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Everything posted by waddle

  1. YEEEE. Is one of them named Micah? Because then they must have perfect cleavage. Also metamorphism: it's hot and heavy.
  2. You may want to check out Environmental Organic Chemistry by Schwarzenbach. There's a whole community of people who study the stuff you've mentioned, and the work is done not only in chemistry departments, but also in civil/environmental engineering and geosciences/hydrology.
  3. rocks! rocks everywhere!

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    2. waddle


      not this year :( but I will do it next year! (I hope.) are you?!

    3. katerific


      no :( but I have a bunch of friends who are already posting about it.... so jelly! so much geobio!

    4. waddle


      I don't know anyone doing Geobio this year but I know a few peeps who are doing CMORE, which sounds awesome ... but I'd still take Catalina + Yellowstone over Hawaii any day!

  4. shameless repost from reddit. EDIT: caption: The right way to do field work.
  5. if you're just visiting department spaces / labs / offices, I hardly see how you could be mistaken for a high school student. And if you're visiting anywhere else on campus, I'd be surprised if anyone cares enough to stop you and ask / can actually tell you're not a student there.
  6. Boomhauer, how about contacting a few professors at UGA/etc. directly? I think they might generally be more willing to spend some time talking with you and pointing you in the right direction. Perhaps you could even get your hands dirty with a research project. Also, I would agree that doing a major in a basic science (bio, chem, phys) would be much more beneficial if you see yourself as wanting to go to grad school in the Earth sciences (remember that this field is not all about rocks! I don't know gneiss from schist, but I'm still definitely part of the geoscience community), especially for cross-disciplinary work, e.g. oceanography or atmospheric sci.
  7. waddle

    textbook titles

    seems like every other textbook I come across is titled "Name of (Sub)Field: Principles and Applications" ... if I ever write a textbook I swear I will title it "FALCONPAWNCH: This Book is teh Awesome, andhasnothingtodowithvideogames" /rant
  8. Among the students I know, basically none of them spend a significant amount of time in the interwebs. The most internetz-y place they frequent is probably Reddit. In my experience, the average geoscience student is more outdoorsy / extroverted than students in other fields of science with which I'm familiar. But perhaps I'm just not hanging out with the right group of people.
  9. Get rid of the smartphone now and you could save yourself a load of stress and money once you start grad school. I dunno about you but I prefer not to be anxiously awaiting the next email from my advisor or some whiny undergrad.
  10. Never thought it'd be just as exciting seeing the admissions process from the other end. Congrats all who've been accepted! Do consider sticking around the Earth Sci. forum; it can get pretty lonely here sometimes.
  11. Have you been accepted? If so, it doesn't really matter. I showed up to two snowy school visits (one post-acceptance, one pre-) in jeans and a pair of battered sneakers. At the time, I didn't own any boots, and those were the warmest shoes I had (though I did bring along a pair of nicer shoes). I wasn't accepted to the latter school, but probably not for reasons of (lack of) style.
  12. You're asking a question that (1) deals with a topic that has no straight answer and any answer given would be highly dependent on the personal experiences of the answerer, (2) can only be addressed properly by someone with firsthand experience with Yale's department as well as a range of other geoscience departments to compare to, and thus (3) you are unlikely to find an answer to here on the forums. I know you're just curious, and don't blame you for asking these questions (the happiness of grad students is an important factor in deciding on a school--or least it certainly was for me) but maybe this isn't the best place to ask this question. Word-of-mouth and personal experiences go a lot further in academia than reading a post hacked out on a specialized forum that is read by a tiny subset of grad students by some anonymous dude who may or may not have an axe to grind. Also, open house tends to be a time of high spirits--even for current students in the program, since they're probably getting fed too--so it's important to stand back and put emotions aside and consider the school's pros/cons rationally. Open house is certainly not representative of daily life in the program, so don't let a great recruitment experience sway your decision. They'll wine and dine you now, but don't make a decision based on how good the food was. This seems like an extraordinary funding situation. Are you sure you're not misunderstanding their funding arrangements? Many schools guarantee ~5 years of funding, but I imagine that dipping into department funds (of which a huge chunk comes from overhead charged on grants and contracts anyways) would only be a last resort if both the advisor was unable to get enough grant money to support an RA, and the student has exhausted all other possible sources (TA, external fellowship, ...).
  13. http://i.imgur.com/LoHso.jpg this is what I thought of when you said Pantagonia (I'm sorry. It was just too good to pass up.)
  14. I rock/nerd out to it when I think nobody else is around. Of course, I can't hear people coming in when I'm playing it on full volume.
  15. As NoNO said, the AGU Fall Meeting (San Francisco) is the biggest conference in the Earth sciences. But because >17,000 people attend, it's almost futile to go without any prior contact with people with whom you're interested in speaking. Chances are you won't run into anyone you recognize, just because it is so darn big.
  16. Totally been there. Different cruise though, but yikes! Love that ship. I feel sorta bad for the guys who were on duty at the time; must have been nothing but sweat and salt for a few days..\ Yes! Though I've definitely seen more syllables than that. I get the feeling that I might've met some of the people you might be interested in working with (judging from your list of schools); feel free to PM me.
  17. [a little off-topic] This may actually work to your favor. The grad students already in the program love it when a prospective visits outside of formal visitation days. They get to take you out to eat on the department's dime, and you in turn, get much more time to pick their brains (without having to 'share' that time with other prospective students). You'll likely get a much more realistic feel to what day-to-day work is like for grad students--and get much more time to chat with current students (or just sit and observe benchwork happening when nobody is scheduled to talk with you)--, rather than being herded around in a pack of other admits to tour the fanciest facilities in the department. (Plus, if you go alone, you'll likely get your own hotel room (assuming the visit is funded), rather than having to share a room with one or two other visiting students!) The only real downside is that you don't get to mingle with your potential classmates, but that's no big loss.
  18. Sorry to hear, Kitkat. Disappointing news, I am sure, but you know what? It's all about fit. And fit goes both ways. Just keep doing what you find fascinating, and you'll find that fit. Rooting for ya!
  19. Inq, how do you log visitors to your website? Is IP logging something that has to be enabled server-side first?
  20. I applied to five. Seems like that number is pretty normal among students in my current grad program, though I have heard of some (mostly international) students applying to upwards of ten.
  21. Pretty sure that, as of 2010, NSF GRFP isn't accepting GRE scores as part of the application.
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