Monday, April 24, 2023

For inquiring students. - II (and what is ph.D education about)

"My name is John, and I am an M.Sc. student of water engineering at the Beautiful University of Technology. My M.Sc. thesis subject is a groundbreaking one - 'Application of WRF Regional Model for Rainfall Prediction (Case Study: Northwest of Antarctica).' Under the guidance of Prof. Best Hydrologist, I have delved into the impact of predicted precipitation by the WRF model on flood forecasting in the Hec-Hms (or SWAT) model. My expertise and keen interest in climate change impacts on hydroclimatic extremes, numerical weather prediction, hydrology and water resource management, hydraulic and flood forecasting make me a force to be reckoned with in the field. "

I already wrote on the topic of students inquiring about the possibility to do a Ph.D with me. You can find previous notes here. However, I would still add something.

It's heartening to see that many schools are taking the direction of training students to run WRF, Hec-HMS, SWAT, R, Python and other tools. However, mastering tools is just one aspect of research. To truly investigate nature, one must understand where problems are and be able to modify paradigms and tools to solve them appropriately. 

As Richard Feynman said, 'The problem is not people being uneducated. The problem is that people are educated just enough to believe what they have been taught, and not educated enough to question anything from what they have been taught.' 

Becoming a solid Ph.D applicant requires making this switch and adding a few phrases to your  CV that show that you have understood the Feynman's point.  Besides, you should be inquisitive and show some fire inside for discovering new things and achieve results beyond the state-of-art (and for what regards working with me, love computer programming). A PhD is not just a status symbol or a way to gain a good salary - it's a calling for those who are truly passionate about pushing the boundaries of knowledge (see this nice infographics from an old post)

P.S. -  I also wrote this "Essential for Hydrologists" that could further help. 

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