Illustrated Guide to a PhD

September 14, 20101comments

Matthew Might, a well known Computer science professor at the University of Utah uses the following pictures to explain to every fresh batch of PhD students, what a PhD is... 

and it is super  cool.. 

Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:
By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little:
By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:
With a bachelor's degree, you gain a specialty:
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:
And, that dent you've made is called a Ph.D.:
Of course, the world looks different to you now:
So, don't forget the bigger picture:
Keep pushing...

This guide/reality check is published under a Creative Commons License. 
Also check out  more insights from Matt,  for Ph.D. students here.

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September 14, 2010 at 6:17 PM

this is good way of saying abt PhD

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