Light at the End of the Tunnel

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After three and a half years of graduate school, I can now see the end.

I had a meeting with my Ph.D. advising committee this week, and the verdict from that meeting was everything I ever dreamed it would be. They asked me to write one more paper for publication, summarizing my entire research, and then expand that into my dissertation.

That's it. The research is done. Well, ok, the research is never done, it's the way of life for a scientist. However, the research for my Ph.D. has reached its end, and all that's left to do is write the dissertation, and then defend it, presumably in July. Four years is fast for a Ph.D. for anyone, and definitely so in my department, where the average is about 6.3 years. I have to admit, I'm awfully proud of that.

With that in mind, expect this blog to largely focus on that progression over the next few months. I figure I might as well provide all the first-hand experience I can on what is the pinnacle moment for any Ph.D. student.

In further good news, Friday marked the submission of my second first-author paper for publication. Hopefully that turns out well.

And now, back to the dissertation... that beacon of light is getting ever brighter...

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