Getting What You Came For

The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D.

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Author: Robert Peters

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374524777

Category: Study Aids

Page: 400

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Is graduate school right for you? Should you get a master’s or a Ph.D.? How can you choose the best possible school? This classic guide helps students answer these vital questions and much more. It will also help graduate students finish in less time, for less money, and with less trouble. Based on interviews with career counselors, graduate students, and professors, Getting What You Came For is packed with real-life experiences. It has all the advice a student will need not only to survive but to thrive in graduate school, including: instructions on applying to school and for financial aid; how to excel on qualifying exams; how to manage academic politics—including hostile professors; and how to write and defend a top-notch thesis. Most important, it shows you how to land a job when you graduate.

Getting what You Came for

The Smart Student's Guide to Earning a Master's Or a Ph.D.

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Author: Robert L. Peters

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780374523619

Category: Dissertations, Academic

Page: 386

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Crafting Your Research Future

A Guide to Successful Master's and Phd Degress in Science & Enigineering

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Author: Charles X. Ling,Qiang Yang

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers

ISBN: 1608458105

Category: Education

Page: 156

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What is it like to be a researcher or a scientist? For young people, including graduate students and junior faculty members in universities, how can they identify good ideas for research? How do they conduct solid research to verify and realize their new ideas? How can they formulate their ideas and research results into high-quality articles, and publish them in highly competitive journals and conferences? What are effective ways to supervise graduate students so that they can establish themselves quickly in their research careers? In this book, Ling and Yang answer these questions in a step-by-step manner with specific and concrete examples from their first-hand research experience. Table of Contents: Acknowledgments / Preface / Basics of Research / Goals of Ph.D. Research / Getting Started: Finding New Ideas and Organizing Your Plans / Conducting Solid Research / Writing and Publishing Papers / Misconceptions and Tips for Paper Writing / Writing and Defending a Ph.D. Thesis / Life After Ph.D. / Summary / References / Author Biographies

Is a PhD for Me?

Life in the Ivory Tower : a Cautionary Guide for Aspiring Doctoral Students

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Author: Yuval Bar-Or

Publisher: Light Brigade Corporation

ISBN: 9780980011814

Category: Education

Page: 248

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Each year, tens of thousands of students enroll in doctoral programs across the United States. The experience can be formative, uplifting, fulfilling, and inspiring. It is also often intense, frustrating, demoralizing and at times even infuriating. While many students are destined to be productive researchers, attentive educators and respected thought leaders, others are destined for failure. With the benefit of hindsight, many of those who leave graduate school without the coveted degree realize they were unprepared for the program and ignorant of the realities of the academic world. "Is a PhD for Me?" is designed to help you, the aspiring doctoral student, in two ways. First, it is meant to help you make an enlightened decision about whether it is in your best interest to pursue a PhD degree. Second, in the event you do decide to pursue the advanced degree, the book is designed to help you anticipate and negotiate the trials and tribulations of the program. Embarking on a PhD program is a significant challenge, and one that should not be entered into lightly. This book will help you determine whether you have the unwavering passion, sustained commitment, and realistic understanding of the challenges, to thrive and succeed.

Graduate School

Winning Strategies for Getting In

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Author: David Gerald Mumby

Publisher: Proto Press

ISBN: 9780968217368

Category: Education

Page: 241

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This book provides college students with the information they need to apply successfully to graduate school. Misconceptions about graduate school are revealed and dispelled, including the most common myth – that one must have excellent grades to get in, and that excellent grades are all one needs. Other factors that may play a bigger role than GPA are discussed, and the reader discovers how the process of selecting applicants actually works in most graduate programs.

Building a Successful Career in Scientific Research

A Guide for PhD Students and Postdocs

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Author: Phil Dee

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521851916

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 130

View: 9072

An entertaining and practical guide to getting your science PhD and working as a post-doc.

Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School

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Author: Adam Ruben

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 0307589455

Category: Humor

Page: 176

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This is a book for dedicated academics who consider spending years masochistically overworked and underappreciated as a laudable goal. They lead the lives of the impoverished, grade the exams of whiny undergrads, and spend lonely nights in the library or laboratory pursuing a transcendent truth that only six or seven people will ever care about. These suffering, unshaven sad sacks are grad students, and their salvation has arrived in this witty look at the low points of grad school. Inside, you’ll find: • advice on maintaining a veneer of productivity in front of your advisor • tips for sleeping upright during boring seminars • a description of how to find which departmental events have the best unguarded free food • how you can convincingly fudge data and feign progress This hilarious guide to surviving and thriving as the lowliest of life-forms—the grad student—will elaborate on all of these issues and more. www.facebook.com/stupiddecisiontogogradschool From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Phd is Not Enough

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Author: Peter J. Feibelman

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1459609573

Category: Science

Page: 148

View: 8105

A Ph.D. Is Not Enough! is required reading for anyone thinking of applying to graduate school or entering the science job market. Focusing on critical survival skills, it offers sound advice on selecting a thesis or postdoctoral adviser; choosing among research jobs in academia, government laboratories, and industry; and defining a research program. This new edition features updates throughout and a new chapter reflecting today's rapidly changing world.

Should I Go to Grad School?

41 Answers to An Impossible Question

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Author: Jessica Loudis,Bosko Blagojevic,John Arthur Peetz,Allison Rodman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1620405997

Category: Education

Page: 256

View: 7309

The decision to attend graduate school is easy for future doctors and lawyers: they must have a professional degree to get started. But for young creative workers, aspiring artists, and intellectuals, grad school is an existential fork in the road. An M.F.A. or a humanities Ph.D. can give you time to invest in studying something you love among like-minded intellectuals and qualify you to teach a new generation of students; but it can also uproot you geographically, expose you to backstabbing competitors, and saddle you with debt. Given the current job market, is grad school really worth it-financially, professionally, and emotionally? In Should I Go to Grad School?, a wide range of people who lead intellectually and creatively interesting lives-sculptors and philosophers, activists and poets, a cocktail designer and a movie star-tell their own stories about choosing to go to grad school-or steering clear-and what that decision has meant in their lives. They give us an inside look at what grad school today is really like, and share the wisdom they wish they could have had going in. They reflect on their divergent paths to success, and muse about the path not taken. With contributors including David Orr, James Franco, Simon Critchley, Terry Castle, Sheila Heti, and many more, Should I Go to Grad School? is a must read for anyone seriously considering that titular question.

How to Survive Your PhD

The Insider's Guide to Avoiding Mistakes, Choosing the Right Program, Working with Professors, and Just How a Person Actually Writes a 200-Page Paper

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Author: Jason R. Karp

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402247486

Category: Study Aids

Page: 224

View: 1977

How to Survive Your PhD is your insider's guide to avoiding mistakes, choosing the right program, working with professors, and just how a person actually writes a 200-page paper When you're getting your PhD, you never know what surprises to expect. But now, you can be prepared! How to Survive Your PhD is your step-by-step guide to the right way to tackle every part of the doctoral process. Getting your PhD is not an easy process, and the decisions you make before and during your doctoral work can mean the different between having a PhD in four years or eight, Jason Karp has been there and made the mistakes and he shows you just what to avoid, what you should be doing, and how to make the best use of your time and resources. Plus insider tips on: Choosing Your School Dealing with Finances Picking the Right Academic Advisor Researching the Dissertation Managing Your Time The Exams Tricks of the Trade The Defense And so much more

57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School

Perverse Professional Lessons for Graduate Students

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Author: Kevin D. Haggerty,Aaron Doyle

