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  1. Feb 14, 2014 #1
    I've got one more year left to finish my undergraduate EE degree and I'm planning on continuing straight into a PhD. I've had the chance to work with a postdoc on remote sensing/space science research and I've really enjoyed it. I've also developed an interest in neuroscience and plasma physics, though I haven't done any research in those fields.

    I know just a little about plasma in space, but I've never had any formal courses on it, so I don't know the span of this field. I tried looking at research summaries, but most of the topics are currently above my head. Nevertheless, my favorite part of EE so far has been electrodynamics, and I feel like there could be a lot of research that I would find interesting with plasmas.

    I've taken a course on neuro-anatomy and understand the research in that field better. I would hope to do research somewhere between basic celluar science and non-invasive treatments, though I'd be happy doing other experimental research in this area.

    Since I've been around space/atmospheric science for a few years, I think I can say with confidence that I would enjoy this as well.

    Now the problem is that most of these are unrelated, except maybe certain research in plasma physics and space science. I'm not sure how to go about deciding which programs to apply for next year. I believe the tie breaker for me would be...

    1. The likeliness that I can actually land a stable research job post-grad. I'm open to either academia, industry or government research, but I prefer it to be some sort of career in research. I don't think I'll mind doing a postdoc or 2, considering the salaries I've seen are higher than the total household income I grew up on.

    2. The variability in research. It would be nice to have the freedom to jump around a little within the field I go into.

    Has anyone else had difficulty deciding on a general field of research? How did you eventually work through a choice?

    Also, Happy Valentines!
     
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