Tag Archives: Ph.D.

Remember the theory of mind when communicating officially with graduate students

Yesterday I got the following letter from the associate dean of our graduate program, here copied in its entirety: According to our records, Sewall Wright (or someone else) will begin his 7th year of graduate studies on July 1. Length … Continue reading

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Exactly how independent should your research be?

The significance of a Ph.D. degree is that you can do much more than excellent research. You can also think of what questions to ask. You know how to push at the most important unknowns. You can read the literature … Continue reading

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Why you should aim for a three year Ph.D. degree

Why not get your Ph.D. in three years? Can’t you learn what is needed in this time frame? This may sound ridiculous to an American who may hardly even have identified a thesis topic by their third year. How did … Continue reading

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Organizing your research life

Melanie said she was always working, though she wasn’t always at the lab. How, if you are a scientist, can you just stop thinking about ideas? Of course you can’t. Some of the best ideas get written in those little … Continue reading

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Are you writing and revising 2000 words a month?

Do you choke when it comes time to write? Do you write a paragraph, then clean your desk, order supplies, go for a run, or can a hundred pounds of tomatoes? If writing is a part of your daily life, … Continue reading

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