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  • Physics for the Rest of Us Lecture Series
    Staff Emeritus research Research Publications Presentations tutoring Tutoring Center Private Tutor List astronomy Events Information facilities Anechoic Chamber Electro Optics Lab Electronics Lab Computing Observatory Machine Shop useful links Sac State Sites Physics Astronomy Organizations alumni Alumni Guestbook Alumni Update Form Make a Donation Newsletter Contact Us SacStatePhysics Physics for the Rest of Us Lecture Series The Physics for the Rest of Us Lecture Series is a quasi regular series of talks on physics and science designed for the community at large Approximately once each semester we host a speaker and cast as broad of a net as possible for the audience To get on our mailing list for Physics for the Rest of Us series please send an email to physics csus edu Upcoming Lecture Prof Joshua Moss Sacramento State Date TBA Spring 2016 Prof Moss will host a special screening of Particle Fever a documentary about the work at the LHC in Geneva Switzerland It will be followed with a Q and A session about what has been happening in the last couple of years Previous Lectures Prof Chad Orzel Union College Discovering Your Inner Scientist October 21 2015 In the popular imagination science is a collection of

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  • SPS @SacStatePhysics
    Minor Astronomy Minor Physics Certificate Science Instrument Development Certificate Scientific Computing and Simulation events Calendar Physics Colloquia Series Colloquia Archive Physics for the Rest of Us Lecture Series current students Society of Physics Students Chapter Advising Handouts Senior Projects Awards Scholarships Summer Programs Grad School Info Career Opportunities Update Information future students Why Sac State Freshman Info Transfer Student Info Applying faculty and staff Physics Faculty Staff Emeritus research Research Publications Presentations tutoring Tutoring Center Private Tutor List astronomy Events Information facilities Anechoic Chamber Electro Optics Lab Electronics Lab Computing Observatory Machine Shop useful links Sac State Sites Physics Astronomy Organizations alumni Alumni Guestbook Alumni Update Form Make a Donation Newsletter Contact Us SacStatePhysics Society of Physics Students Sacramento State The Society of Physics Students SPS is the professional society for students of physics and their mentors It is an international organization with chapters in all fifty states plus Canada Mexico Puerto Rico China and Egypt It is headquartered at the American Center for Physics in College Park Maryland The chapter at Sacramento State is a very active and nationally recognized group It has won numerous Outstanding Chapter Awards and has also won several outreach awards in the past decade

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  • Advising Handouts
    Lecture Series current students Society of Physics Students Chapter Advising Handouts Senior Projects Awards Scholarships Summer Programs Grad School Info Career Opportunities Update Information future students Why Sac State Freshman Info Transfer Student Info Applying faculty and staff Physics Faculty Staff Emeritus research Research Publications Presentations tutoring Tutoring Center Private Tutor List astronomy Events Information facilities Anechoic Chamber Electro Optics Lab Electronics Lab Computing Observatory Machine Shop useful links Sac

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  • Senior Projects
    astronomy Events Information facilities Anechoic Chamber Electro Optics Lab Electronics Lab Computing Observatory Machine Shop useful links Sac State Sites Physics Astronomy Organizations alumni Alumni Guestbook Alumni Update Form Make a Donation Newsletter Contact Us SacStatePhysics Senior Project FAQ The Senior Project was added to the Physics curriculum in 2004 It is a requirement for students in our BS program and is an elective option for those in our BA programs What is the Senior Project Physics 191 Senior Project is the capstone course for physics majors The goal of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate the scientific skills that they have learned in the process of obtaining their degree It is also intended to enrich the educational experience of the students by offering them the possibility of a genuine research experience Students who are successful in this course will have proven their ability to a identify a problem that they have the ability to solve b utilize their skills developed in prior course work to solve a problem c analyze the results of a problem and d report the results of a problem to their peer group via written and oral reports What specifically is required Students are expected to spend a minimum of 90 hours for two units working on the project for a passing grade in this course Acceptable uses of time are preliminary background research planning development construction implementation programming analysis and report preparation All students will give a presentation nominally 20 minutes followed by a 5 minute Q A period of their work to the department near the end of the semester in which they complete their project A final written report is due by the beginning of the 13th week at the same semester Your grade is determined by

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  • Awards & Scholarships
    Sacramento State The awards will be determined by earned grades of B or higher in courses taken during the immediately preceding semester which are applicable to the major For new transfer students courses taken at another school may be counted Students should submit applications available in the department office in or around late September and late February Edwin Iloff Physics Scholarship This scholarship was created by the estate of Emertus Professor Edwin Iloff Prof Iloff oversaw the growth of the physics department in the early 1970s and was responsible for much of the Department s infrastructure in Sequoia Hall This scholarship recognizes and rewards promising performance by a student pursuing a degree in the Department of Physics and Astronomy An eligible student shall have completed the Physics 11 series and qualified for the Dean s Honor List in the semester prior to the application Suzy Fenton Physics Scholarship This scholarship was created by Suzy and Wayne Fenton Suzy was a long time lecturer in the Department This scholarship recognizes and rewards promising performance by a student pursuing a degree in the Department of Physics and Astronomy An eligible student shall have completed the Physics 11 series and qualified for the Dean s Honor List in the semester prior to the application James J Klavetter Scholarship This scholarship is to honor the memory of Prof James Klavetter late Astronomy professor The winner of this scholarship chosen by a committee of the department faculty shall be a Physics Major with a significant potential to succeed at a career in physics or astronomy Feynman Award The Feynman Award is given to the best undergraduate research project It was endowed by Prof Gene Barnes emeritus professor The award has a value of approximately 500 and is given in the Fall Semester based on a

