August 27 - August 31, 2018

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 (Tuesday, September 4th) to meet with Professor Alberto Nicolis, Director of Graduate Studies in preparation for registering for courses for Fall 2018.

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

Monday, August 27

Environmental Health & Safety Laboratory Training Session

Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: 705 Pupin Hall

ALP 2018 Fall testing schedule for all incoming Physics international graduate students

English Language Testing

Time:  3:30 PM (tentative)

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 28

Location: 705 Pupin Hall

  • 9:30 AM - Professor Jeremy Dodd, Director of Undergraduate Studies - Introductions and overview of the department and program, including information about the curriculum, placement exams, graduate student teaching responsibilities, Qualifying Exam, and research choices.
  • 10:15 AM - Professor Jeremy Dodd - Teaching Responsibilities
  • 11:00 AM - Presentation by Bita Alaghebandan, Women in Science at Columbia (WISC)
  • 11:15 AM - Coffee 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)
    • 1:15 PM - Professor Tanya Zelevinsky, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
    • 2:00PM  - Professor Yasutomo Uemura, Condensed Matter Physics
  • Room Location # 2 (814 Pupin Hall)
    • 1:15 PM - Professor Mike Tuts, Particle Physics
    • 2:00 PM - Professor Brian Cole, Nuclear Physics
    • 2:45 PM - Dr. Azadeh Keivani, Astrophysics
  • 3:30 PM - Coffee break with Department Coffee Hour.
  • 4:30 PM - Office and desk drawing (Grad student offices, 7th floor)

Wednesday, August 29

2:00 PM - Check-in and pick up materials at Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway (at 115th Street).

3:00 PM - International students Orientation. This session covers important information for international students, including visas, registration status, and other relevant topics.

5:00 PM - Resource Fair and Safety Workshop on Avery Plaza. Learn more about resources available on campus, and pick up tips on how to stay safe in an urban environment.

6:30 PM - GSAS Dean's Barbeque for New Ph.D. and M.A. students in Kent and Philosophy Plaza.

Thursday, August 30

  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM - GSAS Orientation for New Teaching Fellows - 203 Low Library.

You are encouraged to attend any portions of this program that do not conflict with the Physics Department Orientation.

For more information please visit the GSAS Teaching Center website.

If you would like to attend please register by clicking here.

3:15 PM -  5:15 PM - 814 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 31

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.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM - First meeting of all Teaching Fellows, 705 Pupin: Discussion of general and specific graduate student teaching for Fall 2018.


  • Monday, September 3, 2018 - Labor Day, U.S. national holiday - University will be closed
  • Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Classes begin for Fall Semester
  • Friday, September 7, 2018 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM -  Second meeting of all Teaching Fellows, 814 Pupin: Discussion of general and specific graduate student teaching for Fall 2018.