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Leaving grad school and getting a job in a different field?

Information about leaving grad school and getting a job in a different field. Help me figure out how to get my foot in the door. Long background and question follows. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2010 - 3 answers

iPad apps for academics

What are the best iPad apps for scholars, particularly in the humanities? [more inside]
posted by dizziest on Dec 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Punk rock PhD?

Is there a list of rock and punk musicians who are also PhDs? [more inside]
posted by unfairlight on Dec 18, 2010 - 19 answers

How do my boyfriend and I compromise on geography v. career?

What options do my boyfriend and I have to live life under our personal constraints of work and geography? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Dec 12, 2010 - 36 answers

Is outing panic disorder academic suicide?

Is outing panic disorder academic suicide? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2010 - 27 answers

post-thesis slump, hope me!

Help me get through my post-thesis slump please!! [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine on Dec 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Help a non-academic develop research skills for a wonky in-depth project

I'm not an academic, not trained in the art of research, and I could use some guidance. I need advice on how to identify and track down sources for a multi-year exploration of a topic. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Dec 7, 2010 - 23 answers

I want to kick some cognitive memory ass!

I just got hired at a psychology research lab at a very prestigious university. I have no background in academic research and very little academic background in this field. I have an associates degree in humanities, and psychology is a field that interests me greatly. What can I do to not mess this up? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Nov 23, 2010 - 12 answers

If you hadn't sent me after that snipe, I would've had plenty of time to put better slides together.

Should I tell my professor that I'm pretty sure he gave me an incorrect reference, which cost me a good deal of preparation time on an assignment, or is this the kind of thing I'm expected to be able to deal with easily? [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Nov 15, 2010 - 20 answers

Need An Impressive Class Name

Help me come up with a VERY IMPRESSIVE-SOUNDING fake class title! It's for a gag proposal. It has to be something very obscure, and very intellectual sounding, for a college class. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by howgenerica on Nov 9, 2010 - 44 answers

Humanities Ph.D. leaving academia

I've been reading a number of what to do with my life threads on MetaFilter. This is my addition. [more inside]
posted by 630 on Nov 7, 2010 - 18 answers

What to give a mentor as a thank-you gift?

Is it appropriate to give a thank you gift to a mentor, and what can I give someone who doesn't drink, doesn't eat junk food, and doesn't like flowers? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Oct 25, 2010 - 27 answers

Help me reference my thesis!

Please help me find an article or book I would like to use for my literary theory thesis. This is all I know about it: 1) It was authored by two french males. 2) It is about tragedy in 5th century BC Athens. 3) It introduces the phrase 'tragic moment' 4) It is from the 20th century. [more inside]
posted by rigby99 on Oct 18, 2010 - 7 answers

Is a sincere apology in this situation enough?

I made a stupid mistake and sent an email to my lecturer in which I told her to "chill the %^%$% out." Yes, I didn't even write "fuck". Should an instant and sincere apology be accepted, and should I be concerned about my final mark from this person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 - 39 answers

There's academia and there's ...?

Academic Grant Writing logjam filter. Final moments before I must submit and I need a word for my rousing conclusion. How the hell do academics refer to the outside/real world? [example over the fold] [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Oct 5, 2010 - 11 answers

feelings of indignation in low-level job

How do I refrain from feeling resentment and indignation at a low-level position in research and academia, when I know I am capable of much more? How do I make my stay more pleasant and earn the respect of my colleagues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2010 - 27 answers

What do I need to know about applying to grad school?

Wannabe grad student demonstrates that grad school is probably a bad idea by asking you to hold her hand. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on Sep 3, 2010 - 22 answers

How can I make the most out of a science internship?

How can I get the most out of my science internship? [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Sep 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Would rather not have to deal with this

Should I divulge to my boss my mentor/coworker’s complete lack of work ethic? (academic lab situation) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2010 - 19 answers

Biology = Destiny

Can you recommend a book chapter or article that summarizes the biological and/or psychological perspectives on gender without devolving into straw-man attacks or interdepartmental backbiting? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Aug 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Professors make excuses, too.

Help me find this blog post or online article in which a professor humorously reverses classic student excuses for lateness/underperformance! [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 4, 2010 - 6 answers

How to export secondary citations from Google Scholar or similar database??

How can I extract a list of "second-generation" citations from Google Scholar search results, preferably in such a way that this information is easily parsable into lists of authors, titles, journals, and year published? [more inside]
posted by samac on Aug 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Republished Articles On A CV

Academic-CV-Filter: I wrote a book chapter for a short-run edited book. Now a journal is interested in republishing the piece as an article. What do I put on my CV? [more inside]
posted by LudgerLassen on Jul 16, 2010 - 2 answers

Graduate lit pep talk.

