transitioning from experimental physics to math

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transitioning from experimental physics to math

Postby elliott34 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:26 am

Hi all,

I recently had an about face and decided that experimental physics is not for me; I want to apply to math phd programs. I have two summers of research in experimental physics, but both summers were mostly mathematical modeling along with other "working with my hands" type research. I am a double major in math and physics.

Do admissions officers care if my research is not in pure math? Or does it only matter that I have good research (and good recs from it) under my belt?


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Re: transitioning from experimental physics to math

Postby freeabelian » Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:40 pm

You'll be fine. The fact that you've done research shows you're competent and that you try hard. Even if you had been looking for math research, there's just more money for undergraduates in physical sciences.

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