Physics 770 – Spring 2020 

Faculty Research Seminars for Graduate Students

University of Kentucky

Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Chem-Phys 179
Fridays 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Physics 770 is intended to give first-year graduate students an introduction to the research opportunities in our department. Each week, one or more faculty members will highlight their research programs and opportunities for graduate student participation.

Date Faculty Member Research Area: Topic
Fri. Jan. 17  Dr. Kwok-Wai Ng  Orientation
Fri. Jan. 24  Meeting with the Chair  
Fri. Jan. 31  Dr. Sumit Das  "Matrix Metamorphosis and Space-time"
Fri. Feb. 7  Dr. Gary Ferland  Astronomy Research at UKY
Fri. Feb. 14  Dr. Joe Straley  Discoveries in Condensed Matter Physics Since I Got My Ph.D.
Fri. Feb. 21  Dr. Bill Gannon Quantum Critical Phase Transitions and Why We Study Them 
Fri. Feb. 28  Dr. Brad Plaster  Precision Measurements with Neutrons and Muons
Fri. Mar. 6  Dr. Susan Gardner  ''Hidden'' Forces and How to Find Them
Fri. Mar. 13 Dr. Yang-Tse Cheng Electrochemical Energy Storage - Working Towards Making Better and Cheaper Lithium Ion Batteries 
Fri. Mar. 20  Spring Break   
Fri. Mar. 27 Graduate Student meeting  
Fri. Apr. 3  Dr. Ryan MacLellan The nature of neutrinos - EXO-200 to nEXO 
Fri. Apr. 10  Dr. Wolfgang Korsch The Neutron as a Tool for Revealing the Secrets of the Universe 
Fri. Apr. 17  Dr. Renbin Yan Stars, Galaxies, Spectroscopy, and Instrumentation 
Fri. Apr 24  Dr. Kwok-Wai Ng Superconductivity 
Fri. May 1 Preparation for final exam  
Fri. May 8 Summary DUE by 5PM by e-mail(PDF format) to  Kwok-Wai Ng.


Course requirements:

(a) Enrolled students are required to attend all course meetings, and punctuality is expected. Letter grades will be assigned in this course. The students are allowed TWO unexcused absences during the course of the semester. Students missing three course meetings without an excusable absence will receive a one letter grade reduction. Students arriving more than ten minutes late and leaving more than ten minutes early for a course meeting will be count as absent. Students missing five or more course meetings without an acceptable excuse will earn an "E" in the course. Please note, in addition, that weekly attendence at the Friday Departmental colloquia is also expected; the same attendance policy applies to colloquia.

Examples of excusable absences are (University Senate rule (i) Illness of the student or serious illness of a member of the student's immediate family. Written verification required. (ii) The death of a member of the student's immediate family. Written verification required. (iii) Trips for members of student organizations sponsored by an academic unit, trips for University classes, and trips for participation in intercollegiate athletic events. (iv) Major religious holidays. Students are responsible for notifying the instructor in writing of anticipated absences due to their observance of such holidays no later than the last day for adding a class. For all excusable absences, when feasible, the student must notify the course coordinator
(Kwok-Wai-Ng) prior to the occurrence of such absences, but in no case shall such notification occur more than one week after the absence.

(b) Each enrolled student is required to talk to at least one faculty member about research opportunities and research interests. You need to write a summary about the conversation. The summary is due as a pdf file emailed to by 5:00 pm of the Friday of finals week (May 8).  If the summary is not received by this time, you will receive an "E" in the course.




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