University of Florida |  Department of Physics
Summer 2011 Program:
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Week 1
Sun. May 29 -
Mon. May 30
Participants arrive in Gainesville.
Tue. May 31 Campus tour, orientation meeting, and lunch with mentors. Partipants staying at Oakbrook Walk meet at the apartment complex office at 9:30 am. UF student participants meet in NPB 2205 for the orientation meeting at 11:30 am. Lunch with research mentors will start at 12 noon in NPB 2205.
Wed. June 1,
1-3 pm
Laboratory safety workshop led by Mark Yanchisin, UF Environmental Health and Safety. All REU participants must attend. (Meet in NPB 2205.)
Fri. June 3,
3:00 pm
REU Meeting: Prof. Andrew Rinzler will provide an introduction to carbon nanotubes and nanotechnology, followed by a tour of his lab. (Meet in NPB 2165.)
Sat. June 4 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.
Week 2
Fri. June 10,
2:00 pm
Tour of Nanoscience Facility: We have a tour of the UF Nanoscience Institute for Medical and Engineering Technology (NIMET). Meet in NPB 2165 at 2:00PM, and Prof. Amlan Biswas, who uses these facilities, will give a brief explanation of the equipment and then walk you over to NIMET.
Week 3
Wed. June 15,
12:00 pm
REU Meeting: Over a pizza lunch REU participants will give a brief (~2 minute) explanation of their project plan (what they will do) and goals. Meet in NPB 2165.
Fri. June 17,
2:30 pm
REU Meeting: Visit to the McKnight Brain Institute. Meet in the Physics building lobby at 2:30 pm to walk over for the tour at 3 pm. Prof. Tom Mareci will give a presentation on the physics of magnetic resonance imaging and an introduction to the research being performed at the Brian Institute and a tour of the Brain Institute's magnet facilities.
Week 4
Mon. June 20,
1:00 pm
Outreach Planning: John Mocko and Prof. Hershfield will present the hands-on Physics demonstrations that we will be using as part of our outreach activity later in the week. The meeting is in NPB 1002.
Wed. June 22,
8:30 am
Outreach Activity: We will do hands-on Physics demonstrations with a group of elementary school students from local schools that have performed poorly on the FCAT. This event is sponsored by the Young Achievers Foundation with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The event will take place at Pugh Hall (search for PUGH on the UF campus map. It will run all morning, but we will likely work in shifts. A free T-Shirt and Pizza will be provided.
Fri. June 24,
3:00 pm
REU Meeting: A panel of graduate students will talk and answer questions about being a graduate student. Light refreshments will be served and no faculty will be present for this part of the meeting. Before 4PM Prof. Guido Mueller will give a presentation on applying to gradaute school. (Meet in NPB 2165.)
Week 5
Tue. June 28,
all day
NHMFL Field Trip: We will drive up to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory facilities in Tallahassee for a tour and presentations by scientists there and return in the evening.
Fri. July 1,
2:00 pm
REU Meeting: Prof. Sachin Talathi of the Experimental Neurodynamics Laboratory will give a presentation about his research. (Meet in NPB 2165)
Week 6
Fri. July 8,
2:00 pm
REU Meeting: Prof. Tarek Saab will give a presentation on the search for Dark Matter. (Meet in NPB 2165)
Week 7
Mon. July 11,
10:00 am -12:00 pm
Communications workshop: First 2-hour session on scientific writing skills, led by Dr. Mickey Schafer, Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication. (NPB 2165).
Link to presentation web site.
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.
Thur. July 14,
1:30-3:30 pm
REU Meeting: Dr. Donna Wrulewski will give a workshop on doing literature searches and using RefWorks. The workshop will be held in room 308 of Marston Science Library, where each student will have a computer to use during the workshop.
Week 8
Mon. July 18,
10:00 am -12:00 pm
Communications workshop: Second 2-hour session on scientific writing skills (NPB 2165).
Fri. July 22,
2:00 pm
REU Meeting: Prof. David Tanner will give a presentation on optical probes in condensed matter systems.
Week 9
Mon. July 25,
1:00-3:00 pm
Communications workshop: First 2-hour session on oral communication skills, led by Dr. Stephanie Webster, Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication. (NPB 2165)
Fri. July 29,
3:00 pm
REU Meeting: Prof. Neil Sullivan will give a presentation on low temperature research followed by a tour of the Microkelvin Laboratory (NPB 2165).
Fri. July 29,
3:00 pm
Deadline for submitting the first version of your end-of-project report. E-mail a copy preferably in Word or Open Office format to selman AT and to msscha AT . It would be most helpful if you could also send the files in pdf format because equations and formating can vary between different versions Word and Open Office. For Latex users there is a program call latex2rtf which can convert your file to rtf format.
Week 10
Mon. Aug. 1,
1:00-3:00 pm
Communications workshop: Second 2-hour session on oral communication skills. (NPB 2165)
Important: During this session, you will be expected to deliver the introduction to your final presentation. More detailed instructions will be provided during the first session.
Wed. Aug. 3,
1:00 pm
Deadline for submitting final version of end-of-project report to Selman Hershfield (NPB 2138). Please provide both a hard copy and also an electronic version.
Wed. Aug. 3,
Student presentations
Thur. Aug. 4,
Student presentations
Fri. Aug. 5,
Last day of REU program: Exit interviews will be conducted in the morning from 9:30-12:00 in NPB 2165 followed by lunch in NPB 2205 at 12 noon.
Sat. Aug. 6,
Latest check-out time for Oakbrook Walk residences.