Tag: phd students

Maryland School Creates More PhDs Than Anywhere Else


Every now and then I daydream about going back to school and getting a PhD, just to spite my little brother who’s in medical school. (No way I’m going to let that little twerp be the only doctor in the family.) If I decided to do so, I would fit right in at certain Maryland universities, which are known for minting graduates who go on to get their doctorates. In fact, one Maryland school outranks every other institution in the nation in terms of producing PhD candidates. Can you guess who it is?

Interpretive Dance + PhD Thesis = Funny Videos


Graduate-level physics research and interpretive dance aren’t usually things we think of as being related, but that’s just the sort of perception that the annual Dance Your PhD Competition is trying to upend.

The contest is exactly what it sounds like:  grad students try to explain their (often obscure) research using the (always obscure) medium of interpretive dance. What could be more entertaining?

With thesis topics like “Honeybee Robbing Behaviour” and “Nanosensing Protein Allostery and Peptide Interactions Using SERS,” you may not actually learn anything that you’ll actually understand.  But most of the videos are quite goofy (in a good way), including this year’s winner, created by Joel Miller, a biomedical engineer at the University of Western Australia. His thesis topic? “Microstructure-Property Relationships in Ti2448 Components Produced by Selective Laser Melting.” Um, okay. But the video makes it look kind of fun.


Microstructure-Property relationships in Ti2448 components produced by Selective Laser Melting: A Love Story from Joel Miller on Vimeo.