Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ten truths to assist students in choosing a PhD supervisor

Today, the dean of my school shared a well-written article by Tara Brabazon entitled "10 truths a PhD supervisor will never tell you". Here it is, for your reading pleasure.

The article contains useful advice for postgraduate students who are looking for a suitable supervisors, as well as some priceless quotes. I especially liked these two:
  1. "Time is finite. Bureaucracy is infinite."
  2. "If the prospective supervisor needs a personality replacement, lacks the life skills to manage a trip to the supermarket or requires electronic tagging so that he (or she) does not sleep with the spouses of colleagues, then make another choice. Supervisors should be functional humans."
The comments to that article offer a valuable counterpoint to the "ten truths" and are well worth reading too.

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