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Some question on undergrad research

  1. Mar 3, 2009 #1
    hello gentlmen. i am a physics/astro sophmore and i recently got hooked up in a sweet job for the summer, which is working at the observatory analyzing variable stars. it seems really cool because it seems something i can definitely do without becoming just some worthless grunt work person. i am not sure if i want to do astro for grad school though, i am a double major. i might for example, go for grad school to medical physics. i was wondering if i ever apply for med physics is my experience researching with a professor going to be helpful evene if it isnt completely related to what i might do in grad school?
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  3. Mar 3, 2009 #2

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    - imaging physics
    - signal processing and analysis
    - coding experience
    - demonstrated interest in research and lab experience
    - letter of recommendation from a professor intimately familiar with your work

    I think there's a lot there that could apply to medical physics. In general, I don't think anyone expecs that as an undergrad you will know exactly what you want to do with your life. Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way.
  5. Mar 3, 2009 #4


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    In general, undergraduate research experience is much more about learning how to do research in general, than it is about gaining knowledge of a specific field, especially if you are at the sophomore level.
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