Advice for undergraduate students
As a young student, Jean Yang
paid attention to herself and those around her and learned a lot
to have a good undergraduate experience.
Stuart Shieber has written about
He's in favor.
If you're applying for graduate school and you want a letter of
I need some things from you.
Resources for Students interested in the PhD
I hope these links may be useful for research students.
If you find
something I might like to add to this page, please let me know.
What is the PhD all about, anyway?
What Am I Doing Here?
A Guide to the Unwritten Rules of Grad School in the
Sciences by Cory Kerens, Ph.D.
Some idea of what you're getting into, by an ex-professor.
For anyone considering a Ph.D. in Computer Science, by
What the PhD represents and why you might want one
How to get
admitted to a PhD program, by Norman Ramsey.
Tips and tricks, with an emphasis on top research programs.
I will not respond to any email asking me to assess your chances of
getting admitted to a graduate program.
Applications are always assessed by a committee.
The only way to get the committee to assess your application is to
If application constitutes a financial hardship, you may write
and ask that the application fee be waived.
- How to Build an Economic Model in Your Spare Time, by Hal Varian.
Getting and developing ideas. Useful for everyone, not just
- Making key research decisions.
From 500 Tips
For Research Students, by Sally Brown, Liz McDowell and Phil
We have this book in McKay library.
I have a separate page on resources for writers.
Your thesis and your dissertation are not quite the same thing.
Shivers explains the difference.
Olin Shivers has written an excellent squib on
what a thesis is all about.
How to write a
Ph.D. dissertation, by
Tips and tricks
Tips on Writing a Thesis from Margo Seltzer.
I recommend the advice on handling related work.
The best advice I've ever seen about giving a talk was in a talk
entitled ``Making the most of your presentation'' by
This talk itself is not available, but there is other material on
Doumont's web site.
In 2009, Dr Doumont published a wonderful book
about structuring scientific presentations; it includes many ideas
about giving talks.
I haven't found a lot of other material, but here are a
few good references.
You will eventually develop your own style, but reading some of these
papers can help give you some ideas and can certainly keep you from
making rookie mistakes.
If you can read just one of these, read Simon's.
If you can read just two, also read my tips and tricks.
The Job Hunt
an academic job by
Unusually good because it has lots of specific's from Ernst's
experiences as a candidate.
After working with a few students, I have a little of my own advice about looking for a faculty or research
Working with NR
The Guide to working with Norman Ramsey lays out
my view of my expectations and obligations as an advisor.
There's some nice stuff on the
The ever-thoughtful Jean Yang has written a lot about
you might start with her Small Reading List for New PhD Students.
Professor Matt Might has scads of
useful stuff, including special stuff for students interested in
programming languages or compilers.
(Professor Might's advisor got the
good remote from me.)
Professor Michael Ernst
has assembled an
collection of advice,
to apply for fellowships.
Back to Norman Ramsey's home page.