Wednesday, 8:00-8:50, room 219 JCLong
(The day and time of the class meeting may be adjusted so we can accommodate as many students as possible.
Think of the scheduled meeting time as merely a placeholder until we resolve conflicts.)
Dr. Jeff Wragg
Office: 209 JCL
Office Hours: TR: 10:00-10:50 → But come by any time
email link or send me an anonymous web-based email
This course serves several purposes. An important one is the production of your phys420 research proposal (or some of you will do a 499 proposal). Other things to do include developing a sense of professional identity, discussing scientific and professional ethics, learning about grant funding, and the peer review process for grants and publications, gaining information about job hunting and graduate school application, resume preparation, and research seminar attendance. You are expected to diligently apply yourself, since it is your future you are working for.
We will frequently work on individual products, such as resumes and proposals. As part of this there will usually be some peer editing and evaluation. You will also have the opportunity to give at least one brief oral presentation to the class.
If you have a question, please ask it. If you have a comment, please make it. Even an anonymous note under my door or in my mailbox is fine. Communication is the essence of the classroom experience. I am pleased to see you any time you can find me. I encourage you to email me. I usually read my email at home and at the office.
This course is for students who are very well along the road to finishing their degree. You are expected to be professional in both actions and knowledge.
Attendance, timeliness, and participation are important factors for this class. They are part of your grade. Regardless of the reason for being late or tardy you are responsible for material covered that day. Contact one of your classmates for the notes. Failure to attend class on the day an assignment is assigned or due does not mean that you may turn in a late assignment without penalty.
To document an absence for any class
Among your responsibilities this semester is attendance at some colloquia or seminars. These informational presentations fall into several categories, but are largely technical or educational presentations by outside speakers. Additionally, candidates for faculty positions in our department give talks about their research, and we actively solicit your views on potential candidates prior to filling a position. You must submit a one page, informal summary of three such presentation you attend no later than one week following the presentation. Your commentary should include something about the scientific aspects of the presentation, as well as your observations on the presentation style itself. What was good or bad about the talk, strictly from a presentation viewpoint? Did you learn anything about giving a talk? Did the speaker do anything particularly well? What mistakes do you think the speaker made?
We primarily encourage you to attend presentations in our department, but other departments often have seminars that are worthwhile, interesting, and even relevant to you. Colloquia are usually held on the following schedule, although they aren't held every week, and sometimes there are special days and times.
One lesson you can get from attending a talk is that of being in the audience of a poorly done talk. Pay attention and don't do the bad stuff you just witnessed.
We will spend some time discussing ethical issues that may be relevant to your education and career.
Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the assigned day. Late assignments may be accepted, at my whim, but will ordinarily be penalized. Two important due dates are for a formal draft and the final version of your formal (420/499) proposal. Assignments will likely include: resume/cv, professional association summaries, graduate school summaries, research interviews, senior research project development, preliminary draft, formal draft, and final version of your proposal.
Your grade will be based on attandance and participation in class, and oral and written assignments (including drafts). I assign letter grades to papers and talks. The letter grade is assigned a number as in the College's grading scheme (A=4.0, A- = 3.7...). The weighted average is calculated to determine the final grade. Below are the relative weights of the pieces of your semester grade.
|Self recommendation letter||10%|
|First oral presentation||5%|
|Final approved proposal||25%|
|Final oral presentation||10%|
|Enrollment forms completed||5%|
|Major Field Test (participation only)||5%|
|Attendance and Participation||10%|
|Total||100% of course grade|