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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

Should I apply for a PhD?

In grad school; older student. Should I apply to a PhD program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2009 - 24 answers

MBA to academia?

Is completing my MBA a logical step towards a career in academia? [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent on Jul 6, 2009 - 7 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

Failed to get a PhD, now what?

I just failed my PhD quals for the second time and they're going to kick me out of the program. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2009 - 27 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

Do I need the PhD to work in industry?

I want a PhD in Mathematics, but I do not want to stay in academia. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Jun 14, 2009 - 11 answers

Micro-sociologist hunt

Where do i find some of the top professors and researchers (in universities) doing Micro-Sociology (interaction or social mechanism based). This is the level of research that I wish to focus my research on, I just cant seem to find the researchers using that level of analysis. Also, are there some seminal texts in the micro sociology fields. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Jun 11, 2009 - 8 answers

See Ya! Thanks for the PhD

I am getting a PhD in two years from a top research university. What I can I do now to help me get a job outside academia when I graduate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2009 - 12 answers

How can I use technology better to bypass this disability?

My condition has slowly stopped me using the keyboard and mouse, and now the pen. I need some help thinking of ways to finish my PhD and to live somewhat of a normal life. Hive mind, what can shiny technology do for me? [more inside]
posted by Augenblick on Jun 10, 2009 - 7 answers

How to Handle Classical Reading Lists?

I'll be starting a Ph.D. program in Classics in the fall. Protips requested---especially as regards the reading list. [more inside]
posted by Bromius on Jun 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Work in the industry as a PhD or teach instead?

What starting salary can a recent graduate PhD in Mass Communication expect to make in the industry focusing on research (i.e., not teaching at a university)? [more inside]
posted by philrj on May 17, 2009 - 8 answers

How to write a scientific literature review?

I'm at that point in my PhD where my experiment is (almost) up and running, so I have more free time to do other stuff. I've decided that writing a general introduction to my thesis will be less beneficial than trying to get a review article published. How do I go about writing a review article, from the perspective of an unpublished graduate student? [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan on May 16, 2009 - 12 answers

A writing sample with teeth

I am applying to (social psychology/Sociology) PhD programs this upcoming fall semester (5 months away). I know which programs (see: professors) I want to work with and I would like to present a writing sample that shows my interests and helps to make up for some of my academic shortcomings. Help Me Choose what type of writing to use. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on May 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Can I get into a PhD program?

Will my Chemistry/science grades keep me from getting into a PhD program in a physical science? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2009 - 9 answers

I will be assimilated.

CyborgFilter: Do you know of a graduate program, or academic research lab, that offers a PhD related to cybernetics research? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on May 7, 2009 - 14 answers

Can I teach college Spanish with only an MA?

Can I teach college Spanish without a PhD? Resources? [more inside]
posted by queseyo on Apr 24, 2009 - 5 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

Wine for money!

University-etiquette filter: I received a great grant and would like to thank the professors who helped me through the rigorous application process. Is a good bottle of wine a proper choice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2009 - 10 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

Learning about already awarded grant money?

How can I learn more about the grant money my lab already has? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2009 - 17 answers

Suggestions for graduate studies in technology and society area

I am looking for cross-disciplinary graduate/phd course in web technology. More specifically, relating to societal use of web from a global perspective. My goal is to become an expert in use of web based technologies in developing countries (which involves computer use, censorship, etc.). So far, what I have found is STS (science, technology and society) which sounds perfect, but from what I have seen, tend to be more in the areas of applied sciences and engineering. Then there is basic CS programs which tend to be more technology than societal aspects. Does anyone have any thoughts, ideas, recommendations? [more inside]
posted by _zed_ on Mar 31, 2009 - 7 answers

AHRC Funding for PhD - How to ensure it!?

Applying for AHRC funding for an Art PhD. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 30, 2009 - 0 answers

Ph.D. Advice

Ph.D. Advice: I'm going to be starting grad school in the fall and I wanted some suggestions on how to plan out my thesis. What should I be doing from day one to stay organized and what kind of system should I set up to keep myself productive? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Mar 28, 2009 - 13 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

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