Brown University School of Engineering

Why Pursue A Ph.D in the Sciences.: Three Practical Reasons

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Considering a Ph.D. in the sciences, but not sure if it is the route to go? Join author Philip Guo as he presents three practical reasons to pursue (and not to pursue) a Ph.D. degree, from the perspective of a computer scientist who has seen both the pros and cons of academia and industry. This talk will be as interactive as the audience makes it; come prepared to interrupt and ask questions! Philip Guo ( is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Rochester, focusing on human-computer interaction and online education research. He previously worked as a software engineer at Google after graduating from MIT and Stanford. In 2012, he wrote "The Ph.D. Grind" (, a free e-book that is the first detailed account of an entire Ph.D. experience; over 100,000 people have downloaded it so far.