Table of Contents

Deciding to go to graduate school.
Selecting an advisor : whose lab is right for me?.
The stages of graduate school.
Classes, journal clubs, lab meetings, and seminars.
The absent professor.
How you learn.
Deciding on research projects for your dissertation.
Networking.
Picking a dissertation committee, and defending the proposal at the preliminary oral exam.
The life of a graduate student.
Some additional aspects of graduate school life : lab notebooks, etiquette, competition, luck.
Do I belong here? : insecurity and stress.
Foreign students : unique problems and stresses.
On the art of scientific writing.
What should your goals be while in graduate school?.
Times they are a-changing.
The end is in sight : writing the dissertation.
The final oral exam (the defense).