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Mastering Your PhD: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond [Paperback]

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"Mastering your PhD" helps guide PhD students through their graduate student days. Filled with practical advice on getting started, communicating with your supervisor, staying the course, and planning for the future, this book is a handy guide for graduate students who need that extra bit of help getting started and making it through. Every year, thousands of students around the world embark on the long and difficult journey toward a PhD. Some of these students will make it through their program with flying colors. Others will experience difficulty getting to the end: some will sink and some will manage to swim - barely. The doctoral years can be daunting. While mainly directed to PhD students in the sciences, the book's scope is broad enough to encompass the obstacles and hurdles that almost all PhD students face at some point in their doctoral training. Who should read this book? Students of the physical and life sciences, computer science, math, and medicine thinking about entering a PhD program, doctoral students at the beginning of their research and any graduate student who is feeling frustrated and stuck. It's never too early or too late! "A must for any student in natural science who is doing or is considering doing a PhD. Also, I strongly recommend PhD supervisors to read this book - they will learn a lot."Henrik Stapelfeldt, Professor of Chemistry, Arhus Denmark"At last, a book about graduate study that paints the big picture and that recognizes PhD work as a real job involving many of the same relationship and business issues that will be important to students throughout their careers. Outstanding!"Lou Bloomfield, Professor of Physics, University of Virginia, USA

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Pages   154
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 4.25" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 28, 2006
Publisher   Springer
ISBN  3540333878  
ISBN13  9783540333876  

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More About Patricia Gosling & Bart D. Noordam

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Prof. Dr. Bart Noordam (1964) obtained his PhD degree in Physics (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After a brief stint as a Postdoc in the USA, he headed up a research group at the FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) in Amsterdam. There he studied the ultra-fast interactions between light and atoms. Prof. Noordam has supervised 9 PhD students and published over 120 scientific papers. He interrupted his academic career for two years to work as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and returned to AMOLF in the fall of 2002 as director of the institute. Bart Noordam gives short courses for graduate students to get the most out of their PhD. The enthusiast response over a training course he gave for EURODOC triggered the ideas behind this book (EURODOC is the European convention of the representatives of the national PhD student unions).

Patricia Gosling (1963) obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and English Literature from Northwestern University, USA. After a 3-year period working as a research assistant in neurophysiology at Stanford University, she re-located to the Netherlands where she received her PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Nijmegen. From 1996-2002 she ran her own communications company, with a focus on scientific journalism and teaching writing and presentation skills to graduate students of Environmental Science. From 2003-2004 she was employed as a medical writer with Excerpta Medica (a division of Elsevier). She has also translated and edited numerous books and documents for the industrial and academic communities. A US native, Dr. Gosling has lived and worked in the Netherlands, Morocco, and France. Currently employed as Research Manager at the European Neuromuscular Centre in the Netherlands, she is the author of two guidebooks (Ethnic Amsterdam, Vassallucci, 2002 and The Loversa (TM) Guide to Amsterdam, Vassallucci, 2003). Fluent in Dutch and French and an enthusiastic student of Arabic, Dr. Gosling has chosen to follow a non-traditional post-PhD career path that has proved to be both eclectic and rewarding.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Mastering Your PhD: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond?

Methodologically biased and a tad too expensive  Mar 17, 2008
Though "Mastering Your PhD" provides eloquent, down to earth, and applicable advice, I felt it mainly addressed those doing quantitative research. This inclination to a particular methodology made me feel a bit lost, as I don't plan on using a lot of quantitative analysis myself. Also, I found this to be a strange bias for a book that aims to address all PhD candidates.

In addition, the book is a little too expensive to my taste. It's a tiny paperback that should be listed for $10 or so. Certainly not the $30 I ended up paying including P&P to the Netherlands.

Finally, the illustrations should be omitted as they create a rather superficial colloquial feel.

Other than that, found some great advice in here. I also really enjoyed the scope of the book as it addresses life after the PhD.
Great Guide to PhD life!  Nov 3, 2007
At first I'd like to say that there are many references out there, online, that one can find about how to excel the PhD years and beyond. However, the author compile it in a very good, organized way, that practically explain how to tackle the common situations during the PhD years.
It's a small, practical book, that you can bring anywhere in your pocket, I recommend this book to all PhD students, alumni, and everyone who is thinking about doing a PhD.
A lifeguard, when you're drowning  Oct 30, 2007
This book should be in the drawer of every PhD student. It is like a hitch-hiker's guide to the PhD. Don't panic! Grab a towel and open the book "Mastering your PhD". It helps you to find some certain things to stick to in the uncertain world of a PhD. I recommend it to all the desperate students and not just to the desperate ones!

I wish I had this book earlier  Oct 7, 2007
I'm currently in my third year as PhD student, and I came across a news item annoucing the book. I thought it would be a great source of external advice, besides the advice I get from my own advisors. And when I began reading the book, I knew I had struck gold: The style of the book makes it a pleasure to read, and the tons of advice in the book range from very practical to almost psychological.

There are chapters in the book that give tips on preparing for your first conference (you don't have to go to *every* session, have fun!), prepare for meetings with your advisors, and how to steer those meetings to be productive for you as well.
And finally there is a chapter that helps you make the choice of what to do after your PhD, and reminds you that you have to start looking long before it all ends (even though it may seem that it never does ;)).

Since reading it, I often look back into it, rereading tips. I've given this book to all other graduate students in my group, who have all thanked me for doing that.
a book for every PhD student  Jun 28, 2007
An indispensable book for every PhD student with advice from the very first day to career advice at the end of your PhD. The authors manage to discuss many items in a clear, concise, and comprehensive way. In this book you can find practical advice like; how to get started on your first day, time management, presentation, writing skils and so on. However, we value that the authors pay attention to other important aspects aswell, like dealing with setbacks, something every PhD student encounters but which is not often discussed. Other aspects, as the role your personality plays in communication with your supervisor and a method to monitor your progress are interesting subjects too. In short; everything you always wanted to know about a PhD, but were afraid to ask.
If you want to know what a PhD is about, read this book! If you want to make a good start with your PhD, read this book! And if you are a PhD student, treasure this book!

Marjan de Vries and Ans Rekers, trainer and PhD councellor University of Amsterdam


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