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What is a Ph.D.?

Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:

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By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little:

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By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:

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With a bachelor's degree, you gain a specialty:

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A master's degree deepens that specialty:

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Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge:

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Once you're at the boundary, you focus:

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You push at the boundary for a few years:

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Until one day, the boundary gives way:

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And, that dent you've made is called a Ph.D.:

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Of course, the world looks different to you now:

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So, don't forget the bigger picture:

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Keep pushing.

When I first came across this, I stopped at the last picture - not realizing that I had missed the key point of this guide. Now I know.

Original by Matt Might at:

http://matt.might.net/articles/phd-school-in-pictures/

You can purchase his guide in print to support genetics research for a measly $6.50 USD + $3 shipping (I did).

Cheers,

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