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The internet is full of political science. How do I narrow it down?

What's a good way to organize my PhD application process? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jun 21, 2010 - 18 answers

Help me find academic Elizabethan drama references.

AcademiaFilter: Help me find some references for my first thesis chapter. JSTOR and similar resources aren't yielding a lot of hits. I need background material for justifying selecting editions of Elizabethan dramatic texts. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Bad Example on Jun 2, 2010 - 11 answers

Transfer from a so-so undergrad history program or finish with a 4.0: the grad school prospects.

I'm going to be graduating from a small 'top 25 private university in the West', not the best, not terrible, with a 4.0. I'm interested in pursuing History as a career and want to get into a great Ph.d program. (Interests include American, Post-Modern, historiography, historical memory.) Recently, I've considered transferring to a top private university with more prestige: will this benefit me in the application process or will my glowing recommendations, independent research and grades equally impress from my middle tier school? At this point, it seems like a gamble either way. [more inside]
posted by robox on May 16, 2010 - 16 answers

Who studies us and our systems?

What breakthrough researchers- with their methods & fields- are examining interactions between behavior and social structures. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on May 16, 2010 - 9 answers

should a historian become an archivist? details inside

should a historian become an archivist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2010 - 5 answers

PhD now or later

Is there an 'expiry date' on your studies when it comes to being admitted to a PhD? I'm thinking of working for a while first. [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Apr 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Was it attempted plagiarism?

A couple of years ago I was an undergrad looking for part-time research work, and a friend-of-a-friend connected me to a PhD candidate who needed help with her thesis. I spoke to her and her request set off plagiarism alarm bells for me, so I declined the project. I always doubted whether I handled it correctly, though, and I just found out that the friend-of-a-friend who referred me is still a little ticked at me for asking the PhD student these questions and then declining the work. Did I handle this alright, or was I being a jerk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 - 30 answers

Anthro Job In DC?

What are the chances a new phd in anthropology can get a public policy job in DC? [more inside]
posted by LudgerLassen on Apr 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Journalist ponders life outside this sinking industry

I want to be a corporate litigator. Or a government economist. Or a geophysicist. Or corporate finance guru. Or something. Please held this 32-year-old journalist explore possible second career options. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Apr 12, 2010 - 30 answers

Math PhD with trouble getting academic job in US. What next?

I'm getting a PhD in math (very soon!) and having trouble getting a job. Help? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Apr 12, 2010 - 31 answers

The mathematics of Social Systems Dynamics Research.

Assuming that I am going to be pursuing a PhD in mathematical sociology, applied mathematics, or organizational analysis with no background in higher math with only the resources to take a few classes at the local college how do I go about it? More info and 3 specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Apr 6, 2010 - 7 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

Is a great MA program worth the debt?

I got into a top English grad program, but they defaulted me from PhD to MA. Is it worth shouldering the massive debt of a Master's degree, or should I gamble on getting into a PhD program next year? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Mar 17, 2010 - 33 answers

International Affairs Jobs In Boston?

Does Boston Have Jobs In Foreign Policy, International Security, And/Or International Development? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Feb 25, 2010 - 9 answers

To MD or not to MD?

CrossroadsFilter. PhD or MD? I could invest an extra year into attending a one-year special master's degree program that, upon success, would pretty much guarantee admission into medical school. I'd be a 28-year-old first-year medical student. But what about babies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 17 answers

MPH + MS > PhD?

MPH + MS > PhD? [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Feb 22, 2010 - 5 answers

future in psych grad school?

Should I apply for a PsyD at a new, as yet un-accredited program? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Feb 20, 2010 - 5 answers

PhDespair

About to obtain a PhD in mathematics, and questions about employment. [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Feb 19, 2010 - 19 answers

How do I move across the country?

Moving from Peterborough Ontario to Vancouver BC... how do I do this? [more inside]
posted by ndicecco on Feb 19, 2010 - 10 answers

Advice for Portuguese Doctor-to-be

Is there any funding out there for international med students in the US? [more inside]
posted by ajliberto on Jan 31, 2010 - 12 answers

How important are (chemistry) graduate school rankings?

I am planning to go get my PhD in chemistry and I am waiting to hear back from schools. I have already been accepted to 3 schools (one in the top 10), however, I really like some of the faculty at one located in the 30s in the rankings. How important are the rankings and will they have a big affect on my career?
posted by stevechemist on Jan 30, 2010 - 11 answers

Can a Canadian work legally in the U.S. if their spouse goes to grad school there...and how?

A Canadian friend just got accepted to an American grad school (Chicago) for a 5 year Ph.D program. He'll have funding, but how would his equally Canadian wife make a living in the U.S.? Getting the basic information is not as easy as they expected. What's the skinny? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 29, 2010 - 13 answers

How can I best get a materials science PhD in Germany?

