Obtaining astronomical data with a telescope takes much longer than several hours actually using the instrument. Rather, the process takes months starting with a telescope proposal that provides both scientific justification for the project and technical justification for the instruments requested. Here’s a look into what this process looks like, from writing the proposal itself to the review process, using my recent Green Bank Telescope observations to provide some examples.Read More
Graduate School: Applying, Living, Thesising
The Professional Student is a blog about everything grad school from the application process to my experiences living as a grad student, being a parent in grad school, and researching the role of chemistry in the evolution of our universe.
Filtering by Tag: Writing
Proposal writing, teaching, and passing candidacy (!!!). These are the highlights from my seventh term of graduate school.Read More
Whether for a term paper or an academic journal article, peer review is an important part of the writing process.Read More
There are many ways to reach out to other scientists, from journal articles to social media. Scientific perspectives are a medium somewhere in between.Read More
As an undergraduate, I learned the hard way that I needed to relearn how to read. After reading several scientific journal articles front-to-back, word-by-word, I was bored out of my mind and found that I was unable to recall any of the information (I thought) I had just taken in.
Here's an overview of the mindset you should have when tackling just about any (but specifically scientific) type of journal article.Read More