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Research Proposal from the Land of Make Believe

I'm in the process of putting together Ph.D. program applications and have run into a mental roadblock, namely being asked to put together a research proposal that I know is destined to be utterly meaningless. [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter on Sep 28, 2014 - 8 answers

Unsure about path to academia

My goal is to become a university professor but I'm torn whether to do a second master's degree or go straight for a PhD. I can get decent funding for a master's but am I treading water? [more inside]
posted by nagoya on Jul 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Non-academic career options for PhDs?

My partner is finishing a PhD in a social science next year and is unsure about staying in academia. Have any MeFites been in a similar position? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Apr 6, 2014 - 11 answers

From ABD to MD

Leaving academia and going into medicine: when to jump ship? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Jan 12, 2014 - 15 answers

I just got my masters in Biophysics and want to leave. Should I?

I'm in a Ph. D. program in Biophysics. I'm getting paid to be here. I've joined a lab and finished the classes, but I still have at least 2 and a half long years of research to go. I don't care for my project, I don't care for the town I'm in, and I don't even know if I care about science anymore. Finally someone noticed and I've been told I need to step up my game. [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on Dec 12, 2013 - 22 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

What kind of help should I expect from my dissertation chair?

My social sciences dissertation proposal defense went pretty badly, and it makes me think that I need more help than my dissertation chair will provide. Are my expectations for feedback reasonable, or not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Yet another "Should I stay in grad school?" question...

...but this time there is a newborn baby! This fall I will begin my 5th year in an English PhD program. I have been ambivalent about staying in my program pretty much since the first year, but have always come down on the side of staying in, even though I long ago decided I don't want to even try to become an English professor. Three weeks ago my husband and I had a baby, and that is making me less confident I want to continue. I need some help sorting this out. [more inside]
posted by apricot on Jun 9, 2013 - 7 answers

New baby + diss defense, can this math work?

Wrapping up a pregnancy and a dissertation at the same time. Given the inherent badness of this idea, when is the least ill-advised time to schedule my defense? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2013 - 15 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

Rebuilding shattered self-confidence after grad school?

So, now I've got a PhD. But I'm crippled by zero self-confidence as I start applying to industry jobs. Did you rebuild your self-confidence after a PhD? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on May 9, 2013 - 17 answers

PhD dropout

I'm dropping out of a PhD program in a social science with only a masters degree. I need a real job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 15 answers

Tips for staying motivated in Grad School

Two years into a Ph.D. program in the biological science (in the US) and I am in a lab doing research. The lab I'm in takes a hand-off approach to our research, so much of the motivation to do projects must come from me. Unfortunately I'm the kind of person who needs deadlines and strong guidance, and without these two things I've begun to drift a little. Any tips for keeping my eyes on the prize and staying immersed in my field? [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on Feb 1, 2013 - 8 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

PhD in nursing?

What do you do with a PhD in nursing? Is getting one a good idea? [more inside]
posted by bookish on Jul 9, 2012 - 18 answers

Abandon ship?

I have a big, messy question about anxiety, student debt, grad school, loneliness, and employment. Here’s the crux of it: Should I go back to my PhD next year? If not, what should my plan for the next few months be? [more inside]
posted by The Art of Sockpuppetry on Jun 17, 2012 - 17 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

Make me less of an academic island!

I'm a PhD student, and I'd like to do more academic networking over email. How does this work, and what should the emails sound like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2012 - 14 answers

How can I graduate and find a job when I'm struggling?

I am in my 7th year of a science Ph.D. at MIT and I need to graduate. I have invested an incredible amount of time and energy in this process, and I definitely have a Ph.D. level of skills and knowledge by now. 7 years is not outside the norm for my department. The problem is that a number of circumstances occurring in a row have lead to a bad/toxic relationship with my advisor and slow performance on my part. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Leaving PhD program without burning bridges?

I am currently working on a Ph.D. but may have an opportunity to enter my field early. Is there a way I can drop out without burning bridges? When should I speak with my adviser about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2012 - 12 answers

no seriously, is this masters worth it?

Help me make a decision I keep circling over again and again -- interdisciplinary masters that lets me do some cool research now, or continuing to work/exist in desired city and a more professional and/or appropriate MA/PHd in the next year or two? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Apr 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Where to heretics go to grad school?

I need recommendations on a PhD program in ecology/conservation biology/interdisciplinary studies. I am a biology student who has strong nontraditional interests in cross-disciplinary work, popularization of science (i.e. making science relevant to non-science people), creating social and political change, and examining the relationships between humans and the biosphere from a holistic, non-anthropocentric perspective. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 14, 2012 - 21 answers

What does a typical PhD schedule look like?

What does a typical social sciences PhD's work schedule look like? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Apr 14, 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

Leaving the Ivory Tower

I'm halfway through a PhD program in the humanities, but I'm almost positive I want to quit academia after I get my degree. What are my best options? [more inside]
posted by derrinyet on Feb 12, 2012 - 18 answers

Qualifying exams: I laughed, I cried, I cried, I cried...

Grad school filter: I need a reality check on my qualifying exams. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 - 20 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

Bioinformatics Down Under

I would be finishing my bioinformatics master's degree next year and am considering to go to Australia or New Zealand for PhD in bioinfo, or Computer Science with a focus in computational biology related stuffs What are the academic and industry situations like in these two countries? [more inside]
posted by joewandy on Nov 2, 2011 - 2 answers

Do I leave my PhD program?

I might not be smart enough for my PhD program; it is obvious from my classes that I lack certain skills or aptitudes the average student in my field has. Do I quit now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2011 - 32 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

Career for someone with a background in earth sciences?

Looking for advice on possible careers post-grad school with earth sciences training. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2011 - 6 answers

What are the pros and cons of trying to become an English professor in Toronto for a fiction writer (and how feasible is it)?

What are the pros and cons of trying to become an English professor in Toronto for a fiction writer (and how feasible is it)? [more inside]
posted by skwt on Jun 20, 2011 - 18 answers

What is a good PhD graduation gift for an advisor?

What is an appropriate gift to give one's advisor after filing a PhD dissertation and graduating? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jun 7, 2011 - 23 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

Leave academia for K-12?

My partner is doing her Ph.D in English but is starting to think she wants to teach elementary or high school. We're in Canada. We've got questions about the job market, location, and the benefits and burdens of getting the Ph.D. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Feb 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Can I let myself be happy now or should I guard my heart?

Four days ago, my partner got an email from her #1 grad school choice that sounded good. How excited should we be? I know there are many variables at work here that neither you nor we can know at this time, but I want to know if I can be excited and happy or if I should try to calm myself down. I know many people here are phD's from the hard sciences as well and I am hoping you can provide some perspective. Here are the details: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2011 - 27 answers

Application stress!

Should I throw in the towel? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Dec 2, 2010 - 38 answers

Letters of recommendation?

Of these 5 people, who should I ask for letters of recommendation. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Silvertree on Nov 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Transferring PhD programs

I just started my first year of graduate school, and I'm disappointed with my PhD program. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Is it worth it to get a PhD? It seems really scary.

What is getting a PhD really like? Is it worth it? I want to be a researcher in psychology, sexuality, and gender. [more inside]
posted by tweedle on Oct 15, 2010 - 48 answers

I feel totally aimless and adviser-less in this, my last year of Ph.D. coursework. How did this happen? How do I fix it? Sorry if this is a bit long.

I feel totally aimless and adviser-less in this, my last year of Ph.D. coursework. How did this happen? How do I fix it? Sorry if this is a bit long. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2010 - 6 answers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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