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Physics Research and Education (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Using Energy Models to Teach and Understand Complex Physics Problems in the Research Lab and Classroom

Dates

June 9-10, 2018

Location

Bryant University
Smithfield, RI Site Information

Organizers

Chairs:
Serena M. Eley & Daryl McPadden

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 12, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by March 9, 2018. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description

Overview

The Gordon Research Seminar on Physics Research and Education is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The meeting will focus on using energy models to teach and understand complex physics problems in the research lab and classroom. Topics will include basic energy models that are consistent across scientific disciplines, the latest research on effective teaching methods (addressing common language and analogies, pitfalls, frequent misconceptions, and energy diagrams), and teaching researchers and students how to break down specialized problems into simple energy models to engage a broader audience. To help break the misunderstanding that there is a set career path for physics PhDs, a motley panel of science professionals will discuss a variety of topics, including their disparate career paths during a lively mentorship session.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 9, 2018. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Physics Research and Education" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.

Contributors

Gordon Research Seminars
National Science Foundation

Meeting Program

The Conference Chair is currently developing an outline of the program components for this GRS. This information will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.
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