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Unformatted text preview: 9/6/10 IndependentProjects ResearchProjects, GraduateSchool, & CareersinAstronomy Grading: Researchproposal DataAcquisiFon DataReducFon Analysis JournalStylePaper PresentaFon Archival 20% 5% 25% 25% 20% 5% ObservaFonal OutsideResearch 20% 20% 20% 15% 20% 5% 20% Variable Variable Variable 20% 5% Shortjournalstylepaperdescribingtheprojectshouldincludefollowing secFons(plusfigures,tables,andreferences): 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. IntroducFon ObservaFons ReducFons Analysis Summary GraduateSchool Admissions How,where,oddsofadmission GraduateSchool AstronomyGraduateSchoolsa[endedbysomerecentundergraduates Arizona MichiganState OhioState Colorado Wisconsin Florida (listisincomplete,justtheonesIremembero`and) LifeinGraduateSchool LifeaYerGraduateSchool AcademicCareers NonAdademicCareers AlternaFvestoGraduateSchool 1 9/6/10 CourtesyFredHamann CourtesyFredHamann RealiFesof Graduate Admissions: UFadmitstypically5outof~60applicants, ...someFmes2,someFmes10! ATypicalApplicaFon: A. Gradetranscripts. B. GRE(generalonly?probablyalsophysics) UFAvgs:750quanFtaFve,580verbal TotalgradstudentsinUFastroprogram~30 Limitedmostlybyfunds(&space) __________________________________________ _ Youmightnotgetyour1stchoice(oryour2ndor3rdor4th...) Therearemanygoodprograms!!Applytoarange: 1)Caltech,Harvard,Princeton,Arizona,Berkeley,SantaCruz,... 2)OhioState,Michigan,PennState,MIT,Wisconsin,Yale,(UF)... 3)PennState,Virginia,ChapelHill,ArizonaSt.,MichiganSt.,... 4)GeorgiaSt.,OhioUniversity,Oklahoma,Kentucky,StonyBrook... C. Le[ersofrecommendaFon. D. Personalstatement. Admissionscommi[eesweigheverything,subjecFvely. Le[erscancountmorethanyoumightprefer.Choose: 1)researchadvisors,2)highcontactfaculty,3)other supervisors ApplicaFonitemsCandDcansetyouapart. PersonalStatementOutline(Beconciseandformal): graduateprogram..." CourtesyFredHamann PersonalStatementOutline: CourtesyFredHamann "DearXXX,PleaseconsidermyapplicaFonforadmissionintoyour Careergoalsandreasonsforapplying.Thiscanbeverybrief: "MyintenFonistoobtainaPhDdegreeandpursuearesearch careerinastronomy." AstronomyrelatedorprofessionalacFviFes(clubs,publicoutreach, otherworkexperience,...thingsthatshowmoFvaFon) ExtenuaFngcircumstances?Flawsontranscript?Otherproblems? Givereasons:financial,illness,justnotfocusedearlyon,... DoNot: Defineyourselforinterestsnarrowly(unlessyou'reverysure) Talkaboutthemortheirstrengths(youcanbewrong) Discusscareerinterestsotherthanresearch (PhDgranFngprogramswantonlyresearchscienFsts) Overviewofacademichistory(degreesubjects,honors,transfers). Talkaboutyourstrengthsandexperience: { Researchexperience.(appendarFcles,abstracts,posters) Describeoverallprojectgoals&yourspecificrole. Givelifestylereasonsforapplying:"IlikesouthernCalifornia..." Givereasonswhyyouloveastronomy(nobodycares) Includehumor,poetryorpersonalanecdotes(Beconcise&formal) PracFcalexperience:soYware,hardware,observing...(bespecific) 2 9/6/10 LifeinGraduateSchool:FinancialSupport TypicalFundingSourcesforGraduateSchool: TeachingAssistantships TypicallymustTA1coursepersemester Fellowships Departmental/UniversityFellowships UsuallysimpleornoapplicaFon ExternalFellowships PresFgious RelaFvelymore$ RequireapplicaFonsimilartoforgraduateschool LifeinGraduateSchool:FinancialSupport Fellowshipstopossiblyapplyforasasenior: NaFonalScienceFoundaFonGraduateResearchFellowship Deadline:November10 Award: 3yearduraFon $30,000/yrsFpend $10,500waver $1,000oneFmetravelallowance NaFonalPhysicalScienceConsorFumFellowships HertzFoundaFonFellowships SorosFellowships(for"newAmericans") Formore,seeh[p://www.astro.washington.edu/grad/support.html andh[p://www.astro.ufl.edu/educaFon/graduate/financial_assistance.html WhatarecareeropFonsforanastronomystudent? Dependsonwhatyourhighestdegreeis,andhowyoudoofcourse,buthere aresomeexamplesforactualpeoplewithbackgroundsinastronomy. AcademicAstronomyJobs Universityprofessor(ateitherresearchorteachinguniversity) ResearchscienFstordataanalystatNaFonalLaborUniversity Planetariumdirector PublicOutreach Industry/Other WallStreetquanFtaFveanalyst HighSchoolTeacher Astronaut Aerospace Defense SciencePolicy GeneFcs/BioinformaFcs ManagementConsulFng Doctor,Lawyer(requireextradegreesofcourse) LifeAYerwards... AstrophysicsUndergradswithme(notincludingmyself): 1UniversityProfessors(1teachinguniversity) 1Aerospace 1MediaTechnologyProfessional 1InstrumentScienFstatGeminiTelescopes 2Unknown AstrophysicsGraduateStudentswithme(+/1year): 5Professors(3research,2teachinguniversity) 1ComputerGamingindustryProgrammer 1ResearchScienFst 1GeneFcsIndustryProgrammer 1ProjectManagerforNaFonalPostdoctoralAssociaFon 1M.D.,Psychiatry Keepanopenmind! Lookatwww.aas.orgunderCareerServices(NonAcadamicAstronomersNetwork)for moreexamples. 3 9/6/10 M13withRHO30" 12 Stetson Standards 14 V 16 18 12 R > 300 pix 0.5 error 1.0 14 V 16 18 0.5 0.0 0.5 VI 1.0 1.5 2.0 ProjectswithSco[Fleming 1.MulFband,relaFvephotometricFmeseriesfollowupofeclipsingbinaries.Wewilluse theseobservaFonscombinedwithDopplerRVmeasurementstoexplorethemassradius relaFonshipofKandMdwarfs. 2.RelaFveFmeseriesphotometryofRVvariablegiantstarsintheMARVELSsurvey.Wewill studytheRVvariabilityandphotometricvariability(usuallycausedbylargescaleradial pulsaFons)toexplorethatbehavioringiantstarsacrossarangeofeffecFvetemperatures. 3.SEDmodellingofMARVELSstars.WewilluseB,V,R,Iphotometrycombinedwith2MASS J,H,KphotometrytostudytheSED'sofinteresFngstarsthathavelowresspectraand/orFme seriesDopplermeasurementsinMARVELS.[RequiresalotofcalibraFon,difficultinsingle semester.] 4.IntensivemonitoringoftheextrasolarplanethoststarET1(aplanetdiscoveredhereatUF in2006).Byobservingmanyepochsofphotometry,wewillsearchforperiodicityofthe starspotstocheckforplanetstarinteracFons.[Lotofobserving.] 5.LightcurvefollowupofKeplerRRLyraestars(maybe). 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