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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

Testing, testing?

I'm getting ready to take my comps in less than two weeks. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Apr 19, 2012 - 7 answers

How to get 2nd Bachelor's Degree from UCLA after foreign-based Bachelor's?

Seeking 2nd Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from UCLA, then PhD. Details below. [more inside]
posted by Hassoon on Apr 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Looking for Links from Beleaguered PhD Students

Personal blogs/comics about being a grad student and the corresponding joys and sorrows? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Apr 17, 2012 - 6 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

Good idea? Huge mistake?

I've been accepted to a PHD program at the University of Maryland's iSchool, and will likely be researching social media and social gaming for my dissertation. I'm excited, love the program, and can't wait to start publishing work as part of the academic community, however recent discussion on Metafilter, and a smaller living stipend than I expected, have me second guessing what I thought was a great opportunity. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Apr 6, 2012 - 13 answers

How to Say "Thanks"

Do people give their graduate advisors presents following a successful defense? What would qualify? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 - 16 answers

Help my SO and I solve this intricate PhD two-body problem.

Help my SO and I solve this intricate PhD two-body problem. Options galore! [more inside]
posted by kuju on Mar 26, 2012 - 35 answers

I want to write-up, but Academic Research has re-wired my brain!

The way I research (academic or otherwise) is increasingly incompatible with the tools I have. Reams of handwritten notebooks, and hundreds of word docs vs a highly tagged website only add to my self-created confusion. I'm drawn to Tinderbox software as a possible solution, but as an adamant PC user I'm locked out. How do you order your research? / How to write-up my PhD now my brain is fried? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Just how common are abusive situations in academia? How do you survive and is it even worth it?

My girlfriend is 5 years in to a PhD program with an abusive (verbal, emotional, and mental) PI/lab. This seems to be a common theme in academia, just how common is it? How do you go about graduating if they seem to be working against you (assuming no fault on your part)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 - 12 answers

How do five possible grad schools compare?

I am trying to choose a school for a PhD in Political Science. How do these compare? The University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, the University of California at Santa Barbara, McGill University, and the University of Michigan? [more inside]
posted by sindark on Mar 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Build-your-own-Internship

As a 2nd year Ph.D student in biotech/engineering, how can I find/create an internship opportunity at a start-up or established company that I find interesting? How can I prove my possible value to a company, and when is too early to start trying to build connections? [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Mar 5, 2012 - 1 answer

Pep me up please!

Looking for success stories of older PhD students (mid to late 40s) who succeeded. Particularly interested in personal experience of was the pain worth it. Similar to this, but I already decided to jump in with both feet. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by bmorrison on Feb 28, 2012 - 11 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

Doctoral comps - when where and how?

Doctoral comps - when to sit? [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Dec 16, 2011 - 8 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

What are you going to do with that?

What are some non-academic, non-science careers in which a PhD is a particularly desirable, even necessary, credential? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Dec 13, 2011 - 27 answers

Guide me; maybe I'm just lazy

The truth is that in 50 years or so, I'll be on my deathbed, and I can guarantee you that I won't be spending the experience ruminating about my time at the office. What kind of job should I get? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 - 18 answers

Should the book I edited advertise my Ph.D.?

I'm editing a non-academic, non-fiction book to be published by a university library. Should the book advertise my Ph.D. credentials? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Nov 21, 2011 - 12 answers

What whiskey should I buy as a gift?

What bottle of whiskey should I give to my PhD supervisor? [more inside]
posted by idlethink on Nov 17, 2011 - 45 answers

You have to do that thing with the thumb over the top and the little butt wiggle at the end.

The Secret Order of Employed Physicists: How did you get there? [more inside]
posted by Jilder on Nov 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Alternatives to an Economics PhD

I am planning on applying to economics PhD programs for next year, but before I commit I wanted to think about alternatives, especially in light of all the articles lately about how PhD programs and academia in general are a pyramid scheme. What other careers/education might be a less painful way of getting to a job that fits my life goals. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Nov 4, 2011 - 13 answers

I don't want to be a professor, I just want to be a lab tech who reads a lot.

Help me quit grad school. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 21 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

Evaluating a professor

I am an advanced PhD student in an engineering discipline. I have been sent a presumably routine email from the department chair asking for comments on my research advisor's interaction with me to be submitted as an email, as a part of a multi-faceted evaluation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Anyone familar with Austrian economics?

Resources for Austrian economics? [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Oct 19, 2011 - 8 answers

A successful PhD: software recommendations and other tips?

Hacks for a Successful PhD? I'm looking for tips or software that will help me - as a new PhD student - finish successfully. Researchers: tell me your tricks! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Oct 8, 2011 - 22 answers

Advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working?

Any advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Sep 17, 2011 - 14 answers

What's going on here?

Confused, lost and looking for suggestions to get back on track. [more inside]
posted by xm on Sep 16, 2011 - 16 answers

Online platform for PhD students?

What kind of online platform can I use to run a PhD writing/goal setting group? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Sep 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Seeking opinions on career options and life directions for a young geologist - please weigh in with your experiences!

I'm a young geologist considering long-term career options and life directions. Please tell me about your experiences (as a geologist) in grad school, industry, or government/regulation. Or your experiences working in video/photography, as that is an alternative career path I'm considering. [more inside]
posted by Strudel on Sep 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Funding for a Ph.D. in Belgium

I'm looking for scholarships or fellowships that could fund, or help fund, a molecular/microbiology Ph.D. in Belgium for an American. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Aug 30, 2011 - 4 answers

Researchers: Share your workflow!

I'm planning a grad-student workshop on ways to manage research assets (particularly primary sources) more efficiently using digital tools. Please share your own workflow! [more inside]
posted by miriam on Aug 22, 2011 - 12 answers

Book Swap Online!?!?

What's the best way to set up an online book swap site or app only for the students in my academic department? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Aug 15, 2011 - 2 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

Just because you're paranoid don't mean your advisor ain't out to get you

I suspect that my PhD thesis advisor may be writing me poor letters of reference for postdoctoral positions. What can I do to get some sort, any sort, of job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Joint MFA/Ph.D. in studio art and art history

Do any schools offer a joint MFA/Ph.D. in studio art/art history? [more inside]
posted by skilar on Aug 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Empirical and theoretical psychotherapy?

Contemporary psychotherapists who have popularized their empirically-tested theoretical contributions? Examples: David Burns, Eugene Gendlin, Joseph Weiss. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jul 18, 2011 - 5 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

How to come across well in a PhD interview over Skype?

How to come across well in a PhD interview over Skype? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Jun 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Please help me give advice to my brother about a chemical engineering phd

I'm worried my brother might be making the wrong decision about his degree. He has a fellowship and is well on the way to getting a phd, but he is thinking of stopping at a masters so he can get a job. The reasons he gives seem naive to me, but I don't know anything about this field. I'm worried he's going to end up being bored and unfulfilled because he's focused on short term goals. [more inside]
posted by bleary on Jun 23, 2011 - 46 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

Seeking mental health professional in Brooklyn or lower Manhattan

Seeking recommendations for a mental health therapist in North Brooklyn/lower Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 - 1 answer

Graduate school woes.

Help me overcome my emotional immaturity which has crippled my academic course. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2011 - 6 answers

What can I do with a PhD in Sociology/Criminology?

What can I do with a PhD in Sociology/Criminology? [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith on May 14, 2011 - 13 answers

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