I’ve done a lot of DIY projects over the years , ranging from electric arc speakers to Air quality & Climate control systems. Most of my projects involved Arduinos.

My qustion is , I’ve been thinking of conducting a 5 year study on Air quality & climate change using 10 arduino sensors (gas , dust , temp&humidity) and an arduino , I will collect data for 5 years and then conclude my findings ???

1) Can i publish such research anywhere ? 2) Do these type of projects have any value or are they a waste of time ? 3) What are other better ways to utilize the 2 month semester breaks during first year of a UG physics program ?

(I’m 17 and will be joining a UG physics program soon)

I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (2017), and I’m planning to do Master’s in Photonics (Germany, 2020). Currently I’m working as Project Associate in a project related to lasers in one of the Indian institutes of technology.

Now, I have an opportunity to do a master degree in IIT and I feel that before doing Master’s in Photonics, I’d like to explore more in optics and have an idea of doing Master’s in Applied Optics (this year) from IIT before doing the Master’s in Photonics (Germany, 2020).

Question: Is doing two Master’s degrees worthwhile?

I have completed my bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering(2017)and planning to do Masters in Photonics(in germany) in 2020.Currently,im working as Project Associate in a project related to laser in one of the Indian institute of technology.

Now,I have an opportunity to do Master degree in IIT and i feel that before doing masers in photonics,like to explore more in optics side and have a idea of doing masters in applied optics(this year) from IIT before doing master in photonics(germany) in 2020.

i like to know whether is it a good idea of doing two master degree

I have been facing the following “problems” with my department head at an undergraduate institute. I joined it just under a year ago and am already facing (what appears to be) a lot of negativity from her. Here are my main problems:

1) Last semester, she would always come to me/email me telling me what a couple of students said/complained about me – mostly being that I am tough and expecting them to study more – well, it is Physics, you can’t just enter the classroom as if you are entering a cinema and expect entertainment – one has to be prepared! Anyhow, I am pretty sure she was asking students “how is the new guy?” which encouraged this behaviour from students – she implied it once during lunch.

2) Towards the end, she failed to put an end to disruptive (and borderline racist) behaviour from one of the students in spite of my complaints, but kept on encouraging it instead of nipping it in the bud when it happened first.

3) Moreover, I am continuously discouraged in collaborating with another department – I haven’t had any problems with them so far.

4) A few months ago, when I sent in the new syllabus for this semester (it has to pass through the Dept Head before being posted on the website), she said she wasn’t OK with it – it didn’t have anything unusual!

5) And now, when I wanted to add points for interaction in the syllabus for the next semester – as positive reinforcement (instead of penalising students), she gave a straight no, and asked me to give her a scientific paper proving that it is effective! I mean.. really?

6) To be in students’ good books and get good feedback, she is encouraging a manipulative student – she helps him in doing homework and he will be taking a summer “reading course” with her. So, now this student doesn’t have to sit in my course or pass it, and yet complains all the time which is encouraged by her.

I know these things are pretty vague but are definitely giving me a lot of negative vibes… Any advice as of how to face this situation? It looks like she is building a way to get my lose this job or make me go… Or am I just being too “sensitive” about it?

PS – She pretty much has the regular Dept Chair power — my annual performance review should pass through her, teaching assignments pass through her, etc.

PPS – The disruptive student’s concern was that the grade on the website wasn’t correct where as everything was as it is supposed to be – she acted like a middle-man everytime he was trying to cause trouble instead of either directing him directly to me or atleast recommending that or telling him that disruptive behaviour is not OK. The manipulative student gets a slap on the wrist for blatantly lying about grades, quiz, etc, she helps him in getting his homework done – he is supposed to do it on his own!

How common is it for students to take loan in theoretical physics? Theoretical physics and mathematics students are advised not to take loan as there are very few jobs in both fields. I got admitted in a Masters Theoretical Physics(Quantum fields and Strings) program in Uppsala. So far I don’t have a scholarship and I am looking for one. Is taking loan in these two fields always a bad idea?

