Although most doctoral students are planning on careers in academia, there are also many non-academic career opportunities available for people with ability and experience in mathematics, statistics, and physics research. We encourage students in our program in Applied Mathematics to consider such opportunities. About 1/3 of the graduates of our program are employed in business, government or industry.
The most significant part of PhD study is the completion of a dissertation containing original research work in Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics. This work is done under the close mentoring of a faculty member who has significant research experience in that field. The areas of research expertise of our faculty can be found by exploring the faculty web pages.
There are many opportunities to learn about current mathematics, statistics, and physics research through the departmental colloquium and various research seminars.
Because our program is relatively small, students get close personal supervision early in the program.