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SeriousSillyPutty last won the day on October 6 2012

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    Physics! Informal science education; outreach education; museums & science centers; bike riding, storytelling, NPR
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    PhD in science education

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  1. Thanks for the lead, busybeinganxious! I'll pass it on to my classmates, too.
  2. Hi folks! I'm taking a class called "Children of Immigrants", and part of it involves surveying (you guessed it) children of immigrants. This includes those who were born in the U.S. with a least one immigrant parent, and those who immigrated themselves with their parents. It is not scientific (and not for publication -- no IRB approval), but I need at least ten people to complete the survey by next weekend. There is one page of general questions, and one page asking about education. Would any of you be willing to do so? If so, will you let me know here, so that I know if I need to start "kn
  3. I had that issue with a job... I think the job title was a remnant from before the department restructured or something, because it was really misleading. I think I just told my boss what title I was using on my resume, in case anything came up. In your case, since it's accurate but a bit wishy-washy, perhaps you could do both: Mentor/ Assistant Student Advisor -- or something like that.
  4. My strategy has been to go with food. There was a professor who met with me over the summer regularly on his own time and worked through some content-specific material with me, so I made him cookies. Since I took (a little time) to make them, it seemed like an appropriate way to thank him for his time, without getting too extravagant. If you're not into baking food might include something you couldn't get from WalMart, like some good local beer (if you know they drink beer) or maybe gourmet cupcakes or something. Otherwise, I like Bethadone's idea of the quirky presents that you wouldn't
  5. My stats class didn't really try to teach us how to use any program, but did examples in SPSS. Personally, I would have liked to learn how to use R, because it's free but not intuitive enough for me to learn on my own, having never learned something without a GUI. So I say do R, then you can do your work on your own computer, and learn a program that you can use again when you're not a student, without having to pay an arm and a leg.
  6. Thanks for the insights -- and sorry for the delayed response; I thought I had GC set up to notify me of updates, but apparently not. Anyway, PsychGirl's assessment is essentially right, although the summer internship location isn't associated with a university. The general purpose of the internship is help with the educational programs -- so while it could include visitor studies, it most likely will revolve more around actually teaching or designing curricula. Part of the purpose of any internship is to see how things are done in a given situation, and since the situation is pretty unique
  7. I'm guessing this is late... but how did it go? When I am really sleep deprived, I find it increasingly difficult to speak in coherent sentences... I get this dull headache in my temples, and have to work harder to find the words I want -- so I will always opt for sleep. But I can see your dilemma.
  8. Thanks for the insights. It's good to know that these things are confusing for most newbies. Because originally I thought it was a small thing, I just talked to the grad student adviser when I started the form and found I needed an official faculty adviser... but it's been awhile since she's done an IRB, and hasn't had to do one with the new system. I'll try contacting the IRB office directly I think, in addition to getting help from the adviser as best I can long distance. Our system also seams more geared toward biomed research, but since I'm applying for IRB exempt status, it provides a
  9. I give the tragic account of my current situation in detail on the research forum: ... but I wanted to see if any education people had insights directly in our field. The short version is that I haven't been involved in any research yet, but the department head recommended I use my internship this summer as research through being a "participant observer," and recording everything I observe as I participate in the internship. Seemed simple enough, but I have to fill out an IRB. I don't have any experience in this, and it seems like a lot doesn't apply to my situation but I have to make
  10. Oh good! My friends' experiences, coupled more recently with some comments by professors, have gotten me pretty disillusioned. Glad it's isolated.
  11. The short version: Anyone have tips for know good examples of IRBs for "participant observer" research? Extended version: I have an internship this summer with the education/outreach department of a big physics lab (woohoo!). They give a smalls subsistence allowance, but not enough to actually pay for travel/housing, so I asked my department how I would go about getting summer funding from the University, like students do when they stick around for the summer. (This is a PhD program, but people aren't in research groups, and do all sorts of odd things while taking classes.) The departm
  12. If there's nothing like an essay to re-grade, I don't think you'll have much luck... and I don't think one grade will make much of a difference long-term anyway, especially if you're not going to grad school for German. You could perhaps ask to go over what you were scored down for and then retake the oral, but I don't think you'll get very far. A friend of mine is a TA, and a kid complained that he did better than other people but got a worse grade (he didn't take into account how different portions of the grad were weighted). When the TA said the grade was legit, he went behind her bac
  13. I've said this elsewhere on the forum but I'll put it here too: Doing stuff with people who like me regardless of school stuff has kept me sane. Granted, this was not only easier but unavoidable to some extent because I didn't move for grad school, but I think it is worth being intentional about finding something other than grad school to spend time on. In my experience, "work expands to fill the space allotted." So if I say, "I'm going to spend all day Saturday writing this paper", I will truly spend all day at the office, but I will also spend about 3 hours worth of 20-minute chunks check
  14. As others have said, it depends on the state. However, some states post the driver's guide book online. This includes everything you will be tested on for the written test you need to get a permit. Here's the one for Illinois: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a112.pdf Also, FYI, many states have the DMV (department of motor vehicles) but some (Michigan, I know) just runs everything directly through the Secretary of State offices. In the U.S., almost all cars are automatic transmissions, where I know it didn't used be that way in Europe (is that still t
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