Advice for first-year Ph.D. students (video)
40-minute guest lecture
November 2015 (perspective of an assistant professor)
Here is a 40-minute talk on advice I would've wanted to hear back when I was a first-year Ph.D. student.
I gave a guest lecture in our department's Intro. to Ph.D. seminar class that all new Ph.D. students take during their first semester on campus. I focused on advice that's most relevant to first-year students rather than general Ph.D. life advice.
Here is a series of short videos extracted from that lecture. The editing is rough since I had to cut out a lot of impromptu discussions to make the videos crisp. Enjoy!
Part 1: The One-Dimensional Model of Research
Part 2: The N-Dimensional Model of Research
Intermission: My Main Tip for Productive Meetings with Your Research Advisor
Part 3: Twelve Sticky Notes
Back when I was a Ph.D. student, my advisor kept on giving me the same tips over and over again, so I condensed them into twelve sticky notes that I pasted onto my office computer monitor:
I stared at those tips every day while I was working, and now I'd like to share them with you ...