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Physics Bachelor Research Project
 

All Physics bachelor students carry out a Bachelor Research Project (BRP). During a ~5-month period covering almost half of the third year, it offers the first intense contact with state-of-the-art research. You will learn to define a scientific question, search for a method to address this question and apply this method to obtain more insight in the question raised. You will discuss your conclusions in a short scientific presentation and in a written bachelor research thesis.
More information on the Bachelor Research Project can be found in the e-prospectus 

General Information

After completion of the Bachelor Research Project you will be able to conduct innovative scientific research. This includes the first conception of a research subject, doing the research and reporting the conclusions in a scientifically fully sound way in written and oral form. The Bachelor Research Project also strengthens the development of behaviour-oriented soft skills, including independent thinking, the ability to find creative and original solutions and thereby enhance your auto-didactic abilities.

The assessment of the Bachelor Research project is based on 3 criteria which is described in detail in a rubric.

Research: Scientific Knowledge, Research Skills, Interaction & Independence, Level and Quality of Research, and Student motivation

Written thesis: Introduction and problem definition, Description of Methods, Results&Discussion and Scientific writing

Oral presentation: Contextualisation and delivery at appropriate academic level, Clarity, Style and Structure, and Handling questions.

Please find below an overview of the number of EC attributed to the various components of the Bachelor Research Project for the different study programmes.

Programme Research Thesis Presentation Total
Physics 20 3 1 24
Astronomy 18 3 1 22
Physics & Astronomy 20 3 1 24
Physics & Mathematics 24 - - 24
Astronomy & Mathematics 24 - - 24


Physics: the Bachelor Research Project has a total credit of 20 EC. The project is concluded with a Thesis (3 EC) and a Presentation (1 EC), which are credited separately. 

Physics & Astronomy: the Bachelor Research Project has a total credit of 20 EC. The research project is concluded with a Thesis (3 EC) and a Presentation (1 EC), which are credited separately. 

Physics & Mathematics: the Bachelor Research Project has a total credit of 24 EC. This includes a Bachelor's Thesis and a Presentation.

Roadmap

The Bachelor Research Project needs proper preparation and timing. In September, an introduction meeting is scheduled for third year bachelor's students, followed by a Bachelor Research Project preparation meeting in late November or early December. Make sure to attend those meetings, as all important details will be highlighted there.

Follow the steps below for the whole process of the Bachelor Research Project.

Before you start with your Bachelor Research Project, you need approval by the Physics study advisor. Students following a double bachelor's programme with Astronomy need approval from both study advisors.

Requirements for approval:

  • Succesful completion of both the first and second year of the bachelor's programme
  • Up to date Study Plan

Procedure for approval:

  1. Download the Bachelor Research Project Registration Form from the Forms section above. Make sure to use the appropriate registration form for your study programme.
  2. Complete section 1 of the registration form (student details).
  3. Ask the study advisor for approval, preferably directly after the BRP Preparation Meeting. You can also get approval later by appointment or by e-mail. Make sure to bring or attach your BRP Registration Form with section 1 completed.
  4. The study advisor will complete section 2 of your BRP Registration Form. If you meet all requirements you will get approval. If not, the study advisor will decide whether you will receive conditional approval, based on the number of ECs.

You cannot proceed to step 2 without (conditional) approval from the study advisor.

In the period November-December, you will choose the topic for your Bachelor Research Project.
You will be actively involved in an ongoing research program where you will investigate experimentally and quantitatively a related partial research question. Your contribution will involve running experiments, collecting, analyzing and interpreting data and presenting your results in a research thesis and a technical presentation and may involve co-defining the research question and determining the appropriate method. Appropriate projects in theoretical physics are possible for students pursuing a double Physics and Math degree. (for details see Bachelor Research Project Physics/Mathematics)

In November a Bachelor Research Project Fair will be organised in the Atrium of the Gorlaeus Building. At the BRP Fair, research groups open to students will present their work and themselves with poster presentations. You can talk to the groups and get inspired by their research and the projects they offer.

