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Useful Links for students applying for graduate studies

Do you really want a PhD?
Before planning to do a PhD, one should answer themselves "Should I get a PhD?" Note some of these articles are positive and some of them are negative. I am not biased to either of these. It really depends upon you. Let me know your opinion/questions. This is an attempt to educate how the life of a PhD student is.
http://www.cs.unc.edu/~azuma/hitch4.html
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~harchol/gradschooltalk.pdf
http://idleprocess.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/why-go-to-graduate-school-an...
http://www.plasticbag.org/archives/2004/07/what_you_should_know_before_s...
Read the book "A PhD is not Enough". Contact me in case you need any help with the book.

A good collection of PhD overview is at http://users.cecs.anu.edu.au/~xlx/advice.html

Overall procedure:
http://matt.might.net/articles/how-to-apply-and-get-in-to-graduate-schoo...
http://idleprocess.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/why-go-to-graduate-school-an...
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~harchol/gradschooltalk.pdf
http://www.scribd.com/doc/12996857/Applying-to-American-Graduate-Schools...

Application Review:
http://3dpancakes.typepad.com/ernie/2009/12/reading-phd-applications.html
http://users.soe.ucsc.edu/~ejw/advice/

SOP:
http://grad.berkeley.edu/admissions/state_purpose.shtml
http://diversity.ls.berkeley.edu/soc/apply/tips.html
http://www.cs.umd.edu/Grad/sop.html

Research Proposals:
http://weber.ucsd.edu/~proeder/Proposals.pdf

Personal Statement:
http://grad.berkeley.edu/admissions/personal_statement.shtml
http://diversity.ls.berkeley.edu/soc/apply/personalstatement1.html

GRE, GPA Success stats:
Best site among all: http://thegradcafe.com/
Old but informative: http://idav.ucdavis.edu/~anjul/app/

Recommendation leters/References:
https://profiles.google.com/gvs.iiit/posts/4LSVTmtQCLW

Useful Links for current graduate students

http://www.eeb.yale.edu/stearns/advice.htm

http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~andre/general/student_research_advice.html

http://www.cs.jhu.edu/~jason/advice/

http://matt.might.net/articles/phd-commandments/

http://matt.might.net/articles/problem-shapes/

http://matt.might.net/articles/successful-phd-students/

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/simonpj/papers/giving-a-ta...

http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/procrastination.html

Time Management Skills for PhD's

Best one

Writing Skills

How to Write Your First Research Paper
http://getalifephd.blogspot.com/
http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/procrastination.html
Contradicting to the above link: http://allpoetry.com/poem/8509537-So_You_Want_To_Be_A_Writer-by-Charles_...
http://weber.ucsd.edu/~proeder/Proposals.pdf

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