Have no idea what to do!

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lethal71
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Have no idea what to do!

Postby lethal71 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:21 pm

I am a freshman at Missouri S&T going for a major in physics. However I have no previous physics classes, due to being a transfer student I'm not enrolled in a physics class this semester, never thought I would be going for physics so never prepared (ex. no previous research). So I guess what I'm saying is I am completely freaked on what I need to do to better prepare myself. I realize I have just started college so have some time, but I feel as if every time I receive an e-mail about applying for summer research programs that I have nothing to offer and wouldn't be chosen anyways.

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Re: Have no idea what to do!

Postby WhoaNonstop » Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:15 pm

1. Do not panic.

2. Get involved in any research you can as early as you can at your University. Look for stuff you are interested in, and if your school isn't large enough, just jump on any research you can get.

3. Apply to summer programs, even if you don't feel you can offer anything. You probably won't get one this summer, but you never know. Keep applying each summer and just hope for the best.

4. Do not panic.

-Riley

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Re: Have no idea what to do!

Postby HappyQuark » Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:06 am

lethal71 wrote:I am a freshman at Missouri S&T going for a major in physics. However I have no previous physics classes, due to being a transfer student I'm not enrolled in a physics class this semester, never thought I would be going for physics so never prepared (ex. no previous research). So I guess what I'm saying is I am completely freaked on what I need to do to better prepare myself. I realize I have just started college so have some time, but I feel as if every time I receive an e-mail about applying for summer research programs that I have nothing to offer and wouldn't be chosen anyways.


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lethal71
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Re: Have no idea what to do!

Postby lethal71 » Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:54 pm

as a freshman what would be the best way to go about getting teacher recommendation

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Re: Have no idea what to do!

Postby badphysicist » Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:23 pm

lethal71 wrote:as a freshman what would be the best way to go about getting teacher recommendation


Ask all the professors in your department about their research and just listen to them talk. After you've spoken to all of them ask your favorite ones if they have anything a freshman can do in his/her research group.

If applicable also talk to the grad students working in the research group questions too. We don't bite, hard. I don't know about others but I know that I like it when undergrads ask me about the research I'm doing.

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Re: Have no idea what to do!

Postby grae313 » Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:54 pm

You can't get recommendations to work outside your school until you've built connections at your school. Start talking to professors about their research and get involved with a group that sounds interesting. Take some physics classes and talk to your professors. After a year you can think again about applying to external summer research programs, but the bulk of your research experience will come from work you do during the school year with your professors.




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