Graduate School:. Piled high Deep. Dr. Dara J. Norman. , Ph.D. Outline. Choosing Schools Applying After Acceptance Other: Outside Funding Concluding comments. Choosing Schools. is it? is/was there? is the scope of research done there? do current grads think of the school?
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Graduate School: Piled high Deep Dr. Dara J. Norman , Ph.D.
Outline • Choosing Schools • Applying • After Acceptance • Other: Outside Funding • Concluding comments
Choosing Schools is it? is/was there? is the scope of research done there? do current grads think of the school? is the funding situation? • Where • Who • What • What • What • Astronomy versus Physics and Astronomy • National Rankings • Mistake to overlook good small departments!!
Rank Sites • USNews Rankings for 2001 • www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/beyond/bcrank.htm • The 2000 National Doctoral Survey • http//server-mac.pas.rochester.edu/yigal/DeptNews/Gradrankings/gradrank.html
Applying • Internet Instructions • Detail Devils • Empieza Early
Applying • Many websites are very good! • But check both Department and Grad School pages • See checklists • Watch deadlines • Check where to send things • Numbers of copies
General Requirements • Applications to the Department • Applications to the Grad School • Fees • Official Transcripts • GRE scores – General and Physics • Recommendation Letters (who?) • Statements of Goals and Achievements • Other Stuff
After Acceptance • Ask (lots of) questions • Visit , Visit, VISIT!! • Talk to (several) current grad students • Oh, And Visit.
Some Good Questions • Are students treated like colleagues by faculty? • What is the quality of teaching for grad classes? • What are requirements/qualifiers like? • What is the teaching load? (required?) • How are funding sources? • How easy to work with professors you want? • What is the state of the facilities? (telescopes, computers, offices, tape drives, etc.) • How is student access to facilities?
More Good Questions • Is the pay really enough to live on? • Is it possible to take classes outside the dept? • Are there sources of advisors outside the dept & how easy is it to work with them (realistically)?
Other: Outside Funding • Grad fellowships & dissertation fellowships • Small money fellowships • Secrets of the Graduate School • Internships
Funding Sources • NSF • NASA • NRC • Professional Groups • Ex. AAS, AAUW • Private Organizations • Ex. www.Herzfndn.org , Smithsonian See www.fis.ncsu.edu/grad_fellows/
Are you sure you want to go to graduate school? X • Time • Money • Prestige Working in the field first may be one good way to be sure.
Lists of Jobs • AAS job register – www.aas.org • Physics and astronomy magazines • Professors and other advisors