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A guide to different grad programs

7 Jul 2017, 23:36 UTC
A guide to different grad programs
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IntroductionAs graduate admission season approaches, I thought I’d tackle a question that often comes up with prospective grad students: what types of grad programs should I consider?If you’re like me, you might feel like this when thinking about different types of grad programs. (Source: phys.org)This might sound like an easy question—you might think if you’re interested in astro, you should just apply for astronomy programs. But it’s often not that simple. There’s quite a lot of overlap between astronomy and physics departments—and sometimes other departments too! For example, exoplanet scientists might work in planetary/earth science departments, or people in applied math departments might study astrophysical fluid dynamics. Some astronomers even work in engineering departments!I didn’t know any of this when I was starting to apply for grad programs. I knew I wanted to do research in astronomy. But I’d spent my undergrad in a traditional physics department, and even the astrophysics professors in the department didn’t know as much about astronomy programs.So with the benefit of hindsight, here are some things that I wish I’d known back when I was applying to grad school:

The main differences between grad programs in astro, physics, math, and planetary sciences are the program ...

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