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PHYS 600: Research and presentation skills
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This is a "skill builder" course that introduces beginning graduate students with a range of transferable skills important for successful communication in science, research and in other professional areas. The course aims to develop a wider understanding of the context in which research takes place through critical reading and evaluation of a wide range of literature.

Besides being trained on how to prepare scientific papers and presentations, students will also be required to write an abstract and give oral presentation on a contemporary research topic pursued by groups in the Department.

Main Course Topics:

  • how do you start scientific research project?
  • physics & astronomy journals
  • searching the scientific literature online
  • ethics in scientific research
  • writing style for research article
  • LaTeX environment for typing math
  • software for preparing talks and posters
  • designing and delivering effective research talks
  • cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience in research and presentations


  • The course is moved online until UD reopens. This means you will receive a link to join ZOOM (install it from for lectures and your presentations.

Lecture in Progress

  • Talks by students

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Course Motto

  • Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. (Waldo Emerson)
  • If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. (Albert Einstein)
  • A man will turn over half a library to write one book. (Samuel Johnson)
  • Scientists often have an experience that is deeply enlightening, and is not granted to everyone. It is the experience of finding that you have been wrong about something. (Steven Weinberg)
  • Henri Poincaré worked during the same times each day in short periods of time. He undertook research for four hours a day, between 10 a.m. and noon then again from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. He would read articles in journals later in the evening.

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