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Re: grads. jobs & fisheries


"Matthew S. Grober" <[log in to unmask]>


Academic forum on fisheries ecology and related topics <[log in to unmask]>


Thu, 17 Apr 1997 14:20:20 -0700





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        I agree entirely with what you say (repeated below). I also think
that a student can make these decisions and evaluations at any point in
their career (be they in an MS or phD degree). Being in a primarily MS
granting program, I can see many adnvantages of getting an MS degree. My
comments were along the lines of Grossman's comments regarding strategies
to hit the fast track to a faculty position.

 A MS degree provides a point at which a number of
>things can happen and a number of decisions can be made. First, the
>student can assess whether they want to continue with graduate school,
>period. Second, a student can use a MS degree as a point at which to
>assess whether they want to continue with the program and/or advisor under
>which they are working (if that is an option). Third, and perhaps most
>importantly (at least by the discussions that have been generated here), it
>provides a clear point at which a student can generate a publication or two
>early in their career. For a variety of reasons (including these), I
>decided to pursue a MS degree before my PhD degree, and found that it
>provided a great number of benefits to me professionally. I have felt
>strongly that it was the best decision that I could have made at the time.

Matthew S. Grober
Assistant Professor of Physiology
Department of Life Sciences
Arizona State University West Phone: (602) 543-6939
4701 W. Thunderbird Rd. FAX: (602) 543-6073
Phoenix, AZ 85069-7100 E-mail:[log in to unmask]

"No human being was ever so free as a fish."
                            John Ruskin

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