FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM - International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) Orientation for new international students
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Mix and Mingle at Havana Central (ticketed event)
English Language Testing
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Orientation for all new graduate students:
12:30 PM - Check-in and pick up materials in front of St. Paul’s Chapel.
1:00 PM - Convocation in Chapel. Afternoon - micro-sessions on Library and Computing Services, Health Services, Public Safety and Career Education.
5:00 PM - GSAS Dean's Barbeque for New Ph.D. and M.A. students in Kent Plaza.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM - GSAS Orientation for New Teaching Fellows - 209 Havemeyer Hall.
You are encouraged to attend any portions of this program that do not conflict with the Physics Department Orientation.
THURSDAY, August 30, 2012 – ROOM 705 PUPIN (Tentative)
9:15 AM - Professor William Zajc, Department Chair - Welcome to the group.
9:30 AM - Professor Robert Mawhinney, Director of Graduate Studies - Introductions and overview of the department and program, including information about the curriculum, placement exams, graduate student teaching responsibilities, Qualifying Exam, and research choices.
10:30 AM - Professor Jeremy Dodd - Teaching Responsibilities
11:00 AM - Coffee break and Photography session.
11:30 AM - Presentation by Jenny McFeely from Columbia University Ombuds Office.
12:00 - 12:45 PM – Lunch in 705 Pupin with members of the faculty and current graduate students. During this time the Physics staff will be available to address any questions (Overview of fiscal and administrative procedures and forms, appointments, visa issues, stipend and salary payments) in 704 Pupin Hall.
12:45 - 1:15 PM - Kathleen Kehoe, Physics Librarian - Presentation on library reserves.
1:15 - 3:00 PM - Presentations on research being done in the department.
1:15 PM Professor Tanya Zelevinsky, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
1:30 PM Professor Brian Cole, Nuclear Physics
1:45 PM Professor Brian Humensky, Astrophysics
2:00 PM Professor Michael Shaevitz, Experimental Particle Physics
2:20 PM Professor Abhay Pasupathy, Condensed Matter Physics
2:40 PM Alfred Mueller - Theoretical Physics
3:30 PM - Coffee break with Department Coffee Hour.
A reminder to please complete our Doodle Poll to meet with Professor Robert Mawhinney, Director of Graduate Studies in preparation for registering for courses for Fall 2012.
FRIDAY, August 31, 2012
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - 705 Pupin, Placement examination in electromagnetism for students who have had a graduate level course in the subject and wish to place out of Physics G6092 - Electromagnetic Theory.
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - 705 Pupin, Placement examination in quantum mechanics for students who have had a graduate level course in the subject and wish to place out of one or the other of two semesters Physics G6037 – G6038, Quantum Mechanics I and II.
OTHER IMPORTANT DATES
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2012
Labor Day, U.S. national holiday - University will be closed
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
CLASSES BEGIN FOR FALL SEMESTER 2011
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
12:00 Noon - First meeting of all Teaching Fellows, 831 Pupin: Discussion of general and specific graduate student teaching for Fall 2011.