Deadline: April 6th, 2018
The Pravin K. Varma Teaching Internship Award for Physics students was established in 2010, by Professor Dr. Pravin K. Varma.
This honour is conferred on one senior undergraduate Physics student each year.
i. To honour and recognize the recipient for achievement in academics, and for their enthusiastic and active participation in the promotion of Physics in general.
ii. To provide the student, through a number of teaching and leadership opportunities. the chance to be mentored and develop teaching skills.
iii. To provide a service to the Physics Department through leadership of Physics related events.
The selected student shall:
i. Receive $1000.00 during the year of the award (given in two $500 installments)
ii. Have their name placed on a plaque prominently displayed in the Sir James Dunn building and receive certification at graduation time.
The Department Head shall decide, from time to time, what other leadership roles/responsibilities/positions the student shall hold.
Expectations of the Student
The student receiving the award will be expected to:
i. Provide academic leadership to fellow Physics students.
ii. Gain some teaching related experience
iii. Help organize activities related to the promotion /celebration of Physics/Physicists.
Academic Leadership Related Activities
It is expected that the student will display academic leadership not only within the various courses that they are taking, but also by participating in some of the following:
i. Help to organize SURF (Student University Research Fair) at Mount Allison University.
ii. Organize Physics promotional trips to and from local schools.
iii. Organize student/faculty research talks, seminars and workshops. This could be done in conjunction with the Physics Department, other departments, the Purdy Crawford Teaching center, external faculty, the Canadian Association of Physicists or other organizations.
iv. Organize and run a Physics Help Center
v. Find and implement creative ways of teaching a topic or aspect of Physics.
vi. Implement other innovative ideas/projects under their own initiative.
i. Help to develop an experiment or course module for one course.
ii. Do some teaching (one or two brief presentations in each term) in courses selected with the approval of the Head of the Physics Department.
The award recipient will be required to submit a brief report at the end of each term, outlining the completion of the accomplishments that the student had planned. Following the receipt of a satisfactory report, the University shall make the award money available to the student.
Students can submit an application form (in person to the Administrative Assistant) , or electronically by sending to firstname.lastname@example.org. The form is available on the departmental website (see link below), or as hard copy in the main Physics office (Dunn room 230). Students may also be nominated by faculty or fellow students. Applications are due on April 6th, 2017
Announcement of the Winner of the Award
The Physics department expects to select and announce the recipient of the award before convocation every year.