Summer 2012 Program:
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Week 1
Sun. May 27 -
Mon. May 28
Participants arrive in Gainesville.
Tue. May 29 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. May 30,
1:00-3:00 pm
Laboratory safety workshop led by Mark Yanchisin, UF Environmental Health and Safety. All REU participants must attend. (Meet in NPB 2205.)
Fri. June 1,
2:40 pm
REU Meeting: UF Nanoscience Institute for Medical and Engineering Technology (NIMET) tour by Dr. Brent Gila. Meet in lobby of New Physics Building to walk over to NIMET for the tour at 3PM.
Sat. June 2,
12 noon
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 8,
3:00 pm
REU Meeting: Seminar by Prof. Tarek Saab on the search for the origin of Dark Matter. (NPB 2165)
Week 3
Wed. June 13,
REU Meeting: REU participants will give a brief (~2 minute) explanation of their project plan (what they will do) and goals. Meet in NPB 2165.
Wed. June 13,
Hydrological tour: This is an optional joint activity with the UF Water Resources REU.
Fri. June 15,
3:00 pm
REU Meeting: Visit to the McKnight Brain Institute. Meet in the Physics building lobby at 3:00 pm to walk over for the tour at 3:30 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 18,
3:00-5:00 pm
REU Meeting: An entrepreneurship workshop will be given by Erik Sander, Director of the Office of Industry Programs in the College of Engineering, in MAE 126. This is joint activity with the Materials Science REU.
Fri. June 22,
2:00 pm
REU Meeting: Prof. Guido Mueller will give a presentation on applying to graduate school. (Meet in NPB 2205.)
Week 5
Tues. June 26,
Outreach: REU students will do hands-on Physics demonstrations with elementary school students at the 4th annual Professional Outreach Day, hosted by the Young Achievers Foundation. (Ustler Hall)
Thurs. 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.
Week 6
Wed. July 4 Picnic: Joint activity with Materials Science REU, Water Resources REU, and our REU.
Week 7
Mon. July 9,
1:00-3:00 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).
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. Workshop Notes
Fri. July 13,
2:00-4:00 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 16,
1:00-3:00 pm
Communications workshop: Second 2-hour session on scientific writing skills (NPB 2165).
Fri. July 20,
3:00 pm
REU Meeting: Prof. Stephen Hagen will give a presentation on Biophysics. (NPB 2165)
Week 9
Tues. July 24,
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 2205)
Fri. July 27,
3:00 pm
REU Meeting: Prof. Gary Ihas will give a presentation on low temperature research followed by a tour of the Microkelvin Laboratory (NPB 2165). Refreshements will be served after the tour.
Fri. July 27,
3:00 pm
Deadline for submitting the first version of your end-of-project report.
Week 10
Tues. July 31,
1:00-3:00 pm
Communications workshop: Second 2-hour session on oral communication skills. (NPB 2205)
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. 1,
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. 1,
Student presentations (NPB 2165)
Thur. Aug. 2 Student presentations (NPB 2165)
Fri. Aug. 3,
Last day of REU program: Exit interviews will be conducted in the morning in NPB 2165 followed by lunch.
Sat. Aug. 4,
Latest check-out time for Oakbrook Walk residences.