An update on my graduation goal

After reading a presentation given to incoming Dal graduate students in biomedical engineering (BME) from this fall, I noticed a small asterisk next to the “PhD students are required to take four courses,” I decided to read the small print.  It read…unless entering with an MSc in BME, then two courses are required.  WHAT!!!?!!! Hey, that’s what I have.  So, not letting myself get too excited, I thought, well maybe it is only for people who transfer from an MSc at Dal to a PhD.  But I thought I would check anyway.  I got an email back saying that they would look over my prior coursework and get back to me – good start, I thought, they didn’t say no right away.  And after another day I heard back – two courses is sufficient!!!  I am taking two courses right now (one with each of my two advisors) so that means I will be done with coursework after this semester.  Which makes me just a little closer to achieving my potentially impossible 3.3 year PhD/”done my PhD right before I turn 30″ goal.  Thanks Duke and Virginia Tech for the great PhD preparation!


4 thoughts on “An update on my graduation goal

  1. Christina Costello January 28, 2013 at 10:53 pm Reply


    great news!

  2. Katelyn Colacino January 29, 2013 at 4:20 pm Reply

    YAY! It’s so nice not having to take any more classes! Will you TA or just stick with research this time around??

    • kerryco64 January 29, 2013 at 4:55 pm Reply

      I am definitely going to think about TAing…wouldn’t mind the extra income. I’m also going to apply for the (very few) fellowships that are available for American graduate students studying in Canada – for anyone in a similar situation that is basically the NIH Ruth Kirschstein one (American), and the Killam and Vanier ones (Canadian). And both the NIH and Vanier are very difficult to get (and Killam is not a walk in the park either from what I hear!).

  3. Chris February 1, 2013 at 2:40 am Reply

    Only two classes required? That’s AWESOME. By far and away, classwork was my least favorite part of grad school…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: