So You Want to Be a Grad Student?

April 29th, 2004

Posted by: Roger Pielke, Jr.

From the Village Voice, an interesting article.

“Here’s an exciting career opportunity you won’t see in the classified ads. For the first six to 10 years, it pays less than $20,000 and demands superhuman levels of commitment in a Dickensian environment. Forget about marriage, a mortgage, or even Thanksgiving dinners, as the focus of your entire life narrows to the production, to exacting specifications, of a 300-page document less than a dozen people will read.”

Is there an overproduction of PhDs? Here are two differing perspectives on that question in the atmospheric sciences.

One Response to “So You Want to Be a Grad Student?”

  1. N.Q.B. (Not Quite a Blog) Says:

    So you want to be a grad student and new Herman Wouk book…

    Two great quick posts from the Prometheus Sciene and Technology Policy blog. Herman Wouk has a new book out, A Hole in Texas, that focuses on the politis surrounding the shutting down of the superconducting super collider in the early 1990s. and “Here’…