Resources for Undergraduate Physics Students
Physics Department Counselors: If you wish to speak to someone about any of the physics programs, or other issues pertaining to your experience as a physics student, please contact either Stuart Gazes, the Undergraduate Program Chair, David Reid, the Executive Officer, or Young-Kee Kim, the Department Chair.
In addition to the above individuals, the department has also established a Climate Committee. Part of this committee's role is to help students resolve issues that may arise during their time in our program. You should feel free to contact the members of this committee as needed. The current members are: Paolo Privitera (Chair), Daniel Holz, Abigail Vieregg, and Stephanie Palmer.
► Current Course Offerings
► Physics Instructional Services: lab sections, office hrs., etc.
► Textbook lists
► Physics Undergraduate Programs
► Physics Course Descriptions
► College Course Evaluations: undergraduate courses
► College Turoring Program
► University Libraries
► College Catalog: course listings and programs
► The Undergraduate College: general information
► Final Exam Schedule
► Graduate Course Outlines
► Getting Involved
► Physics Reading Seminar
► Research Areas: physics dept.
► Undergraduate Research Profiles
► NSF Physics REU sites
► Chicago MRSEC REU
► Chicago Physics REU
► Graduate Research Profiles
Life at UChicago
► Safety and Security: for getting around uchicago
► Transportation: shuttles, buses, parking
► Food: on campus dining, in Hyde Park
► Undergraduate Housing
- Campus and Student Life: a wealth of information for students
- Student Counseling Service: confidential mental health & wellness
- Society of Physics Students [U of C]: all physics majors and minors should be on the SPS listhost.
- Women in the Physical Sciences Committee
- Chicago Studies: engaging students with the community
Lost and Found:
- Kersten Physics Teaching Center: room 205
- Elsewhere On Campus (scroll to the bottom)
- Society of Physics Students [National Office]
- Who's Hiring Physics Bachelors: companies that hire physics majors
- Career Advancement: career advising and planning
- Finding a Career: a bit of practical advise
- Educational Testing Service (ETS): concerning the GRE, TOEFL, etc.
Every spring the department hosts a "Grad School Forum." This event, lead by a member of the department's academic staff, offers advice on things such as the following:
- Should you pursue a master's degree or a Ph.D.?
- How to choose the right graduate school.
- How to prepare your application for graduate school.
- How to prepare for the GRE.
Although the target audience is physics majors in the spring of their third year (or equivalent), all physics majors are welcome to attend. An announcement of the day and time of the grad school forum will be made in early-to-mid spring quarter and sent to the SPS listhost.
Every autumn quarter, the department offers an unofficial GRE preparation seminar called PHYS 990. This "course" is designed to be the final stage in a student's preparation for the annual November offering of the GRE subject test in physics. Typically, PHYS 990 consists of a partial review of some of the basic areas of physics usually covered on the exam, especially those subjects in which students tend to be weak or rusty. In addition to this review, students are also advised of certain tips and tricks that will help improve performance as well as 2 or 3 simulated practice exams. Details for the next offering of PHYS 990 is usually given at the Grad School Forum.