The Department of Physics hosted its annual Research Poster session on the evening of Wed Nov 2nd, 2016.  The Barus & Holley lobby was bursting with graduate and undergraduate students, University administrators, and faculty - all viewing the 40 posters displayed.  All research areas for the department were represented, including condensed matter physics, high energy physics, biological physics, and cosmology/astrophysics. Additionally, interdisciplinary research topics  were also covered in collaboration with the Chemistry department and the School of Engineering.  One special poster highlighted the research and career of the recent 2016 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Brown’s own Professor Michael Kosterlitz.  Deans and university administrators visited the poster session.  They talked with students and faculty and exchanged views on various research projects and how to promote research participation from students.

The Poster Session in early November offers the undergraduate and graduate students an excellent opportunity to find research opportunities in the department.  Current students who have made a connection with a research group present the posters; posters typically cover the research topic, its methods and conclusions.  The students then give a brief synopsis to each attendee who stops at their poster.  This allows for the students to answer questions from faculty and interested peers.  Prof Ian Dell’Antonio, the Undergraduate Concentration Advisor for Physics, provided a pre-poster session workshop for undergraduate students explaining the best way to utilize the poster session.

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Written by Mary Ellen Woycik, Student Affairs and Program Manager for the Department of Physics