Syracuse University Undergraduate Research Day and Open House

We are pleased to announce the seventh Syracuse Physics Undergraduate Research Day & Open House on Saturday December 1st, 2012.This event will be geared towards undergraduate physics majors at schools within a few hours driving distance from Syracuse.  In recent years, more than 100 students from 16 colleges and universities have participated in URD. We are looking forward to another exciting day this year, where students can:

  • Present their research through posters and talks.
  • Hear about cutting-edge research at Syracuse.
  • Tour physics research labs at Syracuse.
  • Meet undergraduate physics majors from other schools.
  • Learn about the physics graduate program at Syracuse.


The advance registration for the workshop has been closed.  On site registration is available at Syracuse University the day of the event.

There is no registration fee for the meeting.

Information for Attendees


Aside from the lab tours and dinner, all of the events of the Undergraduate Research Day & Open House will take place on the 2nd floor of the Physics Building. Talks will be given in the main conference room (Room 202/204). Posters will be displayed in the north-side hallway on the 2nd floor. Refreshments and lunch will be served in room 202/204 and in the lobby near the elevator on the 2nd floor.


  • Length: each student talk will be ~ 10 minutes long followed by 5 minutes for questions and change of the speaker
  • Format: the conference room will have a standard laptop projector. In addition, there will be an overhead projector for presenters using transparencies as well as a whiteboard.
  • Laptops: there will be one departmental PC laptop with PowerPoint on the lecture stand which all speakers are welcome to use. However, students may also use personal laptops, if necessary. For using the departmental laptop, please bring your talk on a USB memory stick and load it onto the laptop before your session begins — either in the morning before 9:30AM or during the lunch break in the afternoon. Similarly, for those who prefer to use a personal laptop, please try connecting to the projector before the session begins to make sure everything is compatible. A Syracuse graduate student will be present to assist with checking the talks in advance.


  • Location: posters will be displayed along the 2nd floor hallway on the north side of the Physics Building. This will be just outside the room where the talks will be given and close to the location of the refreshments.
  • Setup time: please hang posters from the attached clip mounts (no tacks will be necessary) along the hallway on the 2nd floor before 10AM. A Syracuse graduate student will be present to assist with hanging posters in the hall. Please remove posters at the end of the day.

Lab tours

  • Tours of research labs in the Physics Department will be given in one 90-minute block, as listed in the latest schedule. Syracuse graduate students will lead visitors to the various labs at the appropriate times. During registration you will be assigned to one of four groups that are lead to the labs.


  • Lunch: we will have several selections of pizza in the hallway just outside of the main conference room.


The final version of the program is now available.

Accommodation and Travel

The meeting will be held in Room 202 of the Physics Building at Syracuse University. Please click these links for campus maps and directions.

Requests for lodging, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis free of charge, can be made through the registration process.  Reservations will be made at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference center, which is within easy walking distance to the University and the Physics building.

Directions to Syracuse University:

  • From the North: from I-81 South, take Exit #18 and follow the directions to E.Adams St. and Syracuse University.
  • From the West: from I-90 (Thruway) or I-690, take I-81 South and follow the directions as "From the North".
  • From the South: on I-81 North, take Exit 18; turn right on E.Adams St. and follow the directions as "From the North".
  • From the East:  from I-90 (Thruway) or I-690, take I-81 South and follow the directions as "From the North".

Parking Information

Participants should park in lot Q1 (map here).  Directions to this parking lot are also available.

SU Faculty Speakers

Jay Hubisz – Theoretical high energy physics and the Higgs Boson

Steve Blusk – Experimental high energy collider physics

Mark Bowick – Theoretical soft condensed matter physics

Martin Forstner – Experimental biophysics

Guest Lecture on Career Options for Physics Majors

Prof. Carolina Ilie, SUNY Oswego.  Title: Physics and Discovery: A Journey

Lab Tours

Advanced Optics for Gravity Wave Detection Research Lab – Ballmer Group

Quantum Nanoelectromechanical Systems Lab – LaHaye Group

Single-Molecule and Nanopore Biophysics lab –  Movileanu Group

Superconducting Device Research Lab – Plourde Group

Experimental High Energy Physics group

Organizing Committee

  • Matt LaHaye (Chair)
  • Lisa Manning