Alice in Wonderland

 

Welcome! “Alice in Wonderland” is an outreach program within the Department of Physics at UT. You won’t meet the Mad Hatter or a March Hare… but it will be almost as unusual! If you are a female high school student interested in physics, but not sure whether you would like it as a career, then this program is for you.

 

   Alice1Participants in the 2015 Alice in Wonderland Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Alice in Wonderland program is sponsored by the Advanced Atomic Design Group at UT, led by Professor Alex Demkov. The program is supported by the National Science Foundation (DMR-0606464). Its goal is to attract women to physics by getting high-school students involved in research over the summer before they make decisions about colleges. An Alice internship can cover the entire summer, but at the minimum should be at least one full month. Participants work in real research labs in the Departments of Physics or Chemical Engineering. In addition, a short course is offered at the start of the program in June. This informal course (no credit is given), taught by UT graduate students, covers subjects from computer modeling and quantum mechanics to scanning tunneling microscopy and thin film growth.

group labThe gender imbalance in physics is a pressing concern. Most people agree that there is a disproportionately low number of women, particularly at the senior faculty level. The importance of successful women scientists as role models for graduate students has been pointed out. However, it is possible that the remedies we implement at the college level may be too little, too late. The so-called “pipeline” starts well before college!

In Texas, in the first year of high school, the students take a general science course. The differentiation takes place the second year when students may elect chemistry or physics as a separate course of study. This observation led to creation of the Alice in Wonderland Summer Program for Girls. This summer program is an important part of the entire research project. The Alice program started in 2005 and there have been many high school students, graduate students, and professors involved. All of them have enjoyed the program, which will hopefully encourage more students to join and take a tour in the world of science.

 For more information, contact Professor Alex Demkov or visit the AIW website.

 


Intensive One-Year Master’s in Würzburg

 

The UT Physics Department has a partnership with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Wurzburg in Wurzburg, Germany.  Each summer, up to 10 students may travel to Germany to do research with a professor for UT Senior Lab (PHY 474) credit.  We will be adding a guide for students who travel to Wurzburg.

 

Read all about the city of Würzburg!

 

Fall

380N — Experimental Physics
390   — Research Course
3xx   — Physics course (386K suggested)
3xx   — Physics (or related) course


Spring

698A — Master’s Thesis
386N — Technical Seminar
3xx   — Physics course
3xx   — Mathematics, CAM, EE, or other technical course


Summer

698B  — Master’s Thesis
3xx    — Mathematics, CAM, EE, or other technical course


The six hours of technical supporting work can be transferred from the University of Würzburg.


Undergraduate Summer Senior Lab in Würzburg

 

The UT Physics Department has a partnership with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Wurzburg in Wurzburg, Germany.  Each summer, up to 10 students may travel to Germany to do research with a professor for UT Senior Lab (PHY 474) credit.  Below is a guide for students who travel to Wurzburg.

 

Wurzburg

 

Germany Summer Senior Lab Guide - Part 1 (Pages 1-20)

Germany Summer Senior Lab Guide - Part 2 (Pages 21-46)

 


 

The Physics Circus


The Physics Circus is like a traveling science program for local K–12 schools and communities.

Please click on the link above or email circus@physics.utexas.edu for additional information and pictures. You may also contact Professor Austin Gleeson.

 

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The Minority Bridge Program


An initiative by the American Physical Society to award more Ph.Ds to underrepresented minority students including African-American, Native-American and Hispanic-American students. For more information about this program, please click on the link above.

Our current Minority Liason is Professor Herb Berk. If you'd like more information, please contact Professor Berk.

 


Saturday Workshops

 

This special workshop, designed for secondary school physics teachers and their better students, has been offered every Fall semester for the last twenty-three years and has been very well received. The Department of Physics is sponsoring this free workshop as a means to provide teachers and students with a broad perspective on topics of interest in the physics community. The Department also hopes that through the workshops we can enrich the experience of students and provide some resources and contacts to the teachers. Breafast and lunch is provided.

 

Topics from past workshops

 

For more information, please contact Lisa Gentry at ugaffairs@physics.utexas.edu, or visit her in RLM 5.216.