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By the summer of their first year in the Chemical Physic (CHPH) Program, upon completion of all two rotations,each graduate student is expected to find a Ph.D. advisor and join his/her group at the University of Maryland.In case the student is interested in collaborative work with another group outside UMD (e.g. at the NIST or NIH), together with his/her UMD advisor they may initiate a research collaboration with the outside group. This can be done with the assistance of existing partnership programs or independently. The purpose of this arrangement is the establishment of a genuine collaboration benefiting the two research groups and the student. Those students, who after their finishing their third year at UMD, have not been able to find a laboratory on campus may petition the Director for permission to join a laboratory outside of campus. Irrespective of the percentage of time the student spends in the outside group, the UMD advisor remains in the mentoring committee, which convenes once a year and monitors students’ progress. Student registration in CHPH898 or CHPH899 (pre candidacy and candidacy research) is contingent upon the yearly meeting and the associated synopsis of the meeting submitted to the program coordinator and the director.

The Chemical Physics Program at the University of Maryland is an Ph.D and M.S. (while pursuing Ph.D) granting program that combines rigorous graduate academic training in chemistry and physics with a wide range of Ph.D. research opportunities at the University, as well as the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There are more than 100 Chemical Physics participating faculty from seven different academic departments and two research institutes as well as several associated scientists from NIST and NIH. The members of the program and their research are listed under Faculty.

THE Chemical Physics Program offers students the option to carry out their Ph.D. thesis research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the joint supervision of participating government scientists and Maryland faculty. Additional research opportunities are available under the auspices of the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a partnership between NIST and the University of Maryland.