undergraduates

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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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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Friday links: the gender and enrollment gap

by Chris Crockett October 11, 2013

A recent New York Times article asks: why are there still so few women in science?  Despite growing awareness of a gender gap in the sciences and concerted efforts to support women and minorities to pursue careers in science, progress is slow. Cultural biases seem soaked deep in to the psyches of hiring committees. Even more […]

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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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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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Best Astronomy Undergraduate Programs?

by Kelle February 16, 2011

I have recently been in contact with a high school student who wants to pursue Astronomy and he’s got me thinking: What are the best undergraduate programs for budding astronomers? Sure, any place that offers a physics major will suffice. And the places with top-notch PhD programs are probably also gonna have top-notch undergrad programs. […]

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Introducing Astrobites

by Kelle February 11, 2011

I’ve linked to a couple things from astrobites recently and added them to our blogroll a couple days ago. It’s a blog run by astro grad students intended for astro-curious undergrads. (But I enjoy reading it as well!) Here’s their announcement from the AAS Newsletter. ASTROBITES: LITERATURE JOURNAL AND WEBLOG FOR UNDERGRADUATES Do you know […]

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