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I'm putting these things here, because since I dropped almost 200 dolla dolla billz on signing up for the GRE, I might as well put all my ducks in a row for PhD applications.

::sigh:: I kind of half expected that after the M.S. I'd be done with grad shenanigans, but I guess I'm ready to return to higher learnin. ::headdesk:: Because a PhD is going to get me where I want to be in the science (science!) community. I can't keep being your friendly neighborhood archaeologist forever. I need the skillz that killz to be a big wig climate modeler.

First choice skool:
UNM Earth and Planetary Sciences
Pros-More climate change/paleo classes, really welcoming faculty, well funded. Full funding for all PhD students. One of the top schools in geo.
Cons-Prereqs include Calc and Chem. Very competitive. Possibility of having to do another M.S. first.
Deadline-January 15

Second choice skool:
UT Austin, Department of Geography and the Environment
Pros-the profs I've been working with in Belize teach there, and they've been pressuring me to apply. Well funded, strong well known department.
Cons-geography isn't even a real science. Possible mathy prereqs?
Deadline- January 1.

Other options:
http://deptweb-p.nmsu.edu/~geology/ (M.S. Only)
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/es/study/doctoral (abroad???)
Or I could do FSU again? Swamp stuff is always fun for paleoclime.

::sigh:: and it begins again.....


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Sep. 28th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
U of A is a pretty good school overall, some excellent restaurants and book stores in Tucson and lots of fossilly-stuff all over the state. I hate driving in Tucson at rush hour as the freeway is really only good for bypassing the city, and LOTS of streets flood when the monsoons come. The 3.5 meter mirror of my wife's telescope goes to Kitt Peak occasionally to get re-aluminized, it was built in a mirror lab beneath the U of A football stadium. You also have Biosphere 2 nearby, which is now owned by U of A.

They also have Ansel Adam's archive there, he offered to give all his negatives and prints to the UCal system, but they said no. Tucson was very happy to say yes. And the Old Tucson movie lot? Every October they turn the whole thing in to Nightfall, a huge haunted house. It's a lot of fun.

Tucson is much more a college town than Alamogordo, even though it's tremendously larger. Politically they're much more liberal than Phoenix, in fact, they've spoken of seceding and forming their own state, not that it would ever happen. And they do sometimes get snow.
Oct. 2nd, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
I've never been to Tucson, and I'd be lying if I said my heart wasn't pretty rooted in NM right now. ;) Buuuuut, if the geology program fits the bill, it's nice to know that the town has Stuff and Things! :D thanks!
Oct. 2nd, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
It definitely has great Stuff and Things. Excellent used book store called Bookmans (3 locations), Zia Records for used CDs (both Zias and Bookmans are great sources for music and video), my fav Mexican food restaurant PERIOD at El Charro with more than one location, more than one Trader Joe's, an Apple Store for repairs and help, and some excellent street faires. They also have an annual gem show which books EVERY hotel room in town!

And much better quality movie theaters! And being a college town, a much better selection of movies than the Aviator.

It's a very desert place and there are two cave formations nearby, Colossal and Kartchner. You might find it not so different than NM except for size.
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Archaeologist, activist, dinosaur.

Sam-uh-sawr-uhs reks: (n) East coast queer Unitarian archaeologist transplanted to New Mexico. It's like some sort of sick comedy of errors. With karaoke.

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