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Astronomy 185C - Fall 2005
W 2:00-3:00 · RLM 15.216A · Unique No. 48465


Harriet Dinerstein

Office: RLM 16.324
Hours: M 1:30-2:30, W 10:30-11:30, or by appt
Phone: (512) 471-3449

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Philosophy of this course
AST 185C is a professional development seminar tailored for incoming graduate students in the UT Astronomy Ph.D. program. It is informal, consisting mainly of information, advice, and discussion. The main activity is weekly attendance and participation. We will try to address questions and issues that can be important to your progress in our program, and in astronomy as a profession, but don't generally come up in conventional courses. UT's Graduate School offers a number of less field-specific professional development courses, as well as occasional one day workshops on topics such as grant proposal writing, applying for academic jobs, etc.

A major goal of the semester is to give you an in-depth overview of research activities at UT Austin, including the areas of stellar, interstellar, extragalactic astronomy, planetary systems, and theory. This may be particularly useful if you have not yet picked a research area and advisor, but even if you know what your area of specialization will be, it is a good thing to know generally about what is going on in the department. We will also discuss issues such as: What does it really take to succeed in graduate school and beyond? What are the prospects of finding a job, what kind of jobs are available, and how does one prepare for various career paths? These questions will be addressed by a variety of guest with various backgrounds and experiences.

What is expected of you in this class?
To attend regularly, except in case of illness or conflicting activities such as an observing run. Several class sessions will require a little bit of preparation (one round of short oral presentations and and possibly a brief survey or reading), but most of the time you'll come just to listen, ask questions, and participate in discussions.

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