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Examples of Previous Year's Placements

Examples of Previous Year's Placements

Cavendish Host GroupProject
Outreach Development of the Cavendish Museum
Student helped with the redesign of the Cavendish Museum displays on the history of Astrophysics and X-ray Crystallography here in Cambridge. Project tasks included researching and then summarising the history and science behind the stories and the production of posters using powerpoint.
Surfaces, Microstructure and Fracture: Structure & Dynamics Group X-ray Diffraction
Students prepared and selected samples for studying using the X-ray diffraction method. Where X-ray patterns were suitable students then used computer software to analyse the data and identify the 3-d crystal structure.
Surfaces, Microstructure and Fracture: Surfaces Group Crystal Structures
Students in the surfaces group experience a mixture of activities including:
  • Modelling crystal structures using ball and stick models
  • Shadowing data taking
  • Computer data fitting
  • Writing summary report on the work of the lab and their experiences during the placement
Theory of Condensed Matter Work experience students are encouraged to talk to as many research students and postdocs as possible so that they find out what it is like to do research. Some time is usually spent each day with them discussing physics. These discussion might form the basis of a mini-literature review. Previous students have created a website on quantum information and attended some of the lectures in the Summer School held at the Cavendish.