PHY 495 (Senior Seminar) Guidelines
Information for Students and Faculty Supervisors
- Develop competency in oral communication. [Physics majors use PHY 495 to satisfy the university’s Oral Communication Competency requirement.]
- Become familiar with the tools and methods of independent inquiry.
- Gain acquaintance with some of the latest scientific advances in the field.
Procedures for Students
- Prior to the Add/Drop deadline, identify a supervising faculty member and select a topic for investigation, then register for the section of PHY 495 assigned to your supervisor.*
- Meet with your supervisor on a regular basis to report progress updates.
- Become acquainted with techniques and methods of oral presentation by observing professionals engaged in the activity.
- Make a 30 minute oral presentation on your chosen topic. This presentation will be advertised in advance and open to the public.
Responsibilities of Supervisors
- Assist the student in the selection of a topic for investigation. A suitable topic will address some contemporary problem in physics, and be one in which the supervisor has some expertise.
- Facilitate the organization and direction the inquiry will take, provide guidance concerning the level of detail expected, physics principles involved, sources of information, and delivery techniques.
- In consultation with the student, determine a time and date for the oral presentation and oversee proper advertising for the event.
- Assign the course grade, taking account of input solicited from faculty attending the oral presentation.
*All students are strongly encouraged to identify a PHY 495 supervisor during the term preceding the semester in which they expect to register for the course.
See sample presentations from the past.