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Nuclear Physics @ Central Michigan U (Podcast #8)

Redshaw, Wimmer, Perdikakis NSCL

Greetings from GradSchoolShopper headquarters! We recently talked with some of the folks at Central Michigan University’s graduate physics program about the very cool work they’re doing, and their proud collaboration with the National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab (soon to be the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams). Keep reading to find out what CMU can offer you as a student.

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Citizen science and astronomy career (Podcast #7)

Dr. Pamela Gay

Our special guest in this episode is Dr. Pamela Gay, an astronomer, educator and writer, the co-host of the weekly AstronomyCast, and a professor of astronomy at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. We will discuss her projects in open-source citizen science, and different aspects of an astronomy career.

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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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How to become a scientist (Podcast #4)

Dr. Fred Dylla, Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics

Welcome to the GradschoolShopper podcast. Ever wonder what it means to be a scientist? Dr. Fred Dylla, Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics shares his experience and explains what being a scientist is all about.

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Visit the campus you’re considering and talk to current graduate students there. You want to get a real sense of what their life is like and hear their honest feedback about the school. — Gary White, director of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma, Podcast Episode #3

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