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New Mexico State University
Department of Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

4CS + TSAPS 2016 | program

The meeting will begin Friday, October 21, 8:00am and close Saturday, October 22, 4:00pm.


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On-Site Registration / Pick-Up of Conference Material

+ Thursday, October 20, 3-6pm, Convention Center
+ Friday, October 21, 7am - 5pm, Convention Center
+ Saturday, October 22, 7am - 2pm, Convention Center


guidelines for Poster Presenters

  • Posters should be designed to fit within the confines of a 4-feet high and 8-feet wide posterboard, and they should consist of material that can be mounted easily with push pins. Push pins will be provided at the meeting.
  • Posters can be put up any time on Friday morning and they can stay up until Saturday around noon. Posters will be mounted on the posterboards set up in Exhibit Hall 1 of the Convention Center, using the numbering provided in the abstract booklet.
  • The actual poster session is scheduled on Friday, October 21, from 4:12 to 6:00 pm. During that period, presenters are asked to be available at their poster for discussion.


guidelines for Speakers

  • Locate your talk in the abstract booklet or the online program on the APS website and identify your session location and talk time.
  • Try to arrive at your session 10 minutes early to setup and introduce yourself to the Session Chair, and upload your presentation onto the laptop provided in the meeting room. If your presentation contains animations, movie or videos, make sure that those are either embedded or those files are uploaded separately.
  • Please stop when signaled by the Chair of the Session to do so.
  • Contributed talks are scheduled for 10 minutes plus 2 minutes of discussion, invited talks (in parallel sessions) are scheduled for 20 minutes plus 4 minutes of discussion, and plenary talks are scheduled for 30 minutes plus 6 minutes of discussion.


guidelines for Session Chairs

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes early to the start of the session, locate speakers and urge them to upload the presentations to the laptop in your session.
  • At the start of the session, briefly introduce yourself and explain the timing system to the audience.
  • Start the session on time; announce each abstract and author(s), inquire whether the presentation is given by a student (graduate or undergraduate) who wants to compete for a student award.
  • A timer will be provided in each session room. Adhere to the time schedule listed in the program so that simultaneous sessions are as closely synchronized as possible. Speakers must be asked to stop when their allotted time is up in a courteous but firm manner.
  • If any problems arise during the session, immediately contact the local support at the meeting.



  • ~12 awards for the best student talks. Separate awards will be given for undergraduate and graduate presentations.
  • ~6 awards for the best student posters
  • The Texas Section of the APS will announce the winners of the 2016 Robert S. Hyer Awards, one for outstanding undergraduate and one for outstanding graduate research, at the meeting.
  • Student participants will select an award for the best non-student talk at the meeting.