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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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