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    Programs Astronomy PhD in Europe

    Hello all- I'm currently wrapping up a Physics M.S. in astrophysics at a well-known university in the USA for this field, and for a few reasons I want to get my Astronomy PhD in Europe, focusing on experiment (I know I want to transfer from here because the research opportunities don't...
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    REU this summer anyone?

    I applied to about ten programs that were a mix between astronomy and physics... I've heard back from three so far, but no luck.:frown: Two of those were programs with February 1 deadlines, however, so I still have a bit of hope.
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    Summer job in Physics for UK student

    You're right: most US programs are required to only have US residents in the programs due to funding (like the vast majority of REUS). However, there are some exceptions if you look carefully at the list, Caltech's LIGO comes to mind, but most places will still give preferences to Americans...
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    Admissions Advice for applying to REUs

    They're published articles, some of which I was paid for and some of which I wasn't (difficult to get paid as a teenage writer!). The ones I was thinking about are ones that involved science writing and reached a decent circulation size...
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    Admissions Advice for applying to REUs

    Alright thanks for the responses.:smile: After looking through a few applications I have another question for you all. One of the things I do as a hobby consists of freelance science writing and I've got a small file of articles like that already, and while everyone I've asked agreed that it...
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    Admissions Advice for applying to REUs

    Hello everyone, I was wondering if anyone here had any experience or advice for applying to REUs. I'm currently a sophomore with some research under my belt so I'm probably going to give it a shot this year. :smile: Does anyone have any advice about getting in or know anything about specific...
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    Educational versus Personal Pursuits

    I think you and your fiance should have a discussion so you know just how far he'd be willing to follow you and support your goals... the fact that he keeps changing the subject indicates you probably haven't had this conversation yet and need to. Best of luck. :smile:
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    So Long So Long So Long So Long

    [URL [Broken] And Thanks For All the Fish![/url] (for those who love Hitchhiker's, of course) :tongue2:
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    HS students: what's a 'C' on your grade scale?

    *Looks at grades, makes plans to transfer to the University of Victoria*
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    Who has the best PF username?

    What? It's not the astronomers' fault that they get to do it in clusters with hot stars... :cool:
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    Girl question

    It's not a good idea to actually ask a girl if she likes you because then you'll probably be seen as too direct. Just ask her if she wants to have a cup of coffee and see what happens is usually the best way to find out! Good luck. :smile:
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    Who has the best PF username?

    Of course if we want to discuss who has the name refering to the biggest and brightest object I think I take the prize. Unless there are any other rouge galaxies running around. :biggrin:
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    Weird Project Idea

    Hmmm... how about a collage of perdy astronomy pictures, would that work?
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    Who is your alter ego?

    I'm a twin and people keep asking which of the two of us is the evil one. So I guess my alter ego is the good one. :devil:
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    Highest Level of Math

    At my school the premeds take Calc I and II, the idea being if they're going to take physics they need to understand it somehow. :wink:
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    Cutest Guy/gal At Physicsforums!

    Bonzai kitten's a fake. Too lazy to look up the Snopes article about it though. While I'm here, hi from a burnette who's a first year physics major. :wink:
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    Top 10 Hands-On Astronomy Activities?

    Safe solar viewing techniques and such, particularly good when there's an eclipse conveniently available. :wink: Scale model solar system. If you want to make the planets any decent size (ie a sand grain) you will need to move a bit which is always fun. Say how much time it takes for light to...
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    HS students: what's a 'C' on your grade scale?

    From my private school- 90-100 A 80-89 B 70-79 C Etc. Note we are the only school I am aware of that did not give actual GPAs to students, nor were we ranked. The reasoning behind this was they did not want 41 very intelligent girls getting all cutthroat as we did that enough just for who...
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    Future of Electrical Engineers

    My dad's an EE and after grad school he went off to work for General Electric in Schenectady NY (don't quite remember doing what). Then he started teaching at Union as a prof then at Carnegie-Mellon. A few years after CMU he started his own company that designs software for EE people (such as...
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    News Anti - japanese protests in china

    Regarding the UN Council thing, I was always under the impression that since Japan lost WWII they would never be allowed on the Security Council because it would violate the UN Charter or some such. This is why Germany and Italy's bids to be on the Council have failed in the past. Am I missing...
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    Summer in Europe

    I got invited once to a thing at Oxford for high school students from the US. Cost quite a bundle, however, so I never looked into it much other then getting the letter.
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    God: more easily found than lost?

    Descartes claimed to have found a proof for God back in his day, but it was later discredited. Other then that most serious scientists do not go about claiming proving or disproving God because God is a matter of faith, which puts it by definition outside the realms of science. As for people...
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    What is a click

    I've heard it's a slang to call a kilometer a click. Someone might want to verify that one though.
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    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Reviewed - Bad -Real bad.

    Hmmm. Just looking it over it sorta seems like the reviewer is comparing the movie to the book just a little too much, which you obviously can't do as the movie needs to stand on its own. He references how you need to read the book to understand it but that might not be true/ have an effect: I...
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    How do you pronounce phi?

    Because then we need a "fum."
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    Down the drain

    In all honesty it's all going to be affected much more by the way your drain is cut then anything else. That goes both for Northern and Southern hemispheres.
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    How do you pronounce phi?

    I say both in all honesty: when I give it some thought I say "fee" because I know that's how it's supposed to be pronounced. When I'm thinking rapidly in my head, however, I say "fie" and that's been known to carry into my conversations whenever I'm thinking too quickly to "convert" it in my mind.
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    My Role Model

    My dad comes to mind first off, but not for my career motivations as much as everything else. When it comes to the person who gave me direction as in "now I know what I want to do with my life" sense the person has changed around over the years. The two primary people, however, are my 8th...
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    Schools Which has more weight applying to grad school

    Recs are pretty up there, but how much consideration given each year to each particular thing depends on who's on the admissions committee that year. For example, the GRE is typically given greater consideration when there are more theory-based people on the board then experimentalists (or so...
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    News Trojan War

    Someone correct me on this one but I once heard that "Helen" means "land" in Greek (or some such) so basically she's just a symbol in the story. The location of Troy is on a very heavily used trade route, so it would certainly have been grounds to start a war against a city that would tax the...