Senior Seminars: Some departments require
bachelor's theses or comprehensive exams; the Colorado College physics
department requires a senior seminar in conjunction with the seminar course.
This serves several purposes:
a) It provides the opportunity to conduct some independent research under
the advisory of a physics professor.
b) It provides you with a very valuable experience of conveying your idea
too a group of students.
c) It provides the entire science community with an informative lecture
and an introduction to some new physics concepts in a social environment.
d) It provides a test of your physics knowledge.
e) It familiarizes the faculty and other students with the seminar presenter.
f) It enhances contact in the Colorado College physics community.
Each major is required to give a talk during their senior
year. 3-2 engineering students are required to give a talk during their
junior year. Your seminar should be about 45 minutes including questions.
Your seminar should be on a subject of your choice at a level that can
be understood by students with a 241-242-251 background. Although speakers
are encouraged to pick topics beyond the scope of these three courses,
the talks must begin at a level that can be understood by good students
that have taken only these three courses. Remember, you are being judged
by your ability to communicate your idea to your audience.
The student must sign up for a presentation time during the first two
weeks of the semester.
1) The student must find a professor to be associated with the talk topic
that he/she wants to present. The associated professor will be available
to advise and possibly help the student prepare, but the content and presentation
of the seminar will remain the responsibility of the student.
2) With the associated professor's OK, the student will present the idea
at a faculty meeting for approval. This must take place at
least 2 weeks before the proposed presentation date;
however, a month or more is advisable. Faculty meetings are only the first
and third Monday of each block (at noon in Barnes 213).
3) The associated professor will sign the seminar schedule once the presentation
is considered ready. Afterwards, Linda can post announcements for the
talk. The associated professor may, for instance, desire to see the talk
presented before giving approval.
4) At least two professors in attendance will evaluate the talk and must
agree that the talk was adequate. If the talk was not adequate, the talk
will be revised, or another will be attempted, as determined by the faculty
and the student.
There are two things to be stressed here:
1) It is entirely the responsibility of the student to ensure the timely
completion of steps 1-3 above.
2) Adequate presentation of these seminars is necessary for a physics
degree from the Colorado College.
Attendance: Physics majors of every level are expected to
attend the seminars. Bring your friends.