase the number of US nationals and URM and women in physics. ASU is strongly supportive and has provided a 25% match. Students will be entered into a newly streamlined program that accelerates time to graduation to 4-5 years, in contrast to most other physics programs. The project will be directed by two key faculty members who self-assembled because of their interest and knowledge regarding biological physics and graduate student issues including recruitment, retention, and training. Faculty throughout the Department and the Center for Biological Physics will all be directly involved. Each GAANN fellow receives one year of teacher training supervised by faculty. Eligibility will be limited to Ph.D. applicants who are U.S. citizens, U.S. Nationals, or permanent residents. Vigorous recruitment of women and minority groups (much underrepresented in physics) will be made, and our efforts will be coordinated with the ASUs Hispanic Research Center. Competitive fellowships will be awarded to students with a record of outstanding academic achievement and who demonstrate financial need.
Effective start/end date8/15/098/14/13


  • US Department of Education (DOEd): $525,128.00


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