Applications being accepted for professional master’s degree in photovoltaics

January 28, 2013 | News, Research, UToday, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
By Samantha Watson

The Solar Energy Industries Association projects that solar industry-related jobs in Ohio will grow to more than 32,000 in the next four years, and The University of Toledo is preparing students to fill those positions.

In the UT Professional Science Master’s Degree in Photovoltaics Program, students learn the science and technology of photovoltaics along with the business of the industry. Through course work and internships, students will be better-prepared to begin their careers, according to Dr. Sanjay V. Khare, director of the program.

“This is a great program, specifically for Ohio students, for whom we offer state-sponsored full scholarships,” Khare said. “UT provides world-class training for anyone aspiring to work in the emerging and rapidly growing photovoltaic industry.”

Khare said the program recently was approved as a Professional Science Master’s Program from the National Professional Science Master’s Association.

The University is accepting applications for the program cohort that will begin in the fall and be finished in 22 months. During this time, students complete course work, conduct research, perform independent study, and have the capstone experience of a 24-week internship with an industrial or governmental affiliate.

The first batch of graduates in 2012 completed their internships with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Ferro Corp., Willard & Kelsey Solar Group and Shadeplex LLC.

There are many other industries in the area that faculty work closely with because of the presence of the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization at UT.

Students who are interested in applying to the program must have earned at least a 2.7 grade point average during their undergraduate years and must provide an official transcript and three letters of recommendation. Students with an undergraduate degree from any physical science or engineering major may apply, and the Graduate Record Examinations is required.

For more information or to apply, visit Completed applications must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 7, to be considered in the first round.

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