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9/15/07 7:54 PM
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So, I'm starting my third year of undergrad, majoring in Chemical Physics and Mathematics. Right now, I'm trying to decide what to do after graduation. I'm leaning towards grad school in math, with physics somewhat further behind. If there are any math grad students, could you give me any tips in looking for, applying to and selecting a grad school? Actually any grad student's reply would be very welcome!
9/15/07 8:13 PM
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Yeah, talk with your professors. THey will know your interests, your application strength, and know which schools lines up with that.
9/16/07 8:06 AM
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Academia is the goal.
9/16/07 3:53 PM
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If you're applied math, you can also go to school in chemistry or materials science But if you're pure math, nobody will know better than your professors.
9/17/07 10:06 PM
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Thanks for the tips, guys! I'm really torn over applied/pure math; I could go for either, really. I will definitely start talking to profs/advisors about this all; I'm just trying to collect my thoughts right now on the subject.
9/22/07 8:43 PM
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i am a math grad student. do not do it.
9/28/07 2:11 AM
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Alabama Man, tell us more!
9/29/07 11:13 PM
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10/5/07 11:19 PM
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why not to major in math. the biggest reason is pure math= a giant circle jerk i.e. working on problems only you and ten other people in the world know or care about. if you want do problems the world cares about stay with physics( i have a masters in that also) or get the masters in math (functional analysis is helpful) and move to engineering or economics. i wish i would have done biomedical engineering.
10/8/07 12:35 AM
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Thanks!
10/9/07 5:07 PM
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I was a Math, Physics double major and went to grad school for Physics. The massive reason being that the part I liked the most, real and complex analysis might never make any difference to any thing in the real world.
10/9/07 7:37 PM
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I dunno, physics doesn't seem that much better. It's not like papers on 'many body Greens function' or 'Electronic Structure calculations using Dynamical Mean Field theory' are big difference makers in the world.
10/9/07 8:05 PM
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True true, hence experimental biophysics.
10/10/07 1:42 AM
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ASDF, you've done a lot of hiring...all other things being equal, would you think more highly of a math or physics major (assume for this scenario that the job isn't related to either).
10/11/07 11:14 PM
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Hey, thanks guys! I'm still quite torn here, but this helps!
6/9/08 8:17 AM
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you lucky maths gifted bastards
6/20/08 12:10 AM
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Alabama Man - why not to major in math.the biggest reason is pure math= a giant circle jerk i.e. working on problems only you and ten other people in the world know or care about. if you want do problems the world cares about stay with physics( i have a masters in that also) or get the masters in math (functional analysis is helpful) and move to engineering or economics.i wish i would have done biomedical engineering.


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