Studying in Germany Filter: I want to get a PhD in materials science at a German university, hopefully starting in 2011. Please help me get started figuring this out! [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Jan 21, 2010 - 6 answers

Name that job.

Please explain this British academic job ad to an American. [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on Jan 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Should I, an ABD, do an MA in Methods while waiting for job market horizons to open?

Would it be better to publish or to get an MA in methods while I am ABD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me decide if, where, and how to get a PhD

Edumacate me! PhD in information science, computer science... or what? Masters at the MIT Media Lab (or similar)? Help! [more inside]
posted by metametababe on Jan 10, 2010 - 11 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

Should I have been applying to scholarships instead of spending my summer at the beach?

How common is it for competitive liberal arts applicants to enter graduate school with outside scholarships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2010 - 11 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

What to do with my life

Please tell me how I can find out what to do with my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2009 - 7 answers

PhD Admissions Question

Help me understand PhD admissions [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2009 - 12 answers

Quit or Fail: How to pick up the pieces after academic and PhD abandonment?

How have you reconciled failure vs. quitting? How have you managed to pick up the pieces of your most passionate undertaking after dropping it? Is the desire to reinvent myself and undertake a new passion/direction just a mechanism to hide the pain of giving up? [more inside]
posted by Gaeacon on Nov 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Re-enter PhD program after many years -- recommendations?

Applying to enter a math PhD program after working in industry. Question about recommendations. [more inside]
posted by lakshmi_mefi on Nov 23, 2009 - 9 answers

Ideal location for writing frenzy?

I am taking January off work to finish as much of my PhD writing up as I can. I know that I will be totally unproductive if I try and work at home, so am thinking of escaping somewhere (library, hotel, cottage, writing retreat?) for up to four weeks. I’d welcome suggestions, both generic ones about types of locations that have worked for you and also specific suggestions (I live in the UK). I’m thinking that working somewhere with busy but quiet people around would work better for me than total isolation, but am open to any ideas. I don’t need to bring lots of stuff with me and am probably better off without wifi (although internet access requiring a bit of hassle could be useful to check references etc). Money not a particular object as I’m going to have to pay another year’s fees (£3k) if I don’t finish soon, anyway...
posted by janecr on Nov 11, 2009 - 20 answers

Help me relearn how to learn!

I have just started my PhD, full time on teaching/research fellowship, in the same field I did my masters and bachelors degrees. This is my first semester, and I am expected to take the qualifying exams in January. Problem is, I seem to have forgotten a lot. I have been out of school for five years since my masters, and, studying for the quals, even topics that I have covered before, nothing seems to 'stick' to memory. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Nov 10, 2009 - 9 answers

PhD Ethics?

What are some ethics considerations around a PhD dissertation? And should I do anything about a former colleague who I think violated them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2009 - 17 answers

Can I get into grad school in math?

Can I get into a funded Math Master's or PhD program? I'm graduating from a 4-year college with my B.S. this Spring, and I'm in my mid-30's. I have good GPA at this school (about a 3.6, up to about a 3.8 in math courses specifically) and good GRE scores (720 V / 780 Q), but I have dropped a lot of courses (I've worked full time over the years while getting my degree), and back in the mid-90's I flunked out of the first university I went to. [more inside]
posted by tamaraster on Oct 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Soch. Programs studying us and me

What are some sociology phd programs where I would be supported in (where research is already being done) studying the interaction between social-psycology (micro-interaction) and culture. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Oct 8, 2009 - 2 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

How do I deal with the fact that I hate teaching, or, how long do I hate teaching until I give up on grad school?

How do I deal with the fact that I hate teaching, or, how long do I hate teaching until I give up on grad school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2009 - 16 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

Remain Calm and Carry On: PhD Defense Version

Ph.D defense. What to know? How to keep calm? All tips and strategies welcome. [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on Aug 26, 2009 - 35 answers

phd + 4 yrs = done?

phd in 4 years -- myth? possibility? did you live the dream? [more inside]
posted by crawfo on Aug 20, 2009 - 10 answers

How to apply for a mycology phd?

My husband wants to get a doctorate in mycology become a mycologist. We don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2009 - 12 answers

What are the chances of becoming a Quantitative Analyst in the UK with a PhD in Electronic Engineering?

What are my chances in becoming a Quantitative Analyst in UK, and if they are not too bleak, how to improve them? I realise this is a rather significant career path change, however, as I have been given to understand, many banks and financial institutions in UK do employ PhDs from a wide variety of backgrounds. [more inside]
posted by noztran on Aug 17, 2009 - 3 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

Lots of money, zero support

I'm getting great scholarships, but my faculty hates me. Do I stay in grad school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2009 - 19 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

Don't get a PhD!!! So what are some good alternative careers?

Don't get a PhD!!! So what are some good alternative careers? [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Jul 24, 2009 - 11 answers

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