PHYS 590 (Research Thesis Course) 2021-22

PHYS 590 (Undergraduate Research Thesis Course) 2021-22

Welcome to the course web page of the 2021-22 edition of PHYS 590. This course is intended to give students the opportunity to pursue original research under the guidance of a faculty member on current topics of interest. The calendar description of the course is:



Students in PHYS 590 have the chance to make important contributions to leading research questions. This could be through contributing to the analysis of experimental or observational data, contributing to the development of next generation experiments or instruments, or tackling a current theoretical challenge. Past PHYS 590 students have succesfully contributed in each of these areas, and some projects have resulted in collaboration technical notes, conference presentations, and publications.

Course Syllabus

The course syllabus is available here. As described there, the main course deliverables and their relative weights in the grading of the course are:


Research proposal - 2%
Midyear written report draft - 2%
Midyear written report - 17%
Midyear oral presentation - 9%
Final written report draft - 2%
Final written report - 45%
Final poster presentation - 23%

Important Dates


September 2021 - Mandatory organizational meeting.
September 23, 2021 - Research proposal due.
November 12, 2021 - Draft of midyear written reports due.
November 25, 2021 - Midyear written reports due.
Week of November 29, 2021 - Midyear oral presentations.
March 18, 2022 - Draft of final written report due.
March 31, 2022 - Final written report due.
Week of April 4th, 2022 - Final oral presentations.

Updates, Notices, and Archived Presentations

The slides from the PHYS 590 start-of-year organizational meetings in September 2021 are here.

The slides from the brief presentation made in March 2021 regarding 590 topic selection are available here.

The web page that was provided in March 2021 introducing the course and describing the process of selecting your research advisor is archived here.

Course Coordinator

The PHYS 590 course coordinator for 2021-22 is:

Alex Wright
Rm 308A
Stirling Hall
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Canada.

Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 77856
Email: email address image.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the course, or if you would just like to discuss your project, please feel free to contact me at any time.