Will the Summer be required?

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Will the Summer be required?

Postby wentrbjdr » Fri May 22, 2009 11:54 pm

I've been trying to find this info on various grad school pages and I can't figure it out:
In general, is it required to remain on campus and do research every summer you are in grad school?

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Re: Will the Summer be required?

Postby excel » Sat May 23, 2009 12:30 am

In general, no. In fact, several graduate programs may offer TA/RA/ fellowship covering 9 months, so you would have to arrange something on-campus or off-campus for the summer. However, specific situations may differ. For example, I have a 12-month fellowship and am expected to work in my lab during the summer (which I want to anyway) but may take off for a week with my PI's blessings.

Many things in graduate school are by arrangement between the graduate student and the PI, and this likely applies to your question as well.

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Re: Will the Summer be required?

Postby dlenmn » Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:11 pm

In general, I don't think you're required to be there, but -- from what I've seen -- almost everyone is (getting a summer RA around here is super easy, even for theory students). It helps with that whole graduating in a reasonable amount of time thing. Also, if you're doing experiment, your advisor probably wants you in the lab.

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