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Getting Your Ph.D. NSBE Region 3 Fall Regional Conference. Hosted by: Nathaniel W. Tindall & Georgia Tech Black Graduate Student Organization Prepared by: Lauren D. Thomas [email protected] Contents. How to pick a department Financing a Ph.D. My Advisor and Me Graduate Speed Chats.

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Getting your ph d

Getting Your Ph.D.

NSBE Region 3 Fall Regional Conference

Hosted by: Nathaniel W. Tindall & Georgia Tech Black Graduate Student Organization

Prepared by: Lauren D. Thomas [email protected]


Contents
Contents

  • How to pick a department

  • Financing a Ph.D.

  • My Advisor and Me

  • Graduate Speed Chats


Picking a department
Picking a Department

  • Start looking, networking and preparing early

    • Develop a CV

    • Visit grad fairs

    • Take advantage of visit opportunities

  • Ask yourself

    • What are my goals in a Ph.D. program?

    • Where can I realistically spend the next 4-6 years?

    • What are the graduates from the program doing after?


Financing a ph d
Financing a Ph.D.

  • Department sponsored RA/TA/LA

    • Usually just cost of living expenses (if that)

    • Understand the responsibilities up front – 20 hrs.

    • Determine how this will support your grad work

  • Fellowships

    • Higher levels of funding, lower responsibility level

    • University/College offered – apply EARLY!

    • External fellowships, determine what can be combined

  • Loans

    • LAST resort!


Financing a ph d fellowships

LOOK FOR THE $$$$

Financing a Ph.D.- Fellowships

  • Disciplinary organization – ASME, ASCE, IEEE etc.. Usually for more advanced students, M.S.

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship – must write a proposal, no more than 1 year of grad studies $30k per year, tuition, fees, travel budget

  • SMART $31k per year + tuition and fees

  • American Association of University Women

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Ford Foundation


My advisor and me
My Advisor and Me

  • Select an advisor based on personality match NOT solely research interests, notoriety, or publications!

  • What is your work style?

  • How do you like to be motivated?

  • Ask their students and graduates if available

  • Your advisor doesn’t need to be your friend, or even your mentor but it helps!

  • Check your ego at the door


Graduate speed chats
Graduate Speed Chats

  • Goal: meet the Ph.D. students in the room and converse about their work, experience, future plans, and advice for your Ph.D.

  • 8 minute rotations

  • Feel free to share business cards!


Graduate students
Graduate Students

  • Name

  • Department, research area in 4 words

  • Institution

  • B.S., M.S., Background

  • Current status (student, candidate, defense, post-doc)

  • One thing you wish someone told you about grad school


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