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Physics Workshop

We are very excited that you have signed up for the Summer 2017 Physics workshop! We believe this program helps ease the transition to college while providing you with the resources necessary to succeed in your introductory physics courses this fall.  The skills we’ll work on will likely help in many of your other college classes as well.


ARRIVAL: Check-in will take place at Richmond Quadrangle in the Ellicott Complex on the North Campus from 1-5pm on Sunday, July 9th – enter “Richmond Quadrangle” (without numbers) into the Interactive Map for directions.  Staff from the program will be facilitating room assignments, keys, bedding, and dining card distribution.  Sheets, pillows, towels, and blankets will be provided.  Transport from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is by Taxi only.  The main airport taxi company is Buffalo Airport Taxi (, 1-800-551-9369).  The campus is only 10 minutes from the airport.


EARLY OR LATE ARRIVAL: If it is necessary for you to arrive at a different day or time, please notify Caitlin Hoekstra ( or 716-645-2711) by June 16th so that we can make special arrangements for you.  The Ellicott Area office in 123 Richmond Hall will be open from 8:30am until midnight.  If you arrive when the office is closed, please call 716-645-2011 to reach the residence hall staff member on duty.


SCHEDULE: Physics Schedule 2017


WHAT TO BRING: This preparatory program is a casual experience. Casual clothes are acceptable throughout the workshop.  In addition to clothes, you will need the following:

  • Laptop/tablet computer with wireless capability
  • Notebook for notes – both lecture and lab
  • Pens, pencils
  • A travel mug or water bottle
  • A personal fan (residence hall rooms are not air conditioned)
  • Medications

You should also bring items for your own personal comfort. We’ll provide all meals, but as dinner is at 5:30 each day snacks (or pizza money) for evening studying might be helpful.  There are also establishments on campus that sell coffee and tea.



1) You must activate your UBIT account before you arrive in order to access your HUB Student Center and UBLearns. Please follow the directions carefully on this website and let us know if you have any trouble accessing the HUB Student Center before you arrive:

2) Make sure you are prepared to use Microsoft Excel (included in Microsoft Office software) for spreadsheet creation.  If you do not already have Excel on your computer, free software downloads for Windows and Macintosh are available:




CHECK OUT: Check-out (returning keys, bedding, and dining cards) will take place from 5-7pm on Wednesday, July 12th. Transport to the airport will again be by taxi.  Students leaving campus at similar times may want to share a cab.


CONTACT INFORMATION: We can be reached by email for questions before and during the workshop.

Program Coordinator: Caitlin Hoekstra –, 716-645-2711

Faculty: Dr. John Cerne –