Upsilon Lab is a department-sponsored organization at UCLA in the Physics & Astronomy Department. We are undergraduates in the department whose mission is to provide other physics, biophysics, and astrophysics majors the opportunity to learn valuable skills to succeed in their future endeavors, whether in research, engineering, or other fields.
Applications for 2017-2018 are now closed. Please ensure you submit the new Form S to apply for Fall 2018.
Our 2017-2018 Projects
- Pilot Waves with Prof. Putterman
- PID with Microcontroller
- Efficient Electricity Generation via Novel Methods
- Quantum Computer Noise Reduction with Prof. Jiang
- Data Analysis with Prof. Mehta
- High Speed Camera for Plasma Lab with Raspberry Pi with Prof. Carter
- Cyclotron Motion Simulation
- Elementary Particle Detection with Prof. Whitehorn
- Solar Batteries & Charging Analysis
Per Section 11 of the Constitution, Upsilon Lab projects will not be operating during Summer 2018, but all projects will continue through the fall. Ask your team manager or contact us if you have questions or concerns on this matter.
Jacob’s LaTeX Workshop & Mixer was a great success!
Twenty-six attendees enjoyed a LaTeX workshop, manager presentations, and a mixer over delicious In-N-Out!
May 10, 2018, from 6-8 PM, in PAB 1-434, Upsilon Lab is hosting a LaTeX Workshop, presented by one of our very own Founder-Presidents, Jacob Saret, followed by a mixer with our managers and members!
Free food will be provided! Please let us know how likely you are to attend so we know how much food to order using this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/5Agclt0CoqeC1gWN2
Jacob will be teaching us how to get started in LaTeX, a programming language widely used throughout academia for typesetting beautiful documents of all types. Of course, he will be divulging some handy tips and tricks you might not find even after years of using LaTeX!
This workshop will be followed by a mixer! The Mixer will include short presentations by our Upsilon Lab Managers about their teams’ projects and their progress throughout the year, and be followed by an open floor to ask questions and mingle with a diverse group of members, managers, and presidents alike to learn more about what it’s like to be involved in Upsilon Lab from a multitude of perspectives.
Everyone is encouraged to attend, whether or not they’re involved in Upsilon Lab. In fact, if you haven’t yet had a chance to join Upsilon Lab, you can take this as an opportunity to learn more about the variety of projects our members are currently working on!
The slides he used (with a minor update) and the companion guide is available on our LaTeX Skill Guides page.
Kayla’s EAGLE Workshop was a great success!
Engineers and AMO Physicists use this software tool all the time!
What is it?
It’s called EAGLE!
Eagle is a printed-circuit board (PCB) design software that physicists and engineers alike use to create their own circuitboards on the computer for printing for research and applications purposes!
Want to learn how to use EAGLE? Then please join us Monday, April 23, 6-8 pm at PAB 1-434 as our very own Kayla Rodriguez, fourth year undergraduate using EAGLE in her research, gives an Upsilon Lab Workshop on how to get started with EAGLE!
All our workshops are open to all students, whether or not you’re involved with Upsilon Lab.
Kayla Rodriguez is an independent author and presenter. A guide version of her presentation is now available on the EAGLE Skill Guides page.
New Skill Guides are posted!
These are adding to our first round of Skill Guides from Winter 2018.
- Reading a Research Paper
- Introduction to Python for Mac (Windows and others coming soon)
- Getting Started at the Machine Shop
- LabVIEW Resources & Examples (Basics coming soon)
More guides you can expect in the near future:
- Working with Arduino
- and more!
Winter 2018 Quarterly Report
Every quarter, we publish a Quarterly Report summarizing the activities of Upsilon Lab and- most importantly- project progress summaries. It is an excellent read whether you are a current or prospective manager or member!