GRADUATE STUDY IN THE COMPUTER AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES:
A SURVIVAL MANUAL
Dianne Prost O'Leary
Computer Science Department
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 U.S.A.
2 Graduate School in Your Future?
2.1 Why Go to Graduate School?
2.2 Can You Afford It?
2.3 What Is Graduate School Like?
2.4 Could You Succeed in Graduate School?
2.5 How Should You Prepare for Graduate School?
3 Applying to Graduate School
3.1 Where to Apply
3.2 How Do Schools Choose Their Students?
3.3 Making a Decision
4 The Life of a Graduate Student
4.2 Life as a Teaching Assistant
4.3 Life as a Research Assistant
4.4 Life on a Fellowship
4.5 Life with an Outside Job
4.6 Social Life
4.7 Becoming a Professional
4.8 Maintaining Sanity
5 Surviving Written Exams
5.1 Preparing for a Written Exam
5.2 In the Exam
5.3 After the Exam
6 Surviving Oral Exams
6.1 Preparing for the Exam
6.2 In the Exam
6.3 If Things Go Wrong...
7 Finding and Dealing with an Advisor
7.1 What to Look for in a Potential Advisor
7.2 How to Find an Advisor
7.3 The Advisor-Advisee Relationship
8 Finding a Topic and Beginning Research
8.1 Getting Research Ideas
8.1.1 Becoming an Active Reader and Listener
8.1.2 Exposing Yourself to Research
8.1.3 Directed Study
8.1.4 Developing the Germ of an Idea
8.2 A Pitfall to Avoid
8.3 Choosing an Idea
8.4 Remain Active
9 The Thesis Writing Process
9.1 How Can You Minimize the Pain of Writing?
9.2 Writing Tools
9.3 Dealing with Your Thesis Committee
10 Career Options
11 A Professorship in Your Future?
11.1 Why Choose an Academic Career?
11.2 What Is a Professor's Life Like?
11.2.1 The Beginning
11.2.2 Preparing for the Tenure Decision
11.2.3 The Tenured Life
11.3 How Should You Prepare for an Academic Career?
11.4 How Do You Find a Job?
11.5 Some Fallacies about the Academic Life
11.6 Some Notes (Not for Women Only)
12 Careers in Government and Industry
12.1 Types of Careers
12.2 What Are Industrial Jobs Like?
12.3 How Should You Prepare for an Industrial Career?
12.4 How Do You Find a Job?
13 Professional Ethics
13.1 Intellectual Property
13.2 Academic Integrity
13.3 Use of Computer Facilities
13.4 Human Relations
13.5 Professional Integrity
14.1 Professional Societies
14.2 Further information on Graduate Life
14.3 Electronic Mentoring Networks
14.4 Useful Meetings for Women and Minorities
14.5 Mental Health
14.6 Literature on Technical Writing and Speaking
14.7 Teaching Advice
14.8 Career Advice
14.9 Resources for Job Searching
14.10 Resources for Applying to a U.S. Graduate School
14.11 Literature on Women and Minorities in Science
14.12 Professional Ethics
About this document ...
Dianne O'Leary 2009-08-21