Schedule

Arrival Day - Sunday May 31

In case of problems during the arrival process, please contact program coordinator Wouter Deconinck at [[wdeconinck]].

Guest wireless internet access is available for one day, but you can enter [[wdeconinck]] as sponsor if necessary.

Time: 6pm-8pm
Location: Sunken Garden

However, the Society Of Physics Students will be organizing an REU welcome event (involving liquid nitrogen ice cream, ultimate frisbee) in the Sunken Garden from 6pm to 8pm (or later).

Welcome Day - Monday June 1

Time: 9:00am
Location: Small Hall 122

Note: Bring your laptop for wireless activation.

  • 9:00am - Welcome by program coordinators profs. Irina Novikova and Wouter Deconinck and graduate assistant coordinator Anashe Bandari
    • Schedule of events (including sign-up for some activities)
    • Requirements, setting up your summer research blog
  • 9:15am - Welcome by Physics Department chair prof. Gene Tracy
  • 9:30am - Introductions of participants and photos
  • 10:00am - Computer accounts (Elle), administrative paperwork (Carol)
    • You might want to use this time to get your W&M ID.
  • 1:00pm - Lab and facilities tour
Ropes Course - Tuesday June 2 (weather-permitting)

Time: 8:45am (until approximately 1pm)
Location: Parking garage
Contact: Anashe Bandari ([[e|abandari]])

We start off the summer with some adventure above the ground. The W&M ropes course is an adventure course, so wear appropriate gear (closed toe athletic shoes). You will get to know each other better by collectively scaling obstacles, climbing trees, and riding down a zipline.

C++ Tutorial - Wednesday June 3

Time: 9am-noon
Location: Small Hall 230 (electronics lab)
Contact: Wouter Deconinck ([[wdeconinck]])

To get all of you started with C++, there will be a tutorial during which we will work through some introductory exercises. Bring your laptop if possible (with secure shell and X windows system installed).

If you are unsure whether you should attend this tutorial, ask your mentor.

ROOT Tutorial - Monday June 8

Time: 9am-noon
Location: Small Hall 230 (electronics lab)
Contact: Wouter Deconinck ([[wdeconinck]])

In nuclear and high energy physics (both theory and experiment) we often use the data analysis software framework ROOT, based on C++. To get all of you started with ROOT, there will be a tutorial during which we will work through introductory exercises. Even if you already know a little about ROOT you may benefit from this tutorial. Bring your laptop if possible (with secure shell and X windows system installed).

If you are unsure whether you should attend this tutorial, ask your mentor.

Machine Shop Course - Starts Monday June 8

Date: Weekly, starting June 2
Time: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 1:30pm-5:00pm
Location: William Small Machine and Instrument Shop
Contacts: Will Henninger ([[wjhenninger]])
Sign-up: https://forms.wm.edu/20850 by Tuesday June 2, 5:00pm

Elevator-Pitch Short Talks - Friday June 5

Time: 4pm
Location: Small Hall 122

You will present your research project in 1 minute, with only a single slide or picture. What is the question you will try to answer, how will you do it?

Summer Research Seminar Series - Starts Friday June 6

Date: Weekly, starting June 6
Time: Friday, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Location: Small Hall 122
Contact: Irina Novikova ([[physics|inovikova]])

  • Friday June 12 - Prof. Carl Carlson, theoretical nuclear and hadronic physics
  • Friday June 19 - Dr. Travis Horrom, experimental atomic, molecular and optical physics
  • Friday June 26 - Prof. Keith Griffioen, experimental nuclear physics
  • Friday July 3 - Graduate student Q&A panel
  • Friday July 10 - Prof. David Armstrong, experimental nuclear physics
  • Friday July 17 - Prof. John Delos, medical physics
  • Friday July 24 - Prof. Jeffrey Nelson, experimental high energy physics
  • Friday July 31 - Prof. Martin Dressel, experimental condensed matter physics (in Small Hall 111)
Visit to Jefferson Lab - Tuesday June 30

Time: 2pm-5pm
Location: Jefferson Lab (transportation: car sharing)
Contact: Anashe Bandari ([[e|abandari]])

APS-Style Short Talks - Wednesday July 8

Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: Small Hall 122

You will present a short talk (10 minutes, in the style of the American Physical Society contributions) with brief time for questions (2 minutes). By this time you will be in the middle of your research project, and you can describe what you are working on, what progress you are making, and what results you will obtain in the next few weeks.

Surry Nuclear Power Station - TBD

Time: 10am - a little after noon
Location: Surry Power Plant (transportation: car sharing)
Contact: Anashe Bandari ([[e|abandari]])

LaTeX Tutorial - Friday July 10

Time: 9am-noon
Location: Small Hall 230 (electronics lab)
Contact: Wouter Deconinck ([[wdeconinck]])

Nearly all research publications in physics are written in LaTeX, a high-quality typesetting language. Everyone who has used Word before to typeset equations will appreciate the benefits of LaTeX, even if the language may not seem as easy at first. Bring your laptop, and we will guide you through installation and some basic examples of what you can do with LaTeX.

Visit to NASA Langley Research Center - TBD

Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: NASA Langley Research Center (transportation: car sharing)
Contact: Anashe Bandari ([[e|abandari]])

Note: regrettably only US citizens can participate in this visit.

Hampton University Proton Therapy Facility - TBD

Time: 9:30am-noon
Location: Hampton University Proton Therapy facility (transportation: car sharing)
Contacts: Wouter Deconinck ([[wdeconinck]])

Final Presentations - Friday August 7

Time: 9am-2:30pm
Location: Small Hall 111

Poster Presentations - Friday August 7

Time: 4:30pm-6pm
Location: Small Hall first floor hallway