Saturday, October 18, 2008

Useful Things to Know About Ph. D. Thesis Research

-  H.T. Kung, Harvard University
1. Introduction
2. Why Ph.D. thesis could be really difficult for a student
3. Types of Ph.D. theses (from Allen Newell)--not a topic of this talk
4. Growth of a star (the transformation process that some students go through to become a mature researcher)--which stage are you in?
5. Stages of Ph.D. thesis research
6. Methods to get into the depth of a topic (or how to come up with good ideas)
7. Breaking myths
8. Pitfalls to avoid (easy ones to avoid listed first)
9. Some other general advice
10. All the effort is worth it (believe it or not)

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