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Is there any chance I can be accepted into a good graduate physics program without any bachelor's? [closed]

I am someone who did plenty of self-study in physics and has learned pretty much the entire undergraduate physics curriculum by himself. I have plenty of evidence to prove this (including a physics ...
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Do conference abstracts by other groups preclude publication?

N.B. This question is about physics (if you want it really specific: applied physics, adjacent to chemistry). This means that (a) abstracts are typically very short compared to a full paper (around 1-...
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How to do short research projects with professors?

I am a physics student looking to apply for PhD positions. To increase my chances of getting selected and to increase my exposure to research, I want to publish research papers. The only research I ...
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Is it appropriate to cold email professors in search of a postdoc position?

I am a final-year PhD student doing my research in the field of theoretical physics. Soon, I will start applying for postdoc positions in different universities, primarily related to my area of ...
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Graduate admissions: can't make my acceptance "official" at this time due to guidelines

I received an email today from a university (should I specify which?) Physics graduate admissions, saying they hope to welcome me next year, that they will fly me in to an open-house event, etc. ...
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The work of mathematicians in physics and experimental labs

I am especially interested in a course in a well-known and renowned experimental physics laboratory. When applying, among the questions they expect you to answer, they ask how I think my knowledge ...
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Is my topic of research internship going to affect my choice of future field? [closed]

I am currently pursuing a physics major and am in my second year at university. Currently, I am working on a project with a professor from a different university on quantum matter wave scattering, who ...
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Emphasis on explaining background knowledge in PL; not much so in physics?

As a CS-Physics double major undergrad entering my senior year, I have begun reading a handful of articles from both fields. Specifically, I have read some articles from programming language-related ...
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What Can I Expect in the First Few Months of a PhD?

I am starting a PhD in Quantum Computing in England in about 2 weeks. I have already communicated with my advisor over email, and he is quite flexible with my research aims. I am a bit nervous about ...
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Websites for amateur scientists [closed]

Are there any online sites where amateur scientists can post ideas and results, including Latex equations, allowing discussion, feedback, critiques etc.? For years I’ve built up a moderately technical ...
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Is it possible to do research in physics provided I won't be doing physics as full time major but rather a part time major [closed]

I am currently a highschool student who is going to graduate senior year(12th grade as we call it here) this March(2024) and I am interested in persuing physics as major but due to circumstances and ...
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Publishing a plot based on numbers in another physics paper's supplemental material; do we need permission from the publisher or authors?

Our simple calculation reproduces and explains the behavior shown by a much more elaborate calculation that's been published in a physics journal. The supplementary information published with the ...
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What are the criteria for a student from a weaker university to be accepted to elite graduate school?

I would like to generalize this question by asking for the general circumstances under which a strong university (in physics) like Harvard would accept a student from a much smaller/weaker ...
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Is chemistry needed for graduate programs in material science?

I am a third year undergraduate in a physics program at a US university. I am in quantum and enjoy it, I also enjoyed a quantum chemistry course I took. I am looking to do work quantum computing (...
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Working in HEP TH with a background primarily in HEP PH [duplicate]

I've just started a PhD in QCD phenomenology and Quarkonia. While I'm quite happy with the work at the moment, I suppose I do have a romanticised view of working in theory. How feasible is it for me ...
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Second round of applications at CERN

I have applied for a CERN postdoc theory fellowship. After the 21st, I got no response (unlike many other places, CERN sends an email even in case of rejecting the application) and decided to ask a ...
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Is it a good idea, for a young researcher, to submit to arXiv a "mediocre" paper?

I'm a PhD student in physics, working on some projects with my advisors, which are hopefully going to be published soon. I have a profile on ResearchGate, on which I posted my theses, a poster, and a ...
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Advantage In Delaying Physics Grad School Application For Senior Undergraduates

I am a senior math/physics major at a T20 American private university who aspires to pursue a PhD in physics. I became involved in undergraduate research position with a non-tenured faculty member (a ...
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Do people care about single-author works in quantum information theory?

I am a junior postdoc (completed one and a half years) working in the field of quantum information theory. I was told by my PhD advisor that single-author papers don’t really matter in physics. They ...
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Is it possible to do a masters in CS and a PhD in physics at the same time?

I’m a freshman in college and I’m a non-traditional student. I’m 45 years old with no previous degree other than high school here in the US. After college, I want to pursue a Ph.D. in physics, however,...
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How would it be possible to do a master's in astrophysics with a bachelor in software engineering?

Introduction To orient you, it would be better If I gave some extra information here. imagine someone in their studies of software engineering has found out about the applications of ML in the field ...
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How do I go about adding a figure from APS journals to Wikipedia?

I would like to add a figure from an article published in Physical Review E to a Wikipedia article. I have already contacted the corresponding author for permission, but I am not sure how I should ...
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How to include workshops/hands-on sessions on CV?

I'm in my second year of PhD in the field of astronomy and have recently been invited to a scientific meeting with about 20 people to give a 1:30h workshop/hands-on session about a certain simulation ...
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Is it possible to work on your personal idea as PhD thesis?

I have come up by synthesis of 3 lines of research to a general idea whose questions and concerns and most importantly conceptual foundations can be addressed mathematically in a rigorous way. ...
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Does a second degree disvalue the first one?

What are your thoughts on someone with a math major (or physics or CS) who has a second degree in quantitative finance or financial engineering? Could you ever take someone like this seriously as a ...
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How to apply for a first ever physics research internship in the 2nd Year of Undergrad?

