My policy on advising undergraduate research
I encourage those students who may be interested in carrying out undergraduate
research projects (and feel that I may be able advise them) to discuss
the possibilities with me. There are certain principles which I follow in
- The informal work carried out will be well separated from formal work
carried out for a course - such as the Senior Project course. Work in
the Senior Project course will start with student assignment, and end
with the presentation. Work carried out earlier - during summer or the
previous semester - will not be a part of the Senior Project course.
- I try to select topics which will help the student to learn the
physics of a phenomena, and/or learn some methodology (usually some
numerical technique) which will be beneficial. Do not expect me to
put you on a problem associated with some detail of my research.
- You can suggest the problem yourself, but it must be about something
on which I can provide some guidance. My student projects generally
involve computer work; you can make learning scientific programming
to solve a particular problem a part of your aim.
- In all research projects I expect the student to follow a schedule,
and meet me at least twice a week so that we can discuss the progress.
The experience should be an enjoyable one, and if you think it will be
difficult for you to allocate a reasonable amount of time for the
project, maybe it is best to delay it to a later time. Always treat
your formal coursework with a higher priority.