KineticKid Posted November 1, 2010 Share Posted November 1, 2010 I'll try to be brief. I'm a female in physics applying to grad school this year. I took 4+ years between by Bachelor's degree and now to raise my kid, so I've been out of physics for a little while (though I've been tutoring, taking classes here and there, and doing some research to keep up my skills). The research project that I've been working on the past year is only marginally related to physics: it's biological modeling (more applied math than bio). Now, I have ZERO interest in biology--I actually want to do theoretical statistical mechanics--but this modeling project seemed to be a good way to augment my numerical/programming skills, as well as maintain my math skills (PDEs, etc.). Also, since I wasn't currently in a grad program, I had a very, very difficult time finding someone who would let me join his/her research team. I couldn't be choosy, so I accepted this bio modeling project. The results of this work have been good; we just submitted a paper, which I hope will be accepted for publication before grad school apps are due. Besides grad school, I'm also applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The project I want to propose for the NSF GRF isn't actually what I want to ultimately study in grad school; it's another bio modeling project, one I think I could do very, very well (like, not just good, but also done using a different approach from current methodologies). Do you think proposing this bio modeling project is risky? Or should I go for a very physics-y physics sort of thing? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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