Archive for October 2013

Doing a PhD in your early 20s   Leave a comment

Excellent! Keep up the good work mate!

The Thesis Whisperer

This post is by Ben Wilkie who is a (nearly finished!) PhD candidate at Monash University in Melbourne. His research has been focused on Scottish migrants in Australia during the 19th and 20th centuries. He also lectures in Australian Studies at Deakin University in Warrnambool. Ben blogs occasionally at The Scottish Australian and you can find him on Twitter as @historyben.

Ben was kind enough to offer to write this post after a conversation on Twitter after a discussion about average PhD student in Australia. You might be surprised to hear it is around 34 years of age, but the age profile in the sciences is younger and those in the humanities. Ben tells us what it is like to do a PhD in your early 20’s in an area where there are not many younger students – I think you might find it interesting even if you are…

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Posted October 16, 2013 by mithileysh in Supervisory Meetings

Supervisory Meetings – October 2013   Leave a comment

02/10/2013

>> Before Meeting

Tasks accomplished

  • Continued working on more examples.
  • Working on the comments – Chapters 3 and 4.

>> After Meeting

Action Plans – Mithileysh

  • Continue writing thesis.
  • Work on more examples to understand lemmas.
  • Continue extending the lemmas to our project.

Action Plans – Supervisors

  • Assistance in lemmas.

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09/10/2013

>> Before Meeting

Tasks accomplished

  • Continued working on more examples.
  • Working on the comments – Chapters 3 and 4.

>> After Meeting

Jim suggested to use \nu and \epsilon at abstract level. I tried to explain the lemmas.

Action Plans – Mithileysh

  • Write the lemma clearly both in paper and in LaTex.
  • Think about decomposition.

Action Plans – Supervisors

  • Assistance in lemmas.

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15/10/2013

>> Before Meeting

Tasks accomplished

  • Lemmas written down in paper and Latex.
  • Decomposition writen down in LaTex.

>> After Meeting

Supervisors were happy about the lemmas. They suggested few changes.

Action Plans – Mithileysh

  • Make the necessary changes in the LaTeX.

Action Plans – Supervisors

  • Jim: Help in Inkscape!

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22/10/2013

>> Before Meeting

Tasks accomplished

  • Corrected the lemmas written down in paper and Latex.
  • Wrote examples in chapter 3

>> After Meeting

Jim helped in fixing the LaTeX and Inkscape issue.

Action Plans – Mithileysh

  • Make the necessary changes in the LaTeX.
  • Include more examples

Action Plans – Supervisors

  • John: Read through the Chapter 3 of the thesis.

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22/10/2013

>> Before Meeting

Tasks accomplished

  • Corrected the lemmas written down in paper and Latex.
  • Wrote examples in chapter 3

>> After Meeting

Submitted chapter 3 draft to John for suggestions and feedbacks. John helped me understanding couple of examples.

Action Plans – Mithileysh

  • Make the necessary changes in the LaTeX.
  • Include more examples

Action Plans – Supervisors

  • John: Read through the Chapter 3 of the thesis.

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Posted October 15, 2013 by mithileysh in Supervisory Meetings