PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Connecticut School of Engineering Graduate Programs
4 - 5 years
Earliest start date
Electronics systems manipulate electrical currents using devices such as transistors, diodes, and integrated circuits. These components control or amplify the flow of current and convert it from one form to another.
Photonics involves the manipulation of light (in the form of photons) through emission, transmission, modulation, signal processing, switching, amplification, and sensing. This research area involves many unique technologies including lasers, fiber optics, imaging tools and plasma.
Electronics and photonics are used in applications such as communications, computing, defense, medical diagnostics, manufacturing and more.
Scholarships and Funding
In order for an applicant to be considered for one of the following fellowships, the applicant must select that they wish to be considered in SLATE. Recipients of these fellowships will be the most academically promising members of the entering class of graduate students at the University of Connecticut. The criteria used to select recipients include the following:
- Evidence of scholarly or creative achievement highlighted by the department or program in their nomination and evidence that the department or program provides the environment necessary for success in the areas of interest highlighted by the applicant.
- Evidence of any prior scholarly or creative achievement by the nominee, e.g., publications, presentations, exhibits, performances.
- Evidence that the nominee has been successful at previous academic institutions, e.g., letters of recommendation.
- Quantitative evidence of academic accomplishment, e.g., undergraduate grade point average, GMAT (when available).
The Jorgensen Fellowship (JF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.
In addition, to be eligible for either the fellowships below, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education and/or a commitment to enhancing diversity in their field of study.
- The Harriott Fellowship (HF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.
- The Crandall Fellowship (CF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to master’s programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for two years (MFA is for three years).
For HF and CF fellowships students must submit a diversity statement through the SLATE application system. Students can demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education through participation in organizations or activities that (a) directly relate to increasing access to higher education and retention in higher education of individuals, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs or (b) that help to ensure that individuals are welcomed and included in higher education environments regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs. Such organization and activities might include participation/affiliation with TRIO programs, cultural/affinity organizations/centers, volunteer experiences, and college or university committees focused on these goals. Students provide evidence of this commitment through research and educational experience reflected on their CV/resume (articles, presentations, internship, and research experience), in their personal statement, or in letters of recommendations.
Course requirements vary depending on the chosen concentration or track
- Electronics, Photonics, and Biophotonics Concentration:
Ph.D. course requirements are the same as those listed in the graduate catalog: http://gradcatalog.uconn.edu/ * with the following addition:
- Two credits of ECE 6094 seminar work are required of all PhD students.
- Maximum of six credits of ECE 6099 (independent study) toward the required credits.
- Information, Communications, Decision, and Biosystems Concentration and Power and Energy Track