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to be or not to be...disclosing

I'm a dissertation-writing Ph.D. student. I was supposed to work on chapter X over the summer, and have a draft by the end of the summer. I've also asked two extensions, and am about to ask for another one. I'm wondering if I should disclose my extenuating circumstance. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Sep 23, 2016 - 13 answers

The Professor is Not Quite In

Finishing up a PhD program in the humanities and I still can't figure out if I like academia. In the meantime, I'm supposed to be applying for jobs. Seeking some perspective from people who've been here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2016 - 7 answers

How long did it take you to "get over" your PhD?

I submitted my PhD in February, and graduated in May and I'm still experiencing emotional aftereffects of the whole process. I've discussed it with Dr friends of mine, who said it took them up to one or two years to feel normal again! MeFites with PhDs, what were your experiences with post submission emotions? [more inside]
posted by Nilehorse on Sep 1, 2016 - 18 answers

Take the job or leave it?

I'm finishing up my PhD, planning a wedding, have a two week vacation coming up, and was accepted into a fellowship program. Do I have too much going on to accept a new job? [more inside]
posted by stripesandplaid on Jul 1, 2016 - 15 answers

Non-academic career suggestions for Psychology PhD

I am considering leaving a tenure-track faculty position in Psychology in order to have a more normal life. I would be very grateful for suggestions on non-academic careers. More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2016 - 28 answers

How Do I PhD in Physics/Astrophysics?

I have recently gotten rejection letters from all of the PhD programs to which I applied for the coming fall. Now I'm back to square one and I think I need to figure out what's wrong with my approach so far. Basically I want the hive mind to tell me exactly what steps it thinks I should take to find the right school and make my application competitive. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on May 23, 2016 - 42 answers

Does doing a PhD have to be hellish?

I recently accepted a paid position as a MS/PhD student (I collect the MS along the way to the PhD) at a well-ranked research institution in the US in engineering. Having read some of the threads here about people's PhD experiences, I can feel some inner panic growing! Maybe it's an impossible request since I know there's an enormous amount of luck involved, but I'd be grateful to hear about the other side - PhD students who tolerated or even enjoyed their experience. [more inside]
posted by Pieprz on May 12, 2016 - 25 answers

How do I do this next bit? Moving on to a PhD.

I'm near the end of my Master's degree. I have one semester left which will be a research project with a 10k-word paper at the end. I know I want to go on to a PhD next but I dont know how this stuff works. [more inside]
posted by stellathon on May 2, 2016 - 8 answers

eReading + eResearch refresher

I have been doing most of my research digitally for a number of years, with varying degrees of success. As I finish up my phd (!) I want to refresh my research habits and streamline for efficiency. For pdfs, epubs, and online articles I currently use several services and software platforms, only some of which are compatible. Help me best this [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 24, 2016 - 2 answers

Help a new college grad not squander an opportunity

I was accepted into an excellent, competitive graduate program, but I don't know if this is what I want anymore. Am I just getting cold feet? [more inside]
posted by metacognition on Apr 23, 2016 - 7 answers

Dissertation Editing Services

I'm curious about using an editing service for the final edits on my dissertation. Any suggestions for services/ethical complications? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2016 - 12 answers

Thinking of doing a PhD for fun, have I lost my mind?

I have a perfectly good professional career which is interesting and pays a good salary. Occasionally I get to do a small research project which I enjoy. Lately I have caught myself thinking about doing a PhD part-time, and cutting back the hours of my regular job. [more inside]
posted by superfish on Apr 12, 2016 - 47 answers

My PhD supervisor is moving to a different university. Should I go with?

My PhD supervisor is getting a new job. I want to move with him, but the new university doesn’t seem as good as my current one. It is decidedly weaker in my field and much less well-known overall. I am not sure whether I should go to the new university, stay at the current one, or try to graduate from my current university while also working with my current supervisor. [more inside]
posted by cestlavie on Mar 27, 2016 - 17 answers

Salary question - new position for PhD with a consulting firm

My part-time research job with a boutique consulting firm has the opportunity to become a full-time job this summer. It will be a new position with the firm, and I've been out of industry for kind of while. What in the world should I ask for in terms of salary? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2016 - 3 answers

Good news: I know I want to teach. Bad-ish news: Which route do I take?

