Friday, February 6, 2015

The PhD Experience

Yesterday I gave a talk titled "The PhD Experience: Lessons learnt in five and half years." I narrated my personal experiences, thoughts and the lessons I learnt while pursuing a PhD at the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Science. 

The key question that I try to address is, "What are the processes and tasks that get the best out of a researcher?" Considering the researcher as a system, I discuss the inputs (information and experiences), outputs (hardware, software, knowledge) and processes of this system. The presentation is targeted primarily at present and prospective graduate students. However, anybody with an interest in learning and productivity might resonate with aspects of the talk.

Here's the video of the talk [video credits: Abhijit Kshirsagar]

The pdf file of my presentation is available here.

P.S. During the talk, I mentioned the importance of developing verb vocabulary.
The Thesis Whisperer has compiled a useful verb cheat sheet that is available here.