Graduate Programs Our Students Attend

Students interested in a research career need an undergraduate education of the highest excellence to gain admission to the top graduate schools. At Northwestern, our faculty have ready access to the world's greatest research facilities, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, thus providing our undergraduates with outstanding opportunities to participate in cutting-edge science. Northwestern is also a pioneer in innovative multi-disciplinary education, as demonstrated by our Integrated Sciences Program, which melds mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and computer science into a single curriculum.
Here is a partial listing of the graduate programs some of our more recent graduates have attended:

Student

BA

University

Program/Notes

James Bueghly

2015

Northwestern

Physics

Xiaowen Chen

2015

Princeton

Physics

Jason Du

2015

University of Washington

MS in Statistics

Gregory Anthony

2014

University of Chicago

Medical Physics

Ben Godek

2014

University of Virgina

Physics

Jonathan Kernes

2014

UCLA

Physics

Ingrid Ringler

2014

SUNY Albany

Nanotech

Jennifer Mills

2013

Cambridge

Jennifer received the Marshall Scholarship, which supports 2 years of study after graduation at both Cambridge University and Edinburgh University.

Stephen Richard Okoniewski

2013

University of Colorado, Boulder

Physics

Andrew Srisuwananukorn

2013

Indiana School of Medicine

Medical School

Jesse Choe

2012

Rice

Materials Science

Kremer, Kyle

2012

Cambridge

Astrophysics - Kyle was awarded a Churchill scholarship for a one-year Master's program, after which he plans to return to the Unites States to pursue his doctorate.

Daniel Case

2011

Colorado

Aerospace Engineering

David Ackerman

2010

Cornell

Biophysics

Andrew Gordon

2010

Northwestern

School of Medicine

Alex Jeffers

2010

Maryland College Park

Physics

Rachel Koltrun

2010

UC Santa Barbara

Materials Science and Engineering. She will be doing research on high-ZT thermoelectric materials

John Liu

2010

Brandeis

Biophysics, focusing on single-molecule research.

Zack Nicolaou

2010

Cambridge

Applied mathematics and theoretical physics. He was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which will fund his stay.

Dmitry Spivak

2010

Minnesota

Experimental condensed matter physics.

Brandon Walker

2010

Wisconsin

Medical Physics, and will conduct research on new proton therapies to battle cancer

Teresa Wong

2010

Washington (St. Louis)

Earth and Planetary Science. She intends to conduct research in planetary geology/geophysics.

Jeff Andrews

2009  

Columbia

Astrophysics

Matt Bierbaum

2009

Cornell

Physics

Alexandra Cunliffe

2009

Chicago

Medical Physics

Julia Fang

2009

UCLA

Astrophysics

James Kath

2009

Harvard

Biophysics — James is deferring entry into Harvard for one year to participate in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme.

Yoni Kahn

2009

MIT

Physics — Yoni will attend Cambridge University for one year on a Gates-Cambridge Scholarship before entering MIT.

Ryan Murphy

2009

Washington (St. Louis)

Physics

Benjamin Rolfs

2009

Stanford

Computational & Mathematical Engineering

Kent Shirer

2009

UC Davis

Physics

Sarah Braden

2008

Arizona State

Geological Sciences

Nicole Carlson

2008

UC Berkeley

Physics

Jeffrey Chilcote

2008

UCLA

Astronomy

Jennifer Hobbs

2008

Northwestern

Physics

Brandon Lane

2008

Aachen University

Physics

Timothy Linden

2008

UC Santa Cruz

Physics

Seth Meyers

2008

Stanford

Computational & Mathematical Engineering

Semyon Blinstein

2007

UCLA

Mathematics

Samuel Eckels

2007

Wisconsin

Mathematics

Steven Ehlert

2007

Stanford

Astrophysics — Steve spent a year at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany, before entering Stanford.

Matthew Gill

2007

UC San Diego

Mathematics

Jeffrey Kaplan

2007

Caltech

Physics — Jeff was awarded a prestigious Feynmann Fellowship by Caltech.

