Is stony brook a good enough school?

kap09c
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Is stony brook a good enough school?

Postby kap09c » Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:00 pm

I was accepted for theory. I was wondering if Stony Brook is a good enough school to end up with a career in academia one day. What are your thoughts?

r4ve
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Re: Is stony brook a good enough school?

Postby r4ve » Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:44 pm

isnt stony brook known for theory? im pretty sure theyre like top notch for stuff like string theory or theoretical particle physics

kap09c
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Re: Is stony brook a good enough school?

Postby kap09c » Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:41 pm

r4ve wrote:isnt stony brook known for theory? im pretty sure theyre like top notch for stuff like string theory or theoretical particle physics



It is good for theory but it's not "prestigious". I've never seen any profs with a PhD from there so I'm worried that it might be career ending. Hopefully you're right!

photomagnetic
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Re: Is stony brook a good enough school?

Postby photomagnetic » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:26 pm

career ending? eh

TakeruK
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Re: Is stony brook a good enough school?

Postby TakeruK » Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:23 pm

Here is their alumni list: http://www.physics.sunysb.edu/Physics/a ... umni.shtml (use the years on the left side navigation bar). I think the most efficient way would be to go back to e.g. 2000 to 2005 and google all of their graduates' names and see where their PhDs end up 10-15 years after graduation.

tsymmetry
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Re: Is stony brook a good enough school?

Postby tsymmetry » Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:04 pm

Shoucheng Zhang went to Stonybrook. He is one of top condensed matter theorists in the world. He was nominated for the 2013 fundamental physics prize.

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Re: Is stony brook a good enough school?

Postby bfollinprm » Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:49 pm

Statistically, no school is good enough to end up with a career in theoretical physics.

Stony Brook will do as well as any other school in preparing you for the lottery that is post-doc and faculty appointments.




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