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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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Using job-seeking skills in your grad school career (Podcast #6)

AmandaPalchak

Amanda Palchak is our guest this episode. She is a physics graduate student at the University of Southern Mississippi, and was a Society of Physics Students intern this past summer. Amanda worked on “Career Pathways”, a career resource for undergraduates, and will share her advice about how to get into TA and RA positions — and what they’re good for!

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Radio astronomy, instrumentation and the doctorate defense (Podcast #5)

Dr. Nicole Gugliucci, Radio Astronomer and Blogger ("The Noisy Astronomer")

Welcome to the GradschoolShopper podcast. In this episode, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci shares her experience as a PhD student in radio astronomy and explains the differences between astronomers and engineers working on instrumentation. She also describes what it feels like to present a dissertation, which she recently passed. (Congratulations, Nicole!)

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Scholarships and fellowships for graduate school

Picture courtesy 401K 2012 (flickr)

One of the biggest concerns people often have about graduate school is its cost. A student has to factor in tuition, living expenses, food, transportation, and books — all of which add up to a considerable amount.

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Advice to Students

The best thing you can do as an undergraduate or early graduate student is get as broad a training as possible, in both science and communications.
Communication skills are extremely important, especially to aspiring scientists. Scientific research is funded as a public good by the federal government and various institutions. To get this funding you must compete with many others who want the same funding.
— Dr. Fred Dylla, Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics, Podcast Episode #4

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