We have talked a number of times on here about NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs. But what if you want to stay at your undergraduate institution for the summer doing research? You know that professors are doing research and working with other students, but how do you get involved? Here are some ideas [...]
If you are a sophomore or junior undergraduate, you might be considering participating in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program. We have some advice about how to apply for these programs and find the ideal summer research opportunity for you.
Many believe that if you care about astronomy there are few other options besides graduate school and ultimately academia. My hope for this post is to unseat that misconception and maybe alleviate some of the pain that comes with choosing an alternate course. Here, I focus on job opportunities that are available right after college. Some are stepping stones into graduate school while others are careers in themselves. I’ve talked extensively with people in each field, all of whom entered with only a bachelor’s degree and found themselves in a job they loved. In the end, there are more options than you might think!
We present responses from more than 400 Astrobites readers to our survey regarding the letter that has been the subject of recent controversy. What do you think this says about the graduate student expereince?
For many of you, this September may be a time when, in addition to enjoying the autumnal crunch of leaves underfoot, you begin seriously to consider graduate school in astronomy. Most application deadlines are in late December or early January, so perhaps the more enterprising folks have even begun to draft essays that tread the [...]