30 Everyday Issues That Only A PhD Scholar Can Understand

6:56 pm 5 May, 2015

Dr. Kostas Siozios, a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, made a long list of the everyday issues faced by a research scholar. Himself a PhD, no one could have understood and presented the often hair-tearing life of a PhD scholar in such a humour laden way.

1. How good my supervisor is at ignoring my problems.

 

Ignore

 

2. How my professor sees me.

 

How professor sees

 

3. Professor says it’s time to hand in the thesis.

 

Thesis

 

4. Solving a problem as PhD student.

 

PhD student

 

5. Solving a problem as Professor.

 

Professor

 

6. PhD student supervises a master student.

 

Master student

 

7. The last evening before deadline.

 

Deadline

 

8. Advisor tells you to resubmit the rejected paper to another conference – reviews are even worse.

 

Rejected paper

 

9. After winning the best paper award

 

Winning

 

10. Defending the thesis (How I feel)

 

Thesis

 

11. Submitted my paper 5 seconds before the deadline.

12. When you find an error in a competitor’s research.

 

Error

 

13. We regret to inform you that your paper has not been accepted

As a PhD student:

Paper

 

As a post-doc:

 

 

As a professor:

Paper not accepted

 

14. We are pleased to inform you that your paper has been accepted

As a PhD student:

Accepted

 

As a post-doc:

Accepted

 

As a professor:

Accepted

 

15. How motivated I am after a conference.

 


Conference

 

16. How motivated I am after a reject/resubmit.

 

Rejection

 

17. Fitting the paper to page limit.

 

Page limit

 

18. How is your research useful?

 

 

Chloe

 

19. My research’s impact on the community?

 

Community

 

20. Checking the results of a 2-week-long experiment.

 

Experiments

 

21. My publication record when applying for a grant.

 

Grant

 

22. Paper submission deadline extended by 1 week.

 

Deadline

 

23. Seeing results of another researcher on the same topic.

 

 

Ronaldo

24. When an undergraduate finds a critical error in a paper.

 

Critical error

 

25. When friends ask me to explain them what’s my research about.

 

Research paper

 

26. When your co-authors don’t quite match your pace in the project.

 

Project

 

27. When your method is re-discovered without any citation.

Citation

 

28. Writing a paper (At first)

 

First time

 

29. Writing a paper (Few years later)

 

Few years later

 

30. Writing a paper outside your area of expertise

 

Outside area of expertise

 

To see Dr. Siozios’ ‘PhD’ listicle on the same, visit his official website.

 

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