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  • Summer Programs
    Projects Awards Scholarships Summer Programs Grad School Info Career Opportunities Update Information future students Why Sac State Freshman Info Transfer Student Info Applying faculty and staff Physics Faculty Staff Emeritus research Research Publications Presentations tutoring Tutoring Center Private Tutor List astronomy Events Information facilities Anechoic Chamber Electro Optics Lab Electronics Lab Computing Observatory Machine Shop useful links Sac State Sites Physics Astronomy Organizations alumni Alumni Guestbook Alumni Update Form Make a Donation Newsletter Contact Us SacStatePhysics Summer Programs Participating in research while an undergraduate is an important part of a physicist s education The Department of Physics and Astronomy recognizes this and requires its graduates to do a Senior Project While many students perform their research under the guidance of our own faculty members others elect to participate in summer research programs at National Laboratories or other universities The Links below will help you find these programs SPS Jobs The SPS Jobs page has a separate section for summer research and internship programs It is a searchable database that most programs use to advertise their opportunities National Science Foundation REU Program The National Science Foundation s Research Experiences for Undergraduates REU Program provides many opportunities for undergraduate research at National

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  • Grad School Info
    compiled some of the most common search engines for these programs on our appropriately named Summer Programs page Return to top Exams Most graduate programs require that you take the Graduate Record Examination the GRE The GRE has two parts The general exam tests your mathematical verbal and analytical writing skills all of which are taken on a computer at a testing center The math and verbal scores are generated immediately your written scores will be mailed out about six weeks after the exam To find out about the schedule visit the GRE website You can register online The subject exam is an exam in a specific field the most likely one that a physicist would take is of course the Physics Subject exam This is generally required by Ph D programs and sometimes by Masters programs It is a very challenging examination It is recommended that you take the exam the fall of your graduating year It is only offered a few times a year so it is very important that you register on time for it or you might have to wait months to take it again How do you study for these exams Services like Kaplan offer courses on how to succeed in the general exam Educational Testing Service ETS the company that produces these exams also has some guides The biggest hurdle is usually the subject exam There are a few recommended strategies for succeeding on it Start Early Don t wait until the week before the exam Taking it in the Fall Start studying over the summer Work Problems Work lots of problems do all of the hard problems in your freshman physics book that you skipped when you took it years ago Dimensional Analysis You can gain probably 5 just by paying attention to dimensional analysis Symmetry Many physics problems greatly simplify due to symmetry learn how to use it Tutoring Volunteer in the Tutoring Center There is no better way to learn material than to explain it to others You ll also learn if there is a particular area that you need to spend more time on Group study Work together you re not competing against your classmates after all Return to top Finding Programs Probably the best way to find out about different graduate programs in physics is the website gradschoolshopper com It is a compilation of data from the American Institute of Physics You can search by reason and or field of research Some of the info contained includes admission guidelines numbers of students enrolled campus information and faculty info It s a great collection of information There is also a print version of the book Dr DeGraffenreid is the keeper of the most recent print versions This website book also contains information about astronomy programs chemical physics programs and some other related fields Another way to find out about other programs is to attend seminars Many of our speakers are from other institutions They are generally more than happy to

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  • Career Opportunities
    my degree in Physics This is a question that we get all of the time We ve compiled a listing of places where you can find out about career oppotunites in physics Who Hires Physics Bachelors A few years ago the American Institute of Physics compiled a listing of companies that had hired students with bachelors degrees in Physics There are some surprising names on the list Bank of America but it shows that there is a lot of flexiblity in the degree Careers Toolbox The Society of Physics Students and American Institute of Physics put together this toolbox to help physics students and their mentors to help identify jobs that the well suited for those with a bachelors degree in physics Through a series of activities it also helps students identify their skills and helps them prepare for inquiry application and interview Careers Using Physics The National Office of the Society of Physics Students works with the American Intitute of Physics to produce the Careers Using Physics website This page lists jobs at the bachelor s degree level from the Physics Today Career Site as well as career building advice profiles and summer research opportunities APS Career Guidance Page The American Physical Society APS has prepared this page along with a nice guide to assist students in preparing themselves for the job market The guide contains hints on subjects such as preparing CVs giving presentations and networking skills Academic Advising and Career Center Services The Academic Advising and Career Center provides career counseling services and programs for Natural Science and Math students Services finding internships volunteer experiences or part time jobs developing resumes and cover letters exploring career options by major and or concentration choosing changing a major concentration and or career path learning job search strategies learning about

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