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Institute for Shock Physics Graduate Scholar Award

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (PhD)

The Institute for Shock Physics at Washington State University is a multi-disciplinary research organization with a strong focus on understanding condensed matter response at extreme conditions.

WSU and 3 outstanding academic partners – Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, and Stanford University – conduct substantive research leading to advances/innovations in the field of Dynamic Compression Science. Multidisciplinary research activities, involving students, postdocs, and faculty members from different academic disciplines at the four participating institutions, comprehensively address exciting scientific challenges. In addition, meaningful and mutually beneficial collaborations with scientists are undertaken at the NNSA Laboratories: Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia.

Enrolled in their respective academic departments, graduate students conduct their Ph.D. research in the ISP. This opportunity provides tremendous learning and research opportunities through:• Participation in innovative and multidisciplinary research related to dynamic compression science• Professional growth through independent thinking and hands-on work• State-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities, including access to the Dynamic Compression Sector• Graduate scholar awards and fellowships.

Dynamic Compression experiments subject materials to unique extreme conditions – very large compressions, high temperatures, and large deformations – on short time scales resulting in a rich array of physical and chemical changes. Understanding the material response at these extreme conditions is of central importance to fundamental science and spans the disciplines of physics, chemistry, materials science, solid mechanics, planetary sciences and applied mathematics.

The ISP Graduate Scholar Award is for outstanding incoming graduate students who make a commitment to doing their Ph.D. thesis research in shock wave or dynamic compression science. U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency is required. This prestigious fellowship includes:

• $30,000 Annual Stipend

• Waiver of Tuition

• Health Insurance

Research Assistantships and External Scholarships are also available. Please visit our website for a list of representative research activities, and for more information about admissions.

Participating Institution(s):
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Washington State University (Lead)
California Institute of Technology
Princeton University
Stanford University

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Applied Mathematics
Geological Sciences
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Condensed Matter Physics
Fusion Energy Science
National Security
Optical Spectroscopy
Physical Chemistry
Solid State Physics
Solid-State Spectroscopy

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This program is funded by:
U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)

Page last updated 3/14/2023
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