Trust me, I’m a Doctor(al student)


This woman is HIGHLY ambitious.

We know it might seem like we’ve been withholding information about applying to PhD programs. For a little while, that was indeed the case. There are certain ways in which MAPH needs to be done for MAPH’s sake, and it’s important to explore other career options outside of “THE ACADEMY.” But by now, many of you are still probably on the PhD bandwagon (or at least very seriously considering hitching a ride) and the time to start thinking about your next steps is now. So, throughout the rest of the quarter, we have a series of PhD application and academic professionalization events that we think you should go to. (Oh, and read this article – it’s distressing and refreshing all at the same time, and does a good job of outlining the types of questions you want to ask yourself as you weigh this decision.) 

“How to Give a Talk” Panel: Friday, May 3rd, 2:00 – 3:30 in Classics 110

This promises to be an extremely valuable event with some indispensable advice from your friendly neighborhood preceptors. Especially if you are planning on presenting at the MAPH Thesis Works-in-Progress event, you should definitely attend this event. Some topics to be discussed: Knowing Your Audience, Structuring a Talk, Presenting with A/V Components and Fielding Q&As. Actually talking about your work is a lot different from writing about your work, and this event aims to help you think about those differences. Come prepared with questions!

MAPH Thesis Works-in-Progress: Friday, May 10th, various times and locations

Once we’ve received applications from everyone, we will finalize the schedule for this event and let you all know via e-mail. (Check your email!) This is a great opportunity to try your hand at some of the skills discussed at the “How to Give a Talk” panel. Practice presenting your work to an audience (presumably) previously uninformed about your topic. (Alliteration!) This is a great way to get some low-stress experience in the presentation arena. Even if you decide not to present, come out and support your friends and their work. This event epitomizes what MAPH is all about, and it’s one of the most exciting and well-attended events of the year. Check out the previous e-mail for application guidelines. Those are due to Chrissy by May 7th at 12:00 Noon. The application itself is also a great excuse to practice abstract-writing.

Faculty Panel – Applying to PhD Programs: Friday, May 31st:  2:00-3:30 in Classics 110

You want the inside scoop? We’ve got the inside scoop. Faculty panelists from various departments in the Humanities Division will be on hand to speak about different aspects of the PhD application process (Statements of Purpose, What PhD Admissions committees might be looking for, etc. etc.) and answer questions. Yes, we are intentionally creating an air of mystique around this event. You’ll just have to come and find out for yourselves. Be prepared for information that is various combinations of useful, hopeful, traumatic, and horrifying.

COME TALK TO YOUR MENTORS: All day, erryday in MAPHCentral

Bill and Chrissy just went through the PhD application process (successfully) this past year, and have plenty of thoughts on how to compile an application to doctoral programs – and how not to lose your mind whilst doing so. Or talk to Ian about the grim sense of self-satisfaction he must have had whilst watching his colleagues go through this process. Come pick our brains. TAKE US FOR A WALK IN THE SUNSHINE. WE LIKE TO FROLIC, TOO, YOU KNOW.


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