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The Ph.D. Grind--A Ph.D. Student Memoir
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The Ph.D. Grind 讲述作者在斯坦福大学6年的博士生涯,故事感人,文字清新,极具可读性。

 

This book chronicles my six years of working towards a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford University from 2006 to 2012. A diverse variety of people can benefit from reading it, including:

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    undergraduates who might be interested in pursuing a Ph.D.,

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    current Ph.D. students who are seeking guidance or inspiration,

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    professors who want to better understand Ph.D. students,

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    employers who hire and manage people with Ph.D. degrees,

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    professionals working in any creative or competitive field where self-driven initiative is crucial,

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    and educated adults (or precocious kids) who are curious about how academic research is produced.

 

 

 

The Ph.D. Grind differs from existing Ph.D.-related writings due to its unique format, timeliness, and tone:

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    FormatThe Ph.D. Grind is a memoir for a general educated audience, not a “how-to guide” for current Ph.D. students. Although Ph.D. students can glean lessons from my experiences, my goal is not to explicitly provide advice. There are plenty of how-to guides and advice columns for Ph.D. students, and I am not interested in contributing to the fray. These articles are filled with generalities such as “be persistent” and “make some progress every day,” but an advantage of the memoir format is that I can be concrete and detailed when telling my own story.

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    Timeliness – I wrote The Ph.D. Grind immediately after finishing my Ph.D., which is the ideal time for such a memoir. In contrast, current Ph.D. students cannot reflect on the entirety of their experiences like I can, and senior researchers who attempt to reflect back on their Ph.D. years might suffer from selective hindsight.

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    Tone – Although it's impossible to be unbiased, I try to maintain a balanced tone throughout The Ph.D. Grind. In contrast, many people who write Ph.D.-related articles, books, or comics are either:

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      successful professors or research scientists who pontificate stately advice, adopting the tone of “grad school is tough, but it's a delectable intellectual journey that you should enjoy and make the most of ... because I sure did!

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      or bitter Ph.D. graduates/dropouts who have been traumatized by their experiences, adopting a melodramatic, disillusioned, self-loathing tone of “ahhh my world was a living hell, what did I do with my life?!?

     

     

     

    Stately advice can motivate some students, and bitter whining might help distressed students to commiserate, but a general audience will probably not be receptive to either extreme.


 

Finally, before I begin my story, I want to emphasize that there is a great deal of diversity in Ph.D. student experiences depending on one's school, department, field of study, and funding situation. I feel very fortunate that I have been granted so much freedom and autonomy throughout my Ph.D. years; I know students who have experienced far more restrictions. My story is only a single data point, so what I present might not generalize. However, I will try my best to avoid being overly specific. Happy reading!

 

Philip Guo
June 2012


 

The best way to read this book is by downloading the

122-page PDF and then printing it out or reading it on an electronic tablet device.

If you have a Kindle (or similar device), you can download the MOBI e-book version

. If you have a Nook, iBooks reader, or another EPUB reader, you can download the

EPUB version. However, neither of these formats look as "polished" as the PDF.

Alternatively, you can also read it in your web browser by following these chapter links
全书各章节,可直接打开阅读):


 
http://pgbovine.net/PhD-memoir.htm