Leonard E Parker

Center for Gravitation, Cosmology & Astrophysics

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The Leonard E Parker Center for Gravitation, Cosmology and Astrophysics is supported by NASA, the National Science Foundation, UW-Milwaukee College of Letters and Science, and UW-Milwaukee Graduate School. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of these organizations.

Graduate Studies in the Center

Graduate students are integral to the life of the Center and are encouraged to begin research projects as early in their course of study as possible. While students typically work with one advisor, opportunities always exist to undertake research projects with other faculty and postdocs. By taking advantage of these opportunities, students can broaden their expertise and gain an advantage for their future careers.

We attempt to support all of our graduate students as research assistants (RA') once they become actively engaged in research projects. Stipends have recently been sharply increased by a tuition waiver for all RAs. They can be supplemented for strong students by Chancellors' Awards, given out by the Department.

You can learn more about the exciting research projects under way in the Center on these web pages or by contacting any of the professors, postdocs, or graduate students by e-mail. Our current research is on gravitational wave detection and gravitational-wave astronomy, on relativistic astrophysics and numerical relativity, and on quantum fields in curved spacetime, dark energy, and black-hole entropy. For general enquiries, e-mail

To apply to graduate school at UW-Milwaukee Center for Gravitation and Cosmology, please follow the instructions on the the Physics Department web site.

Curriculum of courses

We have a 3-year curriculum of courses in gravitational physics, astrophysics, and quantum field theory designed to introduce students to the tools necessary for research and top topics of current interest.

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 Intro to General Relativity
(Phys 717)
(Phys 817)
Year 2 Relativistic Astrophysics
(Phys 718)
Quantum Field Theory I
(Phys 831)
Seminar in Theoretical Physics: Quantum Fields in Curved Spacetimes
(Phys 903)
Year 3 Introduction to General Relativity
(Phys 717)
Quantum Field Theory II
(Phys 832)
Advanced Topics in Gravitational Physics: Gravitational Waves
(Phys 818)

About previous students

The Center has a history of graduate education which dates back to the 1960's. Students have gone on to a variety of careers from faculty at other universities to analysts at financial institutions. A few examples from the past decade are: D. Brown (2004) was subsequently a post-doc at Caltech and is now faculty at Syracuse University; S. Ray-Majumdar (2005) transitioned to financial mathematics after graduation and works for Eckhardt Trading Company; D. Cho went to a postdoc in Bangalore, India, and is now faculty at Kenyon College, OH; L. Mersini is now faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; J. Read is now a postdoc at the Albert Einstein Institute in Golm; S. Tripathi is now a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County. This is just a small sampling of the students who have received Ph.D.'s for their work in the Center.

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