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Moving Forward with Materials Research

CEM Graduate Student Jennifer Soliz work in the lab. Credit: Center for Emergent Materials at The Ohio State University

CEM Graduate Student Jennifer Soliz work in the lab. Credit: Center for Emergent Materials at The Ohio State University

If you’re interested in materials research, which can range from improving medicine to advancing computer technology, consider one of the thirty Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers at universities across the country. The interdisciplinary focus of the centers means you interact with students across multiple fields including physics, chemistry and engineering.

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Physics Skills Keep Preemies Breathing

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Breathe! The quantitative research skills you pick up as a physical sciences student qualify you for even more than you think. Like improving medical procedures to make sure premature babies keep breathing.

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Boise State’s Growing Grad Programs

Students at the Will Hughes lab, Materials Science and Engineering

in Materials Science & Engineering

It only opened its doors in 2002, but Boise State University’s Material Science and Engineering (MSE) program has already grown into a grad program to be reckoned with.

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GradSchoolShopper Advice on the Use of the GRE

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The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has made a statement on the “Fair And Appropriate Use of GRE Scores,” and AIP’s GradSchoolShopper.com has some relevant advice for you students.

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Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joins Dark Matter Hunt

JinPing

China has joined Italy, the United States and Japan in the hunt for the elusive dark matter. The team, led by Dr. Xiangdong Ji, a physicist and Dean of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, has set up the deepest laboratory in the world, 2,500 meters under the marble mountain of JinPing in Sichuan province, in the southwest of China.

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Advice to Students

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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