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Springer Texts in Education

The A-Z of the PhD Trajectory

A Practical Guide for a Successful Journey

Authors: Lantsoght, Eva O.L.

  • Is suitable for a classroom setting as well as for self-study
  • Offers advice, anecdotes and exercises to teach junior PhD students in STEM how to succeed
  • Provides information and suggested methods for all steps of the PhD trajectory
  • Contains an extensive glossary of terms
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About this Textbook

This textbook is a guide to success during the PhD trajectory. The first part of this book takes the reader through all steps of the PhD trajectory, and the second part contains a unique glossary of terms and explanation relevant for PhD candidates. Written in the accessible language of the PhD Talk blogs, the book contains a great deal of practical advice for carrying out research, and presenting one’s work. It includes tips and advice from current and former PhD candidates, thus representing a broad range of opinions. The book includes exercises that help PhD candidates get their work kick-started. It covers all steps of a doctoral journey in STEM: getting started in a program, planning the work, the literature review, the research question, experimental work, writing, presenting, online tools, presenting at one’s first conference, writing the first journal paper, writing and defending the thesis, and the career after the PhD. Since a PhD trajectory is a deeply personal journey, this book suggests methods PhD candidates can try out, and teaches them how to figure out for themselves which proposed methods work for them, and how to find their own way of doing things.

About the authors

Dr. Lantsoght graduated with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) in 2008. She later earned a Master's degree in Structural Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) in 2009 and the title of Doctor in Structural Engineering from Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft, the Netherlands) in 2013. The work experience of Dr. Lantsoght includes design work in structural and bridge engineering in Belgium and working as an independent consultant in structural engineering in Ecuador (Adstren). In the academic field, Dr. Lantsoght is a full professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Quito, Ecuador) and a researcher at Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft, Netherlands). Her field of research is the design and analysis of concrete structures and analysis of existing bridges. She blogs at PhD Talk about her research and topics related to higher education and academia. 

Reviews

“This strategy makes readers feel as if they are reading letters from a friend who’s providing suggestions on how to become successful, instead of an academic book. The author touches on many dimensions of the doctoral training that are left assumed, such as taking responsibility for honing one’s academic writing skills and, if students have English as a second language, tips and suggestions for addressing this added level of complexity. I can’t wait to have the book and recommend it to my own doctoral students.” (Patricia Goodson, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA)

“The personal insight and practical tips and exercises make an original contribution here.” (Alex Hope, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom)

“The review is incredibly comprehensive and relatively thorough. It’s also very easy to navigate. In this sense I can imagine it sitting on the shelf of any PhD student as a reference guide. This book has broad appeal. It is comprehensive and easy to navigate and I can see this being a reference manual for any PhD student.” (Ben Libberton, MAX IV Laboratory, Lund, Sweden)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lantsoght, Eva O. L.

    Pages 3-6

  • Getting Started with a PhD

    Lantsoght, Eva O. L.

    Pages 7-25

  • Planning Your Time

    Lantsoght, Eva O. L.

    Pages 27-53

  • Developing Your Literature Review

    Lantsoght, Eva O. L.

    Pages 55-74

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  • Formulating Your Research Question

    Lantsoght, Eva O. L.

    Pages 75-87

Buy this book

eBook 53,54 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77425-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 67,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77424-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The A-Z of the PhD Trajectory
Book Subtitle
A Practical Guide for a Successful Journey
Authors
Series Title
Springer Texts in Education
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77425-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77425-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-77424-4
Series ISSN
2366-7672
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 393
Number of Illustrations
53 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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