UCSD Hosts 2016 SoCal Physics Graduate Admissions Bootcamp

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UCSD hosted the 2016 SoCal Physics Graduate Admissions Bootcamp this year at on August 13-14, 2016. The two-day intensive workshop, developed by members of the California Professoriate for Access to Physics Careers (CPAPC) and organized this year by Adam Burgasser and members of the Cool Star Lab,  is designed to help students, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups, plan for application to Physics graduate programs. This includes strategies for choosing programs, how to produce the best application, and how to succeed in the Physics GRE Subject Exam. Bootcamps are held in Southern and Northern California each year.

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Cool Star Grads Share Advice & Experience at Cal-Bridge Workshop

On Saturday May 21st, UC San Diego and the Cool Star Lab hosted students participating in the Cal-Bridge program for a Workshop titled “What is Graduate School?” The purpose of the workshop was to introduce students the idea of graduate school and why graduate study (Master’s or PhD) might be an good option for future career aspirations.

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Cool Star Lab students participate in Physics GRE Bootcamp

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Cool Star Lab undergraduates Ivanna Escala and Rosalida Lopez were among 100+ students who participated in the Southern California Physics GRE Bootcamp at CSU Long Beach August 22-23.  Supported by the California Professoriate for the Advancement of Physics Careers (CPAPC) and funded by UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, APS Bridge Program, and the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics and the Physics department at CSU Long Beach, this is the 3rd year of the SoCal Bootcamp, and the largest to date.  Its purpose is to provide test preparation for students planning on taking the Physics GRE for graduate school, particularly those underrepresented in the sciences. It is timed to occur a few weeks before the first testing date in September.

PI Adam Burgasser also attended the camp on Saturday to talk about the Physics graduate program at UCSD and answer students’ questions about graduate school. Three UCSD Physics graduate students were also in attendance as Teaching Assistants and to talk about their graduate experience. Morehouse-UCSD Physics Bridge Fellow Julian Pilate-Hutcherson attended the Northern California BootCamp held at UCSC that same weekend.

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Cool Star Lab Introduces Students from Across Latin America to the Joy of Physics

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Members of the Cool Star Lab were part of a contingent of 16 Physics undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, teachers and faculty who facilitated a morning of physics demonstrations, circuit building and LN2 ice cream, as part of the Institute of the Americas Science & Innovation Camp.  40 high-school students from across Latin and South America were selected to participate in this two-week residential camp at the Institute of the Americas, receiving classroom and field instruction from Spanish-speaking teachers, with conducting projects focused on innovation and evaluation of scientific and technological responses to climate change.

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A Mindset Workshop

jpegI’ve recently gotten turned on to the concept of Mindset and how it influences the way my students (and I) respond to challenges and successes, and generally learn.  The basic idea, developed out of an extensive body of educational psychology research by Carol Dweck and others, is that our interaction with the world lies on the spectrum between two poles: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. And where we sit on this spectrum in our various spheres in life – academics, work, relationships – can have a profound impact on our happiness, ability to persist in challenges, and success.

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