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022628090X

Category: Education

Page: 201

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Every year almost half a million people start a graduate program of some sort. For many, grad school is the critical step toward a career as a researcher or teacher in higher education. Others might be pursuing a masters or a doctorate for personal fulfillment or to obtain the skills and credentials for a career outside the academy. No matter which group you are in, this book provides brilliant and unflinching advice about how to make a disaster out of graduate school.Kevin D. Haggerty and Aaron Doyle--two veteran directors of graduate programs and recipients of mentoring awards--have seen it all, the good and the bad. Here in this funny and shrewd book they lay out the fifty-seven ways to screw up grad school...so that you can avoid them. Their litanies of foul-ups are organized by theme and cover the grad school experience from beginning to end: from how to select your university and program, to your interactions with your advisor, committee, and fellow students, to balancing your personal and academic lives, through the pitfalls of completing your thesis and hunting for a job or postdoctoral fellowship. Although the authors guarantee that following their 57 step program will result in a spectacular crash and burn, their primary goal is to breathe some life and humor into a concise, accessible, and engaging guide for students and potential students on how to navigate and ultimately succeed in graduate school.

You Must Be Very Intelligent

The PhD Delusion

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Author: Karin Bodewits

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319593218

Category: Science

Page: 339

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You Must be Very Intelligent is the author’s account of studying for a PhD in a modern, successful university. Part-memoir and part-exposé, this book is highly entertaining and unusually revealing about the dubious morality and desperate behaviour which underpins competition in twenty-first century academia. This witty, warts-and-all account of Bodewits ́ years as a PhD student in the august University of Edinburgh is full of success and failure, passion and pathos, insight, farce and warm-hearted disillusionment. She describes a world of collaboration and backstabbing; nefarious financing and wasted genius; cosmopolitan dreamers and discoveries that might just change the world... Is this a smart people’s world or a drip can of weird species? Modern academia is certainly darker and stranger than one might suspect... This book will put a wry, knowing smile on the faces of former researchers. And it is a cautionary parable for innocents who still believe that lofty academia is erected upon moral high ground...

Surviving Graduate School in Psychology

A Pocket Mentor

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Author: Tara L. Kuther

Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 269

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What happens after you've been accepted into a psychology graduate program? How can you best prepare for the challenges ahead and make the most of your graduate school career?In ""Surviving Graduate School in Psychology: A Pocket Mentor"", author Tara L. Kuther offers her considerable knowledge and skills to help you master the complexities of graduate school and realize your goals.Kuther, a leading authority in professional and academic development, provides pragmatic, step-by-step advice for new graduate students on such essential topics as: managing your money; adapting to unspoken rules; navigating departmental politics; understanding how and where learning takes place; maintaining personal and professional relationships; thriving in practicum and internships; and, developing an identity as a psychologist.This ""pocket mentor"" will oversee your journey and provide authoritative encouragement as you change from a new student to a confident professional ready to contribute to the world through basic or applied research, academic appointments, or clinical work.This invaluable resource is enriched with handy tips, checklists, practice interview questions, teaching guidelines, dissertation strategies, sample CVs, and other practical visual aids.

Good Grad!

A Practical Guide to Graduate School in the Sciences and Engineering

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Author: Joseph W Gangestad Ph D,Joseph W. Gangestad

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780988972605

Category: Graduate students in engineering

Page: 228

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A graduate student in the sciences and engineering has to attend conferences, write journal articles, navigate collaborations, negotiate for lab equipment, mediate between squabbling lab mates, indulge eccentric professors, teach undergraduates, and secure funding every semester. Undergrad teaches you none of these skills, and no one warns you before you start grad school that you need them. "Good Grad " is a practical-and politically incorrect-guide for current and future grad students trying to unravel the mysteries of the master's degree and Ph.D. For most of your time in grad school, you're not worrying about looking good to an admissions committee or beefing up a resume. Instead, you're hoping that you'll get that teaching position next semester so you can pay the rent; you're working late into the night to get that conference abstract submitted before the deadline; you're wondering how to get forms signed when your advisor is out of town; you're hoping you won't have to spend the weekend feeding rats in the lab. "Good Grad " contains the hard-fought wisdom of those who have gone through these trials by fire and come out the other side. For budding scientists and engineers, "Good Grad " is an indispensable resource at every stage of a graduate career, from when you're deciding whether to attend grad school at all to when you're finally defending your thesis, and all the years in between. Table of Contents: Introduction Chapter 1: Going to Grad School Chapter 2: The Milestones of Grad School Chapter 3: Your Advisor Chapter 4: The Research Group Chapter 5: Your Research Chapter 6: Funding Chapter 7: Going to a Conference Chapter 8: Publishing a Journal Article Chapter 9: The Bureaucracy Chapter 10: Getting a Job Epilogue: Social Life

