The Ph.D. Survival Guide

The Ph.D. Survival Guide

by Eric Dolin, Dave Carpenter

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Getting a Ph.D. is an intellectually exciting experience. It can also be very painful. Roughly 40,000 doctoral students graduate each year in the United States. Most of them bear the scars of what is too often a lonely and difficult rite of passage. They all could have benefited from seeing the lighter side of the doctoral process, and that is what The Ph.D. Survival Guide provides.

Learn how to pick a school based on its location, plead for acceptance, identify subspecies of Homo doctoratus, avoid professorial deadwood, select courses that aren’t lethal, qualify for a platinum copying card, raise jargon to an art form, interact with unsympathetic friends and family members, footnote one’s way to nirvana, suck up to secretaries, survive the dissertation defense without crying, and reenter the real world. The Ph.D. Survival Guide blends humor with advice that will help doctoral students graduate more or less in one piece.

I wrote this book because it is the kind of book I would have liked to have had when I went through my Ph.D. program--as a light break from my studies. I hope that this book helps Ph.D. students, as well as those thinking about getting a Ph.D., laugh a little and gain a better perspective on the process.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012234926
Publisher: Eric Jay Dolin
Publication date: 03/02/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 131
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Eric jay Dolin, who grew up near the coasts of New York and Connecticut, graduated from Brown University, where he majored in biology and environmental studies. After getting a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, he received his Ph.D. in environmental policy and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dolin has worked as a program manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an environmental consultant stateside and in London, an intern at the National Wildlife Federation and on Capitol Hill, a fisheries policy analyst at the National Marine Fisheries Service, and an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow at Business Week.

Much of Dolin’s writing reflects his interest in wildlife, the environment, and American history. His books include the Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges, Snakehead: A Fish Out of Water, and Political Waters, a history of the degradation and cleanup of Boston Harbor. His book, Leviathan: The History of Whaling In America (W. W. Norton), was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe. Leviathan also won a number of awards, including the 2007 John Lyman Award for U. S. Maritime History and the twenty-third annual L. Byrne Waterman Award, given by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, for outstanding contributions to whaling research and history. His most recent book is Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade (W. W. Norton, July 2010), a national bestseller, was chosen by New West, The Seattle Times, and The Rocky Mountain Land Library as one of the top non-fiction books of 2010.

Dolin and his family reside in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

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As a non-Ph.D. I was curious about this sub-culture. You will smile and chuckle your way through this informative look at the highs and lows of the process of obtaining a Ph.D. Dr. Dolin's writing is refreshingly honest, smart, and includes many keen observations of people. I recommend this book for prospective Ph.D.s, current students, or the intellectually curious. Enjoy.