PHYS 585/685
Physics Colloquium for Graduate Students
Fall 2012 Syllabus

Instructor: Carlo Segre segre [at]
166a Life Sciences Building 312.567.3498
Meetings: Thursday 15:30-17:00, Room 111 Life Sciences Building
  • Become familiar with the major research trends, with the institutions engaged in these activities, with the time scale involved in various fields, and with the background of the speaker.
  • Learn of the applications of concepts in physics to technology, medical science, and society at large.
  • Learn the structure of a public presentation of scientific work.
  • Demonstrate the ability to read and comprehend scientific publications and to critique scientific presentations.
Grading: Grading for this course will be based on attendance and 2 journal article summary papers to be assigned during the term.
  • Students request the opportunity to write a journal article summary paper by sending a proposed journal article by email to the course instructor after 18:00 on the day of the Colloquium.
  • Journal articles must be related to the colloquium topic or speaker.
  • The papers are to be at least 2 pages, double spaced, with references and figures when appropriate.
  • Besides summarizing the journal article, the paper may also critique the research.
  • Proper citation for all quotations, figures, and supporting material is required.
  • Papers are due two weeks after being assigned.
  • Papers must be submitted to the course Dropbox on Blackboard in PDF format.
Academic Honesty Policy: IIT has a Code of Conduct which is available at (see page 31). All students in this course are expected to follow this code. The first violation will result in a grade of "zero" for that assignment (exam or quiz). Subsequent violations will result in a failing grade in the course.