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10-31-2012, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Mathradio View Post
So here's my graduate school choices (potential thesis subjects in parentheses):

University of Montreal (exoplanets or white dwarves)
McGill (neutron stars or hard coatings)
Polytechnique (risk management)
Tufts (extragalactic physics)
Dude, I'm an astronomer too, awesome !!

It's a great field to be in, and all the ones you list are good choices.

Exoplanets are a very hot topic now, and neutron stars and white dwarves have a high potential to be hot topics. All are good choices, so I wouldn't worry too much. Just go where you feel the most comfortable, i.e. where you'll be most productive.

I have never heard anybody say anything negative about Andrew *******. Haha, the website filters his British name.

"Extragalactic physics" is broad, I'm not sure what it means. It's a hot topic in that it's like 70% of astronomy in North America, so you can get a lot of citations on a high tide, but a lot of it is garbage and it may be hard to stand out on the basis of quality of work.

BTW, you don't necessarily need to know your thesis topic on day one ...

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