Schedule

William & Mary Physics REU 2016:
Schedule of Events


REU program coordinators:

The full schedule of activities (including some recurring social events in the area) is available at http://www.wm.edu/as/physics/undergrad/researchopportunities/reu/schedule.

Arrival Day - Monday May 30

In case of problems during the arrival process, please contact program coordinator Irina Novikova, ixnovi@wm.edu.
Guest wireless internet access is available for one day, but you can enter my information as sponsor if necessary. The College of William & Mary observes Memorial Day.  The campus buildings will be closed.

Liquid Nitrogen Ice cream Social
Time: 6pm-8pm (or as long as people want)
Location: outside Small Hall facing Swem Library
Informal meet and greet for all summer research students, complete with liquid nitrogen ice cream making and sports (weather permitting). Call Anashe Bandari if you cannot find the place. 

Welcome Day - Tuesday May 31

Time: 9:00am
Location: Small Hall 122

Note: Bring your laptop for wireless activation.

  • 9:00am - Welcome by program coordinators profs. Irina Novikova and Jack Kossler and graduate assistant coordinator Anashe Bandari.

○     Introductions of participants

○     Schedule of events

○     Program requirements and deadlines Requirements, setting up your summer research blog

  • 9:15am - Welcome by Physics Department chair prof. Gene Tracy
  • 9:30am - Information about machine shop class (Will Henninger) and WM Makers Space (prof. Joshua Erlich)
  • 9:45am - Organizational stuff

○     REU participant photos

○     Visit to Campus Center to get W&M ID.

○     Visit to parking services to obtain parking permits (if necessary).

  • Afternoon - Meet your adviser time (contact your adviser for where and when they want to see you).
Ropes Course - Wednesday June 1 (weather-permitting)

Time: 8:45am (until approximately 1pm)
Location: Parking garage
Contact: Anashe Bandari (abandari@email.wm.edu)
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 June 2

Time: 9am-noon
Location: Small Hall 230 (electronics lab)
Contact: Anashe Bandari (abandari@email.wm.edu)
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.

Elevator-Pitch Short Talks - Friday June 3

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?
ROOT Tutorial - Monday June 6
Time: 9am-noon
Location: Small Hall 230 (electronics lab)
Contact: Anashe Bandari (abandari@email.wm.edu)
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 6

Date: Weekly, starting June 6
Time: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 1:30pm-5:00pm
Location: William Small Machine and Instrument Shop
Contacts: Will Henninger (wjhenninger@wm.edu)
Sign-up: https://forms.wm.edu/20850 by Wednesday June 1, 5:00pm

Summer Research Seminar Series

Date: Weekly, starting June 10
Time: Friday, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Location: Small Hall 122
Contact: Irina Novikova (ixnovi@wm.edu)

  • Friday June 10 - David Armstrong
  • Friday June 17 - Cara Leckey (NASA-Langley)
  • Friday June 24 - Eugeniy Mikhailov
  • Friday July 1 - Graduate student Q&A panel
  • Friday July 8 - Ale Lukaszew
  • Friday July 15 - John Delos
  • Friday July 22- Jeff Nelson
  • Friday July 29 - Don Snyder (Career center)
Visit to NASA Langley Research Center - Thursday June 16

Time: 8:30am-12pm
Location: NASA Langley Research Center (transportation: car sharing)
Contact: Anashe Bandari (abandari@email.wm.edu)
Note: Unfortunately, only US citizens can participate in this visit.
Visit to Jefferson Lab - Thursday June 23
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Jefferson Lab (transportation: car sharing)
Contact: Anashe Bandari (abandari@email.wm.edu)

Graduate School Admission Q&A - Wednesday June 29
Time: 5pm-6pm
Location: Small 122
Contact: Irina Novikova (ixnovi@wm.edu)
Prof. Marc Sher will share his 20+ years of experience serving in graduate admission committee at WM, by giving you an overview and answering your questions about life of a graduate student, its pros and cons, and how to become one.

LaTeX Tutorial - Friday July 1
Time: 9am-noon
Location: Small Hall XXX
Contact: Irina Novikova (ixnovi@wm.edu)
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.

APS-Style Short Talks - Wednesday July 6
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 - Monday, July 18
Time: 8am - 1pm
Location: Surry Power Plant (transportation: car sharing)
Contact: Anashe Bandari (abandari@email.wm.edu)

Hampton University Proton Therapy Facility - TBD
Time:
Location: Hampton University Proton Therapy facility (transportation: car sharing)
Contacts: Anashe Bandari (abandari@email.wm.edu)

Final Presentations - Friday August 5
Time: 9am-2:30pm
Location: Small Hall 111

Poster Presentations - Friday August 5
Time: 4:30pm-6pm
Location: Small Hall first floor hallway