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How big of a deal is getting a paper published as an undergrad?

  1. Aug 11, 2007 #1
    I have submitted a publication to
    physics Letters A in the field of supersymmetric quantum mechanics (SUSYQM)

    my teacher says this is a pretty big deal but would like to hear some others opinion. I will obviously mention this when I apply but is it THAT big of a deal? Should I make a big deal about it when I apply? How much will it help me? I have some dumpy math grades from my sophomore year so I am worried about getting into a good school. What should I make of it?
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  3. Aug 11, 2007 #2


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    I am only an undergrad myself, but by what I have heard, having a publication on your record is very beneficial since it shows that you have had quality research experience. This is important to graduate programs since they expect their graduate students to be active researchers. It will definitely look great on your resume, but (by my limited experience) it is not anywhere near essential.
  4. Aug 11, 2007 #3


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    Obviously it will be a bigger deal if and when Phys Lett A actually accepts the paper for publication. :wink:
  5. Aug 11, 2007 #4
    well one ref has already approved it! so one more to go.
  6. Aug 11, 2007 #5
    saying that it is, how should I use it? WIll it speak for itself? How should I handle it? I am trying to get a feel for what position this puts me in, I am very concerned about some very bad math grades in my soph. year.

  7. Aug 11, 2007 #6
    Plop it on your resume.
  8. Aug 12, 2007 #7
    yeah, it'll look really good if/when it's published.
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    I think I'd like to add that getting a paper published is a big deal for undergrads and PhD's alike.:smile:
  10. Aug 12, 2007 #9
    I think I got it, plop it om there, let it do the talking.
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