I am an editor and writer with a BA and an MA. I've been accepted to at least one of the PhD in rhetoric/communication programs I've applied to—and fully funded (albeit with a limited stipend, but that's to be expected). If I decide to go, I start this fall. However, I can't shake the feeling that maybe I want to be teaching high school language arts. But do I really? [more inside]
posted by gypsyhymns on Mar 2, 2016 - 14 answers

Turning a PhD dissertation into a book - any tips?

I'm just getting started on the process of turning my PhD dissertation into a book. On rereading, I'm a bit shocked by how clunky the writing is and how much I haven't said. I'd love any advice from anyone who has done this or anything similar. What's the best approach I can take, and what pitfalls are there? [more inside]
posted by Aravis76 on Feb 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Anyone have experience with an online/hybrid EdD program?

Has anyone out there completed an online or hybrid doctoral program, and can you share your thoughts and experiences? [more inside]
posted by schooley on Dec 21, 2015 - 1 answer

Please tell me how to begin proofreading a friend's dissertation

What are best practices for editing a dissertation? Dissertation writers and editors, lend me your ears. [more inside]
posted by areaperson on Dec 8, 2015 - 13 answers

Post-doc job search, sh*tshow edition

The last two years of my doctoral education have involved some extraordinary circumstances that might raise eyebrows for someone looking at my CV. In a hyper-competitive job market where I was already kind of outlier, I think any kind of academic position is a long shot right now. How do I 1) explain my history to potential employers with minimal drama/"woe is me" details and 2) prepare for a likely transition to non-academic employment that still doesn't entirely shut the door on future university employment. Details inside.... [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 on Nov 22, 2015 - 12 answers

Applying to just write a thesis?

Can you tell me the most useful, direct approaches to applying to schools to only write up my PhD thesis? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Nov 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Because rolling my eyes won't be motivational.

PhD student says he struggles to feel motivated since his wife's grandfather passed away two weeks ago. I'm supposed to motivate him. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Milau on Oct 4, 2015 - 42 answers

Am I doing this resume related thing wrong?

I was in a PhD program for 4 years, but never actually finished the degree. I'm getting job interview requests and even formal offers that clearly assume I actually have a PhD. Am I doing it wrong? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Aug 30, 2015 - 19 answers

What back-to-school gifts should I give my wife?

My wife (age 40) is going back to school to start her PhD in a month. She'll be in a different city for the first year, and I'm putting together a little care package for her, but I could use some gift suggestions. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Aug 18, 2015 - 20 answers

Master's vs. PhD for a Program Evaluation/Impact Assessment Career

I'm halfway through a two-year master's degree in an applied social science field, and would eventually like to work as an evaluator for a non-profit or the government. Should I pursue a PhD on top of the master's? [more inside]
posted by oiseau on Aug 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Reluctance to stay in academia: is this burnout or a sign?

I'm in the last stretch of my PhD in the UK, with a month left before I submit my thesis. I also have a full-time job as a lecturer. I enjoy and am energised by teaching but am increasingly reluctant to focus on research. Part of this is probably exhaustion from the PhD, and I know I shouldn't make any decisions now, but part of it feels like genuine dislike of the work and skepticism of its value. What do I need to consider, post-submission, in evaluating my future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Yet another quitting PhD thread, Neuroscience & developmental Biology

Considering quitting PhD but not sure on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Jun 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Will a M.A. in education be of any possible use if I ever pursue a PhD?

The M.A. isn't optional obviously if I want to continue to teach and the program is good, so that's fine. If in the future I decide to pursue graduate level studies in something related to immunology or developmental biology, will having a Master's in a mostly unrelated field give me any leg up being admitted to a decent PhD program? I'm guessing the answer is a straight "nope". The only thing I can think of is that a lab may look positively on a candidate with several years of formal teaching experience. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on May 27, 2015 - 6 answers

What to do about seemingly not justified negative gut feelings?

