I went to the Nuclear Physics Seminar-Extracting Hadron’s Partonic Structure from Lattice QCD Calculations from 3:30-4:30pm in the Physics Research Building. I went with one of my friends because she was also interested in this seminar. I was not the only undergraduate student, especially since I went with one of my other friends and I recognized some other people there as well that were undergraduate students. I felt a little intimidated, not by the people, but by the research and information being explained because it was really complex stuff and I am not extremely familiar with Nuclear Physics topics. Although the content was difficult to understand, I still learned some things like the Hadronic matrix elements with the possible operators, the different hadron structures (2D confined motion, 2D spatial imaging, Number density, and how certain hadron structures can be calculated in lattice QCD.
A lot of this I just took notes on and did not understand much. It was interesting learning about this and how in depth physics can go in and how there are so many different categories because I took a physics course in high school last year, but it was very dissimilar to this and easier. Overall, however, I did not understand much. It makes sense though because this was a high level seminar and I am only used to the basics of physics. Also, I am not that big of a fan of physics, so this is probably why I did not enjoy the seminar as much. I am not sure if this seminar met the expectations of research in my major because my major is Health Sciences, so it is obviously more health directed. This is very different from physics, so I feel like if it was a seminar with something similar to my major, I would understand and like it more. I think there is merit to being active in the academic community as an undergraduate student because it can help you figure out your future better and whether or not you are actually interested in that certain area to the extent that you think you are.
I definitely think it would help with networking because starting early and getting involved with things in your academic interest can help you meet people and that can lead to shadowing or interning opportunities that would be very beneficial to expand your academic interest. It is not a waste of time at all because besides learning more about the area you are academically interested in, it can help you find hobbies and make friends, which is really helpful for college. Next time I go to a seminar I hope to go to one that is more related to my field of interest, which is Health. I think going to a seminar focused on biology and learning more on depth would really interest me because I would always love learning in depth in that area in high school. Also, I would love a seminar focused on details of Optometry because I hope to go on the Pre-Optometry track in the future. The pictures below a are a picture of the room because I did not want to take one inside since there were people there and a poster outside of the PRB that talked about Ionization of Alkali Metals.