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Posts tagged with "Ph.D."

  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    What Is the Value of a Ph.D.?

    Not much more, and often less, than a master’s degree, at least when counted in cold cash. That’s the conclusion of an unsigned article in The Economist that takes a trans-Atlantic view of what it calls “the disposable academic.”   “Many of those who embark on a PhD are the smartest in their class and… Read More
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    Should we produce more Ph.D. students?

    Monica J. Harris, a social psychologist at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, made a compelling case in yesterday’s issue of Inside Higher Ed that the number of Ph.D. students should be reduced.  Harris, who has been the committee chair or co-chair for 13 Ph.D. students in her 23 years of professorship, has become increasingly… Read More
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    2010 Dance Your Ph.D. Competition

    Time to put your dancing shoes on: The Dance Your Ph.D. Contest is up again! Launched in 2008 by Science‘s Gonzo Scientist, the Dance Your Ph.D. Competition invites scientists from all walks of life to put their Ph.D. research topic into dance form. Videos will be judged by an interdisciplinary panel on scientific and artistic merit… Read More
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    Money and Mentoring Help Grad Students Complete Their Ph.D.s

    The Council of Graduate Schools released a report this week of a survey on factors that help graduate students stay the course and get their Ph.D. degrees. Financial help and mentoring were cited as two the key reasons, particularly for science and engineering students.  The report is part of the organization’s Ph.D. Completion Project,… Read More
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    Doctoral Researchers in Europe, Eurodoc Needs You

    Eurodoc, the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers, is conducting an online survey of the working conditions of doctoral researchers in Europe. A collaboration with the International Centre for Higher Education Research at the University of Kassel in Germany, the survey aims to gather the testimony of 100,000… Read More
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    Career Prospects Following a Doctorate in Industry (in Europe)

    Over the years, many European countries have put in place funding programs that allow early career scientists to do Ph.D.s jointly in academia and industry in an effort to bridge the two worlds. A survey carried out in France suggests that these programs have been effective in helping Ph.D. scientists enter industry. But the survey shows… Read More
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    Nothing to Fear but Software Itself

    The reasons for the falling numbers of women getting computer science degrees are a mystery to educators and computer industry planners, but according to a recent Associated Press story, a new Ph.D. in computer science may have identified one of the causes: the design of software, a computer scientist’s main product. Laura Beckwith, a 2007… Read More
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    More Masters Degree Opportunities, but for Whom?

    While our lead article this week discusses the question asked by many undergrads, "Should I Do a Ph.D.?", many bachelors-degree grads are already jumping at the chance to do a masters degree. The New York Times this week delves into dual explosions in masters degrees, both in the numbers of students enrolled in masters programs… Read More