Albert Einstein

Physics 596

Graduate Physics Orientation
Fall 2019

The whole of science is nothing more
than a refinement of everyday thinking.
Albert Einstein, Physics and Reality, 1936

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Physics 596 Syllabus

Physics 596 - Course Syllabus - Fall 2019

(Syllabus is subject to change!)

Week

Date

Topics

Lectures

Assignments

Reading

1

Aug 30


Introduction and course expectations

How to find an advisor

Panel Discussion with Illinois Graduate Peer Mentors

slides


slides


Major Group Assignment
Create and present a group Journal Club PowerPoint talk + individual referee reports



2

Sep 6

Research in General Relativity and Gravitation - Prof. Nicolas Yunes

Research in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - Prof. Vidya Madhavan

Creating/giving a journal club presentation

How to read scientific papers









slides

slides




3

Sep 13

Research in Astrophysics, Gravitation, and Cosmology - Prof. Charles Gammie

Research in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - Prof. Tai Chiang

How to use on-line scientific resources









slides

mini-Assignment #1
On-line resource activities

Resource Activities

Prof. Casey Miller's (RIT) advice on using scientific resources

4

Sep 20

Research in Computational Condensed Matter Physics - Prof. Bryan Clark

Research in Spin Transport and Magnetization Dynamics - Prof. Axel Hoffmann

Research in Biological Physics - Prof. Ido Golding

On-line research with SCOPUS











slides

5

Sep 27

Research in Theoretical High Energy Physics - Prof. Yonatan Kahn

Research in Experimental Nuclear Physics - Prof. Anne Sickles

Research in Computational Quantum Information - Prof. Martin Gruebele

Publication process;
How to write a referee report











slides

6

Oct 4

Research in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics - Prof. Karin Dahmen

Research in Theoretical High Energy Physics - Prof. Jessie Shelton

Research in Experimental Quantum Information Science - Prof. Elizabeth Goldschmidt









7

Oct 11

Research in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - Prof. Fahad Mahmood

Research in Biological Physics - Prof. Sangjin Kim

Research in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - Prof. Nadya Mason

How to write a scientific abstract










slides

mini-Assignment #2
Write an abstract for selected paper

Abstract Papers

8

Oct 18

Ethics in research

slides


Ethics Case Studies

9

Oct 25

Research in Quantum Electronic, Spintronic, and Energy Materials - Prof. Yingjie Zhang

Research in Computational Condensed Matter Physics - Prof. Lucas Wagner

Research in Biological Physics - Prof. Paul Selvin

Research in Theoretical Nuclear Physics - Prof. Jorge Jose Leite Noronha



10

Nov 1

Research in Theoretical Nuclear Physics - Prof. Jacquelyn Noronha-Hostler

Research in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - Prof. Alexey Bezryadin

Research in the Physics of Living Systems - Prof. Zan Luthey-Schulten






11

Nov 8

Research in Theoretical and Computational Soft Condensed Matter and Biophysics - Prof. Charles Sing

Research in Computational Biological Physics - Prof. Diwakar Shukla

Research in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - Prof. Gina Lorenz

Template for a journal club presentation




12

Nov 15

Research in Experimental High Energy Physics - Prof. Ben Hooberman

Research in Theoretical and Computational Condensed Matter Physics - Prof. Nancy Makri

Research in Computational Condensed Matter Physics - Prof. Elif Ertekin

Journal club presentation:
Team 8

Scientific Poster Example/Template





13

Nov 22

Journal club presentations:













Nov 29

Thanksgiving Break










14

Dec 6

Journal club presentations:
Team 3