Orientation

INCOMING GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION

August 26 - August 30, 2019

The following schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Please revisit this page for future updates and additional information.

A reminder to please complete our Doodle Poll to meet with Professor Robert Mawhinney, Physics Chair, in preparation for registering for courses for Fall 2019. The meeting will be held on Monday, August 26th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in 704 Pupin Hall.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Orientation for all new graduate students:

Monday, August 26

Environmental Health & Safety Laboratory Training Session (Required)

Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: 705 Pupin Hall

ALP 2019 Fall testing schedule for all incoming Physics international graduate students

English Language Testing (Required for International students)

Time:  2:30 PM

Place: 106B Lewisohn Hall (tentative)

Please arrive 15 minutes early and bring a photo ID along with several pencils for the exam. The screening exam will last approximately 30 minutes.

Tuesday, August 27

Location: 705 Pupin Hall

  • 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM - Professor Robert Mawhinney, Physics Department Chair - Welcome Remarks
  • 9:30 AM - Professor Robert Mawhinney, Physics Department Chair - Introductions and overview of the department and program, including information about the curriculum, placement exams, graduate student teaching responsibilities, Qualifying Exam, and research choices. (Required)
  • 10:15 AM - Professor Jeremy Dodd - Teaching Responsibilities (Required) Teaching Manual is available by clicking here.
  • 11:00 AM - Presentation by Radhika Desai, Women in Science at Columbia (WISC) (Required)
  • 11:15 AM - Break
  • 11:30 AM - Presentation by Marilyn Molina and Jeimy Batista from Ombuds.
  • 12:00 - 12:45 PM – Lunch in 705 Pupin with members of the faculty. 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 -  Katherine Brooks, Physics Librarian - Presentation on library reserves.
  • 1:15 - 3:30 PM - Presentations on research being done in the department.
  • Room Location # 1 (705 Pupin Hall) Optional
    • 1:15 PM - Professors Tanya Zeleinsky and Sebastian Will, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
    • 2:00PM  - Professor Dmitri Bassov, Condensed Matter Physics
    • 2:45 PM - Professor Ozgur Sahin, Biophysics
  • Room Location # 2 (814 Pupin Hall) Optional
    • 1:15 PM - Professor Georgia Karagiorgi, Particle Physics
    • 2:00 PM - Professor Yuri Levin, Astrophysics
  • 3:30 PM - Coffee break with Department Coffee Hour.

Wednesday, August 28

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM - Teaching Assistant Training Session  (428 Pupin) Required

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM - Resource Fair, Revson Plaza
Representatives from offices such as Disability Services, Public Safety, Libraries, and University Life, will be available to speak with students about the services they offer.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Department profile pictures, 809 I.I. Rabi Room - Theory Center (sign up link will be sent via email)

1:30 - 2:00 PM - Office and desk drawing, Grad student offices, 7th floor

2:30 PM 3:30 PM - GSAS PhD Welcome Session, Lerner Auditorium (Required)
Dean's welcome; video of current students and faculty offering advice to incoming students; Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion; Center for Teaching and Learning; International SOS

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM PhD Breakout Session: Sciences, Location TBA (Required)
•    Mental Health
•    Sexual Respect
•    Working in Labs + Working with your PI
 
5:30 PM – 6:10 PM - ISSO Program for all PhD and MA international students, Lerner Auditorium
ISSO presentation, visa notification; International Students in the classroom

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM - Outdoor BBQ and live music
Kent Plaza, Kent and Philosophy Lawns, and Revson Plaza

Thursday, August 29

Placement Exams

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM - 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 GR6037 – GR6038, Quantum Mechanics I and II.  Location: 705 Pupin Hall

12:00 PM -  2:00 PM - First meeting of First Year Teaching Fellows, 705 Pupin: Discussion of general and specific graduate student teaching for Fall 2019. (Required)

3:00 PM -  5:00 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 GR6092 - Electromagnetic Theory.

A reminder to please complete our Doodle Poll if you would like to take either placement examination.

Friday, August 30

9:30 AM – 3:00 PM - Teaching Assistant Training Session  (203 Butler) Required

 OTHER IMPORTANT DATES

  • Monday, September 2, 2019 - Labor Day, U.S. national holiday - University will be closed
  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - Classes begin for Fall Semester
  • Friday, September 6, 2019 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM -  First meeting of all Teaching Fellows, 814 Pupin: Discussion of general and specific graduate student teaching for Fall 2019.