grad school

What was your REU experience?

by Guest July 24, 2013

This is a joint post between Astrobetter and Astrobites.  Nathan Sanders is a graduate student in the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University, and an author for Astrobites.  If I walk up and down the hallway of graduate student offices in my building and ask a dozen of my classmates to tell me how they […]

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The PhD Placement Project

by Chris Crockett June 28, 2013

If you’re considering whether or not grad school is for you, one question you might want answered is: what happens after I graduate? Will I have a job? Where do graduates of a particular program end up going? To that end, the Chronicle of Higher Education is starting a PhD Placement Project: We would like […]

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New on the wiki: astronomy degree programs

by Chris Crockett May 10, 2013

Inspired by a recent discussion on the Facebook Astronomers group, we’ve set up a new page on the wiki to provide prospective students with an overview of all the institutions that offer astronomy degrees.  Starting with data from the AAS, we’ve populated the page with a list of colleges including links to the appropriate departments and […]

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GRE Scores are an Obstacle to Diversity in Graduate Admissions

by Guest April 22, 2013

This guest post from Keivan Stassun originally appeared as a message on the aas_panchromatic email list. Keivan is a Professor of Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. In addition to researching star formation, Keivan is actively involved with several initiatives to engage minorities in astronomy and space sciences. The aas_panchromatic list is an online discussion forum sponsored […]

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Support Family Leave Policies for Grad Students and Postdocs

by Kelle December 21, 2011

In the interest of fully supporting the intellectual efforts of astronomy graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, Emily Freeland, Aaron Geller, Nick Murphy, Laura Trouille and the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy have created a petition to encourage the establishment of family leave policies by Astronomy Departments and Fellowship Committees. Widespread adoption […]

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Maps of Astronomy Programs

by Kelle August 29, 2011

Dimitri Veras, a postdoc at IoA-Cambridge, has created maps of Astronomy institutions in the US, Canada, and Australia. Mousing over the symbols reveals the number of majors and grad students in the department and the population of the city the department is located in. The symbol meanings are different on each map, but the primary […]

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Update on grad student unionizing

by Jane June 22, 2011

New developments over at NYU with larger potential impact:  an NLRB official says that grad students trying may actually be employees: In a decision issued last week, Elbert F. Tellem, acting director of the NLRB’s regional office in Manhattan, said the graduate assistants, practically speaking, have “a dual relationship” with the university that is “both academic […]

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New Blog: GradHacker

by Kelle June 14, 2011

There’s a new blog to add to the list of useful resources for grad students: GradHacker. Recent noteworthy posts have been on hacking your committee meetings, coming to grips with not knowing the answers anymore, and the dual-career job search. While it seems that the authors thus far are mainly in the humanities, the issues […]

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Career Advice on Cosmic Variance

by Kelle May 27, 2011

A couple weeks ago on Cosmic Variance, Sean asked his readers for advice for scientists interested in pursuing a non-academic track: Soliciting Advice: Non-Academic Careers for Ph.D.’s The comments are chock-full of great ideas. The couple things I take away are: The need for science policy folks is greater than I thought. (But are all […]

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Nature on PhD Overproduction

by Planck April 25, 2011
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The  journal Nature’s latest issue features The Future of the PhD as the provocative cover story. The Future of PhD special topic its own contents page, where you can see all of the articles in the series. Thankfully, few of these stories are behind the Nature paywall so they are all viewable online. They discuss […]

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