A Guide to Academia: Getting Into and Surviving Grad School, Postdocs and a Research Job

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 20, 2012 - Education - 175 pages
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A Guide to Academia is a handbook for all those individuals thinking seriously about going to graduate school. Written by an author with extensive experience navigating the academic world, the book explains all the steps and potential bumps in the road that a student might encounter as they take the plunge into academia. Each chapter begins with a section called the "hard truth," which will help students determine if they are on the right path. Starting with an undergraduate student looking for a graduate school, the reader is taken on a journey up the academic ladder through graduate studies, a postdoctoral fellowship and an assistant professorship. Each chapter gives advice on not only how to survive the current stage but how to get to the next stage quickly. Enhanced with material from the author's own job applications and interview presentations, A Guide to Academia provides concrete examples of the tools needed for a successful career in academia.
 

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Contents

Preparing for Entering Academia
3
Applying for Graduate School
9
Graduate School
25
Grants and Thesis Proposals
53
Finding a Postdoctoral Position
61
Postdoctoral Positions
67
Summary
73
Research Presentations
83
How to Spend Your Money and What to Expect
96
Making a New Course
102
Getting Papers Out
109
Special Considerations for Women and Minorities
115
Appendices
121
Example StartUp Wish List
162
Index
168
Copyright

Assistant Professor
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Prosanta Chakrabarty, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at
Louisiana State University and Curator of Fishes at the LSU Museum of Natural Science.

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