The only chemist who does a triple integral without complaining
August 10, 2010 11:15 PM Subscribe
I studied mathematics and some computer science as an undergrad, and I loved it. I feel that my real passion, however, is in experimental sciences or engineering. What are some graduate school options for me?
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I went through some twists and turns with my undergraduate education, but ended up with a decent mathematics education. However, my small experience in chemistry classes and my current job in an interdisciplinary lab lead me to believe that I would be more fulfilled with experimental science (particularly chemistry) than hardcore theory, number crunching, or code monkeying. I also feel that I have an engineering mindset - I like design and making things work. However, my school had no engineering program.
I'm wondering if there are any graduate school options that would give me the opportunity to use my math education in a more hands-on, physical setting. I have looked at robotics programs and I am also enamored with instrumentation design. My current job is in biological image processing, and I find it pretty enjoyable, but I don't want to spend the rest of my life in front of a computer. Are there any fields, or specific programs, in experimental sciences or engineering that are amenable to mathematicians? Personal anecdotes would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!