Arrival Information For New Students (Fall 2012)
Welcome to the Physics Department! In the
not-so-distant future you will be arriving in
The instructions below tell how to begin your life as a member of the physics department. You will also be receiving instructions directly from the Teaching Assistant (TA) program about their orientation. If you are an international student, the TA program will also tell you about housing that the University will provide for you when you arrive and through the orientation period. The Orientation program is mandatory for all teaching assistants. It is also recommended to incoming fellows as much of the information conveyed is quite beneficial including information about getting a social security card and health insurance.
If you need any further information, you should feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to meeting you this fall,
Simon Catterall email@example.com
Checking In for International Students
All international students must check in with
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Checking In with the Department
As soon as possible after arrival, all new students should come to room 201 of the Physics Building. You will be assigned you a mailbox, a desk and necessary keys. Your email address with initial password will be assigned by Information Technologies.
You will then see Penny Davis to begin the payroll process. Penny will need to copy your Social Security Card (original, please) or an official Birth Certificate. Penny will also take your photograph for the department directory and web site.
E-mail us: Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us when you plan to arrive in Syracuse.
Monday, August 6 or Tuesday, August 7 , 2012
Arrival: Most international students (students from
All new physics graduate students (whether international or from the U.S.) should also check in as soon as possible at the department main office in 201 Physics Building. Please be sure to ask for information about meeting the department chair shortly after your arrival.
You can find information about the Office of International Services (SCIS) at (http://sumweb.syr.edu/lescis/). Note that they may be open late during this week in August.
Friday, August 10 through Tuesday, August 16th
University International TA Orientation Syracuse University Teaching Assistant Orientation for International Students who are new TAs. Note that all new international students must attend these meetings, even if they are not TAs this year (for example, those on a fellowship). You will receive more information about this orientation from the international TA program.
Monday, August 20 (tentative agenda):
The Physics TA Orientation is being finalized. This will provide the most up to date information possible. The names of the panelists will be added as soon as they are known.
Physics Department TA Orientation: Teaching assistant training will continue in rooms 202/204. The Annual Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Physics Department and the Physics Graduate Student Organization will be begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 22rd. Omelets to order and Sam’s Special Pancakes are the hit of the event. .
You can find a printed copy of the current agenda in the wall “pockets” near the mailboxes across from the Physics Main Office.
Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19 (please note this is one week earlier than in past years)
9:00 am: Qualifying Exam: Graduate students normally take this exam at the beginning of their second year in the department, but well-prepared new students often choose to take the exam in their first year. First year students who take the exam but do not pass are allowed to take the exam as usual in their second year without prejudice. See this year's qualifying exam syllabus for an outline of material covered by the exam.
Sunday, August 19 (please note that this is one week earlier than in past years)
9:00am: Comprehensive Exam: New students must take the comprehensive examination
unless they choose to take the qualifying examination. The Comprehensive
Examination is used to assess your background and preparation in order that
we may better advise you in your studies at
Parts I (Mechanics) and II (Electricity and Magnetism) are held from 11:00am-1:00pm, with parts III (heat and optics) and IV (modern physics) held from 2:00 pm to 4:00pm.
Monday, August 27
First Day of Classes
Tuesday, August 28 or other time tba
3:30-4:30pm: Welcome Reception: This event replaces the regular Thursday Colloquia, will officially begin the semester, and introduce new members (faculty, post-docs, staff and graduate students) of the department. All department members are invited. All new members are expected to attend and prepare to introduce themselves as called upon.
The Physics Picnic will be held from 11:00 am until late afternoon at Thornden Park, just east of the SU campus. You can find more information at: /calendar/picnic/2009/picnic2009.htm .
Updated by Diane Sanderson, 7/12/12