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The Illustrated Guide to a PhD

Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge. http://matt.might.net/articles/phd-school-in-pictures/
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on 2 December 2016

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Transcript of The Illustrated Guide to a PhD

So, don't forget the bigger picture.
Every fall, I explain to a fresh batch of Ph.D. students what a Ph.D. is. It's hard to describe it in words.

Matt Might, Ph.D.
University of Utah
http://matt.might.net/

Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge.
By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more
By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little.
A master's degree deepens that specialty.
Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge.
Once you're at the boundary, you focus.
You push at the boundary for a few years
Until one day,
the boundary gives way.
With a bachelor's degree,
you gain a specialty.
And, that dent you've made is called a Ph.D.
Of course, the world looks different to you now.
So, I use pictures.
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