Sunday, August 22, 2010

PhD stands for ...

This is a great illustration of what it means to get your PhD and how to keep it in perspective. I'm reposting it below for easy access. (This was first published on Gizmodo and was created by Matt Might at the University of Utah)

Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:

By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little:

By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:

With a bachelor's degree , you can a specialty:

A master's degree deepens that specialty:

Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge:

Once you're at the boundary, you focus:

You push at the boundary for a few years:

Until one day, the boundary gives way:

And that dent you've made is called a Ph.D.:

Of course, the world looks different to you now:

So, don't forget the bigger picture:

Keep pushing.

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