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decreased number of slots

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:02 pm
by mrfotih
There are rumors circulating that this year most public schools issuing lesser number of offers than the last year.
Do you think it is true?

Re: decreased number of slots

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:20 am
by TakeruK
In my current program (not a public school even), there was definitely fewer offers made this year--the profs even commented on it. They said it was due to a combination of a larger than average incoming class in the last few years and the uncertainty of NASA funding towards the planetary sciences in coming years. So I know it's true in my program at least! Since more money did end up being allocated towards planetary sciences this year after all, one might speculate that next year's class will be large again (in my program anyhow).

Re: decreased number of slots

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:34 am
by bfollinprm
Probably true here, though no one has officially said that. But that's because we had a larger-than-anticipated class last year by about 35%.

Re: decreased number of slots

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:57 pm
by bfollinprm
If I had to guess this will probably disproportionately affect international students.

Re: decreased number of slots

Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:47 am
by drunkphysics
I've gotten at least two responses so far that indicate a smaller number of acceptances than previous years, one due to limited budget. Looks like in 10 years physics will be just another common major. which might not be a bad thing? except less pay. which is bad.

Re: decreased number of slots

Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:36 pm
by TakeruK
drunkphysics wrote:I've gotten at least two responses so far that indicate a smaller number of acceptances than previous years, one due to limited budget. Looks like in 10 years physics will be just another common major. which might not be a bad thing? except less pay. which is bad.


While you are right in that if schools feel that there are so many people interested in physics, they can get away with paying students less and they would still want to do physics, then sure, there will be less pay. But really, grad students now don't get paid that much anyways, so I don't think it will be a significant factor.

On the other hand, increased interest in physics is good for all of us. It might even mean more funding and public interest in physics so that the amount of money available to fund grad students grow with the increasing number of physics grad students. If not, then at some point, the low availability of funds will make people less interested in physics and the number of grad students might decrease again. I believe in the power of the market to balance things out :P