Introductory Lecture by Levone

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									Thinking About Graduate School?


             K. T. A.
         February 22, 2007
 You know you’re a redneck if . .
 Fewer than half of your cars run.
 You think that beef jerky and Moon Pies are
  two of the major food groups.
 You've ever used a weedeater indoors.
 You mow your lawn and find a car.
 http://www.thatwasfunny.com/you-know-
  youre-a-redneck-if/532

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                  Overview
        Should you go?
        Where to go
        How to get ready
        How to get there




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                   Should You Go?
   If you can do it, DO IT
        Career advancement
        Job satisfaction
        $$
   Especially if you like . .
        Challenges
        New opportunities
        Interesting work
   and don’t like . .
        Same ol’ same ol’
        to be bored

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       If you do go . .
        What level?
        CS or . . ?




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                     What level?
   PhD if you can
        1 trip instead of 2
        Best time is NOW
   5 Year Masters is a good option
        Short time frame
        Low startup cost
        Good quality


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                       CS or . . ?
   Many areas of study
        IT
        IS
        Informatics
        MIS
        HCI
        Design




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                     CS or . . ?
   Many specializations within CS
        Robotics
        Computer vision
        Bioinformatics
        Many others
   Which best fits your
        Abilities
        Interests



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                         Where to go
   Types of rankings
     U.S. News and World Report
     NAGPS
   http://www.cs.ucf.edu/newsletter/vol1/issue_one/ranking.html
 Many good schools
 Central principle – best for you




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               How to Choose
 Considerations
        Faculty
        Program
        Areas of specialty/centers of study
        Graduation rate
        Location


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        Getting to Know the School
   Quality
        of offerings
        of faculty
          » publication history
          » collaboration history (esp. with advisees)
          » 90% is relationship with thesis advisor
 Relationships with industry
 Areas of expertise
 Treatment of students
        graduation rate (CMU vs. Duke)
        hoops vs. research (UVA)
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               How to Choose
 Cast     a wide net
        Check out web sites
        Look for specifics
        Establish your own criteria
         » Desiderata
         » Sine qua non
 Create      a “short list”
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        Choosing an Area of Study
 Starting    points
        topic
        person
        school
        conference
        journal


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        Choosing an Area of Study
   Fanning out
        Bibliography
        Node hopping with tabbed browsing
         » School to person
         » to paper
         » to conference
         » to lecture
         » to person
         » to school
        Etc.

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         Choosing an Area of Study

   Download papers
        directly accessible
          » MIT
          » CMU
          » others
        ACM – KU has subscription via library
        IEEE – good luck!



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               Getting Ready

  Worldhas changed
  WWC = worldwide competition
 1 > 0
        So take 1 step



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        How to Get Ready

  Academic  preparation
  Application preparation




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Academic Preparation – Course Work
  Depends on area of study (see CS or . .)
  Math
  Core CS areas (depends somewhat on
   school)
         Algorithms & complexity
         Automata theory
         Operating systems
         Artificial intelligence
         Software engineering
         Networking
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Academic Preparation – Research
 Seek      research opportunities
        REUs
        KU - URC
        Collaborate with faculty




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Academic Preparation - Research
 Your cup of tea?
 Undergrad research opportunities (see
  above)
 Undergrad presentations & publications
       –   PACISE
       –   Moravian
       –   St. Joe’s
       –   U.R. journals
   Finding research areas (see above)
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               How to Get There
 Preparing       to apply
        Know Deadlines – some very early
        Fall or Spring?
        Line up references
        Keep up with schoolwork
 Schedule       your work
        Keep up with coursework
        Plan for interference (e.g., Dec. 15)
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          How to Get There - GREs
   Schedule them
   Which test?
        Morning only
        Subject GRE? (depends on school)
        Math GRE
   To study or not?
        KU
        Lehigh
   Changes coming
   Retake?
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                        Application
   Prepare ahead of time
   Will need
          transcript
          references (gentle, diplomatic reminders)
          resume
          personal statement
          other (depends on school)
   Variety of formats
        internet
        paper
        hybrid

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Application – Allow Plenty of Time
  References need time
  Schedule for each application
         Can be up to a day per
         Each one is different
           » Time to sort it out




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       And Above All . .


Don’t Give Up !


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