University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
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The final year Physics Research Project courses are intended for students in the fourth year of Regular Honours Physics and Co-op Applied Physics who plan to proceed to graduate work. Students who make an average of <70% in the core subjects of third year are advised not to register in these courses.
Students should select a supervisor and a project before the end of their 3B academic term.
All members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy (including adjunct and cross-appointed faculty) are eligible to supervise. Occasionally, faculty from other departments will agree to be supervisors, especially if a student has a particular interest in their research areas. If the supervisor is not from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, a co-supervisor from the department will need to be arranged.
Search for a supervisor by research area:
Students are encouraged to see at least two faculty members to discuss projects with them.
Once a project and supervisor have been selected, the student and supervisor must complete the agreement form (below).
Students must hand the completed form to the Undergraduate Co-ordinator in PHY 242.
Quest requires departmental permission for course enrolment - the process will not begin until this agreement form has been handed in.
The latest date to make final arrangements for your project and notify the coordinator is the end of the second week of lectures.
All students registered in P437A must meet the course coordinator before this date; otherwise it will be assumed that they have dropped the course and the undergraduate officers will be notified accordingly.
If possible, it is a good idea to do some background reading on the project during the summer.
After course enrolment appears on Quest, all further arrangements, problems, etc. should be discussed with your research supervisor.
Communication about the Physics Research Projects from the course coordinator will appear on LEARN.
Since the project is equivalent in credit to a normal lecture course, a minimum of 6 hours per week on average should be spent on it. Neglect of the project for an extended period (even with the intention of “catching up after midterms,” for example) is a serious matter.
Students and supervisors are expected to meet for informal progress discussions at least once a week.