Are gut feelings ever wrong? I’m currently struggling with the decision about where to go to graduate school. I thought I'd found a pretty good option, but now I’m having inexplicably bad gut feelings about it. However, I can find nothing wrong with the option and there’s no obvious better alternative. I don’t want to randomly just pull out because I “have a bad feeling about it.” What is a rational person to do? [more inside]
posted by cestlavie on May 18, 2015 - 15 answers

Feeling ambivilant about my PhD program. Should I apply for this job?

I'm finishing up the second year of my PhD program. This is a particularly stressful time in the program--I'm finishing my coursework and should be ABD in a couple of months. I am planning on making a decision at the end of next month whether or not I want to keep on. But I just found out about a great job opportunity with a nonprofit organization I like and have a relationship with and I am really really qualified for. So now I'm wondering...would it hurt to apply? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2015 - 12 answers

What can I do with the PhD in materials science/graphene

I'm currently thinking about doing a PhD making new carbon-based materials. I find the topic really interesting, but I’m not really sure what one does with the degree after they graduate unless they stay in academia. What kinds of options exist for a PhD graduate with this kind of background? [more inside]
posted by strekker on Apr 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Where do I want to be in five years?

I'm in my mid-30s, and still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I feel like I need a career trajectory, if not a plan, but I have no idea. How do I figure this out? What kinds of careers should I be considering? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Apr 21, 2015 - 6 answers

The Bobcat or the Tiger?

I got accepted to two PhD programs in physics, one at Clemson University, and the other at Ohio University. I have one week to make my decision and I'm frankly terrified of making the wrong one. I don't really know how either school is seen in terms of what a degree from either one would mean for my future career. I know that neither is particularly well known or prestigious (at least I'd never heard of them before I applied). So, can anyone, especially anyone who knows the ins and outs of grad school, and particularly anyone who has attended either (or both!) help me make my decision? [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Apr 7, 2015 - 71 answers

Tutoring Agencies- Or help me pay my NYC rent!

Hi, I'm considering taking the leap from HS teacher to PhD student but despite funding availabilty, I still need to pay my NYC rent! Do any of you lovely mefites have any tutoring agencies to recommend or other reliable/structured ways to make part-time money for an experienced Math teacher with a Psychology background? Thank you!
posted by bquarters on Apr 7, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I (or Should I even) go about getting a PhD?

I am interested in systems theory as field and am trying to determine if/how I should go about studying it deeply and probably making a career out of it. But there are significant questions I feel I should answer before I can decide about such a significant change in my career. I need advice about how to determine if my fascination about systems theory is worth trying to make a career out of it and also advice as to how I can go about creating a career in it? [more inside]
posted by TheLittlePrince on Mar 28, 2015 - 14 answers

How can I put my NSFW blog on my resume?

I have savings, and I hated my job, so I quit to start an unprofessional and NSFW business. The business "failed," and I've been unemployed for almost a year. So, now I need to account for this time on a resume and figure out what to do next. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Mar 9, 2015 - 9 answers

What else can I do with my Ph.D. besides postdoc?

I just defended my Ph.D. in a weird niche part of the natural sciences. The obvious path is to go on to do a postdoc and then a research or teaching career, and I'm taking some steps in that direction. On the other hand, if I was into doing the obvious thing I wouldn't have gotten a Ph.D. in a weird niche part of the natural sciences. What other jobs/careers/vocations should I look into? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 26, 2015 - 11 answers

Applying and preparing for grad school in the computational sciences

I'm heavily considering pursuing a PhD focused on statistical and computational approaches to scientific problems, mostly those in the biological or cognitive sciences. This is my third year of undergraduate studies, and while I have some research experience, it's not very substantial. Is it worth applying in my senior year when I'm not confident in the strength of my application, or should I wait another year? Also: what about industry internships vs. research experiences? [more inside]
posted by sqrtofpi on Feb 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Not intelligent enough to become a social researcher?

Lately, I have seem to have doubts about my intelligence; particularly with the notion of becoming a social researcher. I have always wanted to explore the field of social research. I have a penchant for learning new knowledge and theories; my curiosity never seems to wane. However, I have little confidence that I'm able to obtain a Master's Degree in Critical Sociology. I need to build my confidence and reassure myself that I have the capability, passion, devotion, and worth ethic to learn and strive towards this career goal. I would be most appreciated for some scope of advice, tips, and encouragement. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Feb 16, 2015 - 11 answers

Higher Ed. Administration? Educational Policy? Where should I start?

