I'm in a bit of a pickle - maybe you all can give me some advice. I was in a physics doctoral program for 4 full years, but I was forced to leave the university early due to an illness in the family. As a result, I am left without any form of recognition for the countless hours of laboratory research and coursework that I did indeed complete. I did in fact successfully defend a Master's thesis, but for technical reasons, I was never officially conferred that degree either. So I guess my question is this - how can I make use of my research experience and knowledge in the work force? My specialty was laser-induced plasma spectroscopy and its applications in combustion.