Theoretical Physics

close-up photo of mustard seeds.

Seeking students to work with Prof Surajit Sen on fundamental and applied problems in nonlinear and statistical physics, study of conflicts and battles, social systems and other topics to be crafted based on overlap of interest.

Project description

Prof Surajit Sen has broad interests that span fundamental and applied problems in nonlinear and statistical physics, study of conflicts and battles, social systems, etc. He came to UB in 1993. He enjoys teaching freshman level classes. He has published some 160 refereed papers, has a patent on acoustic detection of landmines, and has edited 4 volumes. He lectures widely on his work. His accomplishments have been recognized by his election as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2008) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012). He is also deeply interested in ways to effectively teach physics to the uninitiated.

Prof Sen enjoys working with students at all levels. He has mentored 17 PhD students, 3 MS students, advises 4 PhD currently and has mentored some 30+ undergrads over the years. Some of these students have gone on to become professors at MIT, Stanford, etc. One requirement for working in Professor Sen's group is to know some computing and some basic physics. Freshman, unless exceptionally well prepared, are typically not quite ready for much of the work done in the group. 

His current interests focus on the dynamical behavior of strongly nonlinear systems. Granular systems (eg., a bunch of solid spheres, sand and soil, sesame or mustard seeds, even nanoparticles, etc) and various solid and mushy systems remain the focus of his interests. His group uses various tools for studies, mostly simulation based but a few based on analytical theory as well (this is usually not possible for most systems). He also has some new found interests in modeling the behavior of animals, including human beings and in studying various learning processes for students at the school-college interface.

Research Project Information:
Projects are crafted based on overlap of interest and how doable the problems are.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment To be determined by student/mentor
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
Level of collaboration To be determined by student/mentor
Benefits Variable
Who is eligible All students
Goldwater and the National Science Foundation

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Surajit Sen

Professor

Physics

325 Fronczak Hall

Phone: (716) 645-6151

Email: sen@buffalo.edu

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Fulfilling Academic Major/Minor Requirements

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Preparation activities

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