Sunday, March 19, 2017

(Please visit this page periodically for more details to the schedule)

Get settled in your accommodation at the Hotel Newton, 2528 Broadway at 95th Street,

(212) 678-6500. Guests may begin checking in at 1:00 pm.

5:30 PM 


Open House attendees arrive at Columbia and pick up information packets at the Physics Department, 704 Pupin.

5:45 PM

Meet for Dinner

All Open House attendees are invited to attend a group dinner with current grad students - a chance to talk candidly about graduate student life at Columbia and in the Physics Department.

Meet outside of 705 Pupin Hall (remember: this is the 7th Floor) at 5:45 PM. Also recall that on Sunday you can only get to Pupin by entering at the main campus entrance on 116th Street (and Broadway or Amsterdam Ave). 

Your hosts will be current graduate students (TBD)

Restaurant: Amity Hall NYC located at 982 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025 (Between 108th and 109th Streets and Amsterdam Avenue)

MONDAY, March 20, 2017

(Tentative Schedule)

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM


Buffet continental breakfast in room 705 Pupin Hall. There will be coffee, tea, bagels, OJ, etc., served.

9:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Presentations About the Graduate Program in Physics

9:15   Welcome from Professor Michael Tuts, Chair of the Columbia Physics Department

9:20 - 9:40  Research - Atomic /Molecular/ Optical Physics: Professor Tanya Zelevinsky

9:40 - 10:00 Research - Research - High Energy Particle Physics: Professor Georgia Karagiorgi

10:00 - 10:15  Coffee Break/ Reimbursement Matters

During this time students anticipating reimbursement must visit the Business Office in 704 Pupin and provide Sonnia Andrade with W9 form for US citizens and W8 form along with corresponding documents for international visitors.

10:15 - 11:00 Research - Review of Doctoral Program: Professor Robert Mawhinney, Director of Graduate Studies 

11:00 - 11:20 Research - Nuclear Physics: Professor Brian Cole

11:20 - 11:40 Research - Condensed Matter Physics: Professor TBD

11:40 - 12:00 Research - Particle Astrophysics, CMB, Gravitational Waves and Theoretical Astrophysics: Professor TBD

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Buffet lunch in 705 Pupin with current graduate students and faculty.

1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Faculty Office Hours

We will arrange for office hours to meet with faculty as per your indicated interests.  The office hours will be available in your packet.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Campus Tour (Optional)

Regularly scheduled campus tour leaves daily at 1:00 PM from Columbia University Visitors Center, 213 Low Library Building. 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Visit Grad Student Housing - Tour # 1 (Optional)

Current grad student, TBD, will hold open house Monday afternoon from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Feel free to pay a visit on your own during these hours. All interested individuals should meet outside 704 Pupin at 12:50 PM where the host will take the group to their apartment.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tours of Pupin Labs (Optional)

Visits to the AMO lab (Zelevinsky), condensed matter research labs (Dean and Pasupathy) and experimental astrophysics labs (Johnson and Marka).

2:10 PM - 3:15 PM

Theory Seminar 2:10 PM  in Theory Center (8th Floor Pupin)

Speaker:  Barton Zwiebach, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Title: TBD



3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Visit Grad Student Housing - Tour # 2 (Optional)

Current grad student, TBD, will hold open house Monday afternoon from 3:15 PM to 4:00 PM. Feel free to pay a visit on your own during these hours. All interested individuals should meet outside 704 Pupin at 3:10 PM where the host will take the group to their apartment.

3:30 PM - 4:10 PM

Coffee Hour on 7th Floor Pupin - Graduate Student Lounge Room (Optional)

4:15 PM - 5:20 PM

Physics Department Colloquium 4:15 PM in 428 Pupin

Speaker: Dr. Leslie Sage, Nature

Title: "How to publish a paper in Nature"


Nature is one of the world's leading scientific journals, publishing many papers that receive wide attention by the general public. But, Nature is very selective-- <7% of submitted papers are published. In order to maximize your chances of getting published, papers should present fundamental new physical insights, or startling observations/results. Theory papers pose additional problems, as we want only those papers that are likely to be the correct explanation, and not simply exploring parameter space. The writing should be clear, concise and directed at the level of a graduate course in the subject. I encourage authors to contact me in advance of submission of a paper, both to ascertain the appropriateness of the result for Nature, and to ensure that the writing is close to our standards. Posting to ArXiv is and always has been allowed, but authors should discuss the specifics with their institutional public affairs officers before doing so.

6:00 PM

Farewell Reception with current graduate students and faculty at I.I. Rabi's Apartment

This is an opportunity to chat with faculty and students in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Meet across from 704 Pupin by the graduate student lounge room on the 7th floor at 5:45 PM to meet with group. Graduate students, TBD, will escort the group to the reception.