Programs Funded PhD at UC Riverside or unfunded masters at Brown University

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Hi All,

5. jesse73

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If your parents can afford to pay that I imagine your parents and your own social network is strong in the type of people who would take prestige to heart. It will also very likely put you in a better position if/when you apply to a PhD program.

Being able to make this choice are part of the self perpetuating advantages of coming from a higher income bracket family. There is no point in putting yourself at a disadvantage.

6. Meir Achuz

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DO NOT go to a graduate program that will not pay you. You will be the bottom of the barrel there, with little chance of getting a good thesis adviser. Your future career depends more on your thesis adviser than on the school.

13. jesse73

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It would require the department to have some organized advisor/advisee matching syste. Most of the time you have to initiate contact with the professor and develop a relationship from there rather than a professor spamming for students where the professor doesnt tell you to leave his office until he looks over your finance situation. They should have an idea of how much money they have on their grant which tells them how many openings they have. Successful professors have more grant money and therefore more students.

If a professor is so worried about the finances then he probably doesnt have grant money which means he is having trouble financing himself ie justifying his work to the community at large.

14. Yellowflash

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Congratulations for getting into such a selective university!

I used to know a person who used to (I think still does) Brown university. What he was saying is that it was an amazing university and the quality met it's reputation. However, I think you can go wrong either way. If you have the money, maybe you will benefit from attending Brown University (I have heard many employers pay attention to university prestige, at least minimally, but I am not sure). However, I do not think it will harm you at all if you go to UC Riverside.

15. micromass

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I agree very highly with this.

16. jesse73

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*cough* McKinsey.

17. Yellowflash

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Hi, I did not say that as a completely general statement, but isn't it obvious that for the most part if there are two employers with similar skills and if one went to Harvard and the other to Penn State, they will generally choose the Harvard person?

18. micromass

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Probably. But is that worth 140 000 dollars?

19. Yellowflash

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Oh yeah, that's probably a major drawaback. But the thing is, nowadays people (especially parents) care a lot about prestige. Maybe he should do some research on the academics (for example which textbooks they use) and get a sense of which atmosphere he would be more suited in.

20. phyzguy

We're not talking Harvard and Penn State, we're talking Brown and UC Riverside. They just aren't that far apart in Physics. I bet most people in the western part of the US hold the UC system in higher esteem than Brown.

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