Graduate Student Physics Seminar, PHYS 6/8020 -- Spring 2010

Course Information

Instructor: Randy Ellingson

Physics Seminar develops the skills and practices essential to preparing and delivering excellent scientific presentations.

Class Schedule
Wednesdays from 4-5 pm in MH 4009. There will be 15 classes, beginning with Jan. 13, 2010. There will be no class March 10, thanks to Spring Break. The last class is scheduled for April 28, 2010.

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Please see this linked email for important additional information; it was originally sent prior to the Fall 2009 semester:  20090824_initial_email_message.html

Course Objectives – Learning to…

  1. research a topic for a specific scientific presentation, and to choose and organize content to deliver an effective and engaging talk;
  2. prepare a suitable introduction and include additional information necessary to bring your audience as close as possible to your level of understanding;
  3. use PowerPoint or equivalent software to prepare effective and coherent presentation material to convey the information on your topic;
  4. deliver excellent scientific presentations, based on a solid understanding of the material covered, knowledge of your audience, and inclusion of any sources referenced;
  5. handle questions from the audience after the presentation; preparation is essential to performing well and to handling questions effectively.


General information, guidelines, and requirements:

Additional considerations:

  1. In order to avoid disrupting the presentation or discussion, please turn off sound on any electronic devices while in class; in general, maintain an environment conducive to learning in the classroom, and participate enthusiastically in questions and comments;
  2. Please, no food or drinks inside the classroom;
  3. If you have any disabilities hindering your ability to follow any of these rules and/or request any special considerations, bring them to the attention of the instructor immediately.