I am a 2nd year student studying physics in the UK. I am very interested in securing a research internship at the end of my 2nd year. However, I have not done any research internships in my 1st year, ...
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Physics PhD Student -- Is a 7 year PhD going to hurt my career prospects in academia?

I'm a physics PhD student at a top-tier university in the US and am about to start my 4th year. The norm in my group is to finish your PhD in 6 years. However, I'm not sure if I can meet that target ...
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How do I apply for a PhD in physics in France? [duplicate]

I am currently a master student in physics in my last year and am thinking about doing my PhD in France. The application process seems to be quite different from my home country and I can't find any ...
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How can I get into physics?

I completed my undergraduate studies in economics a couple of years ago, and have since worked in finance (in the private and public sectors). Alongside my full-time work, I’ve pursued a master’s ...
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Is a late switch in your PhD topic detrimental to an academic career?

I did my undergraduate in math and physics with equal coursework from both. I am now a PhD student in a physics department with an advisor who is a faculty member in both the math and physics ...
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Roadmap for getting into a US graduate program in physics as an international student

I got admitted to Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University, for a bachelor's in physics. I am starting this fall and it'll take around 4 years to graduate. It'd be good to do the right ...
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Changing fields from Computer Science to Physics or Mathematics

Recently, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science from Hong Kong. Even though I enjoy computer science, there was a field that I always loved and wanted to be a part of: astronomy (or ...
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How much will industry experience hurt my grad school application if the fields are completely different?

There are a few questions about industry experience affecting academic applications (like here, here and here) but none of the answers specifically touch on the effect of both fields being completely ...
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Are tutorial type articles their own distinct category? (in physics)

In 2021, PRX Quantum released a new type of publication distinct from articles and reviews known as the tutorial. This is described as: PRX Quantum began publishing Tutorials to help the quantum ...
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How do I find out if I want to switch to experimental physics for PhD with little experience?

I finished my master in physics and now want to pursue a PhD (or its equivalent), both in Germany. I did my master thesis (1 year) in the field of quantum computing at a research institute, where I ...
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Where did the old Editors' Suggestion sign of Physical Review journals come from?

Physical Review journals used to indicate Editors' Suggestions with this sign: In an editorial announcement they state that: The icon contains the printer’s mark that at one time appeared on the ...
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Getting a double major, with one subject's GPA being much higher than the other. How should I deal with it? [closed]

I'm double majoring in physics and computer science. Due to extremely high demand, the CS department at my university expects many unreasonable demands from the student body (not the tough but fair ...
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What to do when one failed a course in their early years in Bsc which is not part of their major subject

I am a 1st year Bachelor of science student from India, from a well reputed institution, and I want to take physics as my major. I am very passionate about it, and a few of the senior professors ...
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Transition between Applied Mathematics, Physics and Astrophysics/Choosing future research field

Background: I am interested in physics, but I had to choose the Applied Mathematics programme for my undergraduate studies, which is the most physics-related choice among what was available. I dont't ...
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Can you work in physics research with a data science degree?

I just finished my first year studying physics but honestly I didn't like it at all. I started studying a day before every exam and skipped almost every class. However, I love physics, I read books at ...
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changing groups in grad school

I am going to apply for a physics PhD in the fall of 2024. I have trouble finalizing the main research area to mention in SOP because I am interested both in HEP experiments and theory. Suppose I ...
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What are the typical qualifications of a competitive candidate for a physics theory tenure track position at a mid-ranked R1 institution? [closed]

I currently work in a small 4-year college and wanted to hear from people who have been part of the hiring process for tenure track faculty in mid rank R1 institues in the US. What makes a candidate ...
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A career in academia which is NOT being a prof?

I would like to pursue computational biophysics for PhD but I know for sure that the path of academia being a professor is NOT for me. I love modelling and simulating biological systems (even human ...
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Career opportunities switching from academia to industry [closed]

I'm a physics Undergrad with a huge interest in computation and want to switch to industry. But I also don't want to lose the aspect of the research component of academia. I'm widely interested in ...
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Is humor unacceptable in referee reports?

I am from a country where humor is a part of the culture, and I recently prepared the following referee report: The manuscript solves an interesting problem, but, unfortunately, the authors are a bit ...
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How should I balance risk when choosing between two PhD offers? [closed]

I recently completed a Masters in theoretical physics. I was fortunate enough to receive two fully funded PhD offers in Europe with very good groups in their respective fields, and am having ...
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Transitioning from Math to Physics

I'm currently a 3rd year Math student and currently have one more year till I finish. Currently loving the degree, no problems. But I'm really running into a giant problem. I fell in love with Physics ...
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Are new experimental verifications of well-understood theories publishable?

As an example, consider the deflection of light by mass. This is a general relativistic effect wherein a large body causes light to not travel in straight lines. Deflection of starlight by the Sun was ...
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How can I be up-to-date on recent papers, practically?

I'm just starting my PhD, and during a sort of informal journal club, my professor told us that we should always try to read some new papers in our field (high energy physics, and general relativity ...
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Disadvantages/risks of publishing new raw data as one of a group of instructive examples while planning to publish a full analysis of the data later?

We have a few 2D low energy electron diffraction LEED images (field is Physics/Surface Science) that are currently not yet published, the analysis is not complete nor their implications fully explored....
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