Pikir dan Rasa

cogito ergo sum

What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

leave a comment »

Ever wondered what getting a doctorate really means? Matt Might, professor of Computer Science at the University of Utah, explains it perfectly in this graphic presentation that starts with a simple circle.—JD

Every fall, I explain to a fresh batch of Ph.D. students what a Ph.D. is.

It’s hard to describe it in words.

So, I use pictures.

Read below for the illustrated guide to a Ph.D.

Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:

What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little:

What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:

What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

With a bachelor’s degree, you gain a specialty:

What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

A master’s degree deepens that specialty:

What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge:

What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

Once you’re at the boundary, you focus:

What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

You push at the boundary for a few years:

What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

Until one day, the boundary gives way:

What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

And, that dent you’ve made is called a Ph.D.:

What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

Of course, the world looks different to you now:

What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

So, don’t forget the bigger picture:

What Exactly Is a Doctorate?

Click to view
Keep pushing.

Matt Might is a professor of Computer Science at the University of Utah. He finished his dent at Georgia Tech in 2007, and now enjoys advising his own Ph.D. students on how to make theirs. He tweets from @mattmight and blogs at blog.might.net.

Footer: Autoposted dengan [ email ] dari [ sunu’s posterous ]

Written by sunupradana

January 4, 2012 at 6:29 am

Posted in Life, Pendidikan, Science

Tagged with , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: