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Rebranding or repairing a broken PhD student

This seems to be a week for academia-related questions. I am an ABD student in the humanities at a prestigious university. The job prospects in my field are grim, and they are grimmer still for me because I have not performed well in my program. My history is one of late papers, lingering incompletes, delayed time to qualifying exams, and poor rapport with faculty. I am in the beginning stages of writing a dissertation that I know will serve me no real purpose. So what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by redfishbluefish on Apr 8, 2014 - 16 answers

How to take scientific notes efficiently?

What is the best way to take grad level notes that feature tons of text, math equations and diagrams, during class, while reading books, and while reading research? Ability to search and organize a huge plus! Digital or non-digital solutions considered. [more inside]
posted by Riton on Mar 18, 2014 - 13 answers

The Mid-PhD Crisis

Hi Hivemind, I'm currently enrolled in a PhD program for statistics and operations research, and in two more years I can grab that PhD. Alternatively, I can jump ship now with a MS, headed for the (inviting/inevitable) waters of industry. Knowing that I have no interest in staying in academia, give me some motivation to finish. Or, tell me to quit because actual work experience is more valuable! What roles should I be looking at other than Data Scientist? Would it be feasible to get a position doing private research, and would that be awesome? Bonus points if you can tell me what skills I should be cultivating to be hire-able (software engineering)? P.S. I will also do some more chatting with profs and former students to figure out how I should be directing myself, but I hope the HiveMind can provide some complementary ideas.
posted by zscore on Feb 16, 2014 - 11 answers

CS academia vs. industry, with snowflakes

I'm graduating this spring with an undergrad degree in computer science, and I'm lucky enough to have two great postgrad opportunities on the table. But how to choose between a safe and enjoyable industry job vs. attempting the grad school grind to (maybe hopefully) do what I love? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Feb 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Should I give my student a gift to celebrate her PhD? If so, what?

This is a gift question, but not holiday related. Still, MeFi is full of experts.... So, my first PhD student just successfully defended, and I am very proud of her. The question is whether to give her a gift, and if so, what.... [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Dec 15, 2013 - 20 answers

LCSWs and Psychology Ph.Ds, tell me about yourself

I'm looking for current LCSW and Clinical/Counseling Psychology PhD holders to give me "real life" information on the pros and cons of each degree. [more inside]
posted by metacognition on Nov 11, 2013 - 14 answers

Too late to begin applying for PhD program in Sociology for this fall?

Or should I wait until Fall 2014 to apply? [more inside]
posted by black_lizard on Sep 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Having the PhD Cake and Eating the Friendsloversandeverythingelse Cake

What do people do when they have to move for their PhD but don't want to leave their old life behind? [more inside]
posted by fishingforthewhale on Aug 29, 2013 - 14 answers

How can I get my advisor to set my date?

Not sure what to say to my M.S. thesis adviser (formerly my Ph.D advisor) or prospective interviewers on when I can leave academia and start a real job. [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on May 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Online Work Tracking Solutions for PhD student writing buddies?

There seems to be huge number of online work/project tracking/logging programs out there, but they are mostly designed for small businesses and freelancers (e.g. focussed on invoicing) and charge by the month. I've seen a few that look OK like Toggl and Slimtimer but none that seems ideal for my needs yet. Can anyone recommend ones (ideally free and with the ability to track different tasks & share that tracking/logging) that are easy to use, have decent functionality, and would be good for 2 friends working on writing their PhD theses and would like to try and help each other keep track of how much work they're doing? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Mar 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Bio-Based Encouragement

Need some biology based phrases of encouragement for a poster. [more inside]
posted by chiefthe on Dec 6, 2012 - 10 answers

How do you force yourself to do something you're not internally motivated to do?

Need specific advice on finding motivation for work in a PhD program. Snowflakey background information included of course. [more inside]
posted by blue_bicycle on Aug 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Personal statement for graduate school

Applying for graduate school (PhD) in applied maths. Questions about personal statement. Relevant details within. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Jun 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Quit or stay

Another Ph.D quit-or-stay question: I'm really unhappy in my particular lab, and maybe unhappy with the whole idea of the Ph.D. I still like the idea of research - just want to work on a project that I'm interested in. What is the best way for me to be able to work on things that I like, possibly outside of a Ph.D degree program, but still in an academic lab? Looong snowflake details inside, summary at end. [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Jun 13, 2012 - 16 answers

how to write my introduction?

Advice for writing introduction (and conclusion) for humanities PhD dissertation? [more inside]
posted by aunt_winnifred on Apr 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Good idea? Huge mistake?

I've been accepted to a PHD program at the University of Maryland's iSchool, and will likely be researching social media and social gaming for my dissertation. I'm excited, love the program, and can't wait to start publishing work as part of the academic community, however recent discussion on Metafilter, and a smaller living stipend than I expected, have me second guessing what I thought was a great opportunity. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Apr 6, 2012 - 13 answers

What are some non-academic jobs in the social sciences?

Non-academic careers/jobs in the social sciences? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Feb 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Doctoral comps - when where and how?

Doctoral comps - when to sit? [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Dec 16, 2011 - 8 answers

What will happen after PhD programs (hopefully) accept me?

I am (very nearly) finished with my applications to computer science PhDs, and I realized I don't really know what will happen next. Assuming I get in anywhere, what sorts of contacts with programs are in store between their decision and mine? [more inside]
posted by silby on Dec 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Should the book I edited advertise my Ph.D.?

I'm editing a non-academic, non-fiction book to be published by a university library. Should the book advertise my Ph.D. credentials? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Nov 21, 2011 - 12 answers

What whiskey should I buy as a gift?

What bottle of whiskey should I give to my PhD supervisor? [more inside]
posted by idlethink on Nov 17, 2011 - 45 answers

You have to do that thing with the thumb over the top and the little butt wiggle at the end.

The Secret Order of Employed Physicists: How did you get there? [more inside]
posted by Jilder on Nov 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Alternatives to an Economics PhD

I am planning on applying to economics PhD programs for next year, but before I commit I wanted to think about alternatives, especially in light of all the articles lately about how PhD programs and academia in general are a pyramid scheme. What other careers/education might be a less painful way of getting to a job that fits my life goals. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Nov 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Anyone familar with Austrian economics?

Resources for Austrian economics? [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Oct 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Funding for a Ph.D. in Belgium

I'm looking for scholarships or fellowships that could fund, or help fund, a molecular/microbiology Ph.D. in Belgium for an American. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Aug 30, 2011 - 4 answers

How do you list "Meaning, Math, And Motion" on your resume?

How should list undergraduate classes with long/unusual names on a resume that I am using for applications to economics PhD programs? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Aug 15, 2011 - 11 answers

How to come across well in a PhD interview over Skype?

How to come across well in a PhD interview over Skype? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Jun 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Please help me give advice to my brother about a chemical engineering phd

I'm worried my brother might be making the wrong decision about his degree. He has a fellowship and is well on the way to getting a phd, but he is thinking of stopping at a masters so he can get a job. The reasons he gives seem naive to me, but I don't know anything about this field. I'm worried he's going to end up being bored and unfulfilled because he's focused on short term goals. [more inside]
posted by bleary on Jun 23, 2011 - 46 answers

What can I do with a PhD in Sociology/Criminology?

What can I do with a PhD in Sociology/Criminology? [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith on May 14, 2011 - 13 answers

New entrant to a Phd programme, any and all tips welcome!

I've started a Phd and would like to get tips and advise from those who have walked the path before me. [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Apr 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Calling all scientists: I need some advice about graduate school.

Is it too late for me to gain admission to the top PhD programs in the life sciences? What can I do to improve my chances besides the obvious? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Aug 29, 2010 - 18 answers

How to get a non-academic job whilst PhDing?

How do I get a relevant, non-academic job while finishing my PhD? [more inside]
posted by crawfo on Apr 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Graduate school is hell; what is a job an ex-grad-student can possibly get?

Help me out here -- who will hire grad-school dropouts to work for them after they have royally screwed over their chances of having an academic career, what are they likely to pay said grad-school dropouts, and how do I convince them that they want to hire me against their better judgement? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm on Jan 7, 2010 - 40 answers

BA to PhD in Education Policy?

What are the pros and cons of going directly from a BA to a PhD in education policy studies? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Jan 3, 2010 - 9 answers

Are PhD students responsible for a lot of general lab work (4 out of 5 days of work)?

My girlfriend is a PhD student and is wondering how much general lab work (not related to research) is normal for a student (not a lab employee). Her PI does not pay her anything, all her income (stipend, lab expenses) come from other sources like grants. She is not paid extra for doing the general lab work. [more inside]
posted by mallow005 on Oct 7, 2009 - 28 answers

Help a soon-to-graduate PhD find work in Iraq or Afghanistan

Hi! I will soon graduate from a top computer science program with a PhD. I am interested to work in Iraq and Afghanistan for a year or two. Clearly, I prefer to work in the "green zone", but am willing to work alongside troops in the combat zone. I am quite versatile and can do alot of stuff, e.g., teaching, designing software, engineering work, testing, maintaining complex systems, etc. Does anyone know how I can go about this? I tried looking at KBR's and FLOUR's job postings for contractors. But they primarily list jobs that are in food service, transportation, warehousing, etc. I like to get a job that is intellectually fulfilling. Oh. One more thing. I am a foreign national from a country that is friendly to the US and the NATO countries. Thanks! :)
posted by jchaw on Sep 4, 2009 - 8 answers

PhD Pi or Blueberry Pie?

Get a PhD by 50, or go to pastry school? I'm having a midlife crisis and am considering returning to school instead of launching another business. (Launching another business is already in the planning stages, but no hard commitments have been made.) I've been accepted to a graduate program for neuroscience that will let me do masters work and doctorate work at the same time. On the other hand...culinary school is calling to me...daring me to become a pastry chef. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Aug 8, 2009 - 45 answers

How do get a copy of a Ph.D thesis on Hillary Clinton's hairdos?

Was a Ph.D. thesis actually written on Hillary Clinton's hairdos? If so how do I get a copy? [more inside]
posted by fishtree on Aug 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Grad-school, relationships, and geography... can all three work?

Grad-school, med school, residency match, geography...help? [more inside]
posted by DeucesHigh on Aug 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Help my friend get into a Canadian political science PhD program on his second try.

Help my friend get into a Canadian political science PhD program on his second try. [more inside]
posted by thisjax on Jul 5, 2009 - 6 answers

1. ??? 2. Ph.D. 3. Profit!

The eternal question: A 2d bachelor's degree, or straight to grad school? [more inside]
posted by ailouros08 on Jun 14, 2009 - 11 answers

Note to myself: Use better notes

I'm doing my comp. exam (also called doctoral exam here) this summer. This involves reading a whole bunch of books and articles (about 30), and writing a long paper that answers a few questions from my committee. I am looking for good note-taking methods. [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd on Apr 24, 2009 - 9 answers

You know you're a graduate student when you understand jokes about Foucault. What else should I read?

So, it seems I'm changing vectors slightly, and taking up the challenge of getting a PhD in history. The problem? I did very little actual history classes as an undergrad and graduate student. I have until August to patch holes in my knowledge....help! [more inside]
posted by strixus on Apr 21, 2009 - 9 answers

The Cell-Molec Bio-Biochem subject GRE, and the vanquishing thereof

Help me knock the biochem/cell and molecular bio GRE out of the park! [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on Mar 24, 2009 - 9 answers

To Ph.D., or not to Ph.D? That is the question.

Should I get a Ph.D.? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Nov 2, 2008 - 43 answers

What can I use to write my PhD in?

PhD Filter: First year into my course, one chapter written, MS Word can no longer take the strain. It's a humanities PhD, I need a cheap/free alternative... all help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Augenblick on Aug 29, 2008 - 37 answers

Gifts for a new PhD student?

My wife is going to be starting a (humanities) PhD in a few weeks' time. What gifts should I get her? [more inside]
posted by Jakob on Aug 28, 2007 - 20 answers

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