ASTR 511 (O'Connell) Lecture Notes


TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN
OBSERVATIONAL ASTRONOMY

Here are some tips for graduate students, which I think would be echoed by most of my colleagues, on how to approach research in astronomy.

A. Ask the right questions

B. Learn to assess solvability

C. Plan to take quick advantage of new observational capabilities

D. Develop a healthily skeptical outlook

E. Know the background thoroughly

F. Develop skill with ROMPs & SWAGs**

G. Understand your instruments well

H. Understand analysis techniques well

I. Track your own progress

J. Dealing with computers

K. Dealing with advisors

L. Dealing with groups

M. Publishing

N. Presentations

O. Observing Proposals

P. Dealing with teaching

Q. Scientific Discovery, Scientific Careers



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