Today I gave a talk about applying to graduate school for the Math Club at VCU. My slides are below.
Here are a few links:
- Advice on a career in operations research from INFORMS. I wish I had known about this link before–this FAQ answers many questions that students ask me.
- A list of ORMS departments in the US from INFORMS.
- By now, you’ve probably realized that you should become a member of INFORMS. It’s frugal ($37 per year) and valuable. Go for it! If you are not into OR, join AMS, ASA, ACM, SIAM, or whatever interests you.
- Mike Trick made a plea for graduate students to sign up for twitter accounts. It’s a great idea, and I’ll let him explain why.
- Students from state universities with strong STEM programs tend to be the most recruited in the nation. Those are great choices if you want a job when you graduate.
The students at the talk recommended forums, including the Xkcd forums and Grad café forums
One of the students at the talk recommended the book Getting what you came for: The Smart Student’s Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D.
I maintain some advice for student researchers. This advice illustrates some of the expectations for you in grad school. If it doesn’t frighten you, then graduate school might be a good option.
I want to thank my tweeps for their excellent advice (@tdhopper, @ksphil, @techstepper, and @dianam).
October 13th, 2011 at 10:59 pm
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