There are no academic positions in theoretical physics offered to master graduates worldwide based on my personal experience.

First, when I was still a master student in physics, a professor in theoretical high-energy physics in my department told me the faculty is never given funds to employ master graduates to do research in theoretical physics, so all he can do to help his master students needing time to prepare for applying for foreign PhD programs is postponing their graduation so that they can hold the part-time assistant positions associated with his research project while making the preparation.

Despite hearing about that, I still didn’t quite believe the fact that there are absolutely not academic positions in theoretical physics offered to master graduates, so after graduation I made an exhaustive search for them in my country, but have never seen even a single such position. The positions of the kind closest to the theoretical physics I’ve seen are those having virtual contact with others’ experiments, which usually require computer programming to simulate or analyze experimental data though there is no need to actually operate experimental apparatuses; these for me are counted as experimental physics as well.

Then I finally accepted the fact that a master graduate in theoretical physics seems to be only able to submit to either landing on a position not closely related to his master studies or staying without position if they can’t pursue a PhD immediately. Either way is not ideal for those who are dedicated to studies of theoretical physics seriously in the hope of taking it as their professional career. To my frustration, I often wonder the purpose of conferring the intermediate degree master in theoretical physics between bachelor and PhD since there is no associated position offered at all.

However, recently I have new discoveries. First, when I checked the CV of an assistant professor in theoretical physics having PhD position opening, I surprisingly found he had a stay of one year in a research institute for theoretical physics in Turkey between his MSc and PhD studies. Second, I found there were open research-associate positions in theoretical physics regarding gravity and cosmology in a university in England, with the requirement of the applicants being those who have a PhD degree in theoretical physics or those who have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience (will be given a lower salary than the PhD holder). Third, I heard on web that university lectureship and non-tenured assistant professorship in theoretical physics and math in India only require master degree. Then I recall one of my collaborators (a master student senior than me) during my MSc studies coming from Malaysia was given a university lecturer position, which was, nonetheless, in math rather than theoretical physics, when she came back to her country before pursuing PhD. However, I know she majored in math in her bachelor studies—this probably contributes a factor to her being able to get a position in math though she majored in physics in MSc.

Thus I wonder how common academic positions in theoretical physics are offered to master graduates worldwide. Are such offers commoner than I consider or such positions I heard in Turkey and India as above are just few exceptions. If theoretical physics positions for master graduates are not so common worldwide, how can the aforementioned research associate positions in England expect to find applicants with an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience as that of PhD? If there are not associated research positions offered to them, where do they get an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience? Can they study and make publications at their own home and write these on CV as experience? I doubt. Only given positions can be counted as professional qualifications and experience, right?

When I was an undergrad, a physics problem is difficult mainly because of the phenomenon. Now I am a grad student majored in Theoretical Physics, most of the problems I have to solve are difficult because of the mathematics. I start realizing I have many holes in my mathematical background. For example, I don’t know how to use the trick to calculate the derivative of the integral like this one:
I don’t know Leibniz integral rule, etc …
What are the good mathematical books for theoretical physicists?

I studied physics for my undergraduate and master’s and I’ve been offered a position in the computing department for my PhD in the UK. The topic is quantum information (hence, the overlap with computing does make sense) and there is no coursework. I’m very happy with the offer and my supervisor. The only problem is that I am a bit nervous about being in the “wrong” department, given my background.

I see myself as a physics student and I can’t really picture calling myself a computer scientist. I’m much more comfortable talking about, say, condensed matter than algorithms and data structures. I’m more interested and would probably get more out of a physics department talk than a CS talk.

Should I request a change of department but with the same supervisor before I begin? Alternatively, could I just hang around more at the physics department instead and not care about the official affiliation? Or is this a non-issue that I’m needlessly worried about? In case it matters, my funding is from a university level scholarship, not a departmental one.

Related but different question: Problem of mentioning the department affiliated with PhD degrees