How many hours a week do you spend in grad school?

How many hours do you spend in a typical week of physics grad school?

Poll closed Dec 5, 2009.

1 vote(s)
8.3%

1 vote(s)
8.3%

3 vote(s)
25.0%

1 vote(s)
8.3%

0 vote(s)
0.0%

0 vote(s)
0.0%

6 vote(s)
50.0%
1. Jun 8, 2009

mbuchove

I just wanted to get an idea of how much time people spend in physics graduate school on an average week. This includes anything you do necessary for your degree, including coursework, teaching, research, and so on. I'm passionate about pursuing physics, and I'm not expecting it to be easy or relaxed, but I would like to get an idea if it is beyond my limits.

2. Jun 8, 2009

Pengwuino

So anything necessary includes homework correct? Remember, depending on what grad school and your needs and circumstances, you may not teach or do research (at times) or even be taking real classes!

3. Jun 8, 2009

arunma

My first year I spent about 60-70 hours working on any given week. After I passed my qualifier it became a heck of a lot easier. During the summers I usually spend 40 hours a week at work on research. During the school year I'm usually taking one class, which adds an additional 5 to 8 hours per week.

4. Jun 8, 2009

junglebeast

Haha, your poll only goes up to 80 hours...

A little math:

(24 hrs - 6 hr)*7 = 126 hours a week

And you expect to spend only 60% of that working?

5. Jun 8, 2009

Cyrus

I typically work from the hours of 2pm (when I wake up) until 4:30-5 am.

Of that time, probably 80% is doing work.

Thats roughly 98 hours a week.

I spent the entire last week working on a poster, and the week before that I had to work on a presentation for the client on friday. I'll probably drive down to NASA later this week which is a 10 hour drive both ways. I was at a conference this morning. But for now, I can go back to some actual research. I'll start part time work mid month hopefully at an Aerospace company hopefully.

Very very busy.

Last edited: Jun 8, 2009
6. Jun 8, 2009

Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
If anyone doesn't answer, "All of them," I'm going to report you to your mentors!

7. Jun 8, 2009

cristo

Staff Emeritus
Most of the time I work around 10-6, 5 days a week, and over the weekend if I've nothing else to do. Of course, there are weeks that are busier, because you're, say, pretty close to finishing a calculation, or writing something up, but then there are weeks that are quieter (the creative juices don't flow all the time!)

As I'm sure you'll find out from this thread, people work best with wildly different schedules.. you've just got to find which suits you.

8. Jun 8, 2009

cristo

Staff Emeritus
That probably says it best!

9. Jun 8, 2009

arunma

Oh crap, don't tell him that I have a life outside of the office! My advisor thinks that when I'm at home I'm working remotely.

10. Jun 8, 2009

Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
:rofl: This thread is starting to read like one of the PhD Comics. :rofl:

11. Jun 8, 2009

drizzle

I’d say most of my free time devoted for physics, so sure it's >80.

12. Jun 8, 2009

Cyrus

Your clearly not a grad student if your 'free time' is devoted to physics.

13. Jun 8, 2009

drizzle

well does it have to be for study?! what about intrest

14. Jun 8, 2009

Cyrus

Did you read my post?

15. Jun 8, 2009

drizzle

why don't spell it out!

16. Jun 8, 2009

Cyrus

If you cant understand my post, again, clearly not a grad student. Go back to your cave undergrad. You're not worthy.

17. Jun 8, 2009

drizzle

is it a waste of time to argue with you!! what does it have to do spending more time reading with being a graduate student or not!

18. Jun 8, 2009

Cyrus

How about you reread the title of this thread. See, that's why you're an undergrad.

19. Jun 8, 2009

drizzle

good for you, you typed that well!

20. Jun 8, 2009

Cyrus

That's because I'm a grad student.

21. Jun 8, 2009

drizzle

:rofl::rofl::rofl:, sure uncle!

22. Jun 8, 2009

Pyrrhus

Hahahaha, yeah... My work hours resemble a exponential function... hehehe. They increase when it gets closer to my weekly meeting with my advisor. Funny thing, My "free day" starts right after the weekely meetings...

23. Jun 8, 2009

Cyrus

I drink every day.

24. Jun 8, 2009

JasonRox

I haven't been doing that much lately. I'm at probably 30 hours a week. I'm expecting it to get much much busier soon.

My supervisor has a visitor and has been really busy working on that. I read the papers he gave me. I even did some extra reading and still am. My whole day tomorrow will probably be extra reading, and then at night I will do some calculations. I'll do the random programs he asks me to write to test his conjectures and statements and stuff.

Right now, I don't teach either. I could have taken a teaching position but I passed. I passed because I knew the international students have a bigger need for it (they get less money). Yes, I passed a \$27/hour part-time job for the good of other people. I have no troubles with money right now. I'm just bored. I've been planning more meetings with my supervisor, but he's so busy he has a hard time keeping up with my project as well. Plus, he's leaving in July and August.

25. Jun 8, 2009

drizzle

that reminds me my supervisor is leaving after 3 months, then I can only contact him by e-mail. I just hope I can finish my thesis before he leaves .. bheeeeeeeeee

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