A number of resources are available for current students, from important information regarding examinations and teaching assistantships to university-wide resources such as the Graduate School, the Office of Residential Life and Housing, and the Academic Year calendar. Additionally, a number of external links are available through the American Physical Society and the Society of Physics Students.

Guide for Graduate Students

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Prior year Guides for Graduate Students

 

In Brief

 

Graduate Physics Society

 

Forms and Documents

 

Physics Writing Center

Throughout graduate school, students will find themselves in the processes of writing papers, fellowship proposals, small grant (e.g., travel grant) proposals, candidacy proposals, and ultimately, their theses. There are some things which only your advisor and collaborators can work with you on, relating to the details of the science.  But there are many other aspects where a physicist reader from outside your specialty can help -- with structure, developing a coherent presentation, clarity and readability, and matters of language.

Inspired in part by similar programs for advanced writing support for STEM graduate students at places such as Yale and MIT, our department is piloting Notre Dame's first real program where science graduate students can get aid and feedback on their technical writing from a peer scientist. The department has, for the first time, a departmental writing consultant who will be available for individual appointments.  You can work with the writing consultant at any stage of your writing process, from planning through drafting and revisions.

Everyone benefits from having multiple sets of eyes on their writing, and especially from having an uninitiated reader who can spot the things which may be obvious to you as the person doing the research but may not be obvious to your intended audience.  The writing consultant is a professional to whom you can go without hesitation and who is focused on providing support and constructive feedback.  I strongly encourage you to try this out early, as you will likely find it beneficial to use this resource more than once over the course of your current writing project.

To schedule an appointment, please go to the scheduling portal provided by the ND Writing Center:

  https://nd.mywconline.com

and be sure to select "Physics Writing Center" at the log-in page to reach our private calendar.  You can choose either a 30 or 60 minute block of time for your appointments.  The meeting locations are currently being held in 201C of Hesburgh Library. 

During the 2019 academic year, the departmental writing consultant is Kevin Howard khoward5@nd.edu. Kevin has training and experience both specifically in scientific writing and more generally in writing pedagogy principles (through the ND Writing Center). He has also served as a reviewer for GSU travel grant proposals. Please feel free to ask him directly any questions you might have about how he might be able to help you in your writing process.

2020 Spring Preliminary Examination Dates

Spring dates will be:

   Part C:  Monday, May 11

   Part A:  Wednesday, May 13

   Part B:  Friday, May 15th 

Summer Course information

The 2020 summer course consists of three three-week segments:

  • PHYS 67001 Review of Physics A:  Mechanics & Thermodynamics (May 25 - June 12)
  • PHYS 67002 Review of Physics B:  Electromagnetism (June 15 - July 3)
  • PHYS 67003 Review of Physics C: Quantum Mechanics (July 6 - July 24)

Each segment is three weeks.  

Classes are held daily from 9:00 to 11:30 am in Room 184 Nieuwland Science.

  • Read Preliminary Examination details from The Guide for Graduate Students:  

                      4.1 Preliminary Examination  (pdf file)

  • Read description of Review of Physics Summer Course from the Guide for Graduate Students:  

1.8 Review of Summer Physics Course  (pdf file)

  • Summer Course Description 

Read the course syllabus here (pdf file)

Preliminary Examination Dates for summer 2020

Friday, August 11:  Part A

Monday, August 13: Part B

Wednesday, August 15: Part C

 

Archive of past ND Physics Preliminary Examinations and solutions
(for current graduate students and faculty)

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