Introduction to Research Seminar

semester, 2018

Friday, January 19th 2018
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Priscilla Cushman, University of Minnesota
Subject: SuperCDMS - searching for dark matter

Friday, January 26th 2018
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Ke Wang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Quantum Control in 2D Van der Waals Nanostructures

Friday, February 2nd 2018
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Jochen Mueller, University of Minnesota
Subject: Physics of the cell: From viral assembly to fluctuating membranes

Friday, February 9th 2018
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Vincent Noireaux, University of Minnesota
Subject: DNA programmed dynamical systems outside cells: from gene circuits to self-assembly

Friday, February 16th 2018
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Paul Crowell, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spin Transport and Dynamics in Metals and Semiconductors

Friday, February 23rd 2018
4:40 pm:
To be announced.

Friday, March 2nd 2018
4:40 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.

Friday, March 9th 2018
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Lee Penn
Subject: Diversity Committee workshop

Friday, March 23rd 2018
4:40 pm:
Subject: Special topics - auxiliary skills

Friday, April 20th 2018
4:40 pm:
Career Panel in Tate 120
Subject: Careers in Industry and Academia for Physics PhDs
Everyone welcome, see abstract for full information.

This career panel will give students a taste of some of the career paths taken by UMN graduates and other physics PhDs. Panel members span a variety of jobs in local industry and in academic positions at universities or research labs. Many of the panel participants are alumni of the UMN Physics and Astrophysics PhD programs.

Everyone is welcome. This event is a great opportunity for students to learn about PhD career paths in academia and in industry and to ask our panelists any questions about their experiences. While the panel may be of special interest to graduate students pursuing a PhD, it would also be beneficial to undergraduate students curious about career paths. To aid in planning, please RSVP at this link by Monday, April 16:

Panel participants:

Mohac Tekmen, Medtronics
Xifeng Han, Seagate
Luis Hernandez, BAE Systems
Dan Endean, Honeywell
Fiona Burnell, University of Minnesota
Gerry Ruch, University of St. Thomas
Jeff Stehr, NASA / Booz Allen & Hamilton

The event will begin at 4:40 with a short presentation on physics PhD career statistics by Shaul Hanany, followed by brief remarks by the panelists. The bulk of the time will be devoted to Q&A. Some time will be reserved toward the end of the event for informal discussion.

Contact Lindsay Glesener ( with any questions about the event.

Friday, April 27th 2018
4:40 pm:
Please note: Carolyn Bishoff's workshop rescheduled to next week

Friday, May 4th 2018
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Carolyn Bishoff, Physics, Astronomy and Earth Sciences Librarian
Subject: Workshop on data management

Friday, May 11th 2018
4:40 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.

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