At what age you complete your phD?

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hi,

At what age you competed your phD?

As I have calculated, I would have completed my phD right at the age of 28, is it too LATE?

I have heard that some professors completed their phD at 23 or even 21.
terrible.. ...

Twukwuw.
 
Around here the average would be in 26-28 range. So don't worry.
People who get their PhD's at 21 are freaks of nature who should be shot and have their remains studied.
 
As I know, people completed their undergraduate study at 19-20 in last century.

Is it true?
 
Yes, but they didn't know anything in the last century so it was much easier ;)
 

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I remember a conversation with a few of my professors and they agreed that finding someone under 30 with a phd was somewhat rare now-a-days in the field of physics
 

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Dimitri Terryn said:
People who get their PhD's at 21 are freaks of nature who should be shot and have their remains studied.
Ow! I always just thought they were smart. We gotta radical anti-PhDist here.:eek: :surprised
 

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Humanino is 26 and will have his PHD completed this year. He is an experimental physicist.
 
Mk said:
Ow! I always just thought they were smart. We gotta radical anti-PhDist here.:eek: :surprised
Not really, I'm hoping to start one myself next year. It's just that those supersmart "hey let's finish 10 years of education in 4" wizkids get on my nerves :wink:

Here in Belgium the "usual" route under the new post-bologna system would look something like this

18-21 : Bachelor
21-23 : Master
23-28 : PhD
 

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I was 26, but then turned 27 only 2 days later (I purposely planned my defense BEFORE my birthday so I could celebrate my birthday for the first time in 4 years :biggrin:). I took a year off between college and grad school though, to figure out exactly what it was I wanted to do before committing. I still finished a bit more quickly than most because I was able to hit the ground running with a project (when your research project needs to be done between 2 and 8 AM, it really doesn't interfere at all with your class schedule, so you can fit more into a day :rolleyes:).
 
Dimitri Terryn said:
Not really, I'm hoping to start one myself next year. It's just that those supersmart "hey let's finish 10 years of education in 4" wizkids get on my nerves :wink:

Here in Belgium the "usual" route under the new post-bologna system would look something like this

18-21 : Bachelor
21-23 : Master
23-28 : PhD
hi Dimitry Terryn,

here in Malaysia, usually peope start their first year undergraduate at the age of 20!
undergraduate: 20-->23
Master: 24-->25
phD: 3 --5 years

haha, I dont know why the government let people here start their undergraduate study so late... ...
anyway, I am studying my undergraduate at Singapore right now.
 
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My friend is just finishing up his undergrad EE degree. He is going straight into Phd. He's a young guy. Hes only 20. I think he will have his phd by the time he's 25. He started college at 16.

His name is Mohammad Ali, hahahahah........that's funny.
 
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what does it matter if there are smarter people out there? why should we resent them? this is a sign of insecurity. work on it.
 

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mathwonk said:
what does it matter if there are smarter people out there? why should we resent them? this is a sign of insecurity. work on it.
GE once did a long term study of their engineers and scientists. IIRC it covered about fifty years of research and engineering projects. It was found that the most successful employees were, on the average, B students.
 

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I had a D average for 2 years in undergrad, flunked out, and took 12 years to complete grad school. so what? i enjoy what i do. i cant help it if i am not very smart. what matters is what i do with what i've got to work with.
 

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Pengwuino said:
I remember a conversation with a few of my professors and they agreed that finding someone under 30 with a phd was somewhat rare now-a-days in the field of physics
A member here humanino is quite rare, a phd in experimental physics, the most difficult to get at age 25.
 

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Evo said:
Humanino is 26 and will have his PHD completed this year. He is an experimental physicist.
In France, the PhD term is rather short: 3 years. So when you start your undergrad stuff at 18, you have your masters 5 years later (23) and hence your PhD at 26 indeed, if you do everything in a row.
 

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Twukwuw said:
hi,

At what age you competed your phD?

As I have calculated, I would have completed my phD right at the age of 28, is it too LATE?
I completed mine when I was 29/30 (I submitted it when I was 29, but it took 6 months to find a date on which all members of the jury could unite, so I turned 30 in the mean time, and got a job). However, I completed two masters (physics and electromechanical engineering) before, so that put me in the "rather old age" class.
 

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Never, for me. As mentioned repeatedly in the past, I never finished high-school. I quite irritates me, in fact, that a good friend of mine who is a petroleum engineering professor is trying to talk me into going back to school to get a degree. Daft bastard. I'm 50 bloody years old (about 6-8 younger than him). I have a good job, of which I actually work maybe 1 or 2 hours on an 8-hour shift, and up to 3 on a 10-hour one. The rest is whatever I care to do, which is PF, 'How Stuff Works', various Googling, and more damned games than a normal human can handle. Yeah, damn it, I'd love to be an engineer. But... I never realized that until I started hanging out in PF. Before that, my love was astrophysics. It took my interactions here to point out to me that most of what I've done in my life, on my own time, was engineering. Just a very ignorant approach to it. :redface:
 

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If everything goes a planned, I'll have mine when I'm 28-29, which I think is quite ordinary here. Usually you can go to University when you're 19 (20 if you're doing military service, like I did). Then the master takes 4-5 years, after which the PhD takes another 4-5 years.
 

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I've always wondered how most people afford to get phd's? What do they do for income while studying for a phd? In addition, you're in school until near 30, so this would seem to delay your career and family life significantly. Seems like a real commitment.

Rather than post a auto-biography here, the short story is while I was on forced "sabbatical" from college, I got my first programming job, so never returned. I had all my basic stuff done, english, history, government, first year physics, calculus, differential equations, and linear algerbra, so I just needed computer programming classes to get a degree. I ended up getting a BS degree through Regents College, AKA University of the State of New York, which is run by the regents that accredit other colleges and universities, mostly through tests like the GRE graduate subject test for Computer Science.
 

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In the UK the PhD course is somewhat shorter and lasts at most 3 years although I do believe you can get extensions and whatever. I got my masters this year and am hoping to get my PhD in 3 years time when i'm 25. It doesn't really matter when you get it though just some systems wok differently to others.
 

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In the Uk we get grants from various research councils while doing a PhD. These grants usually cover 3 years expenses (and hence thats why PhD courses are usually 3 years unless you get an extension). The money isn't much about £15k a year but its tax free and certainly more than enough to live on. There are other sources of funding but they are rare.
 

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Jeff Reid said:
I've always wondered how most people afford to get phd's? What do they do for income while studying for a phd?
Speaking for myself I've had a scolarship this year, and so I will another year too. Then I'll get employed "for real", with a "real" salary and all that, for the remaining years. (How I long for that!)

In addition, you're in school until near 30, so this would seem to delay your career and family life significantly. Seems like a real commitment.
Sure it is.
 
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GE once did a long term study of their engineers and scientists. IIRC it covered about fifty years of research and engineering projects. It was found that the most successful employees were, on the average, B students.
I've heard a lot about that. Which is good stuff for me, cause I've never been an A student. Been B, Been C, Been D, never A though. I was a B Student last semester. Woohoo for B Students!
 
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Ivan Seeking said:
GE once did a long term study of their engineers and scientists. IIRC it covered about fifty years of research and engineering projects. It was found that the most successful employees were, on the average, B students.
I also read some study(the same study?) that concluded that the vast majority of successful people in the corporate world (ie CEOS CIOs COOs, etc) were B and C students. Not surprising, because I've been in more than one meeting where being the smartest guy in the room is bad, but being the most charismatic(read butt kisser) person in the room got you far. In office politics, being smart only means you're a threat to your boss, and will probably be squashed.

So much for the business world:tongue:
 
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