The US high-energy physics community is planning the next two or three decades of its future. The process, called Snowmass, is a big deal for everyone interested in astro/particle physics, cosmology and related areas. That is especially important in these times of shrinking budgets and dire job prospects, which affect academic career paths of researchers worldwide — the folks at PhD Comics have a great take on this topic. Brilliant.
At Snowmass, the contribution of all segments of the community is necessary to ensure that its outcome truly reflects our views. The Snowmass Young Physicists group was formed to facilitate the participation of young people in this process. I am one of the organizers of this group and we are pursuing a Career and Science Aspirations Survey as an opportunity for everyone in our field to have their voices heard and help paint the big picture.
We are reaching out to people in all demographics: current, past and prospective students at the undergraduate and graduate levels; postdocs or former postdocs now working in other areas; and you, Quantum Diaries reader.
If you are part of our community, please take 10 minutes to respond the online survey. If you think this doesn’t apply to you, then please help us spread the news! The link is: http://tinyurl.com/snowmassyoung