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I have no IDeaL what I'm doing (IDL programming for absolute dum-dums)

So, I recently got selected to do undergraduate physics research this summer. Great! Awesome! Yay me! However, my research advisor has asked me to use something called IDL to analyze tomographic images of compounds and turn them into 3D images. This is good news, because IDL is used a lot by astronomers to analyze astronomical data, and I want to continue my education in astronomy. But, I've never used IDL ever before. I'm not even sure exactly what it is (a programming language?). My question is this: how do I get up to speed so that I can hit the ground running with my research? Difficulty: Research begins in two weeks. Details: [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Apr 25, 2014 - 12 answers

How do get into Science grad school w/an Art undergrad degree ?

I have a bachelors degree in film. I want a Masters in Cell and Molecular Biology. I want to work in a research lab. Getting into grad school in general is a mystery to me, but my special circumstances make it seem that much more impossible...is it? [more inside]
posted by Telomeracer on Nov 12, 2013 - 6 answers

How to track down a teacher

Is it possible to track down a teacher through the NYC public school system? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Am I doing the wrong thing here?

Science grad school application filter: I have informally (but explicitly) accepted a graduate assistant position (in conservation biology) at my current undergraduate institution. I am now having second thoughts and am wondering what, if anything, I should do about it. Help me, Hive Mind! I don't know what to do! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 - 8 answers

I have a B.S. in Engineering. How can I get into a great Computer Science PhD program?

I have a B.S. in a mostly unrelated field. How can I work towards getting into the best Computer Science graduate program possible? [more inside]
posted by EthanAI on Oct 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Is this an offer I'd be a fool to refuse?

I am a senior undergraduate biology student who wants to become a conservation biologist and a professor. I work part-time in a lab at my university, and my principal investigator recently made me an offer that on the face of it seems pretty great. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 24, 2012 - 28 answers

MSc or PhD?

Wondering whether I should go for the PhD that I wanted when I went back to school, or whether it's more sensible to stay where I am and do a Master's first. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jul 1, 2012 - 18 answers

Help find a cite for a study

Can anyone help find a cite for a study? I think I heard about it on the radio at some point. It was a study that recorded classrooms - I think high school - and then talked about how much classroom time was spent on girls' discussion and questions and how much on boys. It also surveyed student/teacher perceptions of the time spent, and had a follow-up component where teachers tried to even out the time. Thanks in advance!
posted by kavasa on Apr 25, 2012 - 6 answers

My brain wants me to hate myself. My self wants me to finish college. Help.

Please help me make a plan to deal with the aftermath of this episode of severe depression. For various reasons I would really prefer not to be enrolled in college again next semester. It's long, I'm sorry, but I wrote this too quickly to pare things out. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Nov 30, 2011 - 12 answers

How do I do a good literature review?

How do I do a good literature review for a research paper in philosophy? I have access to good resources, but I really want to make sure that I cover everything that's been written on the topic. How can I put myself at ease while making sure I don't miss a beat? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken on Jun 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Search, cross-link references in PDF articles?

Perhaps this is just a fantasy, but is there any application or online tool that could search through the references of an article I have saved as a PDF, in order to check whether I have those cited articles in my larger PDF library? It would be perfect if it would highlight, link, or somehow display cross-referenced relationships between all my articles. I am already familiar with many referencing/PDF organization software such as Papers (Mekentosj), Sente, and Devonthink. I suppose what I have in mind is a similar tool, but with the additional power of something like ISI Indexes. I have a fairly large library (about 300 references that I'm actively using, and more than 2000 total) and I'm just trying to get some "big-picture" grasp of how all these sources relate to one another.
posted by samac on Jun 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Am I a crazy person to want to become a teacher?

I've taken a one year leave from a grad school program in physics. I was very unhappy in grad school, and I'm now leaning towards not going back. My next best idea is to become a high-school teacher in physics and/or math in the Boston area. Am I crazy? How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2010 - 13 answers

Grad school self-sabotage

Please, help me deal with a justified last-minute anxiety, regarding a Very Important oral presentation (end of the year research presentation), that will introduce a more than average research (due to personal problems, which interfered with academic work). Also, help me think about the right attitude to adopt towards my teachers on D-day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2009 - 3 answers

Is there anything else I can do? If not, help me let it go.

Is there any further action I can take to recoup the financial loss and and deal with the emotional frustration resulting from my university's swine-flu-panic decision to cancel a much-anticipated field research opportunity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Learn Math Via Programming?

I have always been horrible at math, but somehow a great programmer. I have found that writing a computer program that demonstrates a certain mathematical concept enables me to better understand the concept. I'm a psych major and I brought this up once in the research lab I've been working in. My prof said he recalls that someone did research and/or created a system in which a student writes a computer program that is pertinent to a certain mathematical concept and upon completion is given the regular math problem (as it would appear in a math class). This enables the student to better understand the math problem, solve, and learn math. Has anyone heard of this or anything similar? A learning system such as this would be a blessing to my education. Thanks.
posted by fightoplankton on Apr 13, 2009 - 15 answers

What software is helpful for writing a masters thesis?

What software is helpful for writing a masters thesis? [more inside]
posted by metricfan on Dec 4, 2008 - 14 answers

Two Master's Degrees... What are my options?

This spring I will be finished with my second Master's degree. I've been at my current job for almost three years and while I enjoy it immensely, I am wondering about other opportunities that having two graduate degrees might open up for me. Am hoping to obtain answers especially from individuals who have multiple degrees and have gone into somewhat different career paths. [more inside]
posted by msposner on Nov 11, 2008 - 3 answers

How do I find a Research Experience in S.F. without starving…

I am a recent graduate of a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, an interdisciplinary degree, and have just returned to San Francisco to try and get some research experience (in social science research) but because I don’t have any real background I am having trouble getting anything… HELP! [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Aug 13, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me find information about Coatesville, Pa.

I need to write a twenty page paper about the economic and social situation of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, a dying rust-belt steel town. Is there a Coatesville expert in the room? Someone who grew up there? Someone who spent time there or did business there? I need your expertise, or at the very least access to resources that might not be readily apparent to me. [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Feb 10, 2008 - 6 answers

An Apple a Day Keeps my Research Advisor Away

New Macintosh user needs help getting his Pro set up for academic research. [more inside]
posted by Large Marge on Jan 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Congenial study spots in and/or around Baltimore, MD?

I need to find a good spot to study. I like libraries, particularly of the academic sort. What's the most congenial library in the Baltimore, MD area? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Mar 14, 2007 - 5 answers

Am I just nervous?

GradSchoolAnxietyFilter: I have no research experience. How do I describe my research plan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2006 - 8 answers

New York, New York!

What happened to the New York School of Music? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Jun 9, 2006 - 6 answers

How do I take notes on big books?

Researchers, academics, and readers: how do you deal with taking notes, recording passages, keeping a common-place book, and reading long books? What is your note-taking workflow? [more inside]
posted by josh on Jan 19, 2006 - 30 answers

Forget Memorizing!

I'm researching the pros/cons of brute memorization as it applies to the classroom. [more inside]
posted by jruckman on Sep 29, 2005 - 11 answers

EEBO Database Access

I'm doing research for a paper, and am running low on time. It turns out that my college (Goucher college), does not subscribe to a database I need access to. The database is: EEBO : Early English Books Online. If any of my fellow students on metafilter can help me out please send an e-mail to the address in my profile. [more inside]
posted by Grod on Apr 30, 2004 - 4 answers

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