…and What Do You Want? (AKA Survey Says, Part 2)

Last week we took a look at some of the results of the GradSchoolShopper survey you (or anyway, 100 people like you) took time to fill out at the 2013 APS March Meeting in Baltimore.  In case you missed the first installment, you might want to click over and take a look at Part 1 (Who Are You?).Anywho, last week we put the spotlight on your general academic goals and online habits.  This week, let’s take a look at where you see yourselves going in the Physical Sciences and how you plan to get there.

To start with, we asked you what kind of content you’d like to see posted up here on students.gradschoolshopper.com.  In other words, are we on the right track?  Here’s what you said:

What kind of GradSchoolShopper content do you want to see?

So you say you want more contributions from faculty and other students who’ve been where you’re going?  Okay!  We can get on board with that.  (And if you’re a student or faculty member who has something to share, drop us a line! We’d love to hear from you.)

Now what about particular topics that interest you in the physical world?

We found that, in order from most to least, the largest number of you expressed interest in these topics:

  • Applied Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Nano Science/Technology
  • Biophysics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Experimental Phsyics
  • Astrophysics
  • Computational Physics
  • Optics

Of course, these are only nine out of 40 choices.  But they are by far the most popular.  What do you think?

Finally we wanted to know what tools YOU are using to find a graduate program that’s right for you.  Well, we asked, and you answered, and we will take a look at what we discovered… next week.

Tune in then!

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The first year of grad school is really hard. Instead of spending time thinking about whether or not you should be in Grad School, spend that time doing your homework. Then after your first year you can think about whether you really want to be there. — Kendra Redmond, Program Coordinator and Assistant Editor, Society of Physics Students, Podcast Episode #1

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