Who Are You? (AKA Survey Says, Part 1)

We met a lot of you at the APS March Meeting last month.  Dozens and dozens of you. And, not being ones to miss an opportunity to gather data, we took advantage.

Of course we like to keep things fair, too, so everyone who stopped by and filled out a Student Survey got a

Students being cool at APS March Meeting

GradSchoolShopper “swag bag.”  ‘Cuz we’re cool like that, and we know you are too.

Here’s some of what we learned about you:

First of all, we were pleased to discover that right around half of you (%51.1) are SPS members.  But that means half of you aren’t!  What are you waiting for?  Join — and if you don’t have an SPS chapter at your school, set one up!

Next, we asked you about your academic goals.  Here’s what you told us:

APS attendees had a variety of academic goals

And of course, we wanted to know a bit about your online habits:

Students overwhelmingly use Facebook. SHOCKER!

Lastly — at least for today — we were very interested in hearing your preferences for how you want to receive our updates, like the post you’re reading right now.  Here’s what we found.  Do you agree?  Comment below or contact us to let us know!

Live & in person… and if not in person, on Facebook! Shocker #2!

That’s it for this post, but we’re saving the most interesting info for next week’s installment.

What research specialties did your peers identify as most interesting in all of the Physical Sciences?

What’s most critical to you in your grad school search?

Which of the resources we provide do you think will help you the most?

Tune in next week and find out!

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Advice to Students

Apply to as many schools as you possibly can. Maintain your focus but cast a wide net in order to increase your choices when it comes time to accepting offers. Be sure to research the specific characteristics of each program, such as degree length, faculty, class sizes, fellowship opportunities, research specialties etc. as these factors may drastically influence your decision. — Crystal Bailey, Education and Careers Program Manager at the American Physical Society, Podcast Episode #2

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