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Excellent advice about graduate school life

"So long, and thanks for the Ph.D.!"


"Everything I wanted to know about C.S. graduate school
at the beginning but didn't learn until later."

The 4th guide in the Hitchhiker's guide trilogy
(and if that doesn't make sense, you obviously have not read Douglas Adams)

by Ronald T. Azuma

v. 1.05, revised January 1999

Copyright 1997-1999, Ronald T. Azuma

See also Azuma's page of guides on CS graduate school

Brief description

A computer science graduate school survival guide, intended for prospective or novice graduate students. This guide describes what I wish I had known at the start of graduate school but had to learn the hard way instead. It focuses on mental toughness and the skills a graduate student needs. The guide also discusses finding a job after completing the Ph.D. and points to many other related web pages.


Why get a Ph.D.?

Academia is a business

Graduate school is a different ballgame




Interpersonal skills

Organizational skills

Communications skills

Choosing an adviser and a committee

Balance and Perspective

The Ph.D. job hunt


Other Related Guides

Recommended Reading

Last updated: Mon Jan 4, 1999

Ron Azuma's page of guides on CS graduate school

Ron Azuma's home page

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