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ADVICE FOR NEW STUDENTS

We presume that you, the reader, are contemplating entering the Department of Physics or have only recently begun Department classes, and we have structured this web page with that in mind. Of course, this does not apply to every visitor, and indeed, we expect that even beginning students will return here many times before they graduate. So skim the contents to get oriented and use the resources as they fit you best.

For the beginning student, the bullets below offer advice about how to get the most from the Department’s program that is focused on a physics career. Obviously this is not everything you need to know. For the rest you should make use of your instructors and Student Advisor.
STARTING OUT: STEPS ALONG THE WAY:
  • Outside Reading

  • Outside reading provides a context for the ideas that will be developed in your courses. Reading about physics is important since you will form questions as you read. When you take a class that answers these questions, your interest will already be developed so the concepts will become easier and you will retain them longer. The most important thing to know about outside reading is to “follow your interests”.For news of Science on the web try, the Physics Today Home Page.
  • Classes and Advising

  • Obviously you will want to do well in your course work. This is where the main content of your education lies. But you are not alone, and are not expected to do this alone. Consult your student advisor whenever you need. At present, Prof. Syed Dabir Hasan Rizvi is “Student Advisor” of the Department of Physics.
  • Professional Societies

  • Most disciplines have professional societies associated with them. Membership usually includes a subscription to the society journal. This is a very good place to get a feel for what is happening in your field. For Physics, the main Societies in Pakistan are.
  • Pakistan Physical Society (PPS)
  • Pakistan Society for Semiconductor Science and Technology (PS3T)
  • Pakistan Nuclear Society (PNS)
  • Pakistan Institute of Physics (PIP)
  • Khwarzimic Science Society (KSS)
  • The Science Association of Pakistan (SAP)
  • Pakistan Association for Advancement of Sciences (PAAS)
  • Pakistan Association of Scientists and Scientific Professions (PASSP)
  • Computer Society of Pakistan (CSP)
  • IEEE Karachi Section
  • Networkers' Society of Pakistan (NSP)
  • Knowledge Management Society of Pakistan (KMSP)
  • Pakistan Association for Science Education (PASE)
  • Pakistan Semiconductor Society (PSS)
  • Karachi Physics Society (KPS)
  • Scientific Society of Pakistan (SSP)
  • For Physics, the main Societies in all over world are:
  • American Institute of Physics
  • American Astronomical Society
  • American Physical Society
  • American Vacuum Society
  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Crystallographic Association
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Acoustical Society of America
  • Abdus Salam Centre, Trieste, Italy
  • Antenna and Propagation Society, USA
  • International Dielectric Society
  • European Physical Society
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Optical Society of America
  • New York Academy of Science, USA
  • The Institute of Physics, U.K
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Internships

  • Internships are gaining importance for the career minded student. Here is a place to gain practical and professional laboratory experience, to see physics applications in related fields and to get paid for doing it! Resources for internship information can be found at the following websites.
  • National Internship Program, Govt. of Pakistan
  • Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan Research Laboratories, Khauta
  • SUPARCO, Karachi
  • Pakistan Meteorological Department, Karachi
  • Sui Southern Gas Ltd., Karachi
  • Shell Pakistan Ltd., Karachi
  • Caltex Pakistan Ltd., Karachi
  • Pakistan State Oil, Karachi
  • Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi
  • KIRAN Hospital, Karachi
  • Pakistan Steel Mill, Karachi
  • Pakistan Machine Tool Factory, Karachi
  • ICI Pakistan Ltd., Karachi
  • KINPOE, Karachi
  • Know Yourself

  • What qualities make a good Physicist? Do you have these qualities? The answers to these questions cover both your interests and your abilities. Both of these are developing so the answer may be changing as you go through school. Conversations with your instructors and self examination are your two main windows into this realm.
  • Mentoring

  • An important part of your education should happen outside of the classroom. Your contact with professors and others in your field is one of your main sources of information about the professional life you will lead. You need this information both to help you achieve your educational goals, and to know how to set the professional goals that will guide you afterward. Finding a mentor, one instructor who takes an interest in your developing career, is the best thing to do early on. However, you can be just as successful by utilizing many sources. The important part is to get to know these people, and gather information from them about the life and values they have.