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A good score on the Physics GRE is an important ingredient in applying to graduate school. To help prepare for the test, the CPAPC organizes Physics GRE Boot Camps alternately for students from northern and southern California. [Click to see sites from earlier bootcamps: Feb 2011 (CSU Long Beach); Sep 2011 (UC Davis); May 2012 (CSU Long Beach); Sep 2012 (UC Davis); Aug 2013 (CSU Long Beach).] 

Southern California

August 22-23, 2014

California State University Long Beach

The CPAPC GRE Boot camp is intended for students from Southern California.
The boot camp primarily targets students underrepresented in Physics from CSU campuses, but is open to all students at local CSU and UC campuses.

Lodging for Friday night, August 22, 2014 is provided for students identified as belonging to underrepresented groups in Physics and come from farther away.  Contact Prashanth Jaikumar (contact info. below) for information on lodging once you have registered.  We can only guarantee lodging if you register by August 10, 2014. Other students may qualify depending on available funding. (Underrepresented groups in Physics as identified by the American Physical Society are women and members of Hispanic-, African-, or Native American ethnic groups/races).


Registration is now closed. Please check for this annual event in August 2015



California State University Long Beach (see maps information)
Peterson Hall 2 (rooms 218, 219, 220 and 223)
Meals will be taken on site near the Hall of Science.



Dr. Prashanth Jaikumar, Dept of Physics and Astronomy
Email:, Tel:562-985-5592

Boot Camp Agenda

Sessions are held in Peterson Hall 1 & 2


Time  Activity Room
13:00 Registration, Donuts & coffee PH1-140
14:00 Take full GRE exam under realistic exam conditions "
17:00 Break (drinks & donuts) "
17:30 Self-score the exam, Introduce TAs & form groups "
18:00 Dinner & Grad Student Talk "
19:00 Group work I PH1-223, 219
20:15 End first day


Time Activity Room
8:00        Donuts and coffee PH1-223, 219
8:30 Group work II " 
9:35 Break "
9:45 Group work III "
10:45 Break PH1-140/141
11:00 Applying to physics graduate programs "
12:45 Lunch with UC faculty members "
14:00 Group work IV PH1-223, 219
15:15 Break "
15:30 TA feedback and strategies to succeed at the physics GRE. PH1-140/141
17:00 Wrap up, Adjourn, Faculty available for individual advice. "

The Boot camp is organized by the California Professoriate for Access to Physics Careers ( and generously funded by contributions from UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, APS Bridges Program, the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics and the Physics department at CSU Long Beach  (