Research Advice for Graduate Students


I’m cleaning off my desk this morning and I stumble across a sheet of paper kindof like the one above.

It must be important. I’ve had it for quite a while. I read it again: it looks like good advice for graduate students and their research.

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    • Be fearless, not reckless.
    • Ambitious goals: attack hard problems.
    • Aggressive time frames: months more often than years. 

Too bad I can’t remember where or when I wrote this down! Nonetheless, I’m passing it along, with apologies to whoever originally gave it for the lack of proper attribution. Thank you, anonymous sage.

What do you think: is it good or bad advice? Have you heard it before? Any idea who to attribute these pearls of wisdom to?

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