New Student Orientation 2014

Please note that the following schedule of event is tentative and may change somewhat. Please visit the web page regularly to make sure you are up to date with the changes.


Physics Assessment Exams


These Exams are mandatory for all students

Monday, August 11

Location : Physics Building, Room 150
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Classical Mechanics

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Electromagnetic Theory

Tuesday, August 12

Location : Physics Building, Room 150
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Quantum Mechanics

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Thermal Physics


 


Physics Orientation Events


Wednesday, August 13

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Physics Orientation

This event is mandatory for all students
Location : Physics Building, Room 298

A Tentative Schedule is given below

  • 10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
    Light breakfast, packets, Keys, paperwork (Donna Elliott, Nancy Morgans)
  • 10:15 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.
    Welcome & Introduction to the Graduate Program
    Professor Gleb Finkelstein, Director of Graduate Studies
  • 10:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
    Computing practices, policies and accounts
    Jimmy Dorff, Departmental Systems Administrator
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Photographs and Computing Accounts
    Jimmy Dorff and Barry Wilson
  • 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
    Lunch with Graduate Student Organization Representative and Some Faculty
  • 1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
    Introduction to the Library (Library Tour, if interested)
    Dr. Melanie Sturgeon, Librarian

    Visit International House for orientation related events for international students. We recommend the following time to visit the International House.

    International Student Resource Fair

    Location : Hall of Science, Levine Science Research Center
    2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Please visit international orientations page for more information.

  • 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Join for Departmental Tea in the faculty lounge, Room 298, Physics

International Student Orientation

Thursday, August 14

International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation

Location : Love Auditorium, Levine Science Research Center
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Please visit international orientations page for more information.


 English Exam for International Students


All international students must take the English Language Placement Exams. There are two exams, a writing exam and an oral exam. Based on these exams the students may be required to complete some English courses at Duke. Students must begin taking these required courses immediately starting their first semester.

 


 English Exam for International Students

Thursday, August 14

9:30am
Oral Exam
Location : West Campus Computer Lab, in Link Classroom 6

- must bring a picture ID (Duke card or passport)
- should arrive a few minutes before the exam time  and bring a pen or pencil

More information about these exams are given at the Graduate School web page which you can access from here.
These exam times and locations have been scheduled for the new international students in the Physics Dept.; attendance is mandatory.  Please contact Nancy Morgans at nmm@phy.duke.edu if you have any questions.

 

Thursday and Friday, August 14 &15

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Physics Registration Meetings with DGS
These meetings are mandatory for all students
Location: Physics Building, Room 131

Students will meet with Professor Gleb Finkelstein (DGS) for advice regarding course registrations. The appointments will be given during the Physics Orientation on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

 


 English Exam for International Students

 

Monday, August 18

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Writing Exam
Location : West Campus Computer Lab, the Link classroom 6
- must bring a picture ID (Duke card or passport)
- should arrive a few minutes before the exam time  and bring a pen or pencil


 Graduate School Orientation


For more information visit Duke Graduate School Orientation 2014. The page will be updated regularly. Below are the important events you must attend. There are many other events scheduled throughout the week you may find useful.

Tuesday, August 19

10:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.

Graduate Student Orientation
Location : Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Second Level

12:30 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.

Graduate Student Information Session
Location : Bryan Center, Von Canon Rooms, Lower Level

 

Wednesday, August 20

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Physics TA Meetings with ACT
Location: Physics Building, Room 281

Student will meet with Prof. Ashutosh Kotwal (ACT) for about 15 minutes each about teaching duties. The appointments will be given ia Doodle Poll.

9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

TA Training and Orientation
This event is mandatory for all TAs. However we urge all students to attend it.
Location : Physics Building, Room 141
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

  • 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
     Lab & Computer Introduction (Location: Room 141)
    Dr. Derek Leadbetter
  • 10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
    Introduction to Teaching (Location: Room 141)
    Dr. Ken McKenzie
  • 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
    Lunch with some current graduate students (Location: Room 150)
  • 1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
    TA Expectation and Responsibilities (Location : Room 150)
    Professor Ashutosh Kotwal, Associate Chair for Teaching
  • 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
    Preparation for Lab Session & Practice Lab Session (Location : Room 141)
    Dr. Ken McKenzie
  • 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Grading (Location : Room 141)
    Dr. Ken McKenzie
  •  4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
    Meeting with individual course instructors (Location : Room 141)

RCR Training


Friday, August 22

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
This is mandatory for all students
Location : Durham Hilton Hotel, 3800 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC

All entering Ph.D. students in the Natural Sciences and Engineering are required to attend this RCR orientation event, which is a part of the course requirements for the PhD degree. Continental breakfast and buffet lunch provided. To pre-register for the RCR training and find directions to the free shuttle bus transport, please visit the website where you will find more details here.


 Physics Department Picnic


 Saturday, August 23

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Physics Picnic

Duke Forest, Gate F
Hosted by the Second Year (Class of 2013) graduate students. 


 Semester Begins


Monday, August 25

8:30 a.m.

Fall 2014 Classes Begin