Aaron Lee

2007

UC Berkeley

Astrophysics — Aaron spent a year at Cambridge conducting advanced study in mathematics before entering Berkeley.

Thomas Lippman

2007

Stanford

Physics

Taejin (Lance) Min

2007

Illinois

Physics

Sasha Muratov

2007

Michigan

Astronomy

Robert Rettew

2007

Georgia Tech

Physics — Robert is a President's Fellow in Georgia's Center for Excellence in Photovoltaics.

William Shepherd

2007

UC Irvine

Physics

Laura Blecha

2005

Caltech

Physics — Laura attended Cambridge University for one year on a Gates-Cambridge Scholarship before entering Caltech.

Mia Ihm

2005

UC Berkeley

Physics — Mia received a three-year NSF graduate fellowship.

Ryan O'Leary

2005

Harvard

Astrophysics — Ryan received a six-year Fellowship to attend Harvard.

Janet Colucci

2004

Michigan

Astrophysics

John Hewitt

2004

Northwestern

Physics — John is continuing his undergraduate research in astrophysics with Professor Farhad Zadeh.

Philip Nutzman

2004

Harvard

Astrophysics

Mengkai Shieh

2004

Stanford

Medical School

David Guarrera

2003

MIT

Physics — David also spent a year at Cambridge as an NSF Fellow.

Matthew Turk

2003

Stanford

Physics

Kenneth Yu

2003

Caltech/Southern Cal

Joint Program in Biophysics/Medicine

Chris Greer

2002

Chicago

Physics — Chris received a three-year NSF graduate fellowship.

Kathleen Ratcliff

2002

UC Berkeley

Biophysics

Adam Sefkow

2002

Princeton

Plasma Physics

Sean Andrews

2001

Hawaii

Astrophysics — Sean received his PhD in 2008 and is currently a Hubble Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Observatory.

David Smith

2001

Princeton

Plasma Physics

Thomas Bay

2000

Stanford

Physics

Daniel Krop

2000

Indiana

Dan received his PhD in high-energy physics in 2007 and is now a Research Associate in the University of Chicago's Enrico Fermi Institute.

Jennifer Marshall

2000

Ohio State

Physics

Ethan Siegel

2000

Florida

Physics — (two graduates of our PhD program are members of the Florida physics faculty.)

Jeffrey Tran

2000

Illinois

Physics

David Westbrook

2000

Rochester

High-Energy Physics

Robert White

2000

Washington (St. Louis)

Planetary Science

Brian Patt

1999

MIT

Physics — Brian recently completed his PhD thesis, which was on string theory. His advisor was Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek.

James Chisholm

1998

Chicago

Physics — James received his PhD in 2005 and is now an Assistant Professor at Southern Utah University.

Robert McElrath

1998

Wisconsin

Physics — Rob completed his PhD in 2003 and is now a CERN Fellow in theoretical particle physics.

Anne Metevier

1997

UC Santa Cruz

Astrophysics — Anne received her PhD in 2003, and is now an NSF Astrophysics Fellow in the Santa Cruz Center for Adaptive Optics.

Geralyn Zeller

1994

Northwestern

Geralyn won the 2003 Tanaka Dissertation Award, sponsored by the APS for outstanding PhD research in particle physics. She is now a Director's Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Matt Haffner

1993

Wisconsin

Astrophysics — Matt received his PhD in 2000 and is now a Research Scientist at Wisconsin leading a large project to map the ionized gas in our Galaxy.

Other alumni who chose to enter research careers, but graduated a few years further back, include:

Professor Barbara Ryden (WCAS 1980, PhD Princeton 1987), now on the faculty at The Ohio State University. Professor Ryden has recently written a well-received textbook, "Introduction To Cosmology", published by Addison-Wesley.

Professor Steven Majewski (WCAS 1980, PhD Chicago 1987), now on the faculty at the University of Virginia. Professor Majewski has won several honors, including being named a Packard Fellow, a Cottrell Scholar, and a National Science Foundation Young Investigator.