Mastering Your PhD: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond helps guide PhD students through their graduate student years. 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. While mainly directed at PhD students in the sciences, the book's scope is broad enough to encompass the obstacles and hurdles that almost all PhD students face during their doctoral training.
Who should read this book? Students of the physical and life sciences, computer science, math, and medicine who are 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! This second edition contains a variety of new material, including additional chapters on how to communicate better with your supervisor, dealing with difficult people, how to find a mentor, and new chapters on your next career step, once you have your coveted doctoral degree in hand.
Preface.- Choosing a Research Group: Pluses and Pitfalls.- Getting Started.- Setting Goals and Objections.- How to Think Like a Scientist.- Designing Good Experiments.- Charting your Progress Month by Month.- Dealing with Setbacks.- Mentors, Leadership and Community.- How to Get Along with Your Labmates, et al.- Group dynamics: Dealing with Difficult Colleagues.- The Art of Good Communication.- Mastering Presentations & Group Meetings.- Searching the Scientific Literature.- Your First International Conference.- From Data to Manuscript: Writing scientific papers that shine.- Celebrate your Success.- How to Make the Best of your Annual Evaluation.- The Final Year: Countdown to your Thesis Defense.- Writing your Doctoral Thesis with Style.- The Final Act: Defending your Thesis with Panache.- Putting it all Together: A PhD...So What's Next?.- Is Industry Right for You? Opportunities to Explore.- Exploring Non-Profit Organizations.- Lessons Learned.
Dr. Patricia Gosling has worked in several science-related fields since earning her PhD in Organic Chemistry, including medical publishing and medical communications. She currently works in the Scientific Affairs department of a leading biotechnology company. Prof. Dr. Bart Noordam is Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. As Professor of Physics he supervised several PhD students. He has also worked for McKinsey & Compnany, a Regional Audit Organization, and in the semiconductor industry.
Some book reviews on 1st edition: "A must for any student in natural sciences that 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 "Mastering Your PhD is a wonderful book and a pleasure to read. It helps PhD students prepare for the road ahead and provides a wealth of handy tips!" Aletta Wubben, Trainer and coach for scientists, The Netherlands