The Ph.D. Process: A Students Guide to Graduate School in the Sciences

Paperback | September 1, 1998

byDale F. Bloom, Jonathan D. Karp, Nicholas Cohen

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The Ph.D. Process offers the essential guidance that students in the biological and physical sciences need to get the most out of their years in graduate school. Drawing upon the insights of numerous current and former graduate students, this book presents a rich portrayal of the intellectualand emotional challenges inherent in becoming a scientist, and offers the informed, practical advice a "best friend" would give about each stage of the graduate school experience. What are the best strategies for applying to a graduate program? How are classes conducted? How should I choose anadvisor and a research project? What steps can I take now to make myself more "employable" when I get my degree? What goes on at the oral defense? Through a balanced, thorough examination of issues ranging from lab etiquette to research stress, the authors--each a Ph.D. in the sciences--provide thevital information that will allow students to make informed decisions all along the way to the degree. Headlined sections within each chapter make it fast and easy to look up any subject, while dozens of quotes describing personal experiences in graduate programs from people in diverse scientificfields contribute invaluable real-life expertise. Special attention is also given to the needs of international students. Read in advance, this book prepares students for each step of the graduate school experience that awaits them. Read during the course of a graduate education, it serves as a handy reference covering virtually all major issues and decisions a doctoral candidate is likely to face. The Ph.D. Processis the one book every graduate student in the biological and physical sciences can use to stay a step ahead, from application all the way through graduation.

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The Ph.D Process is the practical guide for students wanting to get the most out of graduate school. Designed especially for students in sciences, the book presents a rich portrayal of the intellectual and emotional challenges involved in becoming a scientist. For preparation or while you’re at it, The Ph.D. Process is like a friend wh...

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The Ph.D. Process offers the essential guidance that students in the biological and physical sciences need to get the most out of their years in graduate school. Drawing upon the insights of numerous current and former graduate students, this book presents a rich portrayal of the intellectualand emotional challenges inherent in becomin...

Dale F. Bloom, PhD, received her graduate degree from the Behavioral Neuroscience division of the Department of Psychology at UCLA, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the University of Rochester, and is a full-time author. Jonathan D. Karp, PhD, received his doctorate in Psychology from Van...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.02 × 6.1 × 0.59 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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The Ph.D Process is the practical guide for students wanting to get the most out of graduate school. Designed especially for students in sciences, the book presents a rich portrayal of the intellectual and emotional challenges involved in becoming a scientist. For preparation or while you’re at it, The Ph.D. Process is like a friend who’s already been there.

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"[T]he most comprehensive guide to date about graduate school in the sciences. . . . The Ph.D. Process marches through all aspects of the grad school experience, from application through dissertation defense, and includes some excellent topics not covered in other books, such as advice toforeign students. . . . In addition, the book includes the voices of graduate students themselves, discussing, and in some cases qualifying, the authors' advice. The combination of authoritative summaries along with anecdotes from students themselves help lend substance to what otherwise might be adaunting litany of do's and don'ts about grad school. The book is organized in a more or less chronological sequence of major events and issues in the grad school process. Interspersed with these subjects are chapters on more strategic and issues-related subjects . . . Together the chapters workboth to explain how things work and also how to make things work well for you."--Science's Next Wave