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Best Practices for Requesting Letters of Recommendation

January 17, 2019

What makes a good candidate stand out from a great one? Sometimes it can come down to a well-crafted letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation provide the admissions team with a more complete picture of the ...

The Diary of a Biology Ph.D. Student: Lacin Yapindi

January 10, 2019

Lacin Yapindi, a third year Ph.D. student, studies Molecular and Cell Biology at Southern Methodist University. Before coming to SMU, she attended Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. She is currently ...

An Interview with the First Student Member of the CATCO Group: Dr. Robert Kalescky

December 20, 2018

Dr. Robert Kalescky, Computational and Theoretical Chemistry Group (CATCO) graduate and Southern Methodist University (SMU) HPC Applications Scientist, is responsible for assisting the research community at SMU with ...

Building Your Graduate School Community

December 13, 2018

The thought of starting graduate school is intimidating. Maybe you’re finishing up your undergraduate program, and you’re concerned about spending more time in school while your friends are getting new jobs. Perhaps ...

Meet the Man Who Models Proton Structures for the World: Dr. Pavel Nadolsky

December 6, 2018

Dr. Pavel Nadolsky is an Associate Professor in Theoretical Physics at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He is the co-spokesperson of the Coordinated Theoretical-Experimental project on Quantum Chromodynamics (QTEQ), ...

Writing a Strong Statement of Purpose: Some Practical Advice and Answers to FAQs

November 29, 2018

The dreaded statement of purpose — every program asks for it, but why is it so difficult to write? Your statement of purpose might seem intimidating at first, but it is meant to serve as an introduction to your graduate ...

An Education in Creative Problem Solving: Transcending the Field of Physics

November 22, 2018

You’ve given hundreds of hours of total dedication to memorizing, researching, and studying the field of physics, all to earn a shiny new title at the end of your name — doctor. That degree is well worth your time and ...