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The handout accompanying the panel discussion presented by Jamie Padgett, Danijela Damjanovic, and Tatiana Schnurr at the 2010 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 19-21, 2010

First, let me welcome you to Rice University, the Ph.D. program in Civil Engineering, and the Padgett Research Group! In the coming years your program will afford the opportunity to acquire great technical skills and knowledge in civil engineering, to focus and dive deeply in your research field, and to establish yourself as a promising engineer and scholar. While you can expect to work hard, graduate school is also a period of unique flexibility, intellectual and personal growth; so I encourage you to embrace this opportunity and take advantage of the great opportunities that Rice and Houston have to offer. This includes a scholarly atmosphere, outstanding faculty, talented peers, a vibrant campus, a metropolitan city, a diversity of cultural activities, among many more! Amidst this setting, however, is the obvious importance of maintaining focus on your primary objective and continued progress towards completing your degree in a timely fashion.

This document is intended to convey my expectations for you as a Ph.D. student, and also to give you an idea of what you can expect as a member of the Padgett research group. These guidelines will help to ensure the success of our research group and help you to make the most of your program. It is an evolving document that will be adapted as our group grows.


Keep in mind that the Ph.D. program is a multi-year process requiring dedication, perseverance, and endurance. So do pace yourself for continued progress (and energy!) throughout the program.

As for a daily schedule, I will not dictate to you an exact time of arrival or departure, as it is important that you find the schedule that works best for your productivity. However, I do expect that you will spend at least a regular work week/hours on campus in the office or lab. This will not only help to ensure continued progress, but facilitate important interactive and productive time with me, your peers, other faculty, and our research group. I may ask for a projected schedule if need be. However, I am most interested in tracking your regular and continued research progress, and offering input and constructive feedback to ensure success.

As a Ph.D. student and research assistant, periods such as spring break are not automatic holidays from graduate research, and are often very productive times. Please schedule and consult with me regarding any plans for extended travel including during these periods. As a rough guideline, please plan to take no more than approximately three weeks per year. Keep in mind that the summer is intended to be one of our most productive times as a research group. We can further discuss amount and duration of leave individually and on a rolling basis.

Questions & Answers

what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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