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    Quick question about Stafford loans

    I am analyzing my payment options for my last year of college and I just wanted to confirm this: You do not have to make payments for your undergrad Stafford loans if you are enrolled as a full-time student in a PhD program--right? In other words, interest may accumulate, but I would not be...
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    Sigma Pi Sigma

    I just got invited to Sigma Pi Sigma and I'm wondering if it's worth paying the fees to join. It does not seem to be very selective (it says GPA > 3.0), so I'm not really sure if it means much being in it. The way I see it, I am paying $45 for something to fill one of the "Honors and...
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    The goal is clear, but the path not so much

    I'm looking for opinions and advice about an important academic decision I will have to make next year. I'm sorry if this post becomes too long, but I really appreciate your comments. About me: I'm a senior Physics/Computational Math undergrad at a decent state university (top 15 US in both...
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    Schools REU vs. work at your own university

    Greetings... I'm looking for opinions about whether I should apply for an REU next year. My situation is the following: I'm a physics undergrad student at a school with a fairly good physics reputation (UTexas at Austin). I'm certain that I want to pursue an academic career, and therefore plan...
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    Programs Dedicated course on optics during my physics major

    I've been planning out my future coursework and it seems unlikely that I'll be able to take a dedicated course on optics during my physics major. Therefore, I'm hoping for some suggestions about Optics textbooks that would make a good reference for self-study during the summer. I'm a junior and...
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    Testing HW Help as Physics GRE practice?

    I'm just wondering if anyone's tried this before, and how well it worked. I am thinking about spending roughly an hour a day to answer questions in the HW Help section as practice for the GRE-Ph. I figure it'll give me a good variety of problems and I'll get to help some people along the way...
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    Public view on scientists

    I've been thinking about something and wanted to hear some opinions from this forum. Basically, I'm under the impression that the general public opinion on scientists took a turn for the worse over the last two decades or so. It's not that I'm terribly concerned about it being a physicist...
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    Quantum Mechanics and Determinism

    Greetings, I'm an undergrad physics student currently taking a course in QM. There is, however, something that's been bothering me that's not exactly technical or mathematical in nature, but more of a matter of interpretation. As far as I've gone into QM, everything is dominated by...
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