A graduate student in the sciences and engineering has to attend conferences, write journal articles, navigate collaborations, negotiate for lab equipment, mediate between squabbling lab mates, indulge eccentric professors, teach undergraduates, and secure funding every semester. Undergrad teaches you ne of these skills, and one warns you before you start grad school that you need them. Good Grad! is a practical-and politically incorrect-guide for current and future grad students trying to unravel the mysteries of the master's degree and Ph.D. For most of your time in grad school, you're t worrying about looking good to an admissions committee or beefing up a resume. Instead, you're hoping that you'll get that teaching position next semester so you can pay the rent; you're working late into the night to get that conference abstract submitted before the deadline; you're wondering how to get forms signed when your advisor is out of town; you're hoping you won't have to spend the weekend feeding rats in the lab. Good Grad! contains the hard-fought wisdom of those who have gone through these trials by fire and come out the other side. For budding scientists and engineers, Good Grad! is an indispensable resource at every stage of a graduate career, from when you're deciding whether to attend grad school at all to when you're finally defending your thesis, and all the years in between. Table of Contents: Introduction Chapter 1: Going to Grad School Chapter 2: The Milestones of Grad School Chapter 3: Your Advisor Chapter 4: The Research Group Chapter 5: Your Research Chapter 6: Funding Chapter 7: Going to a Conference Chapter 8: Publishing a Journal Article Chapter 9: The Bureaucracy Chapter 10: Getting a Job Epilogue: Social Life
Joseph Gangestad is the author of several scholarly journal articles in the fields of aerospace engineering and astrodynamics and has authored the articles on Celestial Mechanics and Orbital Motion for the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, he received his bachelor's degree in Astrophysics from Williams College, a liberal arts college in western Massachusetts, and later a master's degree and Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Gangestad currently works in the aerospace industry in southern California.