Meetings on "How to ... "
Quantum Device Physics Laboratory
The idea is to discuss and train issues
that are important for researchers in general and physics-related
scientists in particular.
Examples are how to explain your work when you are caught
off guard and only have limited time available, creating posters,
how to write (or rewrite) your CV.
Who can participate?
The course is set up for Ph.D.-students mainly at QDP and
surrounding groups. Credits for the course must be negotiated
with the graduate school examinator of the student. I
estimate that full participation in the course, including all
written and oral exercises, carries a work load equivalent
to approximately two "new credit points".
Active participation is a must, and I expect the students to
be present at all meetings except if it really is not possible
due to prior planning. During the course a number of documents
must be produced and either handed in or distributed to
other students of the course for feed back. Thus material
must be handed in, and must be handed in in time.
I want a first version of your CV enclosed with your application
for the course to ensure that everybody realizes that work needs
to be done from the outset of the course (please, either
electronic pdf-file or paper version in my mailbox at MC2 - Word files
not accepted as the print output will vary depending on the
specific settings of the computer).
The course is designed with a physics-flavor of education in mind.
This has bearing on details in how and what research is presented,
the content on the CV and so on.
The following schedule will be updated during the course. Each meeting is approximately 90 minutes.
|Tuesday April 7, 2009, at 9.00, kitchen of D5:||Inofficial start (help with writing the required CV).|
|Tuesday April 14, 2009, at 9.00, Acceptorn (A604):||CVs, first version.|
|Friday April 17, 2009, at 13.00, Acceptorn (A604):||CVs, second version; hallway talks first versions|
|Tuesday April 21, 2009, at 9.00, Acceptorn (A604): ||Hallway talks second versions; start Elevator talks|
|Friday April 24, 2009, at 13.00, Acceptorn (A604): ||Elevator talks; start writing paper|
|Tuesday April 28, 2009, at 9.00, Acceptorn (A604): ||Writing papers|
|Tuesday May 5, 2009, at 9.00, Acceptorn (A604): ||Writing papers|
|Friday May 8, 2009, at 13.00, Acceptorn (A604): ||Writing papers|
|Tuesday May 12, 2009 at 9.00, Acceptorn (A604): ||Writing papers, Start of posters|
|Friday May 15, 2009, at 13.00: ||Cancelled|
|Tuesday May 19, 2009, at 9.00, Acceptorn (A604): |
|Tuesday May 26, 2009, at 9.00, Acceptorn (A604): |
|Friday May 29, 2009, at 13.00, Acceptorn (A604): |
The Curriculum Vitae (CV)
There are many ways to write good CVs, but what you need for a
start is simply something that works, no fuzz. Here is a link
to help on writing that first academic CV from the
CV doctor, and two commented real CVs
example 1 and
Further, here are two examples with guidelines:
"one-pager" on writing a vita (look down to about the middle of
and an example of a
research-oriented CV from "The
Chronicle of Higher Education".
Please prepare, if you don't yet have
one, a CV, and give it to me / send it no later than Thursday April 9 at 3 pm.
You might want to revise your present CV after reading
We will read the CVs during the course and comment
on how to improve the document.
If you need to translate some specific
Chalmers-related titles from Swedish into English you may want to
consult this list (you must
be on Chalmers Intranet to access the document).
The elevator talk (hallway, office,...)
We'll concentrate on training
short descriptions of what you are working on (and why
should anybody care?). Please as a starting point
read the article "Making Science Understandable to a
Broad Audience" by R. M. Reis, which appeared in the
Chronicle of Higher Education, July 23, 1999 and is
available electronically at
How to make a successful poster by J.W. Niemantsverdriet, also see the three example
posters linked to from "How to Give Successful Oral and Poster Presentations"
Preparing Effective Posters
Effective Poster Presentations.
Writing a research article
A good series of pages about writing an article is Wilkin's course homepage
Writing & speaking about physics & astronomy homepage.
On conference travels
Don't forget to plan ahead... hotels do need to be reserved and paid,
your supervisor is not a piggy bank when you forget to
bring sufficient cash, and sticking to your group of students from
home does not give you the optimal experience science wise (but it may be fun...).
The following link is about seminar attendance (at your home university) but applies also to
Etiquette in departmental seminars (you may need to be at a Chalmers computer to access the paper).
The homepage of the professional physicist
You should have one with at least a minimum of
information about your professional life. And it sure shouldn't
look like the school kid's first attempt at communicating
on the Web ("Hi, mom, see what I can do with a Web editor!"...).
What goes in, and what does not?
Useful links, besides the links above:
Revised May 5, 2009, by
Elsebeth Schröder, schroder (at) chalmers.se