The Committee is responsible for the operation of the courses in the 11X
sequence. The committee is charged with continuing to improve the
courses and making them a unified whole so that the students see a
coherent set of courses.
The committee is responsible for the overall syllabus of the Physics 121
course, the Physics 122 course, and the Physics 123 course, and for
assuring that the lecture, tutorial, and laboratory parts of the courses
work together. In the light of the changes that have been made in the
syllabus, the committee will need to carefully assess the laboratory and
tutorial sessions to assure that the changes have been appropriately
Again, with the advice of the instructors in the
sequence, the committee will be responsible for: 1) Overseeing general
laboratory policy; 2) Formulating examination and grading policy; 3)
Overseeing the maintenance of the course Web site and grading systems;
4) Setting up and coordinating with the instructors for each course; 5)
Advising the Chair on teaching assignments for the courses; and 6)
Overseeing the allocation of Teaching Assistant resources within the
The Committee screens, selects, and recruits students to be admitted to
the graduate program. It also assists with advising entering graduate
The individual in charge of aesthetics is responsible for planning, approving and implementing changes to improve the appearance and atmosphere of public areas in the Physics/Astronomy Building.
The ASE Advisor will serve as the designee of the Chair for issues
involving grievances and discipline or dismissal of ASEs, and will
consult with the Chair and the Graduate Committee on ASE issues as
The Committee selects the recipients of the Andersen, Boas, Dehmelt,
Henderson, Karrer, Miller, Higgs-Osborn and Weis Awards, and any other
student awards that may be offered. The Chair of the committee plans and
supervises the award ceremonies and the Annual Awards Dinner, and is
responsible for obtaining the award check certificates and providing the
names of the award winners to the webmaster so that they may be posted.
The CDO Advisor works with the Career Development Organization which is
the graduate student organization which assists the University of
Washington physics and astronomy students in their career advancement.
It organizes seminars and workshops specifically designed to focus on
issues of career advancement for scientists. In conjunction with the
Department of Physics, it annually hosts a Networking Day which brings
representatives from the broader science and technology based community
to the Department to interact with students in a one-on-one basis.
The faculty member responsible for
dealing with the chilled water systems monitors the functioning of the
systems with the assistance of the Building Manager, assists the users
of the system, and makes recommendations to the Chair as needed.
The colloquium organizers arrange for, advertise, and supervise the
weekly Colloquium. The organizer also arranges with the various groups
in the Department to share in the support of the speakers, provide
abstracts for weekly announcements, and manages the colloquium speakers'
The Committee is responsible for advising the Chair on ways to meet the
computing needs of the faculty, graduate students, and staff.
The Committee is responsible for general teaching assignments. It works
with the Graduate and Undergraduate Advisors, the Course Program
Assistant, and the Senior Lecturer to ensure that courses are correctly
scheduled and classrooms correctly assigned by the University.
The Committee is responsible for the Department of Physics activities in
the University's Development Campaign. The Committee works with the
Chair to develop the Department's goals and contacts, and to help with
events in which the Department pursues those goals.
The Committee is charged with advising the Chair and the Department on:
- The recruitment and retention of women and minority faculty and students; and
- Steps needed to ensure that the Department provide an atmosphere in
which all members are encouraged and enabled to be highly productive
professionally while balancing the demands of family and career.
The Committee is responsible for the Blair outing to introduce new
graduate students to the Department and the Northwest. It works with the
Physics Graduate Student Council in organizing the Final Friday Flings
and advises on the Spring Barbecue.
The committee is also
responsible for the Recruitment Weekend, with the assistance of chair of
the Admissions Committee and the Graduate Program Assistant. This
weekend has been the central element in our successful recruitment
drives for the last few years.
The Committee prepares, administers, and grades the written Qualifying
Examination. After considering all available information, including
course grades and faculty letters, it prepares a proposed list of
students deemed to have satisfied the examination requirement for the
Ph.D. and a list of students deemed to have partially satisfied the
examination requirement. It also prepares a proposal as to whether
another attempt is to be allowed for those students determined to have
failed the examination. These decisions are submitted to a committee
consisting of the Graduate Program Coordinator, the Associate Chair for
Graduate Affairs, and the Department Chair for their concurrence.
committee should move toward implementing a system in which there is a
collection of questions (from previous exams, or other sources) from
which the committee will compose the exams. The goal is to significantly
reduce the work load of the Examination Committee.
student members are responsible for participating in discussions and
decisions about general policy, but not in the preparation and
administration of the examination. Nor are they to participate in the
discussions and decisions about individual graduate students.