Graduate Study for the Twenty-First Century

How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities

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Author: G. Semenza

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230105807

Category: Education

Page: 340

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In a straightforward manner, Semenza identifies the obstacles along the path of the academic career and offers tangible advice. Fully revised and updated, this edition's new material on advising, electronic publishing, and the post-financial crisis humanities job market will help students negotiate the changing landscape of academia.

A Guide to Academia

Getting Into and Surviving Grad School, Postdocs and a Research Job

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Author: Prosanta Chakrabarty

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470960418

Category: Education

Page: 175

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Explains the academic career path and guides the reader on a successful path from undergraduate to Assistant Professor.

The Ph.D. Process

A Student's Guide to Graduate School in the Sciences

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Author: Dale F. Bloom,Jonathan D. Karp,Nicholas Cohen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199880697

Category: Education

Page: 224

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The Ph.D. Process offers the essential guidance that students in the biological and physical sciences need to get the most out of their years in graduate school. Drawing upon the insights of numerous current and former graduate students, this book presents a rich portrayal of the intellectual and emotional challenges inherent in becoming a scientist, and offers the informed, practical advice a "best friend" would give about each stage of the graduate school experience. What are the best strategies for applying to a graduate program? How are classes conducted? How should I choose an advisor and a research project? What steps can I take now to make myself more "employable" when I get my degree? What goes on at the oral defense? Through a balanced, thorough examination of issues ranging from lab etiquette to research stress, the authors--each a Ph.D. in the sciences--provide the vital information that will allow students to make informed decisions all along the way to the degree. Headlined sections within each chapter make it fast and easy to look up any subject, while dozens of quotes describing personal experiences in graduate programs from people in diverse scientific fields contribute invaluable real-life expertise. Special attention is also given to the needs of international students. Read in advance, this book prepares students for each step of the graduate school experience that awaits them. Read during the course of a graduate education, it serves as a handy reference covering virtually all major issues and decisions a doctoral candidate is likely to face. The Ph.D. Process is the one book every graduate student in the biological and physical sciences can use to stay a step ahead, from application all the way through graduation.

Mastering Your PhD

Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond

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Author: Patricia Gosling,Lambertus D. Noordam

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783642158476

Category: Science

Page: 240

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"Mastering Your PhD: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond" helps guide PhD students through their graduate student years. Filled with practical advice on getting started, communicating with your supervisor, staying the course, and planning for the future, this book is a handy guide for graduate students who need that extra bit of help getting started and making it through. While mainly directed at PhD students in the sciences, the book's scope is broad enough to encompass the obstacles and hurdles that almost all PhD students face during their doctoral training. Who should read this book? Students of the physical and life sciences, computer science, math, and medicine who are thinking about entering a PhD program; doctoral students at the beginning of their research; and any graduate student who is feeling frustrated and stuck. It's never too early -- or too late! This second edition contains a variety of new material, including additional chapters on how to communicate better with your supervisor, dealing with difficult people, how to find a mentor, and new chapters on your next career step, once you have your coveted doctoral degree in hand.

Next Gen PhD

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Author: Melanie V. Sinche

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674504658

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 260

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An upper-level degree is a prized asset in the eyes of many employers, and nonfaculty careers once considered Plan B are now preferred by the majority of science degree holders. Melanie Sinche profiles science PhDs across a wide range of disciplines who share proven strategies for landing a rewarding occupation inside or outside the university.

How to Get a PhD

A Handbook for Students and Their Supervisors

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Author: Estelle M. Phillips,Phillips Estelle Pugh Derek Salman

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335242049

Category: Education

Page: 276

View: 1834

This is a handbook and survival manual for PhD students providing a practical, realistic understanding of the processes of doing research for a doctrate.