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Mastering your PhD
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Mastering your PhD
Mastering your PhD, P. Goslin, B. Noordam
  • Chapter 1       Introduction
  • Chapter 2       Getting Started
    Formulate a working plan and setup a schedule.
    Maintain a notebook.
    Establish good reference keeping practices.
  • Chapter 3       Setting Goals and Objectives
    Clarify goals and objectives
    Write down a list of actions
    Organize your actions into a plan
    Monitor and measure your progress
    Prepare a to-do list
    The 80/20 rule. 20% of your efforts will produce 80 of your results.
  • Chapter 4       How to Think Like a Scientist
    Coming to grips with the scientific method.  

    The four steps that make up the scientific method:

    Constructing a hypothesis
    Carrying out experiments to test the hypothesis
    Formulating a theory
    A fact is a thing that is known to be true.
    A theory is a conceptual framework that can be used to explain existing observations and predict new ones.
    A hypothesis is a working assumption. Usually a hypothesis is formulated before experiments are carried out to test it. If the hypothesis holds up against exisitng and newly obtained data, the scientist may formulate it as a theory.
  • Chapter 5       Good Experimental Design  
    The key to scientific success
  • Chapter 6       Charting Your Progress Month by Month
    Staying on track so you don’t get lost
    in the research jungle
  • Chapter 7       Dealing with Setbacks
    Coping with the frustrations of the research life
  • Chapter 8       The Art of Good Communication
    How to communicate with others
    to maximize your success
  • Chapter 9       The Art of Good Communication, Part 2
    Presentation Skills and Group Meetings
    Keep them hanging on the edge of their seats
  • Chapter 10     Searching the Scientific Literature
    Getting comfortable in the library.
    Make use of the Science Citation Index.
  • Chapter 11     Your First International Conference
    Getting out and about in the world of scientific meetings
  • Chapter 12     From Data to Manuscript:
    Writing Scientific Papers That Shine
    Tips for writing up your research into concise and readable articles
    Disseminate your research to the scientific community:
    what questions did you ask?
    which experiments did you perform?
    Which kinds of data did you collect and how did you collect them?
    Which colcusions did you draw from your data and what suggestions have you made for further research?
  • Chapter 13     Celebrate Your Success  
    Isn’t it time to pat yourself on the back for a job well done?
  • Chapter 14     How to Cope with Your Annual Evaluation  
    Putting yourself and your work in the best possible light
  • Chapter 15     The Final Year:
    Countdown to Your Thesis Defence  
    It’s all in the planning
  • Chapter 16     Putting It All Together: a PhD … so What’s Next?  
    Getting a jump start on career planning
  • Chapter 17     Writing Your Doctoral Thesis with Style  
    Breaking it down into manageable pieces.
    Various descriptions of what a PhD thesis is:
    • A formal piece of writing that presents original data in support of a particular thesis or supposition.
    • A comprehensive body of data. THe scientific method requires you to state a hypothesis and then gather data to support or negate your hypothesis.
    • A thorough analysis and interpretation of the data you have collected.
    • A document in which every statement is supported either by citing the scientific literature or your own (original) work.
    • A document in which every statement must be correct and defensible in a logical and scientific sense. There is no room in your htesis for suppositions and conclusions that you pull out of thin air.

  • Chapter 18     The Final Act:
    Defending Your Thesis with Panache  
    How to pull off a memorable thesis defence
  • Chapter 19     Lessons Learned  
    Final thoughts at the end of the journey
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