Students - the following are some interesting sites that help answer questions about ethical behavior in research and publishing. While the issues are focused on are research condect and misconduct, many of the topics generalize to other types of professions.
You might be interested in looking at Retraction Watch
PHYS 499 students - get talking to faculty NOW, (don't wait until the semester starts). If you have been involved in research with a faculty member, it is OK to dig deeper in that topic as the 499 project. I guarantee that putting together the Phys 499 report and doing the background work on it will get you much deeper.
PHYS 498 students - not a bad idea to start thinking NOW, and still is good idea to start talking to faculty before the semester starts. Think about it when it is still fun and deadlines are still far away.
See the list at the bottom of the page for potential topics that faculty have suggested.
Meets Friday 2:00-4:50pm (Physics Colloquium (with refreshments) will generally be 3:00-4:30)
LaTourette Hall 227
The Fall 2016 syllabus is posted below (as well as an older syllabus to compare). The list below is more up-to-date of all faculty who have given topics that they feel they can mentor or that might be suitable for project. To mentors (and advice to students) Student have the best time and do the best with topics that have been fairly focused from the beginning, so don't be afraid to send in a fairly specific topic. It is hard for a student (who is not an expert in the field) to figure out what fits and what does not fit into the scope of the suitable 1 semester project without guidance. When you see your mentor make sure from the beginning to start working on the scope of the project to make it concise and focused. And remember - a one semester project is really about 10-12 weeks. The last few weeks of the project are needed realistically for working on the finals reports and the presentation, and tying up loose ends.
PHYS 498. SENIOR SEMINAR (1 credit) Topics of current interest in physics and physics educa-
tion. Attendance at the Department of Physics colloquium series required. PRQ: PHYS 374 and
senior standing in physics.
PHYS 499. SENIOR PROJECT IN PHYSICS (3 credits, honors credit) Program of study and research in a special area of physics selected in consultation with a faculty member and approved by the depart ment chair. Project results evaluated by a faculty panel. A student who receives credit for PHYS 499 may not also receive credit towards the major in PHYS 459. PRQ: PHYS 374 and senior standing in physics.
Faculty and either their suggestions for topics or description of their expertise. The research active faculty in the department will have websites that discuss their interests and expertise. Students are encouraged to start talking to faculty NOW!. The topic and its boundaries need to be defined (and approved by faculty mentor) in under 2 weeks into the semester.
Where faculty and research faculty have provided them, some links to an article or site that illustrates the topic is provided.
Gerald Blazey ... (on leave)
Neutron Scattering techniques
Michael Fortner ...
Simulation techniques in condensed matter physics
Susan Mini ... (on leave)
Michel van Veenendaal
Detectors in HEP and medical physics