Decisions 2009

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Decisions 2009

Postby nathan12343 » Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:39 am

Might as well get this thread started. Can someone sticky this?

Just decided to go to UCSC astronomy & astrophysics. I'm really excited!

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby karan » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:14 am

Have decided to join Penn State in particle astrophysics group and I'm very excited :D

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby bryanwitha_y » Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:17 am

I'm stuck between Nuclear Physics at Yale and UIUC.

Yale has more money, a new locale (for me), more hands-on potential, and of course -- it has the name.

UIUC has a much more casual, more beautiful locale (better than New Haven), it's closer to home for me (been far away for the past 5 years), it has research more aimed towards my interests, the faculty seem much warmer, and it's got Blue Waters petascale supercomputer (I lean computational physics).

I dunno, to me, UIUC just doesn't have that *umph* with the name. Like it's a cop-out or something. Then again, I'm an IL high school graduate, and choosing UIUC for undergrad kind of was a cop-out back when.

Thoughts?

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby grae313 » Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:20 am

bryanwitha_y wrote:I'm stuck between Nuclear Physics at Yale and UIUC.

Yale has more money, a new locale (for me), more hands-on potential, and of course -- it has the name.

UIUC has a much more casual, more beautiful locale (better than New Haven), it's closer to home for me (been far away for the past 5 years), it has research more aimed towards my interests, the faculty seem much warmer, and it's got Blue Waters petascale supercomputer (I lean computational physics).

I dunno, to me, UIUC just doesn't have that *umph* with the name. Like it's a cop-out or something. Then again, I'm an IL high school graduate, and choosing UIUC for undergrad kind of was a cop-out back when.

Thoughts?


Depends on what physics you want to do, but if it's CM anything, UIUC kicks Yale's ass so hard it isn't even funny. Yale isn't that great in physics.

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby slugger » Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:21 am

UIUC over here.

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby bryanwitha_y » Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:45 am

grae313 wrote:Depends on what physics you want to do, but if it's CM anything, UIUC kicks Yale's ass so hard it isn't even funny. Yale isn't that great in physics.


Alas, I wish CM interested me, however I'm more into HEP's ugly niece - Medium Energy Physics. In that category, Yale is a bit higher ranked than UIUC (#5 and #8 respectively in US News rankings).

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby Helio » Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:32 pm

karan wrote:Have decided to join Penn State in particle astrophysics group and I'm very excited :D


good choice, I am not going to join that group
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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby spershog » Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:37 pm

My choice - UMD Condensed Matter

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby tshafer » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:26 pm

UNC-Chapel Hill Theory :D

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby a bucket » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:51 pm

spershog wrote:My choice - UMD Condensed Matter

Mine is UMD AMO. Did I see you at the open house btw?

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby G01 » Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:36 am

I decided on Boston University for CME!

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby Synthesize » Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:39 pm

Astronomy at University of Washington!!

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby PhysicsPdx » Sun Apr 05, 2009 11:26 am

University of New Hampshire! I just got back from visiting and it was amazing!!!

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby Helio » Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:29 pm

we have a winner.... University of Wisconsin Madison here I come

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby elzoido238 » Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:32 pm

Helio wrote:we have a winner.... University of Wisconsin Madison here I come


So how did you decide in the end?

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby Helio » Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:36 pm

elzoido238 wrote:
Helio wrote:we have a winner.... University of Wisconsin Madison here I come


So how did you decide in the end?


research mostly, the money was an issue, but as long as I can live of it and post doc chances are better then why worry about 50k in 5 years

the faculty actually also were interested in me as student... got 2 emails/phone calls + info that another person is really interested in working with me

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby metric » Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:48 pm

And UWisc-Madison it is! (IceCube & stuff)

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby Ren » Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:10 pm

Helio
Helio wrote:
research mostly, the money was an issue, but as long as I can live of it and post doc chances are better then why worry about 50k in 5 years

the faculty actually also were interested in me as student... got 2 emails/phone calls + info that another person is really interested in working with me


congrats on your decision Helio. Guess we're not going to the same school in the end.
but why do you say 50k in 5 yrs? Isn't UT 22K is per year? So that would amount to about 18K per academic year (9 months) ?

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby Helio » Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:06 pm

Ren wrote:Helio
Helio wrote:
research mostly, the money was an issue, but as long as I can live of it and post doc chances are better then why worry about 50k in 5 years

the faculty actually also were interested in me as student... got 2 emails/phone calls + info that another person is really interested in working with me


congrats on your decision Helio. Guess we're not going to the same school in the end.
but why do you say 50k in 5 yrs? Isn't UT 22K is per year? So that would amount to about 18K per academic year (9 months) ?


22k per 9 months and then summer which is another 6k, so in the roughly 10k difference

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby Ren » Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:15 pm

I thought they said 22K per year in the letter. And the stipend for last year is 17,700 per academic year according to this.

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby Helio » Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:33 pm

Ren wrote:I thought they said 22K per year in the letter. And the stipend for last year is 17,700 per academic year according to this.



I dunno it says " The Astronomy Department pays graduate students from $22,000 to 28,000 to first year" here http://www.as.utexas.edu/astronomy/educ ... onomy.html

The email says 22k per 12 months, but I am guessing that is only if you TA during the 9-month academic year because they don't know what you will do in the summer. My host said i would get paid somewhere around 1600 a month that with taxes etc. comes out 22, but I am was going by their estimate on that website.

