Physics 838 Graduate Student Seminar

In 1990, a seminar was initiated for QMC (formerly CNAM/CSR) graduate students in order to present their research to the other students, postdocs, and faculty in the Center. In addition to fostering a rich, collaborative environment in which students learn about the breadth and scope of research being done in QMC, the idea of this series is to teach several crucial skills to our students:

1) How to present their research in a clear and time-efficient way to an audience that was not expert in their area of research;

2) How to best answer questions during their presentations;

3) How to ask good questions when in an audience (or interview), in particular about research beyond their own narrow PhD topic.

In this seminar, students submit formalized feedback to each weekly presenter, providing informative information about presentation style, research content and tips for improvement.

Best Speaker Awards

At the end of each term, a cash prize award is given for the best student and postdoc presentations based on class feedback scores. Previous winners are listed here:

2018 (fall) Chris Eckberg (student), Jen-Hao Yeh (postdoc)

2015 Paul Syers, Jasper Drisko

2014 Sean Fackler, Paul Syers,

2013 Kevin Kirshenbaum, Kirsten Burson

2012 Baladitya Suri, Kristen Burson

2011 (fall) Sergii Pershoguba, Ted Thorbeck

2011 (spring) Anirban Gangopadhyay, Baladitya Suri

2010 (fall) Christian J. Long, Tomasz M. Kott

2010 (spring) Tomasz M. Kott, Kevin Kirshenbaum

2009 (fall) Arun Luykx, Jen-Hao Yeh

PHYS838C Seminar CAREER Speaker: Dr. Todd Brintlinger, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Physics 838 Seminar
12.07.2020 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Colloquium via Zoom. Email for the link


Speaker: Dr. Todd Brintlinger, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory  
Title: Career Speaker Series: A Career in Physics at a Government Laboratory

Physics degree holders are highly employable in both the private and public sectors. However, students and early career scientists are often unaware of the types of career paths available to them. This talk will provide data on the number of physics degree holders and where they typically find employment, give examples of common career paths, and provide guidance on, and highlight career resources useful for, exploring options and searching for jobs.  While focusing specifically on physics, much of the same information is applicable for related disciplines, especially materials science.  I will describe my own career path, starting here at the University of Maryland and continuing at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the corporate laboratory for the U.S. Navy, where I have used physics to study systems spanning many length and energy scales in the Materials Science and Technology Division.

DISTRIBUTION A:  Approved for public release, distribution is unlimited.

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