Thursday, February 14, 2008

Comprehensive Exams

(British sailor Ellen MacArthur after world record solo sail around the world) Tucson, Arizona. The University of Arizona informed your humble blogger that he sailed through the three comprehensive final exams for the PhD in higher education. They also let me know that my program of study has been formally approved by the graduate college.

The Research Design class (more a meeting than a class) is a blast. We meet in a board room around a table. Restricted to a small number of PhD students and co-led by two professors, it is insect free x4mr heaven.

I love my dissertation and actually get excited sitting down with the data sets. Yeah I know: geek.


Blogger Dustin said...


2/14/2008 3:43 PM  
Blogger Liza said...


2/14/2008 3:54 PM  
Blogger thinkright said...

rock on!

2/14/2008 6:27 PM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

Congrats! Although a _real_ man gets his Ph.D in comp sci. ... ;P

2/14/2008 7:18 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Thanks all.

Shame that your asthma keeps you away from the cigar events. It would have been great to meet you. Not sure about the other SA folks, but OVD is a good man I can respect. He is getting over his McCain objections and will vote for your guy in November.

Keep in mind you speak to a guy who climbed to ABD in Mathematics, the queen of all things academic save perhaps the top of the top philosophy programs. Ego entices me to declare math is more challenging than comp sci, but we can call it draw.

Nahhh. Sorry, can't do it.

When it comes to difficulty, the PhD in pure mathematics rules. It is distilled rigor, high octane genius for its own sake. The characters involved are known to wear the same shirt for 2 weeks.

OK, the computer people do that too.

2/14/2008 8:04 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I thought that real men get their PhDs in civil engineering. What is more manly than reinforced concrete? Also, you get to wear a hard hat sometimes.

You guys seem confused about manliness, thinking it has something to do with math, computers, and an unwillingness to take shirts to the laundry. That is what most people call a "geek."


2/15/2008 10:26 AM  

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