Information for Students -- Undergraduate and Graduate

(compiled by lynne hillenbrand)


  • Caltech Astronomy courses
  • Caltech Physics courses

    Caltech Undergrad Research Options:

  • Caltech SURF
  • possible research projects with me
  • NSF's Research Experience for Undergraduates program
  • Summer Research Opportunities, from the AAS
  • Getting Started in Undergraduate Research , from AstroBites

    Caltech Grads:

  • possible research projects with me
  • where are they now?

    Graduate Schools:

  • The first thing to note in this area is that there are about 40 different schools in the U.S. currently granting a Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics. Look around!
  • Applying to Graduate School (pdf file) by Fran Bagenal
  • College Departments Offering Astronomy Related Degrees from the AAS
  • listing of undergraduate and graduate programs in the US, from Tom Arny
  • Advice for Undergraduates Considering Graduate School by Phil Agre
  • links to official AIP information on Astronomy grad programs (you can also buy the full printed version )
  • Rank Graduate Programs (according to your criteria)
  • National Doctoral Program Survey
  • Questions to Ask when Considering a Graduate Program
  • Getting In: An Applicant's Guide to Graduate School Admissions
  • Guide to the Graduate Decision
  • What to ask on a graduate school visit

    Information on Astronomy vs other Careers:

  • So you want to get involved in astronomy? (by Ethan Siegel)
  • So you want to be a physicist? (by "ZapperZ)
  • Jobs for Astronomers outside of academic/research astronomy
  • American Astronomical Society career brochure and career services
  • APS career advice
  • AGU career advice
  • American Institute of Physics employment reports
  • Who is Hiring Physics Bachelors from AIP
  • Physicists and Astronomers / Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Department of Labor
  • NOAO's FAQ about careers in astronomy
  • Sten Odenwald's FAQ about careers in astronomy

    Now You're in Graduate School:

  • Graduate School Survival Guide
  • A Beginner's Guide to Research in Astronomy (by Kevin Luhman)
  • How to be a Good Graduate Student
  • Best Practices for Scientific Computing
  • How to Give a Talk
  • Giving a Talk
  • Public Speaking
  • Hosting a Speaker
  • Guide to Hosting a Speaker
  • Networking on the Network
  • Preparing for your Post-PhD Career

    Student Funding:

  • Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships
  • National Physical Science Consortium Fellowships
  • AAUW Graduate Fellowships
  • Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research
  • NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program
  • NASA Harriet G. Jenkins Fellowship
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • NRC Research Associateships

    Actual Jobs:

  • AAS Job Register
  • NRAO job yellow pages
  • AIP job resources
  • Non-academic job search from UCI
  • Science's NextWave
  • YSN advice


  • Feibelman A Ph.D. is not Enough
  • Reis Tomorrow's Professor
  • NAS's Careers in Science and Engineering
  • NAS's Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend

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