I am on the job market with a PhD in the humanities (ughhh). I have quite a few publications in my field, and it's going *ok* so far, but my area is especially competitive, and I'm starting to think about how else I might use my PhD to help me find a fulfilling career. I have a passion for my field, but I've discovered my primary passion is teaching and administration, and I have been searching for a job specifically in a teaching-oriented college. However, I also have some experience in administration and curriculum development in higher education, and I'm wondering how I might apply these skills to a career in education policy (?) or education administration (?) or something else I haven't thought about yet. I'd love some resources that would help me educate myself about these options! [more inside]
posted by theantikitty on Feb 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Two PhD programs, each alike in dignity (maybe).

I'm a candidate for 2 PhD programs at the same school. Help me brainstorm questions for interviews so we can all make a good decision. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Jan 20, 2015 - 9 answers

How to survive PhD viva with inadequate thesis?

I submitted an embarrassingly weak PhD thesis, elements of which I don't feel able to defend, and am expecting to be told to revise and resubmit. My viva is in three weeks time. How do I prepare for this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2015 - 13 answers

Job path for a bioengineering PhD?

I need a job/career. I have a PhD in bioengineering. I spent that time analyzing brain data in Matlab. Then I got an intense programming job in Manhattan. I lasted for 10 months: It was so aversive that I worked too slowly and finally had to resign. What do you do? Do you like it? What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jan 8, 2015 - 5 answers

What is the most efficient way to do lit review?

When you consume multiple books on one topic, what does your notebook look like afterwards? Does making a wiki, or a concept map, or a relational diagram help? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Dec 3, 2014 - 2 answers

PhD programs in Cognitive Science, late bloomer.

Thinking about applying to PhD programs in cognitive science after 4 years of tech job experience with no research experience. What do you say? [more inside]
posted by the_dude on Nov 30, 2014 - 13 answers

PhD programs in Philosophy of Biology/Biosemiotics?

I'm looking for PhD programs with a philosophy of science track, where I would be able to focus on biology; in particular, biosemiotics. [more inside]
posted by funeralcult on Nov 20, 2014 - 7 answers

how much is my Phd worth?

I have no full-time work experience outside of assistantships and internships. How much should I expect when I enter the non-academic market? [more inside]
posted by inevitability on Nov 18, 2014 - 12 answers

I want to quit my PhD but I am faced with an ethical dilemma.

I have just started the second year of my PhD in History (fully funded), and I want to quit because I don't enjoy it and it is making me miserable. However, my supervisor feels I am responsible for finishing the project, or at the very least I should stay for another year and publish two more articles. I don't think I have any legal obligations to stay / generate any more output, but do I have a moral obligation? [more inside]
posted by Vulpix91 on Nov 14, 2014 - 37 answers

The little engine that couldn't.

I have grad school. I have lupus. The two are not friends. Help me to start asking for accommodations when needed despite resistance. [more inside]
posted by batbat on Nov 2, 2014 - 13 answers

How do make peace with my career anxieties so I can update my C.V.?

I am going to defend my Ph.D. in a few months. That means I really need to be applying for jobs. But I haven't touched my C.V. in months--years, probably--because every time I think about it I get overwhelmed by waves of anxiety and despair and impostor syndrome. How do I get past that and update the damn thing so I can start sending it out? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Oct 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Need help brainstorming/planning transitions to a postacademic career

Yep, sorry, another "I quit my humanities PhD and I have no idea how the real world works" thread. Except I haven't actually quit yet; this is more like advance research. It's seeming increasingly likely that I may have to leave ABD for the sake of my mental health, so I'm looking for input on how to manage the early stages of a transition to a career (ideally arts-related) where I'll have little relevant background. This post is also an early step in my effort to encourage more constructive coping behaviors after fairly serious depression. [more inside]
posted by urufu on Oct 23, 2014 - 9 answers

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