#1 By: Cory Doctorow, December 27th, 2013 20:35
#2 By: Carl Munroe, December 27th, 2013 21:18
We can't honestly determine that anyone in any of the civilizations we've studied actually lived the way we have previously, or will in the future have, speculated on, and our personal and cultural biases as anthropologists paint every facet of our imaginative interpretations of very mundane evidence.
Social Science - University of Texas
#3 By: Derek Chan, December 27th, 2013 21:46
Defending your thesis at Hipster U would be interesting to watch.
#4 By: awjt, December 27th, 2013 22:33
The future states that there is no time other than the collapsation of that sensation of the mirror of the memories in which we are living.
The Wattage of Reggie, University of Ted
#5 By: JohnGomm, December 27th, 2013 23:14
My professor told me to make this really complicated molecule from a plant that might treat cancer using her favorite "elegant" synthesis reaction, which turned out to take three years of trying, was really messy, low yield and doesn't treat cancer anyway, but I got crystals to get an X-ray structure, so there's that.
#6 By: Stu, December 27th, 2013 23:22
Because apparently an MFA is not a terminal degree.
Union Institute, '88
#7 By: LDoBe, December 27th, 2013 23:31
I was told I had an 80% chance of getting a job within a year of graduation from this technical school, but compared to similar programs, it seems unlikely.
--Network and Desktop Support, ITT-Tech
#8 By: LDoBe, December 27th, 2013 23:32
Honestly, that's what my final paper boils down to.
#9 By: triceratopsbottoms, December 27th, 2013 23:38
Pretty sure these are senior undergraduates and not PhD candidates.
#10 By: fireshadow, December 28th, 2013 00:06
Projects that the other person did not want to finish, so my professor assigned them to me.
-- physics (a completely useless degree)
#11 By: LDoBe, December 28th, 2013 00:17
I'm sure it's not completely useless. If you can manage to get a physics degree you should be able to work in mathematics (applied as compsci or programming type things if your focus was in theoretical physics) or engineering (materials science, chemistry, or systems engineering type things if your focus was on experimental physics)
Physics is valuable intrinsically. A deep knowledge of how the world works is my own definition of the ultimate power. And while currently physics can't offer this, it's the pursuit of this power in the service of humanity that I'm totally behind.
#12 By: technogeek, December 28th, 2013 00:56
Here's a completed circuit design for the microprogrammable multiprocessor system that's been used as a pedagogical platform for the past several years -- and oh yeah, I fixed the logic bug in the bus controller that the professor missed.
Just a bit of afterthought snark.
#13 By: fireshadow, December 28th, 2013 01:19
I have been applying to jobs for a year now. Employers are interested in the research that a person has already done and not the fact that the person has a "PhD in Physics". Unfortunately, my research professor is the only person doing this particular type of experiment and what I did does not really lend itself to other research.
#14 By: Aaron Gilliland, December 28th, 2013 02:02
People rock at memorizing insecure passwords, but we already knew that.
-- Psychology and Computer Science, Carleton University.
#15 By: Immutable Michael, December 28th, 2013 02:15
After fighting snakes, do I really have to reduce my thesis to snark?
#16 By: apoxia, December 28th, 2013 02:25
It turns out there really aren't any accurate off-road predictors of on-road driving ability for cognitively impaired older adults; you just have to take them on an on-road driving assessment (and anyone that tells you otherwise is planning to sell you an expensive off-road assessment system).
PhD Psychology, University of Canterbury.
#17 By: Rob, December 28th, 2013 05:44
Did you learn to code somewhere along the way?
#18 By: Paul Renault, December 28th, 2013 07:01
There's line in Educating Rita where the eponymous Rita presents the complete first draft of her thesis to Dr. Frank Bryant as (something along the lines of): "If Ibsen were alive today, he'd be doing radio plays."
#19 By: Jonathan Roberts, December 28th, 2013 08:02
Shooting people makes them unhappy.
--International Security, Tufts
#20 By: Carl Whithof, December 28th, 2013 09:14
That's a meme so well-known that it even shows up in phdcomics.com . If you really can't sell yourself as knowledgeable in some field(s) of physics/engineering regardless of your thesis topic, you missed the point somewhere along the line.
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