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Schedule

Arrival Day - Sunday May 25

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: 3pm-6pm
Location: Sunken Garden

The College of William & Mary observes Memorial Day.  The campus buildings will be closed.

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 3pm to 6pm (or later).

Welcome Day - Tuesday May 27

Time: 9:00am
Location: Small Hall 122

Note: Bring your laptop for wireless activation.

  • 9:00am - Welcome by Physics Department chair prof. David Armstrong

  • 9:15am - Welcome by program coordinators profs. Irina Novikova and Wouter Deconinck

    • Schedule of events (including sign-up for some activities)

    • Requirements, setting up your summer research ‘blog’

  • 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 WM ID.

Ropes Course - Wednesday May 28 (weather-permitting)

Time: 8:45am (until approximately 1pm)
Location: Parking garage
Contact: Valerie Gray ([[e|vmgray]])

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 - Thursday May 29

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 - Friday May 30

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 2

Date: Weekly, starting June 2
Time: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 1:30pm-5:00pm
Location: William Small Machine and Instrument Shop
Contacts: John Bensel ([[jpbens]]), Will Henninger ([[wjhenninger]])
Sign-up: https://forms.wm.edu/15488 by Friday May 30, 5:00pm

Elevator-Pitch Short Talks - Wednesday June 4

Time: 9am-10:30am
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 ([[p|inovikova]])

Visit to Jefferson Lab - Friday June 27

Time: 2pm-5pm
Location: Jefferson Lab (transportation: car sharing)
Contact: Valerie Gray ([[e|vmgray]])

APS-Style Short Talks - Wednesday July 2

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 - Thursday July 10

Time: 10am - a little after noon
Location:  Surry Power Plant (transportation: car sharing)
Contact: Valerie Gray ([[e|vmgray]])

LaTeX Tutorial - Friday July 11

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 - Thursday July 17

Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: NASA Langley Research Center (transportation: car sharing)
Contact: Valerie Gray ([[e|vmgray]])

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

Hampton University Proton Therapy Facility - Tuesday July 22

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

Final Presentations - Friday August 1

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

Poster Presentations - Friday August 1

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