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby elzoido238 » Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:37 pm

Helio wrote:
elzoido238 wrote:
Helio wrote:we have a winner.... University of Wisconsin Madison here I come


So how did you decide in the end?


research mostly, the money was an issue, but as long as I can live of it and post doc chances are better then why worry about 50k in 5 years

the faculty actually also were interested in me as student... got 2 emails/phone calls + info that another person is really interested in working with me


Glad to hear you didn't use the coin!

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby bryanwitha_y » Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:39 pm

So, what was everyone's reasoning behind their final decision? I'm sure this kind of information is most valuable to current and future undecided's.

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby dsperka » Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:36 pm

I picked Boston University. Really good experimental HEP group with a good mix of young professors who care about their students, and more senior professors who can write sweet letters. Also have good theorists, who I can work closely with on LHC. Also offered a fellowship for the first year. Also Boston is a safe, young, vibrant city.

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby G01 » Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:29 am

dsperka wrote:I picked Boston University. Really good experimental HEP group with a good mix of young professors who care about their students, and more senior professors who can write sweet letters. Also have good theorists, who I can work closely with on LHC. Also offered a fellowship for the first year. Also Boston is a safe, young, vibrant city.



I guess I'll be seeing you there dsperka!

I'm really excited about living in Boston as well. It's an amazing city.

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby dsperka » Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:16 pm

G01 wrote:
dsperka wrote:I picked Boston University. Really good experimental HEP group with a good mix of young professors who care about their students, and more senior professors who can write sweet letters. Also have good theorists, who I can work closely with on LHC. Also offered a fellowship for the first year. Also Boston is a safe, young, vibrant city.



I guess I'll be seeing you there dsperka!

I'm really excited about living in Boston as well. It's an amazing city.


Yes, and we will take it back from the Harvard and MIT kids. :twisted:

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby astrofan » Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:47 pm

You do realize that both MIT and Harvard are not in Boston, they are in Cambridge.

But I agree, I am sad that I will be leaving Boston.

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby dustdevil » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:18 pm

I am going to University of Michigan! (I notified UMass all of you crazy people so don't worry). To the credit of UMass I had an AWESOME visiting weekend, it just came down to research interest. Wow, I never thought I'd actually make a decision. I just thought I'd worry about it all weekend.

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby a bucket » Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:09 pm

dustdevil wrote:I am going to University of Michigan!

And I'll be leaving the University of Michigan!!!! Good riddance Ann Arbor!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby dustdevil » Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:07 pm

Yeah I'm terrified. Houston, TX -> Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I may have the biggest system shock ever.

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby bryanwitha_y » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:44 pm

It's official -- UIUC is the school for me. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

I'm sure this decision won't haunt me for the rest of my life :roll:

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby a bucket » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:34 am

bryanwitha_y wrote:I'm sure this decision won't haunt me for the rest of my life :roll:

Don't worry. We'll make sure it does... :twisted:

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby sterculus » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:27 am

I've decided to go to MIT. Anybody else on here headed there next year?

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby Argonic » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:39 am

Going to Rice...

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby babazula » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:51 am

guess i ll be going to Oxford, since I have no other choice :shock:

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby Argonic » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:56 am

babazula wrote:guess i ll be going to Oxford, since I have no other choice :shock:


You make it sound as if it was a terrible school :wink:

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby babazula » Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:35 am

Argonic wrote:
babazula wrote:guess i ll be going to Oxford, since I have no other choice :shock:


You make it sound as if it was a terrible school :wink:


It's not a terrible school of course, but i wanted to do my PhD in the US since I believe I spent too much time in England

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby cato88 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:38 pm

astrofan wrote:You do realize that both MIT and Harvard are not in Boston, they are in Cambridge.

But I agree, I am sad that I will be leaving Boston.


It is relevant that

Distance from MIT to Harvard 1.5 Miles
MIT to Boston University 1.0 Mile
Boston University to Harvard (1+1.5^2)^0,5

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby hoho » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:18 pm

woooooo Michigan!

Admissions gauntlet finished.

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby xudis149 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:24 pm

Texas A&M
Here I come

Phew :D

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby anerac » Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:53 pm

UCSC physics -- good surf and outdoor stuff!

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby MrKite » Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:03 pm

I ended up choosing U of Oregon over Penn State and U of Virginia. Cant wait to start! :mrgreen:

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby abeboparebop » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:24 pm

Berkeley!

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby nathan12343 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:36 pm

anerac wrote:UCSC physics -- good surf and outdoor stuff!


Banana slugs 4 life.

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby robertson » Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:40 am

sterculus wrote:I've decided to go to MIT. Anybody else on here headed there next year?


Hi future classmate! There was a lot people in the open house that wanted to come to MIT, but I don't know how many from this forum. Btw, I couldn't find you there :D
C u in a couple of months

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby kobayashi_maru » Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:23 pm

Going to Ohio State. Go Buckeyes!

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby sterculus » Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:25 pm

robertson wrote:Hi future classmate! There was a lot people in the open house that wanted to come to MIT, but I don't know how many from this forum. Btw, I couldn't find you there :D
C u in a couple of months

Yeah, the open house was pretty big. See you in the fall!

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby microbaby » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:39 pm

Brown!
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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby amit » Wed Apr 15, 2009 7:49 pm

UCSB here. Maybe I'll actually have time to get a tan in-between TAing and classes!

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Re: Decisions 2009

Postby dlenmn » Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:17 pm

Here's some info on the decisions of others that may interest people heading to Wisc.

Word is that, as of last week, Wisc had 41 commitments. No word on the final count. That is nuts. My (admittedly undersized) class was 23. I sense that many fewer engineers will have TA jobs in physics next year....




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