AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 132. Innovations in Graduate Education in Astronomy
Special, Thursday, January 9, 2003, 10:00-11:30am, 612

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[132.03] Experience with a Dual-Degree Program in Physics and Computer Science

J.E. Tohline (Louisiana State University)

A decade ago, the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University established a graduate dual degree program in conjunction with LSU's Department of Computer Science. It was designed so that students pursuing a Ph.D. in Physics (with, for example, a specialization in astronomy or astrophysics) could simultaneously earn a Master's Degree through the Computer Science department. As originally designed, this program offered physics and astronomy students an opportunity to certify their computational science skills, thereby broadening their job opportunities upon graduation. Our hope was that this dual-degree opportunity would also help with recruitment into our Physics Ph.D. program. The relative success of this program will be summarized, both in terms of its benefit to students and the enhanced interactions it generated between faculty in the two participating departments.

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