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Vacation! And a Small Competition

Cosmic VarianceBy Mark TroddenJun 3, 2006 11:00 AM

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Well, I'm about to leave for a week's vacation and do not expect to be able to post while away. So, I thought I'd leave you with a small competition. I'd like to construct a Letterman-like top ten list of reasons why undecided college students should seriously consider physics as their choice of undergraduate major. An important ground rule is that it is not my assumption that anyone choosing to become a physics major would intend to later go to graduate school and become a professional physicist, although they might. This is a question we often ask ourselves when thinking over the structure of our undergraduate curriculum, and it might provide some help to any people considering physics as a way to go. I won't pretend that it doesn't also help me to have the best ammunition possible when recruiting smart kids for physics; and I think CV readers are the right people to provide the best list. I'll post what I consider to be the best ten suggestions (not all from the same person - you are free to suggest as few or as many reasons as you like) on Monday the 12th. If there are humorous suggestions, I'll include at least two of those, and if there are enough, perhaps a whole other funny list. But serious reasons are my main goal. Have fun!

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