After the BRP Fair, the Bachelor Research Project coordinator will provide a list of all available projects on Blackboard. Consult the Bachelor Research Project course description in the e-Prospectus for details about the BRP coordinator and how to enroll in Blackboard.

Students following the double Physics and Astronomy bachelor's programmes may choose a project from either Physics or Astronomy.
For details see Bachelor Project Physics/Astronomy webpage
Astronomy projects with a focus on data analysis should address data collection, calibration and reduction and should demonstrate a technical understanding of the instrumentation involved. Even if you did not collect the data for your project yourself, you should clearly explain how this was done. Wherever possible, you are expected to dedicate a chapter of your final thesis to linking a physics topic to astronomy research and vice versa.

All Physics Bachelor Research Projects are carried out under supervision of a member of the scientific staff of LION. Each project on the list of available projects is connected to a supervisor.

Students following the double bachelor's programme and doing a Physics project need to have a second supervisor from Astronomy or Mathematics  who is ultimately responsible for approving the project (or a modified version thereof). Students doing an Astronomy project need to have a second supervisor from Physics (the student is responsible for finding this second supervisor from the Physics department).

 

You can only proceed to this step after (conditional) approval form the study advisor. 

After deciding on the topic of your choice, you have to register your project with the Physics Programme Coordinator using the Bachelor Research Project Registration Form. Please note that you are required to follow and complete all sections on the form in sequential order. To register your project, do the following:

  1. Contact the supervisor connected to the research project of your interest from the list provided by the BRP coordinator. If your potential supervisor confirms that you can work on the project, proceed with the registration.
  2. Include the details of your project in section 3 of the registration form.
  3. Place your signatures and those of your supervisor(s) in section 4 of the registration form.
  4. Get final approval with a signature of the BRP coordinator in section 4 of the registration form.1
  5. Hand in the fully completed and signed Bachelor Research Project Registration form to the Physics programme coordinator in room 202 of the Huygens buildingThe deadline for 2020 is January 17, 23.59h!
  6. The Physics programme coordinator will send the completed and signed BRP Registration Form to all people involved. In case of conditional approval, the study advisor(s) will check if you have met the requirements and if you are allowed to start your Bachelor Research Project. You will be informed soon after handing in the BRP Registration Form.

1For students following the double Physics and Astronomy bachelor's programmes, the project must also be approved by the Astronomy Bachelor Research Project coordinator. Students with a primary supervisor from Astronomy should have their project approved by the Physics Bachelor Research Project coordinator.

For practical matters and formal recording of your participation in the Bachelor Research Project, enrollment in the uSis and Blackboard systems is essential.

  1. Enroll for the Bachelor Research Project in uSis. Please note that the research, thesis and presentation are separate study activities. Make sure you enter the correct study activity number(s) for your project. For double bachelor's programmes, different study activity numbers are usedClick here for more information.
  2. Enroll for the Bachelor Research Project in Blackboard. The Bachelor Research Project coordinator will provide the name of the Blackboard course in the BRP preparation meeting. For double bachelor's programmes, different Blackboard courses are used.

Doing research

The Bachelor Research Project formally starts with a kick off meeting, in which the BRP coordinator will take you through all practical details of the Bachelor Research Project. See schedule 3rd year for the kick off meeting. 

The Bachelor Research Project Kick Off meeting is directly followed by a week of training in research skills, including for example project management, CV writing, science communication and a library workshop.

In the second week of February, you will get started with your Bachelor Research Project. Over the first weeks, start background reading on the research topic of your interest. Make an appointment with your supervisor(s) and schedule weekly meetings with them. Make sure you have a place to work, a functional computer account, etc. Also, plan the first steps of your research project.

By mid-February, you should be spending most of your time on your Bachelor Research Project. To structure your time, develop regular working habits. Do not perform your project in free or filler time. Consider it as a job!