The Committee advises the Chair on Departmental policies, program,
search priorities, and budget. It reviews recommended faculty actions,
including all faculty appointments, prior to faculty action. The
Committee advises the Chair on raises for Professors and Research
The Committee is responsible for the review and development of general
education courses, courses for teachers, and special courses for
undergraduates. This includes Physics 110, 205, 207, 208, 210-2, and
214-6. In addition, the committee is responsible for Physics 405-413.
The individual in charge of the Giessen exchange serves to coordinate on
behalf of the Department with Giessen University in Giessen and the
Insternational Student Office.
The Committee is chaired by the Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs and
has overall responsibility for the Graduate Program and has the
Graduate Program Coordinator as Vice Chair. The Committee is responsible
for evaluating the graduate curriculum and advising process on a
regular basis. Changes to the program are recommended to the Executive
Committee and the Department. The Committee is responsible for advising
graduate students until the students are established with research
supervisors. The Committee works with the Graduate Coordinator to deal
with specific issues that may arise.
The Committee works with the
Senior Lecturer to establish policies for recruiting and assigning
teaching assistants and readers to courses. In addition it will monitor
Department policies for all ASEs and assure compliance with the terms of
the GSEAC/UAW Contract. The Committee will advise the Department
Faculty, the Executive Committee, and the Chair on policies and
procedures needed to comply with the Contract. It will review the
aspects of the Departmental Web page dealing with the ASEs, and make
recommendations for improving it.
|Graduate Program Coordinator:|
The Coordinator carries out duties defined by the Graduate School and
functions as liaison with the Graduate School. The Coordinator serves as
the first line of communication with graduate students, collects each
student's annual record of activities, monitors the students' progress,
is responsible for the annual report on graduate student performance and
degrees granted, and supervises the Graduate Program Assistant.
The Committee manages the collegial teaching evaluations. The Committee
also monitors the quality of the evaluations, and recommends changes to
the Chair. The Chair of the Committee works with the various Committees
involved in teaching assignments.
The Library Committee works with the head of the Physics/Astronomy
Library to maintain and improve the library collection and services, and
advises the head of the Library when reductions in the collection are
The Majors Committee establishes and reviews the majors undergraduate
curriculum. It is responsible for the review and development of the
majors curriculum, provides for and monitors advising/mentoring of
The Physics Graduate Student Council is elected by the graduate students to express and support their ideas in the department.
|Professional Masters Program:|
The Committee is responsible for the review, development and
coordination of the Professional Master's Degree Program in Applied Physics.
The Committee is chaired by the MS Program Coordinator who is in charge
of the admission of students to the Program with the concurrence of the
Graduate Program Coordinator.
|Research Experience for Undergraduates:|
Each summer the Department recruits students from around the country for
a program which provides the participants with research experience in
the various laboratories in the Department.
REU Program Web Site
|Safety and Security:|
The Committee is responsible for maintaining a safe working environment
and insuring compliance with University and Federal safety rules.
Specific concerns include: cryogenics, hazardous materials and waste,
radiation, and electrical and workshop safety. The Committee provides
recommendations to the Chair for measures to protect the security of
both personnel and property.
See the Safety page for forms and information.
|Society of Physics Students Advisor:|
The Society of Physics Students is the undergraduate student organization
which organizes activities for the undergraduate physics majors
including meetings with colloquium speakers.
SPS Web Site
The Committee is responsible for curriculum, teaching assignments and
budget proposals for Summer Session courses. The Committee submits a
proposal for the next Summer early in each Autumn Quarter, and makes
teaching assignments early in the Winter Quarter.
The Teacher Education Advisor is the Department representative to the
College of Education, and advises students in the College of Education
interested in science teaching.
The Technical Services Liaison is responsible for advising the managers
of the Instrument Shop and the Electronics Shop on ways to meet the
needs of the faculty, graduate students, and staff. In addition the
individual is responsible for representing the needs of the shops to the
The Undergraduate Advisor serves in an individual capacity, supervising
the Undergraduate Program Assistant and advising individual students as
required. The Advisor also keeps track of University and various College
rules, makes recommendations to the Department Chair and the Majors
Committee as appropriate, and establishes standards for awarding credit
for physics courses taken elsewhere.