|AST 185C · Conference on Modern Astronomy
A few relevant books are: 1. "A Ph.D. is Not Enough! A Guide to Survival in Science,"
Peter J. Feibelman (1993); 2. "To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists," Peter S.
Fiske (1996); and 3. "Building a Successful Career in Scientific Research: A Guide for PhD
Students and Postdocs," Phil Dee (a pseudonym; 2006). These and other materials are on a shelf in
Peridier Library labelled "Careers." There is also a lot of material on the Web, including the Career
Services site of the AAS, http://www.aas.org/career/index.htm,
and the on-line career advice website
of the AAAS's Science magazine, http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/.
Topics for discussion in Ast 185C (not necessarily in this order):
- Introduction to research at Texas:
- research facilities at McDonald Observatory (and elsewhere)
- research activities at Texas, reviewed by research area
- Survival and success in the UT Astronomy program:
- the official program (A to Z)
- perspectives from several graduate students who are further along in the program
- Survival and success in an astronomy career:
- statistics on the current job market in astronomy & how UT grads have fared
- how to get yourself and your work known, job hunting strategies & advice from post docs
- grantsmanship, professional norms, & ethical issues
- non-academic careers, e.g. "industry," soft-money, and observatory or mission support
- Professional and communication skills
- we'll do short practice oral presentations (before you have to do it in a seminar or class)
- and discuss what goes on in the peer review process for journal articles & grant proposals