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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted January 28, 2005 01:23      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Congratulations!

Oh to be starting a PhD, the sense of expectation, the eagerness, the joy of discovery.

Now, can anyone explain TRS step scan interferometry or why they use lock in amplifiers to me?

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Icon 1 posted January 28, 2005 03:00      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Xanthine ________CONGRATULATIONS__________


Why does that word always look wrong?

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Icon 1 posted January 28, 2005 06:22      Profile for greycat   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Dr. Rat? Hmm, no.

Dr. Labrat? Already used, and... hmm, no.

Dr. Xanthine? Almost.

Dr. X? Yeah! That's it.

Go get 'em, (future) Dr. X! [thumbsup]

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Icon 1 posted January 28, 2005 06:29      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm in Spungo's boat.. trying so hard not to make an oral joke. [Wink]

CONGRATS LABRATLADY! [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted January 28, 2005 06:41      Profile for Doco   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Wow - congratulations on passing (and faking them all out!)

So on a related tangent to all of this for each of you - why did you decide to go beyond the standard bachelors degree (or it's equivalent) or why did you not go on? The reason I ask is that I'm struggling with the notion of going back to work on my masters, but can't ever seem to get my ass in gear to actually get the process going.

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Congratulations! And remember that all those scary department heads and professors and such have been through this too, and they want you to succeed. (And when this is all over, people will think you're scary, too, and won't that be fun!)
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Congratulations!!!!!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!! YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

Doco - why did I pursue a degree after earning a BA? Simple. I really enjoyed the subject material. I didn't make it as far as Xan, but I did love research psych enough to at least try for my PhD. I wish I had advisors like hers though. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted January 28, 2005 08:24      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Doco:
So on a related tangent to all of this for each of you - why did you decide to go beyond the standard bachelors degree (or it's equivalent) or why did you not go on? The reason I ask is that I'm struggling with the notion of going back to work on my masters, but can't ever seem to get my ass in gear to actually get the process going.

Considering I've been through that decision not so long ago... I didn't go on with graduate studies right after my bachelor 'cause I wanted money to repay my debths and get some for myself. But I was in your position, wanting to, but can't decide. Then my boss gave me documents about a local university, and I thought "What the heck, I can try and see what happens!" So I did, got conditional admission, completed the condition, and here I am, almost done with the courses and about to begin the project, even if I'm doing it part-time.

So, just ask yourself: what can you loose trying? Grab an occasion, jump in, and enjoy! The first step is the hardest to take, but after that, it's really easy to go on!

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Icon 1 posted January 28, 2005 10:42      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Doco, strangely enough, I'd decided on this path before I finished high school. I've always wanted to do research independently, and in bioscience you really can't head up your own projects unless you're a PhD. Going beyond a bachelor's wasn't somehting I ever thought about too hard. I just sorta knew it had to be done to get what I wanted, and as yet i have no regrets, even though my classmates who joined the work force make twice as much as I do. After all, they'll never get to play with the toys I'm learning to use.

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Congratulations!

Oh to be starting a PhD, the sense of expectation, the eagerness, the joy of discovery.

The uncontrollable desire to bang your head through a wall...

Oh wait, if my senior coworkers are anything to go by, that never goes away...

The prayers and sacrifices to the crystallization gods...no, that never seems to stop either.

You people who work with molecules small enough to powder diffract are lucky. Expecially if you can just get your phases ab initio.

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Icon 1 posted January 28, 2005 12:00      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
The uncontrollable desire to bang your head through a wall...

Oh wait, if my senior coworkers are anything to go by, that never goes away...

Trust me, it increases. And powder diffraction is only good if the machine isn't an old POS that is more often broken than fixed.
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Icon 1 posted January 28, 2005 12:19      Profile for Doco   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My current area of software development doesn't really require anything beyond the bachelors, which is why I stopped there (and the lure of $ when I was finishing didn't hurt). Now I am teaching a grad class at a private university, and am thinking that I could see myself doing that full time as a "retirement" job at some point in the future. Only problem is that for most places teaching requires you to have that higher degree.

The real bummer for me is that I assume I would have to go the thesis route on the Masters so I could eventually go on to higher and deeper. I really like the research part and learning more stuff in depth, but it seems like half of the whole thesis thing is playing the academic political games. yuck.

Glad this topic came up because my head is starting to hurt while I try and get this !#[email protected] algorithm to converge. Maybe the walls in school are softer than my desktop here.... [Wink]

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So could I get help from you, Xanthine, if I need it with organic? [Big Grin] UMass professors are nicea and all... but they don't have a lot of time to spare. [Razz]

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Somehow I suspect Xanthine is not going to find herself short of things to do, either [Wink]

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Icon 1 posted January 28, 2005 20:58      Profile for Doco   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by csk:
Quote of the day: "I like my women without arms or breasts"

Quote of the day - can't be - Google doesn't find it.....

Not to mention that is just plain sick! Have you been hanging out with Spungo??? [Wink]

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Umm, good thing I work at a place that advertises bosom augmentation and stuff like that 'cause your quote would automatically make GC NSFW.

You disappoint me, CSK! [Frown]

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quote:
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Somehow I suspect Xanthine is not going to find herself short of things to do, either [Wink]

No, actually, I won't be short of things to do at all. My boss wants to talk to me next week about a side project. It relates to my thesis only in that it involves a riboswitch. It'll be very cool if we can get it to pan out (optical tweezers anyone?) but I'm not sure the apparatus is as reliable as my boss thinks it is. Nor am I sure my cloning skills are as 1337 as he thinks they are. But it'll be one awesome paper if we can get it to work and it'll be something to do while I'm trying to make a good crystal grow for my real project. And I must confess I'm kinda excited about using a technique as bleeding edge as this one.

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Yay for you Xanthine! Science research seems like a field I might want to into...either that or mathematics, but a degree in mathematics seems sort of impractical unless you're going to teach it :/

But that aside, w00t!!

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Woo yay Xanthine!
Congratulations! [Big Grin]

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supergoo, I don't know if you watch West Wing or not, but there was an episode called Isaac and Ishmael. A description of the episode can be found here, but it is kinda skimpy on the important part.

Basically, a White House policy analyst named Wazir Ali is suspected of being a terrorist, and Leo McGarry asks him "what is an applied mathematics major from MIT doing working on policy for the White House?". The point of the guy's response was that not only does majoring in math mean that's your only interest, it shouldn't limit you.

College does teach skills that can be valuable in the workplace - more importantly, though, it teaches you how to learn, how to think critically, and how to deal with the real world (note: that's not the only way to learn those things).

This is a bit of a tender spot with me, in case you can't tell. I'm about to major in CS at a math/science oriented university (which one depends on where I get in). People hear this and seem to forget that I am also a politics and international relations nut.

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Well I just keep on turning up late to the party.

As no-one has done it yet, a big woot for the Lady Labrat.

wOOOOOOOOOOOt!!!

Actually, greycat, it is not Dr.X, but Lady X. [Wink] [Big Grin]

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Lady X, Dr. X...either way it sounds kinda sinister. [Razz]

Goo, my dad got his bachelor's in mathematics and became a lawyer. His stance is that math teaches you how to use logic. I used to know someone who was, after completeing his biochem PhD, going to go to law school and become a patent lawyer. I think the mistake people make, and I make it too, is they don't look far enough downstream with respect to degrees and majors and all that. You can be pretty creative with what you get on your diploma. After all, you learn three things in college: facts, skills, and, more importantly, how to think.

Also, if you pick a major that's wrong for you you're going to be a miserable human being the entire time you're in college. I've seen it happen.

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