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Grad School - getting in, research, advisors, groups, etc.

Post by Scott Idem » Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:34 am

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What do you want from graduate school?

Post by huerta » Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:17 pm

So, what's your motivation? Do you want to be a professor/research scientist some day? Going because you're not sure what's next? Discuss why you decided to go to graduate school in astronomy.
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Outreach

Post by huerta » Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:33 pm

Outreach is a very satisfying way to get involved. I did a lot more in undergrad than in grad school - but we are fortunate that astronomy is a topic so many people find intrinsically interesting. So, reaching out to local schools or any sort of observatory public nights that your school does is I think often very rewarding.

Also, it's necessary. The bulk of astronomical research is funded by the american taxpayer; so reaching out and sharing our knowledge and understanding of the universe with the public is critical to seeing that their investment in astronomy is shared with non--scientists as well as amongst ourselves.

That said, remember that 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy in 2009; which should offer a whole range of activities to do outreach and let more people know about the science of astronomy.

http://astronomy2009.us/
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