earning that PhD

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From the mailbag: I have a Masters in Biology (from a 5 year BS/MS program) and for the past 4 years I’ve been working as a lab manager/technician. I have my own research project(s) in addition to keeping track of ordering/equipment maintenance/mouse breeding/etc. All-in-all it’s a sweet gig and I could see myself doing this…

Can you spare 50 minutes to help out a graduate student desperate for research participants? If so, please read below: Dear all, Within the context of my PhD project at Philips Research and Eindhoven University of Technology, I am developing a questionnaire that will help me to look at the relation between multimedia and feelings…

I recently got this email from Nikitha Sambamurthy, blogger at Diff-EQ (tweeting here) and undergrad at Purdue who regularly attends my department’s seminar series. Nikitha is looking for some advice, and agreed to let me ask her question to teh blogosphere (below the fold).

The perils of PhDs

ScienceGrandma pointed me to this recent article in the Wall Street Journal. It’s titled “So You Want to Be a Professor?” but I think it should have been called “The Perils of a Ph.D.” The article begins by citing some examples of graduate schools that are reducing admissions of PhD applicants for next year, in…

The theme for this month’s Scientiae carnival asks us to talk about a challenging point in our lives and describe how we overcame the adversity. Did we have help along the way, and are we better scientists for having been through the trial by fire? Truthfully, I’d have to say that the last two years…

I’ve been to another workshop presented by the same group and I highly recommend them. Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Fellows July 16-July 19, 2009 University of Nevada, Las Vegas Application DEADLINE is March 18, 2009 http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/careerprep09/index.html Preference will be given to those entering or…

Despite being the keeper of a very well organized blogroll, I was surprisingly flummoxed by a request from a friend of a friend of a friend. She’s decided to go to graduate school in an environmental science field, but she’s unsure whether to go for a M.S. first or straight to a Ph.D. Specifically, she…

Wordle your dissertation

One of my graduate students reminded my co-instructors and me of a fun internet tool called Wordle which takes text you give it, and makes a graphical representation of the text based on the number of times certain words appear. We used this idea to summarize the course we’ve just finished on the history and…

(Okay, I admit this is a pure plug. You’ve now been warned.) My department is hosting an open house for prospective graduate students September 18-19 here in West Lafayette. If you have been thinking about doing a PhD in engineering education at Purdue, here’s your opportunity to: interact with current engineering education grad students chat…

That research post: the PhD part

Ages ago people asked me what my research was actually about. Well, here’s a synopsis of my PhD work as a starter.