psocket wrote:I didn't apply to Indiana, but I did have the chance to talk to one of the professors last year who also used to be on the grad committee. He mentioned that the stipend looked low (around 14-15K), but that the cost of living is also fairly low there too. In my limited experience, looking at other profiles and based on my own acceptances, many programs seem to have similar stipend to cost-of-living ratios. Better students may get additional incentives, but at least for me this seems to be the case; this could be why Hawaii pays out 31K+, while Arizona and Indiana are closer to 15K.
As a side note, he also made the pitch while I was there that they have more telescope time per faculty at WIYN than the other partners, so that might be an added benefit to consider if you didn't already know.
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