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On standards or conventions specific to physics as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field.

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Will my maths grades matter when applying for a PhD in Physics? [on hold]

I am student studying masters(Physics) currently and I have great grades here. But I failed math courses and physics courses in my freshman year due to depression. I retook the physics and math ...
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How do researchers use published plots?

I was wondering how people deal with data represented with plots (of any kind) in a published paper, in particular for what regards Physics. When doing theoretical research (but not only), often you ...
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How to make sure one understands each and every detail while reading a textbook/research paper without leaving any gaps?

I am a physics Master's student. I have good grades, with CGPA above 9(/10)(However, all courses in my university are graded on a curve so the actual marks are significantly lower than 90%). This has ...
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What do Grad Schools think about Pass/No Pass courses?

I am a physics major at UCLA with a busy schedule. I am currently taking 3 upper division physics courses every quarter while balancing 10-20 hours of research per week. I would like to learn more ...
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What is the average age of first tenure track positions in the Physics in the US?

On average, in physics departments in the US, at what age do people get their first tenure track positions? What about associate professor and full professor? Update: Several commenters have asked ...
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Switching into Math/Physics

This is going to be long as I believe that the context is important. I have always been fairly good at maths and physics (won state wide prizes in the math contests and even won a gold medal in the ...
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Physics Courses in Undergrad to Apply for Physics Grad Program [closed]

I am a sophomore physics student with an interest in studying applied physics or engineering in graduate school. I will take as many applied physics courses as I can in undergrad (and CS courses), but ...
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Can I do Part III of the Mathematics tripos as a part of my PhD in Cambridge University? [closed]

I am physics master's student in India. I wish to do my PhD in theoretical physics in the Applied Maths department at Cambridge (DAMTP). Can I apply for a PhD and do Part III as a part of it (akin to ...
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Possible internship topics for a second year undergraduate student interested in astrophysics [closed]

My question is about a specific field. I am currently studying as a second year undergraduate in BSc program and I am genuinely curious about the field of theoretical astrophysics. I accept, at this ...
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I missed the PhD application deadline, what now?

I missed the PhD application deadline (Physics), and apart from applying late, what can I do if I get no position and I have to wait another year? I would like to keep doing what I was doing for the ...
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I still do not, exactly, know my field of interest. Is it relevant while applying for PhD?

I am in my fourth year of BS-MS course in Physics in India. I will be applying for PhD next year but I do not have a specific topic in my mind. Until now I have done 2 projects on Cosmology (related ...
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How might a PhD-holding physicist submit independent research after leaving academia, without appearing to be a crackpot?

There is a no dearth of crackpottery in the world of amateur physics research, nor in the world of independent research done by PhD-holding physicists. If I want to continue physics research in my own ...
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Biophysics PhD after Master's in Computational Biology. Is it a common path? [closed]

I am doing my masters in computational life sciences. My fascination with the topic started with how physics elegantly explains the biological systems. More I am digging into the subjects, more I feel ...
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Will a paper be retracted if a flaw in released software code invalidates its central idea?

Say I have written code that performs a physics calculation. After this, I get a paper published based on the results of the code. In the interest of advancing the progress of science, I upload the ...
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Looking for an endorser to publish on arxiv.org as well as other suggestions [duplicate]

My grandfather, a long since retired professor, recently finished a very long in the making paper, which tries to cover a lot of ground around physics and general nature science. He is very old-school,...
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Life cycle for Physical Review Letters [duplicate]

What is the average time does it take from the time you submit your paper to the time is it published in Physical Review Letters?
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Poster about a published article (Poster session in physics conference)

What is the usual way to indicate on the poster that the poster is just a summary of an already published article? I plan to give the reference as part of the poster title at the top, such as: ...
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How Long Does Proof Reading Take? [closed]

My Physics teacher is currently writing a book and he provides us with PDFs of his work while we study the chapters. Having read other sources such as Principles of Physics and other textbooks I feel ...
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Which Universities admit CS graduates for their theoretical physics course? [closed]

Hello am currently an undergraduate student. My major is CSE. But I am very much interested to do my masters and then PhD in theoretical physics/mathematical physics. Is there any university that ...
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Employment in academia for doctorates w/o same field undergrad

I'm an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering interested in a career in academia, especially Physics. A middle aged person in India (from where I am) I recently met told me he couldn't find ...
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How can I credit an Original Image on my thesis?

I'm writing my master's thesis (in physics) in which I included a drawing that a friend of mine made for me using Adobe Illustrator. I would like to cite him as an author. Usually, for reproducible ...
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What factors do I consider before deciding to ask my summer research guide for a recommendation for grad school?

I've currently finished two years of undergraduate study in physics. I'm at the end of a close to two month summer research program in math, at one of the best universities in my country. While I'd ...
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Transitioning from Electrical Engineering to Astronomy/Physics [closed]

I have a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering(Fresh Graduate with emphasis on Electronics/RF-Microwaves). I'm thinking Engineering is not for me and want to pursue Astronomy/Physics. How hard is ...
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Climbing the ∞ university well - Theoretical Physics [closed]

I'm an MPhys student who almost finished his undergraduate. I'm doing a masters in theoretical physics next year, probably at Kings College London. I have been rejected by Imperial and Cambridge(Part ...
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Love Courses, Hate Research?

