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This is the web-page for the PHYS 419 Course "Research Seminar". If you're on this webpage, it is probably reasonable to figure that you are likely enrolled in the class -- so thanks for signing up. Materials on this webpage are meant to supplement information given to you in class itself. I'm not a big fan of OAKS, therefore any on-line supplementary material for the course you need can be found here. To the left, you'll find important links/syllabi/etc.

If you'd like to find out more about me or the research we do in my lab, check out my main webpage.

- About This Course -

This is a course traditionally taken close to the end of your undergraduate career. The most immediate purpose of the course is to go through the process of writing a proposal for your senior research project (either PHYS 420 or PHYS 499). We also will spend class time talking about other important topics that don't regularly get discussed at other points in the curriculum including (but not necessarily limited to) discussing post-graduation plans, how to go about preparing for life after graduation, learning a bit about research ethics, and disseminating scientific results via a variety of different methods.

- Course Announcements -

Colloquium Schedule Here

-- Due Dates (Subject to Change) --

September 3rd, 2020 -- On-line Webform Assignment DUE

September 10th, 2020 -- Draft CV/Resume DUE
         An Old Version of my CV (Raw .tex file)
         A semi-recent version of my CV (Compiled .pdf file)
         Another sample cv (Raw .tex file)
         Another sample cv (Compiled .pdf file)

September 17th, 2020 -- Self Letter of Recommendation DUE

September 24th, 2020
         5 Minute Talks on Assigned Topics Presented
         Talks Worksheet DUE
                 Advice on Giving a Scientific Talk (D.W. Kurtz)
                 Presentation Philosophy (Joseph Shoer)
                 Secrets to Giving a Good Scientific Talk (Mark Schoeberl and Brian Toon)
                 How NOT to give a Scientific Talk (Michael De Robertis)

October 1st, 2020 -- Advisor Selection Form DUE

October 8th, 2020 -- First Draft of Proposal DUE
         NOTE: See Proposal Writing Resources Below on this Page!!!

October 15th, 2020 -- First Draft of Proposal Returned

October 22nd, 2020 -- Second Draft of Proposal DUE (w/Advisor Signature on Bottom of Hardcopy)

October 29th, 2020
         Five Minute Presentations of Proposal Topics PRESENTED
         Second Draft of Proposal Returned

November 5th, 2018
         Third Draft of Proposal DUE
         Presentation dates for Final Presentations Assigned

November 12th, 2020 -- Third Draft of Proposal Returned

November 19th, 2020
         Final Draft of Proposal DUE
         Enrollment Paperwork DUE
         Final Presentations of Research Topics (up to 5 people)

December 3rd, 2020 -- Rest of the final Presentations of Research

December 8th, 2020 -- (10:30 AM-12:30 PM) Final Exam. We will be using this class time to take the Major Field Test to assess our programs within the department. This is not optional.

- Links/Resources (Many courtesy of Dr. Wragg's previous webpage on this course) -

Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society
Ethics in Science and Engineering National Clearinghouse
Online Ethics Center
CV writing tips

- Science Job/Grad School Interviewing Resources -

Webpage with some sample interview questions (with hints on how to respond)
Words to avoid during the interview
Sample questions you might ask at the end of an interview (though not really all that tailored to science)
More questions you might consider asking during the end of an interview
Last minute interview prep strategies
Science magazine web-page with several links regarding jobs in science. (I haven't read them all).

- Proposal Writing Resources -

Proposal Template .tex file (REVTeX) compiled example (PDF)
Proposal Template .tex file (IOP) compiled example (PDF)
Other materials you'll need for IOP format (zip file) (If this format doesn't work for you, you can use REVTeX format, or come see me and I'll show you how to find the files elsewhere.
Proposal Template .tex file (AMS), supporting bib file, necessary sty file, embedded figure file(PDF), and compiled example (PDF)

- Old Proposals from Students in Previous Years -

Timothy Hayward's Proposal (Particle Physics; with Dr. Marshall)
Ally Olejar's Proposal (Computational Astrophysics; with Dr. Fragile)
Daniel Lavanant's Proposal (Experimental Materials Physics; with Dr. Teklu)
Danielle Masse's Proposal (Computational Applied Mathematics; with Drs. Howell and Williams
Stanley McAfee's Proposal (Astrophysics; with Dr. Hakkila)
Ariane McKiernan's Proposal (Experimental Image Analysis; with Dr. Carson)
Monica Mullis's Proposal (Experimental Atmospheric Microphysics; with Dr. Larsen)
Katelyn O'Dell's Proposal (Computational Atmospheric Microphysics; with Dr. Larsen)
Maly Taylor's Proposal (Astrophysics, with Dr. Hakkila)
Joshua Teves's Proposal (Computational Atmospheric Microphysics; with Dr. Larsen)

updated: 14 August 2020