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1 Alex Davies Air-Sea Interaction Laboratory College of Earth, Ocean & Environment A.R. DAVIES

2 Outline 1 What is the Process!?What is the Process!? Is Graduate School right for me!?Is Graduate School right for me!? Surviving the first yearSurviving the first year Thanks to phdcomics.com Thanks to phdcomics.com OUTLINE

3 Outline 2 What is the Process!?What is the Process!? Is Graduate School right for me!?Is Graduate School right for me!? Surviving the first yearSurviving the first year OUTLINE

4 What is the Process? 3 The process already beganThe process already began The Dating Game: choosing an advisorThe Dating Game: choosing an advisor The application processThe application process Visitation Day(s)Visitation Day(s) Making the right choice for you!Making the right choice for you! THE PROCESS

5 The process already began! 4 What does the F in freshman stand for?What does the F in freshman stand for? Friends?Friends? Fun?Fun? Friday Nights?Friday Nights? Football?Football? Freedom?Freedom? First day of your FUTURE!?First day of your FUTURE!? THE PROCESS

6 Please, do not panic… 5 THE PROCESS Freshman Freshman : Hit the ground running Sophomore Sophomore : Discover your interests Junior Junior : Life gets tough Senior(s): Senior(s): Enjoy, learn, do research

7 THE DATING GAME 6 THE PROCESS How to pick an advisor? Advisors to watch out for...

8 THE DATING GAME 7 THE PROCESS How to choose:How to choose: Research InterestResearch Interest PersonalityPersonality FundingFunding CredentialsCredentials Experience/AgeExperience/Age Former StudentsFormer Students Ask aroundAsk around

9 The Application Packet 8 THE PROCESS What is typically needed?What is typically needed? GREGRE TranscriptsTranscripts Experiences, Publications/Presentations, Research, HonorsExperiences, Publications/Presentations, Research, Honors Personal Statement/Statement of PurposePersonal Statement/Statement of Purpose Letter(s) of RecommendationLetter(s) of Recommendation

10 GRE 9 THE PROCESS Practice, Practice, Practice!!!Practice, Practice, Practice!!! »PS: I got 1090.

11 Personal Statement 10 THE PROCESS

12 Requesting a Letter 11 THE PROCESS Ask people you know and trustAsk people you know and trust Always give them an easy “no”Always give them an easy “no” Reminders, reminders, reminders!Reminders, reminders, reminders!

13 Visitation Day 12 THE PROCESS They should cater to YOU!They should cater to YOU! It is HARD being talked atIt is HARD being talked at Act interestedAct interested Bring CVsBring CVs Do your research!Do your research! Talk to the grad students!!!Talk to the grad students!!!

14 Visitation Questions: 13 THE PROCESS

15 Which is Right for Me? 14 THE PROCESS

16 Which is Right for Me? 15 THE PROCESS

17 Which is Right for Me? 16 THE PROCESS Advisor/Lab Group are KEY!!Advisor/Lab Group are KEY!! Research OpportunitiesResearch Opportunities Ask around…Ask around… Personal ReasonsPersonal Reasons Location? Funding? Other?Location? Funding? Other?

18 Why did I choose UD? 17 THE PROCESS I could combine my research interestsI could combine my research interests I liked the work my advisor was doingI liked the work my advisor was doing I left comfortable with the faculty and studentsI left comfortable with the faculty and students It worked out personallyIt worked out personally

19 Outline 18 What is the Process!?What is the Process!? Is Graduate School right for me!?Is Graduate School right for me!? Surviving the first yearSurviving the first year OUTLINE

20 19 IS GRAD SCHOOL FOR ME? Just an FYI:

21 20 IS GRAD SCHOOL FOR ME?

22 Money aside, I’ll learn A LOT!? 21 IS GRAD SCHOOL FOR ME?

23 22 IS GRAD SCHOOL FOR ME?

24 You will learn a lot! 23 IS GRAD SCHOOL FOR ME? Yes, you will learn a lot! Really!Yes, you will learn a lot! Really! Masters: Broader focusMasters: Broader focus PhD: Narrow focusPhD: Narrow focus None-science skills:None-science skills: Data analysisData analysis Computer programmingComputer programming Technical writingTechnical writing Lab experienceLab experience

25 Is it easier to find a job? 24 IS GRAD SCHOOL FOR ME?

26 Is it easier to find a job? 25 IS GRAD SCHOOL FOR ME?

27 Is it easier to find a job? 26 IS GRAD SCHOOL FOR ME? Bachelor’s Degree PROS: Work Experience Early; Money Now! CONS: Market is tough; Career cap!? Master’s Degree PROS: More options; Some lab experience CONS: Tough market; cap!?; independence? Doctorate of Philosophy PROS: A lot of experience; Independence CONS: Limiting!?; TimeBS MS PhD

28 Causation or Correlation!? 27 IS GRAD SCHOOL FOR ME?

29 Is it worth it? 28 IS GRAD SCHOOL FOR ME?

30 Is it worth it? 29 IS GRAD SCHOOL FOR ME?

31 Is it worth it? 30 IS GRAD SCHOOL FOR ME? What exactly do you want to do?What exactly do you want to do? Maybe a Master’s is perfectMaybe a Master’s is perfect Enhance your science and research skillsEnhance your science and research skills Independent critical thinkingIndependent critical thinking Do you want to challange yourself?Do you want to challange yourself?

32 Is it worth it? 31 IS GRAD SCHOOL FOR ME? For me?For me?YES! Why?Why? I like challenging research questionsI like challenging research questions I want to teachI want to teach I hope to make a real differenceI hope to make a real difference It worked for my personal lifeIt worked for my personal life

33 Outline 32 What is the Process!?What is the Process!? Is Graduate School right for me!?Is Graduate School right for me!? Surviving the first yearSurviving the first year OUTLINE

34 Welcome to Grad School… 33 SURVIVAL

35 34 SURVIVAL First Semester Keys:

36 35 SURVIVAL Find a study groupFind a study group And actually study!And actually study! Make a schedule or “To Do List”Make a schedule or “To Do List” Have one evening/night dedicated to YOU!Have one evening/night dedicated to YOU! Learn but also get good gradesLearn but also get good grades Try to avoid research or teaching!Try to avoid research or teaching!

37 Typical Timeline: 36 SURVIVAL

38 Typical Week: 37 SURVIVAL

39 Typical Day: 38 SURVIVAL

40 You’re a Dork: 39 SURVIVAL

41 The Elevator Talk: 40 SURVIVAL

42 41 SURVIVAL

43 Survival: 42 SURVIVAL

44 Newton’s Keys to Survival 43 SURVIVAL

45 Thank you! Questions? 44 SURVIVAL


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