On your way to become a PhD, you not only have to learn how to do research, you also have to learn how to communicate your ideas comprehensible in text and speech, how to build the tools you need and how to survive in the microcosmos of supervisors, colleagues and under grad students of your research lab. But you are not the first to go through all this and people have written extensive advice for every problem you might encounter. And as they are so popular right now, I present you here my:
List of lists of PhD resources for computer scientists.
The most condensed summary I have found on the website of my work group IUPR. It is a good starter and gives one an overview of all the things one has to keep in mind and pay attention to.
- THE Advice Collection by Xie and Xie
From the most condensed to the most comprehensive. This collection links to nearly 100 articles on Ph.D. dissertation/research, presentations, writing, reviewing/refereeing, being a faculty member, job hunting, learning English and more. The list is overwhelming.
Links to documents on giving talks and writing papers and proposals.
from the UCSD VLSI CAD LABORATORY
If you did not actually study computer science (like me) or your courses mainly covered logic and reducing NP-complete problems, this site can probably help you a lot. Software carpentry is about learning the skills to write reliable software and using the existing tools efficiently. The website offers tutorials on basic programming, version control, testing, using the shell, relational databases, matrix programming, program designing, spreadsheets, data management, and software life-cycles.
Like the well known Stackoverflow.com Academia is “a collaboratively edited question and answer site for academics and those enrolled in higher education.” It is still in its beta phase, but growing everyday. I like the aspect, that it will be always more current and extensive than all the pages only maintained by individuals or single work groups. And if you can’t find the information you need, you can always ask for help.