Hands On work (two weeks in February). Organization:
The students are grouped by 2. Two Hands-On subjects are attributed to each student. The attribution of the subjects is something we pay particular attention to. The objective is that everybody gets the subject he/she is the most interested in, and we want to take into account the student¿s choice in the attribution of the subjects. However, fulfilling everybody¿s wishes may turn out to be something tricky. The following method is used:
1. The list of available subjects, together with a short description of the scientific content of each subject and the number of students it can take is
sent to the students.
2. Each student sends back the list of subjects with a ranking, corresponding to the priority they give to each subject. The ranking has tobe done for
the full list of subjects, not only indicate top 2 or 3 subjects.
3. We prepare the distribution of subjects among the students. We will pay a particular attention to take into account the student¿s wishes, but again, we don¿t guaranty everybody will be given his top 1 or 2 subjects. The groups of 2 students will be formed here, based on the subject priority list of each student. We release the table of attribution of subjects. This table will also indicate the grouping of students (by 2). Swapping may then be requested.
4. The updated table indicating the attribution of subjects and the groups of 2 students and the groups of 2 students is released.
This assingment of the Hand-on experiments (steps 1 - 4) is carried out before they reach Cadarache so that they can get some familiarity with the topics in advance and start soon the work once the are in the laboratory.
The experiments are supervised by personnel of the laboratory and lecturers of the master participating in the event.