Professor: Tyler Nordgren
Office: Appleton Hall of Numbers 126
Office Hours: M W 10:30 - 11:30 am.
Senior Seminar: M W 1:00 - 2:20 pm (Sec 01) and 2:30 - 3:50 pm (Sec 02)
Junior Seminar: M F 1:00 - 2:20 pm (Sec 01) and 2:30 - 3:50 pm (Sec 02)
all meeting in AHON 101
SENIOR SYMPOSIUM EVAL FORMS
|Monday - everyone||Wednesday - Seniors||Friday - Juniors|
|By 1 pm on January 8th, complete the following. Send answers to me, by e-mail.
|Read chapter 2 & 3 in the
textbook, and Paper1 and Paper2. Answer the following questions for each
paper and bring answers to class:
Presentation from class.
||Draft an application for at least 2 of the summer programs from last week. E-mail to instructor by 9:30 am and bring copy to class. In class, we will comment on each others applications.|
|Read chapter 4 & 5 in the
textbook, and 2 papers TBA. Answer the following questions for each
paper and bring answers to class:
||Within the past week, you were required to meet with your assigned group.
The juniors are required to write a summary of your research project
based on your conversation and send it to you. You will comment on
their summaries, looking at both the writing style and content of
each summary. You must turn in the summaries (with your comments)
electronically by 9:30 am on Tuesday, January 30th.
|Before 9:30 am, go to the Focus
2 site and fill out the self assessment and explore career
possibilities. Come to class with your log-in information.
Heather Luth's talk, see only the first 7 slides.
1/29-2/2 (Julie this week)
|Read chapter 6 & 7 in the
textbook, and 2 papers. Section 1 papers are TBD. Section 2 papers are TBD. Using all of the papers we've read so far,
find examples of each of the following (at least one must be from
||Read chapter 17 in the textbook and, email a working version of your outline for your final project. Edit: Send a list of goals of what you what to demonstrate in your senior project, an updated annotated bibliography, and an outline that includes which sources will be used in which section.||By 9:30 am, e-mail me a link to at least 2-3 jobs you'd like (ideally, one you'd qualify for in <5 years and one in 10-15 years). Include a short list of things you like about that job (try to tie it to the values test from last week), and a short list of skills necessary for the job (from the skills list first week).|
|Read chapter 8 & 9 in the textbook, and 2 papers. Section 1 papers are from TBD. Section 2 should read one of the above papers from section 1 and TBD. Using all of the papers we've read so far, find examples of each of the following (at least one must be from today's paper).
||Before class, must read research page for all physics faculty and any other faculty you might want to work with. Must also meet with 1-2 faculty members to discuss possible senior project (& summer research, if interested) possibilities. If you're basing it on a project done elsewhere, you still need a local advisor.|
|Read chapters 10 & 11 in the textbook and articles TBA. textbook, and 2 papers. Section 1 papers are TBD. Section 2 should read this paper TBD. Using all of the papers we've read so far, choose 2 illustrations. Each must be from a different paper and of a different type. It would also be beneficial to choose a good example and a bad example, or one precise and one imprecise, or at least with different levels of complexity. For each illustration
|TBA||Pick a non-trivial problem you solved for another physics class. Imagine you are presenting this result to a group of students who've not had that class and haven't read the book. Write up your solution, including equations, illustrations, and explanatory text. Due by email 9:30. You must e-mail it to the other students we picked Monday.|
|Read chapters 16 & 17 in the textbook and this paper about equations. Each student will also be assigned to read 3 of the Jrs problem solutions that were due Friday. Answer the following questions about each paper:
|First complete draft is due (everything except Abstract and Conclusions). Send to minions and to instructor, along with any specific questions for them or things to look at (inlcuding asking the minions to each write an abstract and conclusions for you). Paper is due by 9:30 am on 2/23 for section 1 and 2/21 for section 2.
In class we will determine a rubric for going over the talks, determine presentation order, and watch an example presentation. Read this rubric and be ready to comment.
|Write up your interview of the recent grad and send it as an e-mail to the entire class. Bring to class ready to share.|
3/5-3/9 (Julie this week)
|Everyone needs to read Chapter 15 and this paper and this paper and the rubric before class.
Rewatch the following presentation: on the formation of the Himalayas. Answer the following questions:
The seniors must finish first draft of slides by this Friday at noon. Email them to email@example.com. Junior's come up with a thesis topic by Friday. Email Seniors with comments on their first draft by Monday 3/12 at 9:30am.
|Bring your minion's Abstracts and Conclusions to class. How accurate were they? Discuss. Given the presentation order already sent out, create an ad for the symposium. Section 1 creates the top half, section 2 creates the bottom half. Get it approved and posted before next Monday.||Work in-class on finding sources for your senior project. Before class, find a minimum of 20-30 papers using a minimum of 6 searches. For each search, document the database, search terms, and the interesting papers that result.|
| In class we will go over the Seniors first-draft slides. Seniors must edit slides and practice talks in front of minions before next Monday. All seniors will practice in class next Monday.
|Work on own on second draft.||Meet in Library CILLab. Due via e-mail to me and Paige Mann on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH: what do you most need help with for finding sources and figuring out your senior project? How far along are you?
Read: This website.
| Seniors must edit slides and practice talks in front of minions before Friday. All seniors will practice in class next Monday.
|Second draft of senior theses due, changes should be based on minions comments. This version must include abstract and conclusions AND IN-TEXT REFERENCES.
Go over changes in class.
3/26-3/30 (Symposium 3/29)
|Last minute practice for seniors before Thursday.||TBD.||EVERYONE IN BOTH SECTIONS AND JUNIOR AND SENIOR SEMINAR MUST SUBMIT THEIR TALK COMMENTS TO THE GOOGLE FORMS AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.|
|Senior project draft #3 due 9:30 am.
Be prepared to discuss grad school visits, questions to ask, and summer research plans (juniors). Before class, read about the lack of correlation between GRE scores and prizes in Astronomy.
|Each student will be assigned 2 other senior projects to read and comment on, one as first reviewer and another as second.||Pick an article from your searches and come to class with a 5 minute presentation describing the main points of the paper, including slides and images|
| Juniors present senior project proposals.
Juniors: draft of final project due.
Any senior who wants Tyler to look over their final paper one last time, must e-mail it to him by 9:00 am (earlier is better).
|Last discussion of senior paper. Final version is due by e-mail Tuesday, April 17th, as well as self-evaluation and peer-evaluation. The portfolio must also be complete by this time.||Last discussion of final projects. Final version is due by e-mail Tuesday, April 17th, as well as self-evaluation and peer-evaluation. The portfolio must also be complete by this time.|
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