Junior Seminar Spring 2023
Instructor: Jolie A. Cizewski
Summary: This is a one-credit course for current non-professional physics majors, i.e., students not planning PhD studies in Physics or Astrophysics. The purpose is to learn about and prepare for careers after you graduate from Rutgers, including your professional development. Seminar sessions will feature Rutgers alumni guest speakers, workshops on professional development and ethical conduct, and culminate with a short, term paper and oral presentation.
Course meets Tuesdays 5th period 3:50 to 5:10 pm in SEC 218.
Meeting times: One 80-minute seminar per week.
Tuesday Period 5 3:50 to 5:10 PM SEC 218 (BC)
Gradebook: All scores for Physics 368 in Spring 2023 will be posted in the Physics & Astronomy Department Gradebook.
Homework or other assignments:
Topic approval for term paper will be uploaded as a homework assignment in canvas.
Term paper will be uploaded to Canvas as an Assignment with plagiarism review via Turnitin.
You will also give a short oral presentation in class based on your term paper.
Exams, quizzes and term paper.
- No exams in this course.
- A term paper and oral presentation are required, due after Spring Break. The term paper will be uploaded to Canvas as an Assignment.
Office hours: to be determined and by appointment
Provisional Grading Plans:
- Class attendance: 25%
- Class participation: 25%
- Full credit if actively engage in discussions, asking questions of invited speakers
- Term Paper and presentation: 50%
Lowest two sessions of (unexcused) attendance and participation points will be dropped.
90-100 = A
85-90 = B+
80-85 = B
75-80 = C+
70-75 = C
60-70 = D
below 60 = F
Overview of career opportunities for physics & astrophysics majors – you don’t need a PhD
Workshop: Professional development: Writing resume & CV
Workshop: Professional development: Written presentation skills
Workshop: Professional development: Oral presentation skills
Workshop: Ethical conduct of research
Careers of Rutgers Physics & Astronomy Alumni
|Data science, pharmaceuticals, optical systems, finance,
Term paper based on approved recent Physics Today article
Oral presentation based on term paper
Changes: The course schedule and guidelines are subject to change. Any changes will be communicated promptly and clearly.
Absences: Students are expected to attend all classes; if you expect to miss one or two classes, please use the University absence reporting website to indicate the date and reason for your absence. An email is automatically sent to your instructors.
If you have been told to quarantine, or are experiencing symptoms of any transmissible disease, please do not attend in-person class meetings. Contact the Professor to make arrangements for handling such absences.
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- Aiding others in committing a violation or allowing others to use your work
- Failure to cite sources correctly
- Using another person’s ideas or words without attribution–re-using a previous assignment Unauthorized collaboration
- Sabotaging another student’s work
Use of external website resources (such as Chegg.com or others) to obtain solutions to homework assignments or exams is cheating and a violation of the University Academic Integrity policy. Cheating in the course may result in grade penalties, disciplinary sanctions, or educational sanctions. Posting homework assignments or exams to external sites without the instructor's permission may be a violation of copyright and may constitute the facilitation of dishonesty, which may result in the same penalties as cheating.
The Rutgers honor pledge will be included on all major assignments for you to sign: “On my honor, I have neither received nor given any unauthorized assistance on this examination/assignment.”
Almost all original work is the intellectual property of its authors. This includes not just books and articles, but the syllabi, lectures, slides, recordings, course materials, presentations, homework problems, exams, and other materials used in this course, in either printed or electronic form. You may not copy this work, post it online, or disseminate it in any way without the explicit permission of the instructor. Respect for an author’s efforts and intellectual property rights is an important value that members of the university community are expected to take seriously.
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Rutgers University welcomes students with disabilities into all of the University's educational programs. In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, a student with a disability must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation: https://ods.rutgers.edu/students/documentation-guidelines. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus’s disability services office will provide you with a Letter of Accommodations. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. To begin this process, please complete the Registration form on the ODS web site at: https://ods.rutgers.edu/students/getting-registered.