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Anyone here? [Aug. 21st, 2009|04:42 pm]
Physics Chicks

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[krepander]
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I am Kristine, 23, from Norway and last week I finally started my bachelor of physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology:) I went to a space technology secondary school but didn't feel at home with the technical parts. I did however love the theoretical parts we had and I love space, so my plan is a Master degree in astro and particle physics. If I make it that far of course.

Since I did a vocational secondary school I was the only girl for 3 years. This week we worked on a project in mechanical physics about rotating objects. My group had 5 girls and 2 guys, all standing around going 'that is so cool' when we spun a bucket of water, haha. It is very nice not being the only girl who is interested in this stuff.

Any other physics chicas around?
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[User Picture]From: beccastareyes
2009-08-21 03:12 pm (UTC)
Hi. I'm Rebecca, a Ph. D. student in planetary astronomy.
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[User Picture]From: krepander
2009-08-21 03:26 pm (UTC)
That sounds interesting. What are you researching?
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[User Picture]From: beccastareyes
2009-08-21 04:32 pm (UTC)
Mostly the rings of Saturn, but I'm doing a small project on the dynamics of one of Saturn's moons right now as well.
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[User Picture]From: krepander
2009-08-22 11:34 am (UTC)
Cool:)
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[User Picture]From: gatekeeperdra
2009-08-21 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm Fai, just graduated with a BA in physics and astronomy. Nice to meet you!
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[User Picture]From: krepander
2009-08-22 11:21 am (UTC)
Nice to meet you too:) What are you up to now? The student advisers strongly recommended we go to graduate school too, otherwise it could be hard to get a job in the field (except as a teacher).
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[User Picture]From: gatekeeperdra
2009-08-22 02:45 pm (UTC)
First off--I adore your icon.

Yeah, I'm planning on graduate school, but because I took a semester abroad in a place where I couldn't take physics courses my plans were put back a year. So I'm studying for the Physics GRE (graduate record exam that is required to get into most physics grad programs in the US) and hoping to find a physics internship (which are possible, just rare). But, yeah. getting a graduate degree is the way I'm eventually going to go. Is that your plan right now?
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[User Picture]From: krepander
2009-08-22 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks. A friend of mine's dad had it on his t-shirt. Feel free to steal it:)

I want to do the astro physics master program, but I am not sure how finding a job related to that is going to be. My other plan was a one year pedagogy add-on degree to teach in middle/high school because at least I will get a job relatively easy. But after starting college I've been drooling more and more on the master program, hehe.

Are master programs in physics common in the US? I got the feeling when surfing the web they wanted you to go directly to a PhD program? My hubby is American so we might relocate over there in the future.
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[User Picture]From: g_minus_2
2009-08-22 12:20 am (UTC)
I'm a postdoc in the states, doing high-energy theory. hi!
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[User Picture]From: krepander
2009-08-22 11:33 am (UTC)
Hello:) Where in the states are you? I did an exchange year in Seattle 5 years ago. Do you know if there are there any places in the states there are more opportunities for physics related research/work?
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[User Picture]From: g_minus_2
2009-09-03 11:14 pm (UTC)
Hi, sorry, I've been off-line. I'm at a research university in New England, I don't like to say too much for anonymity reasons -- I'm sure you understand!

There are LOTS of places in the states with physics research related opportunities -- so many that I can't possibly answer your question unless you're more specific! Your university/department ought to have information about programs.
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[User Picture]From: 477150n
2009-08-22 01:20 pm (UTC)
Welcome! My name is Allison, and I'm working on a PhD in biophysics. I live in the US, in Colorado, which is a great place to do science.

I'm glad you found other women in your program! Years after finishing my BA, two of my best friends are still the other two girls I was in all my undergrad classes with.
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[User Picture]From: amatol
2009-08-22 11:55 pm (UTC)
Undergrad double majoring physics/astronomy (minor in dance)...1 year away from my BS and grad school (eeep, interest is sub-atomic particle physics, though planetary science and high energy astrophysics are up there too). My uni actually has quite a few girls in the astronomy program so I am rarely the minority, the grad student male to female ratio is about 50-50 with more girls than boys in the incoming class. Physics is still pretty boy heavy for now.
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[User Picture]From: cosmic_reverie
2009-08-23 01:44 pm (UTC)
Hello Kristine! I’m a physics chica in the U.S. with a master’s degree in physics and emphasis in astrophysics. I’m in Huntsville, Alabama now but I’m preparing to start at a Ph.D. program in planetary science studying the Moon in Florida. Space is my passion. 

That comment you made about being encouraged to attend graduate school because you supposedly can’t get a job in physics with a physics bachelor’s was something I was told, too, but it’s a lie, and a rather easy lie to uncover. There are so many people with physics degrees who didn’t go on to grad school working in all kinds of jobs, including physics-related jobs. The truth behind the lie is that it’s hard to get a job as an independent scientist doing physics research without a graduate degree. The advisors should be asking students if they want a job doing independent physics research.

Good luck with your schooling!
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