I'm in the third year of my physics PhD, and although I have done very well in courses and passed the written candidacy exam, I have already switched research advisors twice and all three times I ...
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Condensed-matter theory with career prospect in the industry

Reason for the post: I'm trying to better understand the jobs in the industry so that I can tailor my graduate studies to more closely represent the kinds of jobs I will be doing in the industry. Thus,...
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Is contacting this expert in the field something acceptable or would it be discourteous?

I have a major in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics and a masters in Theoretical Physics. I have enrolled the PhD course and must pick an advisor/theme until june. I have three main big fields of ...
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Is creating your own “experiment” considered cheating during a physics exam? [closed]

Consider a qualitative question on a physics exam such as, draw the path of an object's center of mass as it is dropped. I have included a graphic here: Would it be considered cheating in practical ...
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Stream change: engineering undergrad to physics grad

I am presently a third-year undergraduate of mechanical engineering and I am interested in applying for physics graduate programs for admission in the fall of 2020. Since I hail from a different ...
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Effect of Research in an Engineering group on Physics PhD application

I am a Physics undergraduate and my institution requires that we do undergraduate research and a senior thesis on that research. However, due to some personal circumstances I would like to do research ...
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Graduate courses or research experience for PhD admissions: Which is more important? [closed]

I am currently at a crossroads, deciding between several MS program offers. I have the choice to do a research based masters, where I would take very few graduate courses but focus almost solely on ...
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Transitioning from experimental to theoretical research after masters

I just graduated last summer and currently have a chance to do a research masters in applied physics in North America. The proposed project is very experimental in nature. My ultimate goal is to earn ...
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How to explore Physics research as an undergraduate, keeping in mind the ever increasing weight on publications? [closed]

I am currently 3rd year Physics UG and have been working on Cosmology for past 3 years. I want to explore different areas like QFT, Quantum Gravity and maybe a bit of basic Math research as well, ...
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Physics PhD switching fields after short career break?

I was hoping to get some advice from anyone here on a situation I find myself in. I am currently about 8 months into studying for a PhD in particle theory at a top UK university. The department is ...
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Do I have to write GRE to apply to physics PhD programs in the US?

I'm doing my Masters in GRAPPA at University of Amsterdam now and I want to apply to multiple places for PhD after I'm done. However, the applications in US confuse me. Some say they want GRE scores,...
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Can I do my graduate studies in Computer Science with computational physcis bachelor degree? [closed]

I have graduated in computational physics with gpa 3.1. I need to do my graduate studies in computer science in USA or Europe.
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Which writing style for uncertainties?

There are different ways of writing uncertainty. The siunitx manual says "In some fields, it is common to give the uncertainty in a number in brackets after the main part of the number... ...
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Online research projects [closed]

Are there any research projects in mathematics,data science etc undergraduate students can participate online? Have seen something like that? Well, I googled it and found something,but I need more ...
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Do scientists using user facilities (such as Advanced Light Sources) have to travel frequently?

I recently met an experimental physicist who does his measurements using the X-ray beam-line at a national lab. Since the university he works at is not too close to the facility, I wonder how much ...
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Can I request a Ph.D. in a different department having done research in another?

I am a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering and almost done with my thesis. My bachelors was in Physics. Although the initial research plan fit into mechanical engineering - vibrations, thanks to ...
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Example of joint submission to PRL, PRA

We are thinking about a joint submission to Physical Review Letters, and PRA per these guidelines. I'm however not entirely sure how the two submissions should be exactly related, e.g. how much ...
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Impact of a C+ grade in a graduate course [closed]

I'm planning to apply to competitive PhD programs in theoretical physics. Unfortunately, I received a C+ grade in one relevant graduate-level course. I really don't know how I got this grade, because ...
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3.1 GPA, but 2 Ds and a F on transcript [duplicate]

I am graduated in computational physics and from south asian country. i got F and D- grades for elective physics courses in my first and second year. but i didn't retake those classes. another D+ ...
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Should I look for research internships or stay at my university for the summer? [closed]

I am in my last semester of Physics and Mathematics and, at the same time, my first semester in a MS in Applied Math (which I will finish in two more semesters) in one of the top universities for ...
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Health issues in grad school - how many extensions are acceptable?

I'm a graduate student in physics, and I've been having some major health issues. For the sake of anonymity, I don't want to say what they are, but they are NOT mental-health related, though they ...
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PhD in Statistics working in Physics

I will be applying to PhD statistics programs this upcoming fall and really enjoy statistics. But, I also love physics (started as a physics major) and am wondering if there is opportunity post-PhD to ...
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Found a major flaw in paper from home university – to which I would like to return

During my Ph.D. in condensed-matter physics, I published a paper together with two other students. The research group of the university that I am originally from (in Madrid, Spain) happened to work on ...
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Undergraduate changing research field with a deadline

I have a friend who is working in the wrong field of physics at the moment (not enjoying it.) They are still undergraduate however and have time to change this. They are currently working on a ...
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What to do if a paper by respected authors has obvious problems, and I have told them so already?

I have recently found a paper of a very respected research group in my field. In this paper, they have some theoretical calculations, and they are obviously completely wrong. Not in the sense that the ...
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For astrophysics grad school, is an undergraduate major in “astrophysics” better than “physics with astrophysics focus”? [closed]

I’m currently a high school junior who wants to major in a math field or physics, and possibly astrophysics. At the moment, I’m looking at Notre Dame as an option for college, but they don’t have an ...