Advice for Aspiring Astrophysicists
A couple of my followers requested advice for aspiring astrophysicists, so I tweeted some tips. Let me know if you have anything to add, and if it's useful!
- #1: Math
- — Katie Mack (@AstroKatie)Tue, Mar 26 2013 21:08:061) Get really good at math. The way to get good at math is to practice. Doesn't matter if it doesn't come "naturally." #AspiringAstroAdvice
- #2: Physics
- — Catherine Q. (@CatherineQ)Tue, Mar 26 2013 21:11:24@AstroKatie love it. That is something I tell my students. Math is a set of rules and ideas very often that take *practice*.
- #3: Asking for help
- #4: Research experience
- — Katie Mack (@AstroKatie)Tue, Mar 26 2013 21:13:054) Get real research experience as soon as it's possible. The job is all research & you should find out if you like it! #AspiringAstroAdvice
- #5: Risks & trade-offs
- — Katie Mack (@AstroKatie)Tue, Mar 26 2013 21:15:085) Realize most ppl trained as astrophysicists do not become researchers. Decide if training is worth trade-offs &risk. #AspiringAstroAdvice
- — Ben T (@Tweedinator)Tue, Mar 26 2013 21:34:40@AstroKatie Given that (from what I've heard) most common alt path from there would be aerospace or finance, not sure what's meant by risk.
- — Katie Mack (@AstroKatie)Tue, Mar 26 2013 21:40:42@Tweedinator If you're going to end up in finance or aerospace, there are ways to do it more directly. It's a risk bc you lose time & money.
- #6: Hard work & practice
- — Katie Mack (@AstroKatie)Tue, Mar 26 2013 21:18:026)Astrophysics is hard. Expect to work hard. Having to work hard does NOT mean you aren't cut out for it. Just practice #AspiringAstroAdvice
- #7: Mentors
- — Katie Mack (@AstroKatie)Tue, Mar 26 2013 21:21:067) If you can, find a mentor in astrophys. We're all pretty busy, but inspiring students is one of BEST parts of job. #AspiringAstroAdvice
- #8: Programming/computing
- — Katie Mack (@AstroKatie)Tue, Mar 26 2013 21:23:178) Learn some programming & get comfortable with computing. It's a much bigger part of the job than you might expect. #AspiringAstroAdvice
- — Benjamin Pope (@fringetracker)Tue, Mar 26 2013 21:25:09@AstroKatie So important! New Honours students who haven't done computing before... painful experience for some of them.
- — Garrett Frankson (@Garrettishere)Tue, Mar 26 2013 21:27:49
- — Benjamin Pope (@fringetracker)Tue, Mar 26 2013 21:30:29
- #9: Communication skills
- — Katie Mack (@AstroKatie)Tue, Mar 26 2013 21:25:399) Develop communication skills (written & oral). As a scientist, papers & talks are how you get across your science. #AspiringAstroAdvice
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