Building my new desktop system

As I had access to great workstations at my previous labs, I never needed a personal desktop system to do heavy duty operations such as running simulations, photo/video editing etc. But now that I moved out of graduate school and have some money to spend, I am finding myself more in need for a good desktop system. My plan with a new system is to make more tutorials on plasmonics and do more photo editing (now that I own a Nikon D5100). I currently have three old laptops, but all of them are just good enough for browsing but not Read More …

What makes a good Ph.D. student?

An article titled “What makes a good Ph.D. student?” was published in the journal Nature recently. Ph.D. is not for everyone and one has to carefully choose whether they would like to go for Ph.D.. This article provides valuable suggestions for prospective Ph.D. students. According to the article, the prospective and junior Ph.D. students should look for following: Choose a supervisor whose work you admire and who is well supported by grants and departmental infrastructure. Take responsibility for your project. Work hard — long days all week and part of most weekends. If research is your passion this should be Read More …