Monday, March 25, 2013

Introductory Research Presentation

Dear Diary,

I gave my research presentation today to the group and it started as a disastor.  I misread the email that was announcing the meeting and showed up 18 minutes late (which I thought would be 12 minutes early).

After that, everything went ok.  I filled up the 30 minutes with what I'd done for my Master's degree, took some questions, and half of the people from the beginning were still there at the end!

Professor Burke will get back to me in a few days with a decision.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Decision to Join

Dear Diary, 

I can't help but be interested in what this group does.  Lots of people say that it's old physics and that I should only do it if I really want to, but I can't help but be interested by it.  I'm afraid I'll have to try to get into the group.

I told the Group Manager that I want to schedule the talk. The next meeting is in two weeks, so I'll have some time to prepare a 30 minute introductory mini-lecture on my previous research.

Monday, March 4, 2013

First Group Meeting

Dear Diary,

I went to my first group meeting today and got to meet everyone.  All of Professor Burke's students are really nice, but I don't know any of their names. I've decided to keep a low profile since graduate students are meant to be seen and not heard.

One of the post-docs, Miles, gave the first of a few talks on the renowned Density Matrix Renormalization Group (DMRG).  Apparently the method is a computational way to renormalize density matrices in a group and a really slick way to calculate things in one dimension.  I took good notes and will see if I can figure out what they mean as I go forward.