Post-Doc Notes: And the seven thin and ill favoured kine…

postdocnotes_cWhile I was still a grad student, our evil assistant supervisor (previously referred to on these pages as Prof. McGonetohell, She-who-must-not-be-named or “only to be approached in Parseltongue”) used to repeat a phrase I hated with a passion. She always said “The really tough years are the ones after you complete your Ph.D.”

Of course, we scoffed at that. After all, what could be worse than slaving away over a Ph.D., still without a standing or a title in the academic community, overworked, underpaid, and depending on the supervisors’ board every whim?

Much to my chagrin, the assistant supervisor was right.

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Post-Doc Notes: Faking It?

postdocnotes_cLast night, news broke that German Secretary of Research & Education, Annette Schavan, is about to have her Ph.D. title revoked on accounts of plagiarism. The accusations first started 9 months ago, still in the maelstrom of government colleague zu Guttenberg (Secretary of Defense) having to step down from his post due to a completely plagiarized Ph.D.

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Ph.D. Madness: Postscriptum

So – after over a month – the aide of the secretary of the Dean finally called (yes, you can see waht kind of priority Ph.D. diplomas have around here. But she was much nicer than the other two, and seemed much smarter, too, so I was content with that).

She asked whether I’d like to pick up my diploma at the office. Or whether they should just mail it over.

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