University of Florida | Department of Physics
Summer 2008 Research Program:
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
 

(Last updated July 22, 2008)

Sun May 25 noon       Earliest check-in time at the Keys Residential Complex. Upon check-in, pick up a Physics REU packet containing a welcome letter, campus map, etc.

WEEK 1
Tue May 27   First day of REU program
    10:00 am Campus tour for non-UF participants. Meet at main desk of the Keys Residential Complex.
    11:45 am Orientation meeting for all REU participants (2205 NPB)
    noon Welcome lunch in Physics for participants, faculty mentors, and departmental representatives (2205 NPB)
Wed May 28 1:00 pm Laboratory safety workshop led by Mark Yanchisin, UF Environmental Health and Safety. All REU participants must attend! (Meet in 2205 NPB.)
Fri May 30 3:00 pm REU Meeting: Prof. Darin Acosta will present an overview of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) high-energy experiment at CERN. (Meet in 2165 NPB.)
Sat May 31   Cook-out at Lake Wauburg North Park. Food and drinks will be provided. Bring your Gator-1 card to allow admission to the park, as well as access to canoes, kayaks, volleyball equipment, etc.

The Physics van will leave from the Keys Complex around 11 a.m. You are welcome to set out later if you have your own transportation. Lunch will be served around 12:30.

Drivers: Head south on 13th Street (Highway 441) for about 8 miles. The entrance to the North Park is in the left-hand side of the road. Note: If you reach the entrance to the South Park, you have gone too far and should turn around.


WEEK 2
Fri Jun 6 3:00 pm REU Meeting: Getting into Graduate School, presented by Prof. Andrey Korytov, chair of the Physics Department's graduate recruiting and admissions committee. (Meet in 2165 NPB.)

WEEK 3
Fri Jun 13 3:00 pm REU Meeting: Prof. Andrew Rinzler will provide an introduction to his research into the the electronic and optical properties of carbon nanotubes, followed by a tour of his lab. (Meet in 2165 NPB.)

WEEK 4
Fri Jun 20 3:00 pm REU Meeting: Prof. Neil Sullivan will provide an introduction to the methods and goals of low-temperature physics. Afterwards, Prof. Sullivan will lead a tour of the Microkelvin Laboratory. (Meet in 2165 NPB.)

WEEK 5
Fri Jun 27 3:00 pm REU Meeting: Prof. Stephen Hagen will provide a brief introduction to his experimental studies of biological molecules, followed by a tour of his lab. (Meet in 2165 NPB.)

WEEK 6
Mon Jun 30 all day Field Trip to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee. Meet at 8:50 a.m. in the parking lot in front of the Keys Complex (on the Stadium Road side of the complex). Lunch will be provided on our arrival at the Magnet Lab (around 11:30). We should get back to Gainesville by 7 p.m.
Fri Jul 4 Independence Day (University closed)

WEEK 7
Mon Jul 7 1–3 pm Communications workshop: First 2-hour session on scientific writing skills, led by Dr. Dianne Cothran, Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication (2165 NPB).

Important: Bring to this session a description (three or four well-organized paragraphs) of the purpose, plan, and scope of your REU research project. This description, which may eventually form the introduction to your end-of-project report, should be accessible to your non-expert peers. It should be prepared with a word processor (use whatever system you'll employ for preparing your final report) and printed double-spaced. Use of literature citations is optional.

Tue Jul 8   Picnic at Lake Wauburg North Park for participants in University of Florida undergraduate research progams, their families and mentors. Details to be announced.
11:30 am Lunch with visitors from the REU site at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee (2205 NPB.)
Fri Jul 11 12:15 pm Laboratory tours within the NPB led by REU student volunteers. Although intended for visitors from the REU site at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, these tours are also open to other REU participants. (Meet in the main lobby of NPB.)
1:00 pm Visit to the McKnight Brain Institute.

Meet in the NPB main lobby at 1:00 pm sharp. The Brain Institute is a 10-minute walk each way, so consider bringing raingear in case of showers.


WEEK 8
Mon Jul 14 1–3 pm Communications workshop: Second 2-hour session on scientific writing skills (2165 NPB).
Fri Jul 18 3:00 pm REU Meeting: Prof. Katia Matcheva will present an overview of her research on planetary atmospheres. (Meet in 2165 NPB.)

WEEK 9
Mon Jul 21 1:30–3:30 pm Communications workshop: First 2-hour session on oral communication skills, led by Dr. Stephanie Webster, Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication (2165 NPB)
Thu Jul 24 2:00 pm REU presentation by Miguel Bencomo (2165 NPB).

Fri Jul 25 3:00 pm Deadline for submitting the first version of your end-of-project report to Kevin Ingersent. Please bring two hard copies to 2162 NPB.

WEEK 10
Mon Jul 28 1:30–3:30 pm Communications workshop: Second 2-hour session on oral communication skills (2165 NPB)

During this session, you will be expected to deliver the introduction to you final presentation. More detailed instructions will be provided during the first session.

Wed Jul 30 1:00 pm Deadline for submitting final version of end-of-project report to Kevin Ingersent (2162 NPB)
1–4 pm Student presentations
Thu Jul 31   Last day of REU program
    10 am–noon Student presentations (continued)
    noon Closing Lunch
    1–3 pm Exit interviews conducted by Kevin Ingersent and Selman Hershfield
Fri Aug 1 noon Latest check-out time at the Keys Residential Complex

Return to REU home page