Wednesday, March 30, 2016

PhD in a fun area, finding a (good) supervisor

I get emails asking me about PhD's 
Here is my super short answer to "D".

March 2016 email to an anonymous inquirer:

Hi D

1) read the papers which interest you and get a very good understanding of your area. 
- do some more research, 
- look at the research in the last 3 years. 
- what are the key new things ? 

2) Write a summary of the current state of research, what is being done, 
- what the current issues and challenges are. 
- reference them properly. 

3) Think about what you would like to research and HOW. 

4) read  the links below

5) contact the academics who are doing the work you want to do, area you want to work in. Send them the summary your wrote in 2) above. Ask intelligent questions about THEIR research
If and only iff they reply: outline your area of interest 3) above.

Take it from there.

good luck