L31 Physics 597 Supervised Teaching of Physics

Supervised instructional experience as graduate teaching intern. Under faculty supervision, a teaching intern may earn credit in Phys 597-598 by (a) instructing graduate students who are taking Phys 593-594, or (b) instructing undergraduates who are taking Phys 241-242 or 341-342, or (c) as a Graduate Teaching Fellow or Assistant, instructing and evaluating work of undergraduate or graduate students in classroom or laboratory physics courses, or (d) instructional activity connected with journal club, group seminars, special short courses, observatory lectures, etc. Five or more contact hours per week with student(s) being instructed plus associated preparation and evaluation.

Credit 1 unit.

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The Department of Physics offers AM and PhD programs in Physics . Research covers a wide area of experimental and theoretical physics, and benefits from close contacts with nuclear and inorganic chemists in the chemistry department, planetary scientists in the earth and planetary sciences department, applied scientists in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and biological scientists both on the Danforth Campus and at the School of Medicine. The department is a major participant in the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences and the Institute of Materials Science & Engineering. Experimental research areas include: astrophysics (observations of cosmic rays, gamma rays, X-rays, dark matter detection, high-precision tests of gravity) space sciences (laboratory analysis of meteorites, stardust, interplanetary dust particles) condensed matter and materials physics (graphene and other two-dimensional atomic crystals, quantum information and atomic physics with condensed matter devices, nanostructures, metallic glasses, magnetism and superconductivity, high-pressure physics, nuclear magnetic resonance) biological and biomedical physics (biophysics of the brain, hyperpolarized magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, echocardiography). Theoretical research areas include: biophysics (nonequilibrium dynamics in biological cells) condensed matter physics (strongly correlated electron systems, topological phases, excited states of many-electron systems, density functional theory) elementary particle physics (astroparticle physics, dark matter, theoretical cosmology, strong interactions, non-Hermitian Hamiltonians, quark matter) nuclear theory (nuclear matter, correlations in nuclei). Students are usually admitted to the PhD program rather than to the AM. They spend their first two years taking graduate courses, finding a dissertation adviser, and starting research. During that time they receive a stipend and complete two semesters of mentored teaching experiences. After achieving the required course grades and passing an oral examination at the end of their second year, students are normally paid from research funds while working on their research and writing a dissertation. The PhD program typically takes between five and six years to complete.