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1 Planning for an Academic Career: From Grad School to Tenure Track Aydogan Ozcan Electrical Engineering Department California NanoSystems Institute University of California, Los Angeles ozcan@ucla.edu http://www.innovate.ee.ucla.edu/ May, 2009
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Graduate school Early years Quals and other PhD related initial screening exams --- finish ASAP Seminars and Talks --- attend as much as possible Talk to other professors, senior grad students, postdocs as much as possible Read popular magazines such as Nature, Science, IEEE Spectrum, OPN etc… What’s hot? What excites you? What problems are being studied now, and what problems remain to be solved. When you graduate 5-7 years from now, will your topic saturate ? If you don’t have an advisor already, decide on a topic and choose an advisor till the end of your second fall/winter 2
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Graduate school after 1 st year After you found an advisor, now comes the depth requirement! The deeper you get in your field the closer you are to graduation. READ, READ, READ! Read everything in your field (journals, books, reviews, popular articles, ppt files etc). – This is literally the best time of your career to educate yourself solidly. MEET, MEET, MEET! – Establish a weekly meeting (at least) with your advisor. Helps to keep you focused. – Initially you will benefit from this. – Later on your professor should benefit from these meetings. ( that will indicate that you are close to graduation ) 3
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Graduate school after 2 nd - 3 rd years Starting with your 4 th year, your advisor is now a member of your family! Papers and conference submissions.
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