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Graduate Study for the Twenty-First Century:…

Graduate Study for the Twenty-First Century: How to Build an Academic…

by Gregory M. Colón Semenza

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Good usable advise on seminars, preparing for the classroom, comp exams, dissertations, and the job process. Glad that I read it before starting the next Masters program as it's a lot less structured than my first go-around. This took some of the trepidation out of the process and gave me a workable view point to start from. ( )
  tmscott13 | Jan 23, 2016 |
This is a fantastic introduction to the realities of life as a graduate student. I would highly recommend this book to anyone even considering continuing their education beyond a bachelor's degree. Most books of this sort deal well with pre-matriculation issues. However, Semenza's book takes you into the nuts-and-bolts of being a graduate student, from how to get the most out of seminars to how to organize your workspace to working with your advisor, studying for comps, and even advice for students about teaching. Increasing the book's already high value is an appendix of sample documents, which he refers to throughout the book. ( )
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Many graduate students continue to be regarded as "apprentices" despite the fact that they are expected to design and teach their own classes, serve on university committees, and conference and publish regularly.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the attrition rate for American Ph.D. programs is at an all-time high, between 40% and 50% (higher for women and minorities). Of those who finish, only one in three will secure tenure-track jobs.

These statistics highlight waste: of millions of dollars by universities and of time and energy by students. Rather than teaching graduate students how to be graduate students, then, the guide prepares them for what they really seek: a successful academic career.
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