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In this book, you can find information about the major milestones in your PhD trajectory, and how to reach them. We also discuss the soft skills that support the research process. This book is mostly aimed at PhD students in sciences and engineering. In particular, the topics that are discussed in this book are: defining your research question, developing a literature review, preparing and executing experiments, time management, scientific writing, academic presentations, and preparing for a career after the PhD.

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Notes

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    Also called: supervisor or advisor. In this book, mostly European terms are used. Where relevant, a footnote with the term used in North America is given. Further information is also available in the glossary of Part II.

  2. 2.

    This book focuses on the perspective of STEM fields, but many of the general ideas are valid for a wide range of fields

  3. 3.

    Intervision meetings are meetings among peers, as opposed to supervision meetings which take place between supervisor and student. The goal of intervision meetings is to discuss difficulties and solutions, and use these meetings as a tool for learning from your peers.

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  1. Belleman, B. (2015) Promovendi haken massaal af. http://delta.tudelft.nl/artikel/promovendi-haken-massaal-af/29784

  2. Council of Graduate Schools. (2010). Ph.D. Completion and attrition: Analysis of baseline demographic data from the Ph.D. Completion Project.

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Lantsoght, E.O.L. (2018). Introduction. In: The A-Z of the PhD Trajectory. Springer Texts in Education. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77425-1_1

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