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Quantum Science Initiative


Quantum@MTSU takes new leap in bringing Quantum to Middle TN region: NSF ExpandQISE (undergraduates) and NSF EQUIS programs (for community college students)

Congratulations to all AMPLIFY Scholars on your incredible success. Amplify program aims to broaden participation in Quantum and AI at undergraduate level for all students in STEM. Congratulations on your hard work and incredible success. 1 NSF GRFP winner (Monika Fouad), 1 Goldwater Scholar (Ariel Nicastro), 2 SULI internships, 3 NSF REUs, 4 graduate school fellows.

Broadening participation and inclusivity in Quantum and AI. Read about success stories of four AMPLIFY Scholars 2024

MTSU Physics and Astronomy Department and Quantum@MTSU hosted 2024 TAAPT conference. Congratulations to Dr. Terletska for being this year keynote speaker and sharing about excited and still unknown world of quantum. 

The joint MTSU-Fisk University Quantum Computing Course 2 (Spring 2024) kicked off today! It’s absolutely fantastic to see students back and enthusiastic about delving deeper into the exciting world of quantum computing. 🌟
These dedicated efforts to broaden participation in the field of quantum are made possible by the NSF-funded ExpandQISE grant.

Quantum@MTSU together with STEM with Ukraine Group are grateful to American Physical Society (APS) and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for two APS-IRTAP awards (Co-PI Terletska). We look forward to welcome two Ukrainian scholars at MTSU. Congratulations to Dr. Khrystyna Voytovych and Olha Leshko from Drohobych State Pedagogical University, Ukraine on your awards.

Coming Soon-stay tuned.

Quantum@MTSU coordinates the USA efforts in STEMwithUkraine  (USA-Ukraine collaboration) which aims to support Ukrainian students and scholars in STEM fields affected by the war. The initiative will include research collaboration opportunities, seminars & conferences scholar exchanges, courses in English for students, partnership and collaborations. Program website: 

Dr. Hanna Terletska have been granted over $250,000 by the Department of Energy (DOE) for a three-year project on computational study of quantum systems. This project aims to investigate non-equilibrium behavior of quantum materials with disorder.

EQUIS: Middle Tennessee State University Secures $264K Quantum Computing Grant from NSF. MTSU is taking the lead in quantum education and research within Tennessee. Dr. Hanna Terletska (Principal Investigator) and her team (Dr. Ron Henderson, Dr. Neda Naseri, Dr. Greg Rushton) have been granted over $264,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a three-year project. Their mission is to provide experiential learning and training in quantum education, develop quantum computing courses, workshops, conferences, outreach events, and research projects targeting university and community college students in the region. Award link 

Quantum@MTSU AMPLIFY program hosted professional development workshop on graduate school application, NSF REU and SULI. We thank Bassam Abooma (Texas A&M) and Stephanie Lough (University of Central Florida) for wonderful talks and useful insights.

Quantum@MTSU and Fisk University hosting joint seminar on quantum research. We thank Dr. Bejamin Lawrie for presenting about the cutting-edge research at Oak Ridge National Lab on quantum sensing and quantum photonics. 

Congratulations to the first cohort of the AMPLIFY Scholars for the 2023-2024 academic year! This cohort comprises undergraduate students from MTSU’s physics, chemistry, geoscience, math, computer science, and data science programs. The AMPLIFY Scholarship Program, which focuses on research and mentoring, aims to nurture the next generation of US researchers and scholars in the fields of Materials, Quantum, Computation, and AI. It seeks to broaden participation and promote diversity in STEM.

New Scholarship-Mentorship Program. MTSU Undergraduate STEM Students, don’t miss this unique opportunity. AMPLIFY Scholarship-Mentorship Program in Quantum/Computation/Material Science Research. Application deadline is September 15th, 2023. Application link:
Contact: Dr. Hanna Terletska Email:

Middle Tennessee State University is one of the recipients of the National Science Foundation ExpandQISE awards. This award will support our Quantum@MTSU initiative ( here in the Middle TN region, including quantum research, quantum education, workforce development, and broadening participation in quantum ExpandQISE.

This Fall 2023 MTSU QSInitiative is offering second course in Quantum Computing 2: Application and Professional Certificate. The course is open to all STEM majors. Come and join us in learning how to work on an actual quantum computer. This will help you to jump start your career in modern industry and applications. For more details, please contact Dr. Hanna Terletska hanna.terletska@charles-cantrellmtsu-edu

Join us for Quantum Quest Summer Camp for High School Students: June 19-21, 2023. Organizers: MTSU CBAS, MTSU QSInitiative, MTSU Physics and Astronomy Department

  • Bringing quantum education to MTSU: new Quantum Computing class for undergraduates

On April 14th, 2023, MTSU College of Basic and Applied Sciences launched a new interdisciplinary Quantum Science Initiative (MTSU QSInitiative) to promote research, education, and workforce development in the field of quantum sciences. The initiative aims to prepare the next generation of quantum scientists and engineers and will provide opportunities for students, teachers, and faculty to engage in cutting-edge research and education. MTSU is committed to advancing the field of quantum science in the Middle Tennessee region and is excited to be a part of national quantum efforts.

Quantum and success go together (4/14/23)

This year, MTSU CBAS college got 9 NSF REU winners, 7 of them are in our quantum computing class. Very talented, smart, and motivated students. 

Photo credit: Robin E. Lee

  • The MTSU Quantum Team is very proud of Ariel Nicastro( a physics major and the Vice-President of the MTSU Quantum Computing Club) and and Dr. Hanna Terletska for receiving the “Outstanding Student Award”  and “Outstanding Faculty Service Award”, respectively,  from the MTSU Honors College. Photo credit Tatum Hochstetler

April 10th, 2023, Dr. Hanna Terletska ran “Quantum for All” workshop at Vanderbilt WONDRY Center

Never too early to get into Quantum:  St. Rose of Lima Catholic School’s Math Team, led by Kristin Quinby and Bri Bland, came by for some interactive demonstrations (by Dr. Hanna Terletska and Rachel Quinby) of quantum mechanical properties to learn how physics and math is applicable to the world around us. We extend our gratitude to IONQ for providing Q-stickers for the participants and promoting quantum in Middle Tennessee (4/13/23).

MTSU Quantum Team is grateful for the kind thank you cards from Saint Rose Lima Catholic School Students. 

Happy World Quantum Day April 14th,2023

Q-Talk: April 24th, 2023, IBM quantum education leader  Brian Ingmanson 

“Building Up the Quantum Workforce”.

MTSU’s first “Quantum computing ” undergraduate class, Spring 2023. 17 students from physics, computer science, math, biology and chemistry majors.

Two MTSU Physics Professors Naseri and Terletska Earn MIT Pro Certificates in Quantum Computing Fundamentals!

Student Mentoring: Grad School Workshop for WISTEM and Women in Physics Group: Panel Speakers: Dr. Neda Naseri, Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross, Dr. Hanna Terletska; April 20th, 2023 

Contact Us

Hanna Terletska
MTSU QSInitiative Leader

Middle Tennessee State University
Department of Physics & Astronomy, WPS 206C