I graduated in 2016 with a 2:2, which I feel was lower than what I could have achieved.

I had had some minor issues before starting university, however I had an amazing support system and managed to get these in check. I completed my first year with only the normal issues (homesickness at first and adjusting to living away from home) until just before the end. I failed the last two exams of the year, partly due to the same issues that reoccurred later.

I had been struggling with one of my elective modules and after talking with my tutor, he recommended not worrying about it as I could fail 20 credits and as a 10 credit module, it would not affect my grade. However, the day of I woke up and completely panicked, zoning in and out all morning. I walked to the exam, and blanked and ended up in my department building instead of the exam hall, which was 20 minutes away and I had to run down a very steep hill to make it to the exam. But I made it and sat the exam.

I injured my knee while running. The problem with this is that my main coping method is exercise and I was on crutches. I then managed to completely space out for the last exam of the year. Meaning I failed both these modules, which was my 20 credit allowance. Despite this I averaged a high 2:1 for the year.

I went into my second year, with added roles and responsibilities. I had lived in catered accommodation in first year and moved to self catered in my second year. I became the social secretary of the physics society and started another sport (total of three) I had been a super human in my first year and wanted to do more. This turned out to be a bad idea, as my mental health started to decline, and my grades took a hit.

I then tried to pull them back up in my third year, but poor living conditions caused a physical health decline, which then exacerbated the mental health problems to a point where some days I couldn’t get out of bed.

The main problem being that in my third year I was living with some really shitty people and they were really scathing of mental health issues, meaning I didn’t seek the help I needed and am now getting and didn’t apply for special circumstance. Hindsight really is 20:20.

I have taken time out of my career to get this sorted and to make sure that I am taking the right path for me. I have now ruled it down to three possible paths and want to apply to see what I can do.

I just want to know whether I should mention these issues and the steps I’ve taken in my time off to overcome these, on my personal statement. I don’t seem to get anywhere else to put this and none of my previous lecturers know about this to mention on any references.

I’m currently finishing up my 3rd year of undergrad at a large state school and wanted to know how helpful first-author papers are for someone in physics when applying to grad school at a place like MIT or Caltech.

I’ve had the chance to work with two great professors in different areas of quantum physics. Thus far, I’ve published three papers as first author (one in PRX, two in PRL) and have three other papers in the works (one accepted to nature physics assuming some revision). Since my work was quite substantial, the postdocs and graduate students in both groups are using my techniques to study other problems and I anticipate having at least 5 other papers with my name in the 2nd and 3rd author position by the time grad admissions comes around.

In all cases I found/solved problems that were far beyond what my supervisors thought an undergrad could solve and they are both very happy with my work. I am wondering how much this would help with grad admissions? The reason I’m asking this here is I almost feel silly asking my supervisors since the schools I mentioned seem extremely prestigious and I wanted to gauge if I had any chance.

I’m searching for any universities (or other centers of learning) around the world that employ new methods of physics education. An example of a non-university center of learning is the Perimeter Institute in Canada. They have ties to a university but are a separate entity (as I understand it) but still offer courses.

When I say ‘new method’, I mean they don’t employ the standard lecture model where a professor or grad student stands in front of class and talks, including classes where clickers and other simple interaction tools may be used. New methods include the ‘reverse lecture’ where students study notes/books/etc. outside class then come to class to solve difficult problems and discuss what they’ve learned (typically in groups with professor oversight), any lecture here, if present, would usually be limited to 5-10 minutes. More standard homework could be assigned as normal.

I’ve seen new methods applied to select classes in different universities but I’ve yet to find an organization that applies any new methods as the norm, not the exception.

I am interested in doing some research online in theoretical physics, quantum mechanics or computational physics.

Is there a way that I can work with an advisor or in a group online? I don’t mind doing it for free, or even I can pay to work on such research projects.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Physics and currently pursuing a masters in Mathematics. While studying Math, I found myself missing physics so that’s why I am looking for physics research projects to work on.

Like can I skip studying Mathematica, python and still be missing only a little?
What I had in mind was to get MATLAB’s Mupad to do Mathematica’s jobs?
Also, since Python and MATLAB seem to basically have similar syntax, capabilities could one just know MATLAB and be able to do most of the things?

I felt that it would be better to know one software in detail rather than limited knowledge of many.

Steven Krantz’s book A Mathematician’s Survival Guide: Graduate School and Early Career Development has been mentioned in answers on this site. The book is full of good advice for graduate students in math in the U.S. and undergraduates who plan to apply to graduate schools.

I would like to know if any analogous guides have been written for graduate school in physics.

If I’m allowed, I’d like to ask exactly the same question for computer science.

Thank you.

I have completed my M.Sc. in Physics and have been working in a Quantum Optics Lab for over a year as a Research Assistant. I am no longer interested in that (in all of AMO, in fact).

I want to switch fields and go for Ph.D. in theoretical (HEP, Quantum Gravity, Physics beyond the standard model, etc. ) physics. I would like to pursue problems that are fundamental, but (preferably) still have strong roots in Physical reality.

What are my options for research areas and universities? Should I apply this year or try to work in a related research group as an intern and apply next year? I have no prior experience in any of those mentioned above, except for a reading course on cosmology during my M.Sc.

PS: I have missed most of the deadlines in the US because I realized this pretty late.

I recently received a 1st-year physics postdoc fellowship offer at a university in Canada for two to three years. The annual salary is 55,000 CAD (44,000 in USD). I haven’t worked in North America at all. I was just wondering how good this salary is.

I vaguely remember some new law-enforced minimum postdoc salary of 47,000 USD in the US. Does it mean it’s not that good? Any information will be greatly appreciated.

I recently received a 1st-year physics postdoc fellowship offer at a university in Canada for 2-3 years. The annual salary is 55,000 CAD (44000 in USD). I haven’t worked in North America at all. I was just wondering how this salary is.
Is there some minimum salary of 45000 USD in US? Does it mean it’s not that good? Any information will be greatly appreciated.