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Open House March 7, 2013. Who is the PGSC? P hysics G raduate S tudent C ouncil P hysics G raduate S tudent C ouncil The representative body for the physics.

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1 Open House March 7, 2013

2 Who is the PGSC? P hysics G raduate S tudent C ouncil P hysics G raduate S tudent C ouncil The representative body for the physics graduate studentsThe representative body for the physics graduate students Seven graduate students are elected each yearSeven graduate students are elected each year PGSC facilitates communication between department and graduate students on matters of mutual interestPGSC facilitates communication between department and graduate students on matters of mutual interest Current members:Current members: Nick Pike, Scott Feister, Rebecca Reesman, Megan Harberts, Nicolas Scozzaro, Jack Brangham, John DraskovicNick Pike, Scott Feister, Rebecca Reesman, Megan Harberts, Nicolas Scozzaro, Jack Brangham, John Draskovic

3 Facilities State of the art physics research buildingState of the art physics research building Clean, spacious officesClean, spacious offices 1 st -year offices on 3 rd floor1 st -year offices on 3 rd floor Great lab spaceGreat lab space Fully-equipped conference rooms throughout the buildingFully-equipped conference rooms throughout the building Whiteboards, chalkboards and projector screensWhiteboards, chalkboards and projector screens Lively meeting spacesLively meeting spaces Natural sun light throughout most of the buildingNatural sun light throughout most of the building

4 Facilities Core classes held in Smith Lab or PRB (This room)Core classes held in Smith Lab or PRB (This room) Renovated classroomsRenovated classrooms Brand new, innovative palet classrooms/labs for teachingBrand new, innovative palet classrooms/labs for teaching Just finishing the planetarium!Just finishing the planetarium!

5 Research Well-funded and collaborative departmentWell-funded and collaborative department 3 research centers:3 research centers: CCAPP Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle PhysicsCCAPP Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics $5.7M collaboration between astronomy and physics department$5.7M collaboration between astronomy and physics department CEM Center for Emergent MaterialsCEM Center for Emergent Materials $17M NSF-funded collaboration between physics, materials science and engineering, electrical engineering, and chemistry departments$17M NSF-funded collaboration between physics, materials science and engineering, electrical engineering, and chemistry departments ENCOMM Exploration of Novel Complex MaterialsENCOMM Exploration of Novel Complex Materials $ 5.5M Center dedicated to promoting collaboration between 7 Departments spanning 2 CollegesAMO $8M DOE-funded SCARLET laser – one of the most powerful in the world$8M DOE-funded SCARLET laser – one of the most powerful in the world

6 Nano-systems Laboratory World-class NanoSystems Laboratory (NSL) facility in the basement features:World-class NanoSystems Laboratory (NSL) facility in the basement features: SEM and FIB with nanomanipulatorsSEM and FIB with nanomanipulators 2 SQUID magnetometers2 SQUID magnetometers 2 AFM/MFMs2 AFM/MFMs 3 Quantum Design PPMSs: 7T, 9T, and new 14T!3 Quantum Design PPMSs: 7T, 9T, and new 14T! Clean roomClean room Photolithography labPhotolithography lab CVD diamond growerCVD diamond grower Sputtering systemSputtering system EPR spectrometerEPR spectrometer Much more!Much more!

7 Other Facilities Beautiful main libraryBeautiful main library Bustling student unionBustling student union Huge gym: RPACHuge gym: RPAC More equipment, courts, pools, and classes than you can imagine!More equipment, courts, pools, and classes than you can imagine! Awesome climbing wallsAwesome climbing walls

8 General Timeline Take classes your first 2 yearsTake classes your first 2 years Core classes + electivesCore classes + electives Take the candidacy exam the summer after your 2 nd year (typically)Take the candidacy exam the summer after your 2 nd year (typically) Research for another few yearsResearch for another few years GraduateGraduate ProfitProfit

9 14-16 hours per week total14-16 hours per week total 2 hours in recitation2 hours in recitation 4 hours in lab4 hours in lab 2 hours in weekly training meetings2 hours in weekly training meetings 2 hours of Office hours2 hours of Office hours 1-4 hours prep time1-4 hours prep time ~ 1 hour grading ~ 1 hour grading Usually you have two sections of ~25 studentsUsually you have two sections of ~25 students Exam grading 1-3 times per semester (4-7 hours)Exam grading 1-3 times per semester (4-7 hours) Ta information

10 Good social atmosphere among grad studentsGood social atmosphere among grad students Students work togetherStudents work together Encouraged by the departmentEncouraged by the department Not cutthroat!Not cutthroat! Focused, bright peersFocused, bright peers Personal situations are diversePersonal situations are diverse Married, international, like to work late, like to work early… you will find those with shared interestsMarried, international, like to work late, like to work early… you will find those with shared interests Many department events:Many department events: Weekly colloquia, winter party, pizza meetings, picnics, poster competitionsWeekly colloquia, winter party, pizza meetings, picnics, poster competitions Being a grad student at OSU

11 Columbus is a vibrant cityColumbus is a vibrant city Tons of festivals: ComFest (hippies everywhere), Jazz&Rib Fest, Italian/Greek Fest, Pumpkin FestTons of festivals: ComFest (hippies everywhere), Jazz&Rib Fest, Italian/Greek Fest, Pumpkin Fest Sports galore: professional hockey, soccer, baseball, OSU football and basketballSports galore: professional hockey, soccer, baseball, OSU football and basketball Famous zooFamous zoo Culture: symphony, theater, botanical gardens and conservatory, museums, arts, plays, etcCulture: symphony, theater, botanical gardens and conservatory, museums, arts, plays, etc Several music venuesSeveral music venues Community OrchestraCommunity Orchestra Columbus MarathonColumbus Marathon State FairState Fair Gallery HopGallery Hop

12 Living in Columbus Getting around:Getting around: Campus bus and city bus both free with OSU ID Campus bus and city bus both free with OSU ID Dont need a car, but its nice to have one Dont need a car, but its nice to have one Bicycle-friendly city Bicycle-friendly city Olentangy trail – 14-mile bike path Olentangy trail – 14-mile bike path Alum Creek bike trail ~20 miles Alum Creek bike trail ~20 miles Hilliard rails-to-trails Hilliard rails-to-trails Inexpensive housing!Inexpensive housing! Even High-End Apartments are affordable on our StipendEven High-End Apartments are affordable on our Stipend

13 Social Events at The open house TONIGHTTONIGHT Bowling after dinner (8:30 departure)Bowling after dinner (8:30 departure) TomorrowTomorrow Social event at house of 4 graduate students (7pm-?)Social event at house of 4 graduate students (7pm-?) Walking distance from the PRBWalking distance from the PRB Optional side eventOptional side event Board games at the PRBBoard games at the PRB

14 Questions Email PGSC at:Email PGSC at:PGSC@physics.osu.edu


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