Fellow English (and other language) lit graduate students: recommend me what you think is the best online source for getting up to speed on either common terminology or current trends in the discipline. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2010 - 3 answers

I see what you did there.

We're two people collaborating on a large academic text at a distance, and can't find a service or app which fulfills our requirements. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Jul 11, 2010 - 14 answers

How to get excited about picking a dissertation topic?

Academics: how can I be more excited about selecting a dissertation topic and writing the dissertation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2010 - 33 answers

Help me get a great start to my Masters.

I am going to do an MA in European Identity and Integration. What are some good summary works about Europe that I can read to be able to engage with the course straight away? [more inside]
posted by tumples on Jul 1, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I do a good literature review?

How do I do a good literature review for a research paper in philosophy? I have access to good resources, but I really want to make sure that I cover everything that's been written on the topic. How can I put myself at ease while making sure I don't miss a beat? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken on Jun 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Search, cross-link references in PDF articles?

Perhaps this is just a fantasy, but is there any application or online tool that could search through the references of an article I have saved as a PDF, in order to check whether I have those cited articles in my larger PDF library? It would be perfect if it would highlight, link, or somehow display cross-referenced relationships between all my articles. I am already familiar with many referencing/PDF organization software such as Papers (Mekentosj), Sente, and Devonthink. I suppose what I have in mind is a similar tool, but with the additional power of something like ISI Indexes. I have a fairly large library (about 300 references that I'm actively using, and more than 2000 total) and I'm just trying to get some "big-picture" grasp of how all these sources relate to one another.
posted by samac on Jun 20, 2010 - 5 answers

A Meal Fit For A Thesis Defense

What food should I bring for my thesis defense? [more inside]
posted by cabezadevaca on Jun 17, 2010 - 17 answers

There has to be a better way.

Academics: have you found a way to automate downloading and keeping track of journals and papers in your field? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Jun 10, 2010 - 13 answers

Are all research papers for sale companies a scam? (I want to work for one, not buy from one).

I'm a PhD candidate who just got hired to (ghost)write academic essays for a company. The pay is fine, and I've been emailing with a real person. Their website also seems legit, and they explicitly told me that this is legal. Could it still be a scam? [more inside]
posted by earlofrochester on Jun 7, 2010 - 24 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

I'd like to give this teacher a D-

How do I complain about a bad instructor? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on May 20, 2010 - 21 answers

How best can I garner support for my beleaguered UK academic department?

How best can I garner support for my beleaguered UK academic department? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Places to work like academia, but not

Places to work in or around Boston that feel like an academic environment, without actually being in academia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Watching Television

Rounding out my summer syllabus: Favorite studies, statistics, theories, essays, short stories, comics, poetry and other short readings about television? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on May 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Teaching grad school AND K-12? Possible?

Looking for some advice on possible career vectors. I wonder if there are any positions available where you can teach or work with a combination of college/graduate students and K-12 students, teaching research/information literacy and other skills? [more inside]
posted by eleanna on May 6, 2010 - 13 answers

Struggling INFP ISO college major and life advice

I don't know what I'm doing with my life; help me! [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Apr 28, 2010 - 15 answers

State of academic publishing online?

What are good resources on the state of online publishing? [more inside]
posted by tnygard on Apr 28, 2010 - 7 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

What exactly does it mean to 'present a paper'?

What exactly does it mean to 'present a paper'? I've been given what sounds like a great opportunity - and I don't want screw it up. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Mar 8, 2010 - 16 answers

'Metaphysics of Quality' taken seriously?

How is 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' received among professional philosophers? [more inside]
posted by aesacus on Mar 6, 2010 - 22 answers

How to withdraw an application to a PhD program

I applied to a PhD... but I'm not sure I would to take it if I get in. Should I withdraw my application before they tell me yes or no? [more inside]
posted by metametababe on Mar 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Can I be a good parent and successful creatively?

Artists, creative types, and scholars: What are your experiences with parenthood in the arts and academia? Have you been able to find success in your career as a parent? [more inside]
posted by theantikitty on Feb 25, 2010 - 14 answers

A pub[lishing] quiz

I am looking for journals and periodicals that would be appropriate for submitting interdisciplinary articles in the humanities. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Feb 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Academic CVs: Is there a database-driven solution for quickly generating different lengths & formats?

Academic CVs: Is there a database-driven solution for quickly generating different lengths & formats? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Feb 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me save the upcoming interview for a Master's degree

Grad School Interview filter : How can I properly explain that I switched majors just a year short of graduating (due to embarassing personal reasons- details inside)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2010 - 7 answers

Why did I get a W-9 at my (academic) job interview?

Why did I get a W-9 at my (academic) job interview? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Feb 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Academic and business styled conversations

Looking to balance differences between academics and business world communication styles? [more inside]
posted by pmononoke1 on Jan 30, 2010 - 17 answers

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