 

1.The Physics Bachelor Research Project is concluded with a thesis. Do not put off writing your thesis until the last few weeks. Start writing parts of the work as you go along. Do not be afraid to ask for feedback from a colleague on your writing.

2.Thesis writing: LaTeX templates  

Your BSc thesis should have a front page with all administrative details as explained in the documentation below. The easiest and preferred way to comply with these requirements is to use the LaTeX template lion-msc. The template provides commands to so that it also works for our double bachelor students (Physics+Math, Physics+Astronomy).

Below are local versions of the PDF document that describes how the LaTeX template works and a ZIP file that contains all files necessary to use the LaTeX template. These files should either be installed in the same directory as your thesis file or in the local LaTeX directory.

    www.physics.leidenuniv.nl/~dood/lion-msc/lion-msc.pdf

    www.physics.leidenuniv.nl/~dood/lion-msc/lion-msc.zip

The package is also available through the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network (CTAN) and may be automatically installed in the future by some LaTeX distributions

           http://www.ctan.org/pkg/lion-msc

The document class is maintained by Michiel de Dood.  Comments, additions and improvements are most welcome. For those who want to contribute please use  lion-msc on github

            https://github.com/mdedood/lion-ms

3.While drafting your thesis you can consult tips for good academic writing.

4.Plagiarism; the writings and ideas of others form an important part of academic work. The work of others, however, must be clearly identifiable and distinguished from your original writings and ideas. Failure to properly acknowledge the work of others is plagiarism, whether or not you intended to represent the work as your own. All Physics bachelor's theses will be checked for plagiarism.Make sure you carefully read the University's regulations on plagiarism

To monitor the progress of the project a meeting is scheduled 14 weeks after the start of the project.
The student and supervisor will have a meeting to touch base and evaluate the three criteria of the project. These are the criteria mentioned in the rubric. Please use the first part of the Bachelor Research Project Assessment Form - Physics, Physics & Astronomy, Physics & Mathematics to document the progress. 

 

Finishing your Bachelor Research Project

Finishing your Bachelor Research Project

Presentation

The Bachelor project is completed with a presentation and a thesis. The presentation is a mandatory part of your graduation. The presentation includes your project work and is presented to your supervisor(s) and fellow bachelor students and guests you have invited. 

Your presentation will be announced on the Education webpage of Physics.  Please send the following details in advance to the Physics programme coordinator

  • date, time, location ( to be booked by the secretariat of the research group (or if needed by the programme coordinator )
  • title of the presentation
  • name of the research group 
  • name  (titles) of the supervisor (s)

 

Your thesis will be examined on plagiarism by your supervisor and you need to store your thesis in the  Leiden Thesis Repository .

 Before you follow the steps, please have a look at the following documents:

 

  • Log into the  Leiden Thesis Repository using your ULCN account 
  • Use the date that is mentioned on the grading and permission form (het beoordelings-en toestemmingsformulier) 
  • All theses from Physics, Physics & Mathematics are uploaded in the repository and are made public. NB: Theses from double students Physics & Astronomy are uploaded in the repository but are not made public (under embargo)
  • The permission for making a thesis public/non-public is confirmed by signing the permission form which is attached to the grading form. Please have a look under 'Bachelor Forms'

NB: The thesis upload is a prerequisite for obtaining your BSc diploma.

 

Upon completing your research project, your supervisor has to complete the Bachelor Research Project Assessment Form (all parts). When completed, the supervisor sends a digital copy to the Science Student Administration and to the Physics programme coordinator at onderwijscoordinator@physics.leidenuniv.nl Make sure to keep a copy of the form for your own administration.

Your Bachelor Research Project will be assessed by the supervisor(s) of your project, based on the assessment criteria mentioned in the General information section above.

Questions

If you have any questions about the contents of your Physics's diploma or about the graduation procedure and ceremony, please contact the Physics programme coordinator by email or in room 202 of the Huygens building.

 

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