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Purpose of Handbook
- This handbook is intended as a supplement to the Graduate School Bulletin.
It summarizes Astrophysics degree requirements and answers frequently asked
questions about student goals and student-faculty relations. Although every
effort has been made to maintain accuracy, you should always defer to the
Graduate School Bulletin in the event of any conflict with that document.
- The M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Astrophysics are designed primarily
to train individuals for careers in modern astrophysical or related research.
Increasingly, Ph.D.s in the physical sciences are pursuing a broader range
of careers, bringing to them both their technical knowledge as well as
their skills and experience in research and problem-solving. All of these
careers are very demanding and competitive. Hence, independent of what
career path you follow, your principal goal throughout your graduate career
should be to learn and get first-hand experience with the broad range of
tools of a research scientist.
- For many scientists, teaching is a critical component of their job.
In the Astrophysics program, most students will receive training and experience
in teaching. There are also a growing number of opportunities for enhancing
this training and documenting your experience for help in your future employment.
- This handbook should serve as a handy reference guide, and a place
to start. However, it cannot replace the invaluable information you can
obtain by talking with your advisor, other faculty members, or other students.
This handbook is also an evolving document, and your comments and suggestions
for its improvement are always welcome.
Getting the Graduate Student Handbook
- Graduate Handbook
This is the most up to date version (June 2016) of the graduate student handbook. Note,
however, that it is an unofficial version, pending faculty review.