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Grad School Tips for AI People

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Today I listened to Profs. Daphne Koller, Andrew Ng, Sebastian Thrun, and Fei-Fei Li talk about how to succeed in grad school. The following agenda was set, although not all topics were covered during the hour:

  • Being a good grad student
    • What commonalities do great grad students share?
    • Clearly a lot of effort is required, but what sets the best apart?
    • What are common pitfalls that younger grad students encounter?
    • How can undergrads and masters students best prepare for a successful graduate career?
  • Mentoring and Recruiting
    • Advising students is one of the most important roles of a professor, and something that is difficult to learn.
    • How can you best direct the research of collaborators and other students (like CURIS)?
    • What are good methods for recruiting good students to supervise?
    • More concretely, what are some tips for interviewing potential students?
  • Life as a faculty member
    • What are your least favorite aspects of being a professor?
    • How does being a professor compare with other jobs like working in an industrial research lab or a startup?
    • Professors seem even more busy than grad students. Is it difficult to “have a life”? Sorry if this one sounds rude.
  • Getting a faculty job
    • What sets apart great faculty candidates from mediocre ones?
    • The obvious answer is the quality of your research, but what other aspects set people apart from the pack?
    • What are the common weaknesses of faculty candidates?
    • How do you give a good job talk?
    • Reference letters are also important – what can grad students do to get good letters?
    • What are some of the resources people use to find and apply for faculty jobs?

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April 25th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

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2011 Arabic Linguistics Symposium Programme Posted

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The 2011 ALS starts on 4 March. I’ve always wanted to attend this conference, and have fooled myself into believing that I might submit to it one day. Reading through the bound proceedings of ALS counts as one of my earlier grad school memories.

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February 23rd, 2011 at 5:01 pm

You’re Not As Special As You Think You Are

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In a few months I will complete my master’s degree. Clearly I have learned little since, instead of getting a job and making money, I have decided to begin a Ph.D program next year. But one of the genuine insights from graduate school–and I strongly believe that you learn this lesson only in situ–is that I’m not as special as I thought I once was. Smart? The world is full of intelligent people. Hard-working? I sleep, which makes me comparatively lazy. Ambitious? Observe a faculty member. Well-traveled? Yeah, yeah, you can’t get into school anymore unless you speak Bantu and have crossed the Empty Quarter. Alone.

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February 14th, 2010 at 11:30 pm