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UCSC Astro Grads Wiki

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Welcome to the Astro Grads UCSC Wiki

Modelled heavily after Berkeley's Bad Grads Wiki, this is meant to be a resource for the UCSC astronomy graduate student population. The Department Website has a lot of great information on many of these topics. We suggest that you look there as well.

 

This information is intended as a supplement only and is not meant to replace or supersede all applicable information regarding the Graduate Program as found on the official Department of Astronomy Web Page or UCSC Graduate Division Website. Meaning that this site is not the official repository of information regarding the program and its requirements and perhaps will not be up-to-date on the most recent changes. This is simply an informal collection of information collected by grad students and is not endorsed or approved by the department.

 

For official updated information on a variety of topics see the astronomy department graduate handbook and the graduate division handbook.

 

University coronavirus info: https://www.ucsc.edu/coronavirus/.

Santa Cruz coronavirus info: https://www.santacruzhealth.org/HSAHome/HSADivisions/PublicHealth/CommunicableDiseaseControl/Coronavirus.aspx.

 

Life in Santa Cruz

 

Department life 

 

University-level bureaucracy

 

Science Resources

 

Degree completion

Most of the official forms you'll need to use along the way to degree completion are available from the grad division. Often you'll need department signatures (e.g., grad advisor, chair, your qualifying committee, your thesis commitee, etc.) and it's a good idea to consult Lindsay when doing this stuff.

 

Private documents (shared google drive)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Below is the old version of the main page, slated for removal once we're happy with the relatively concise version above.

 

Welcome to the Astro Grads UCSC Wiki

Modelled heavily after Berkeley's Bad Grads Wiki, this is meant to be a resource for the UCSC astronomy graduate student population. The Department Website has a lot of great information on many of these topics. We suggest that you look there as well.

 

This information is intended as a supplement only and is not meant to replace or supersede all applicable information regarding the Graduate Program as found on the official Department of Astronomy Web Page or UCSC Graduate Division Website. Meaning that this site is not the official repository of information regarding the program and its requirements and perhaps will not be up-to-date on the most recent changes. This is simply an informal collection of information collected by grad students and is not endorsed or approved by the department. 

 

Life in Santa Cruz  

 

Life as a Grad Student

 

Department Stuff

  • Department Website
  • Department Google Calendar 
  • Grad Student Office Space Rules 
  • Prelim Lore 
  • Qualifying Exam Lore 
  • Travel Reimbursements 
  • Astro Network WikiFirst and second year students typically use "Astro Network" computers. You can find a wiki about this computer system at this link. (talk to Eric Gentry
  • NICS: UCSC's Astronomy Department has a company do all of our IT stuff. Their website has handy information about the NICS network. Your advisor is typically paying $100 a month for you as a user and an additional $100 per month if you have a managed computer. So you shouldn't be shy about asking them to take care of your IT issues.
  • Paper Discussion/Special Topics Groups
    • IMPS : Inter[stellar and galactic] Medium Program of Studies
    • Planet Lunch 

 

Advisors

  •  Student-Advisor Reflection Forms : An optional form designed to create a more effective Student-Advisor relationship. Meant to be semi-annual, this form attempts to create an opportunity to overcome the uncomfortable barriers that prevent frank, honest discourse and constructive criticism. 

 

Computing Resources & Tools 

 

Science Resources

  • Statistics For Astrophysics Seminar
    • Week 1: Discrete Distributions, Bayes's Rule, and Conjugacy
    • Week 2: Continuous Distributions, Monte Carlo Methods, MCMC. Discussion of confidence intervals. Audio for this lecture is available here.  
    • Week 3:  Model selection.
  • Guide to Error AnalysisThe methods for error estimation discussed are grid search, varying $\chi^2$, the Fisher matrix, Monte-Carlo methods, error propagation, data resampling, and bootstrapping. Finally, a method is outlined how to propagate measurement errors through complex data-reduction pipelines.
  • Data Reduction Pipelines
    • Low-Redux : A pipeline for spectroscopic data reductions of spectra from Lick/Kast, MMT/BCS, Keck/LRIS, Gemini/GMOS

 

Academic Resources

 

Fellowships

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) : Every eligible grad student should apply for this fellowship. This is a great opportunity. Beware the deadline is usually early in the Fall quarter (typically late October/early November).

 

Help with Writing 

 

Careers outside Academia:

  

How to edit this site:

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  • The best way to get your support questions answered is to click the help link at the top of this page. Our support gurus will get back to you asap. 

 

 

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