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Preparing the Student for the Qualifying Exam

A while ago, a student walked into my office after having failed the written portion of the qualifying exam. Let me explain what a Ph.D. qualifying exam is. In most programs, a qualifying exam is a necessary hurdle in moving … Continue reading

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2017 Graduate School Goals

Happy New Year to the student and adviser. First year students who started in Fall 2016 now have a semester under their belt. You probably took two to three courses and tried to figure out the differences between undergrad and … Continue reading

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Finishing your Ph.D. dissertation – The final stages and preplanning

You’ve labored through courses and preliminary and qualifying exams. You’ve read a lot of papers, prepared a proposal for your research and travailed through reading, writing, coding, analyzing and the myriad of details needed to complete a Ph.D. dissertation. The … Continue reading

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The Wandering adviser

This is going to register so close to home for some of you since you may be in this situation right now. Your adviser is a wanderer. Brilliant, full of ideas but never focused to stay on completing tasks. Let … Continue reading

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