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T HE P H .D. G RIND
A Ph.D. Student Memoir

Philip J. Guo
philip@pgbovine.net

Third Anniversary Reprint
with margin notes from the perspective of a first-year assistant professor

To read the original version without margin notes, visit:
http://www.pgbovine.net/PhD-memoir.htm

Current release: May 28, 2015
Original release: July 16, 2012

Copyright Philip J. Guo

To the unexpected.

Contents

Prologue

1

Year One: Downfall

5

Year Two: Inception

21

Year Three: Relapse

33

Intermission

45

Year Four: Reboot

53

Year Five: Production

69

Year Six: Endgame

85

Epilogue

99

Preface
This book chronicles my six years of working towards a Ph.D. in com-

These margin notes are

puter science at Stanford University from 2006 to 2012. A diverse

years after The Ph.D.

variety of people can benefit from reading it, including:

At this time, I have just

written in mid-2015, three
Grind was published.
finished my first year
as an assistant professor

• undergraduates who might be interested in pursuing a Ph.D.,
• current Ph.D. students who are seeking guidance or inspiration,

of computer science, so
these notes reflect my
current opinions as a
new faculty member.
To download a version
without these notes, visit

• professors who want to better understand Ph.D. students,
• employers who hire and manage people with Ph.D. degrees,
• professionals working in any creative or competitive field where
self-driven initiative is crucial,
• and educated adults (or precocious kids) who are curious about
how academic research is produced.
The Ph.D. Grind differs from existing Ph.D.-related writings due
to its unique format, timeliness, and tone:
Format – The Ph.D. Grind is a memoir for a general educated
audience, not a “how-to guide” for current Ph.D. students. Although
Ph.D. students…...