The milestones are intended to ensure each student is making steady progress, and to identify early! Anyway, in order to be helpful, I wrote down what I think are the set of skills that a PhD student needs to demonstrate early in the program, as a prerequisite for becoming a successful researcher: The ability to select a small number of significant research contributions from a larger set of published papers, and justify that selection.
She is enrolled at the Australia National University but currently spends more time on her couch than in her office or the library.
Of course the PhD Lifestyle is not like that for everybody. And no coursework means very little reason to be on campus. Google Scholar is my friend, and seeing as I can access my university online depository from anywhere, I rarely have to visit the library.
I assiduously note the exact amount of time, down to the quarter hour, I spend each day on strictly PhD-related work. I do this so I can tell anyone who asks exactly why I have been doing with my time.
No one has actually asked yet — but you never know right? I set myself little tasks and sit by my computer until they are completed. I create arbitrary deadlines for producing small chunks of chapters and conference papers — then stress about not meeting them.
I minimise procrastination with every trick I know. But just last night I spent nearly an hour reading an article — an academic, densely referenced, big-word-using article — that was only tangentially related to my own research.
So why did I read it so thoroughly? I was actually enjoying it. It was so well written it was a pleasure to read. Naturally, I then felt guilty. All this guilt and shame is ridiculous, of course.
Not improved job prospects. The flexibility of independent study has allowed me to follow my partner interstate and, frankly, I like having very little structure in my days.
I like working evenings and weekends if I want to, and not getting out of bed before 9am. I love taking several hours out in the middle of the day to go for a swim, or ride my bike around nearby bushland, or a long run in preparation for an upcoming half-marathon.
I am a full time funded PhD student started but finally submitted my thesis after year which was last year march and had my viva in May. Few days ago I was reading this preface of a MSc thesis. It’s from a chemist fellow, drinking buddy and “philosophical” discussion pal. I find it quite amazing as it clearly catch the spirit of the daily work in a chemistry laboratory. Welcome to the web site of Nicolàs de Hilster, the virtual museum of my geodetic and navigational collection.
I love being able to watch Bollywood films and documentaries on India the geographical focus of my thesis and chalk it up as research. And I love that my office chair is actually my sofa, and that my desk is really a coffee table. But at least these distractions are of my own creation. I have no-one but myself to blame if I cave into the temptation of spontaneously vacuuming an already clean floor just because it seems easier right now than reading through a stack of articles on hydro-hegemony in the Hindu-Kush-Himalaya region.
Ah, so begins the cycle of guilt! A friend of mine recently completed her PhD on a topic very similar to mine, which she did in a lifestyle very similar to mine. Three hours a day. So why do I still feel guilty about having spent half a Saturday writing this blog for you?
Do you indulge a PhD lifestyle? Does it make you feel guilty?What goalposts? To fail a PhD at the viva is devastating. "I know now that my supervisor failed to read the thesis document before it was submitted.
How crazy was I to allow it to go forward. Users may add their own flair to indicate their educational status, e.g. PhD*, Philosophy. The format should take the general form of Degree, Specialisation.
An asterisk (*) after the degree denotes active candidacy or study. Has anyone here ever failed a thesis or dissertation? (pfmlures.comhool) submitted 3 years ago by ryanmcslomo.
I'm only personally aware of one student who failed his PhD defense (this is at an R1 US university).
After his advisor refused to approve his thesis, he went over his head and got the department chair to schedule the defense anyway. My department is busy revising the set of milestones our PhD students need to meet in the course of their studies.
The milestones are intended to ensure each student is making steady progress, and to identify (early!) any problems.
At the moment they don't really do this well, in part because the faculty all seem to. Graham Cracker Crumb Cheesecake Bars with Golden Oreos: a recipe/post from your newest PhD candidate!
(eep!). I am a full time funded PhD student started but finally submitted my thesis after year which was last year march and had my viva in May.