grad school

Information on graduate program requirements for the GRE [Wiki]

by Joanna Bridge August 8, 2018

Applying for graduate programs in astronomy can be an exciting but stressful time. Many programs in physics and astronomy require that you submit scores for both the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Physics GRE (PGRE) as part of your application package. As the season for grad school applications approaches, we want to draw […]

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Advice for joining a research group abroad [Wiki]

by Joanna Bridge June 13, 2018

The standard career path in astronomy often requires a lot of moving around – moving to attend graduate school, moving for a postdoc position, and often moving again at every career transition beyond that. As a result, astronomical research groups tend to be very culturally diverse. Smoothing the way for these transitions is important, particularly […]

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Astronomy graduate fellowship and gap year resources [Links][Wiki]

by Joanna Bridge May 11, 2018

Recently, the graduate-student run blog Astrobites posted some great information about graduate research fellowships, authored by Avery Schiff. Although it is not currently fellowship application season, this will be an excellent resource for graduate students looking for funding in the future. The Astrobites post complements the information we have on the AstroBetter wiki graduate funding page. […]

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Physics GRE Scores of Prize Postdoctoral Fellows in Astronomy

by Guest December 14, 2015

This is a guest post by Emily Levesque, Rachel Bezanson, and Grant Tremblay. Emily is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Rachel is a Hubble Fellow at the University of Arizona, and Grant is an Einstein Fellow at Yale. Their post below references this paper. Last week, AAS President Meg Urry issued an […]

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Grad School Application Help

by Danny Barringer December 2, 2015

Dear undergraduate aspiring astronomer, are you tired of bashing your head against a table trying to figure out which schools to apply to, or what to say in your personal statements? Advisors of said undergraduates, are you tired of your students bashing their respective heads against your respective desks? Well, to both groups, we say […]

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How to pursue an Astronomy Education Research PhD – Part 3

by Guest October 14, 2015

Alice Olmstead is currently a 6th-year astronomy graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her PhD thesis work focuses on professional development for physics and astronomy faculty. This is the third in a series of three guest posts on pursuing Astronomy Education Research as a graduate student in astronomy. The first post focuses […]

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How to pursue an Astronomy Education Research PhD – Part 2

by Guest October 7, 2015

Alice Olmstead is currently a 6th-year astronomy graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her PhD thesis work focuses on professional development for physics and astronomy faculty. This is the second in a series of three guest posts on pursuing Astronomy Education Research as a graduate student in astronomy. The first post focuses […]

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How to pursue an Astronomy Education Research PhD – Part 1

by Guest September 30, 2015

Alice Olmstead is currently a 6th-year astronomy graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her PhD thesis work focuses on professional development for physics and astronomy faculty. This is the first in a series of three guest posts on pursuing Astronomy Education Research as a graduate student in astronomy. The first post focuses […]

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Applying to Grad School

by Danny Barringer November 5, 2014

Now that November is upon us, it’s time for undergraduates thinking about grad school to begin the whole application process, if you have not done so already. For those of you looking for a little guidance or information, the AstroBetter Wiki has you covered with advice on what to do when scouting out programs, and […]

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Advice for Applying to Grad School in Astronomy?

by Jane November 4, 2013

On the AstroBetter Wiki, we’ve compiled advice about grad school in astronomy. What should a student know when deciding whether to apply? Where should she apply? What should she ask when visiting? We link to several informative pages, including my “So you want to go to grad school in astronomy?” page. There is also the […]

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