The Dark Ages of Grad School

We all get into grad school with grand ideas. Ideas to change the way basket weaving is perceived by path-dependent academics… to open minds and horizons, to move knowledge forward. To do ground-breaking research. And for the ambitious ones, to win the Nobel prize (or settle for a conference ‘best-paper award’). These grandiose feelings and […]

Academic Confidence

As a graduate student you’re expected to make a ‘scientific contribution’ to existing knowledge. Matt Might illustrates this process in an illuminating graphic. The first challenge for a new PhD student is to find out if they truly have mastered all human knowledge on their subject of interest. Does one ever get to that point? […]

Considering a PhD in Germany

In my decision to pursue higher education abroad, I considered several potential desitinations. Top on my list were English-speaking countries in the following order: USA, Canada, UK and Australia. The US fascinated me, Canada is next to the US :), the UK’s education system is familiar, and Australia would have been fun based on my […]