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EngrBohn
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posted April 05, 2002 10:48     Click Here to See the Profile for EngrBohn   Click Here to Email EngrBohn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spent spring break studying for PhD qualifying exams, and...

quote:

TO: Christopher Bohn
FROM: (...), Professor
Department of Computer and Information Science
SUBJECT: Performance on Qualifying Examination

This is an informal memorandum to let you know that you have passed stage one of the Ph.D. qualifying process Spring Quarter 2002.

If you have any questions regarding this examination, please contact your advisor.

Formal notification of those results will be forthcoming.


woo-hoo!

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Miles
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posted April 05, 2002 12:52     Click Here to See the Profile for Miles   Click Here to Email Miles     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

YEA! Congrats Christopher! Often the qualifying exam is harder than the rest of the steps toward the Ph.D. which are difficult but in less stressful ways. Kick back and have a good weekend before returning to the grind.

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LifetimeTrekker
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posted April 05, 2002 13:43     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by EngrBohn:
Spent spring break studying for PhD qualifying exams, and...

woo-hoo!


Conga Rats!

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Super Flippy
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posted April 05, 2002 18:06     Click Here to See the Profile for Super Flippy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations! That's awesome! After watching my husband prepare for his qualifier, I know how stressful this test can be. But you've done the hard part, now nothing can stop you!

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Swiss Mercenary
BlabberMouth, the Next Generation.

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From: All the way from the land of Chocolate, Cheese and Cuckoo Clocks.
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posted April 08, 2002 05:55     Click Here to See the Profile for Swiss Mercenary   Click Here to Email Swiss Mercenary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bravo mec!
<Claps loudly>

Before long you will have to change your nick from EngrBohn to DrBohn.

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Snaggy
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posted April 08, 2002 07:57     Click Here to See the Profile for Snaggy   Click Here to Email Snaggy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
drum roll please.....

MAGNIFICENT VALOUR!

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quantumfluff
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posted April 08, 2002 10:14     Click Here to See the Profile for quantumfluff   Click Here to Email quantumfluff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dude! Congratulations.

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macadddikt18
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posted April 08, 2002 14:45     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
congrats, now you are one step closer to being a god in the world of computers.
nayt

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feldspar
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posted April 08, 2002 16:37     Click Here to See the Profile for feldspar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let me tender my warmest congratulations, my friend. This is a long hard road you're nearing the end of. What's next, teaching or research?

<sigh> The thought of attaining a PhD almost makes me wish I hadn't dropped out of grad school ... twice.

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Alien Investor
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posted April 08, 2002 21:04     Click Here to See the Profile for Alien Investor   Click Here to Email Alien Investor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dude! You're getting a doctorate!

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nekomatic
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posted April 09, 2002 02:42     Click Here to See the Profile for nekomatic   Click Here to Email nekomatic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations! I know the PhD process is different there from here but I'm sure it's no less harrowing - good luck with the rest of the journey!

quote:
Originally posted by Swiss Mercenary:
Before long you will have to change your nick from EngrBohn to DrBohn.

Not at all, in true Germanic style he can be HerrDrEngrBohn

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EngrBohn
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posted April 09, 2002 05:59     Click Here to See the Profile for EngrBohn   Click Here to Email EngrBohn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for all your well-wishes.

To clarify, this was the qualifying examination, which tested me on the fundamentals of computer science (theory of computation, algorithm analysis, computer architecture, operating systems, programming language theory). In the future, I still face my candidacy examination (projecting this in about 15 months), and then my final defense (projecting this in about 2.5 years).

Regarding teaching or research afterwards, the answer is both. My primary job will be teaching -- that's why the Air Force sent me to get my PhD, is so I can teach at the Air Force Insitute of Technology. But I'll be continuing with research as well, for three reasons:
- In order to stay promotable, I'll have to continue to demonstrate that I can make a difference to the spear-holders, and at AFIT, the best way to do that is to engage in research that solves Air Force problems.
- After I retire from the Air Force, I plan to teach at a university, and the best way to get a good job at a good university is to have a CV full of refereed publications.
- Research is fun.

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Petethelate
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posted April 09, 2002 07:03     Click Here to See the Profile for Petethelate   Click Here to Email Petethelate     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Allllll Righttttt!

Congrats,

Pete

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quantumfluff
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posted April 09, 2002 07:23     Click Here to See the Profile for quantumfluff   Click Here to Email quantumfluff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by EngrBohn:
- Research is fun.


Richard Feynman said it best - "Science is like sex. Sometimes something interesting pops out, but that's not why we do it."

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dragon34
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From: Southwestern Connecticut
Registered: Nov 2001

posted April 09, 2002 16:40     Click Here to See the Profile for dragon34     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, Congrats!! hope the rest of the PhD process goes smoothly

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Stereo
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From: Hull, Quebec, Canada
Registered: Apr 2001

posted April 09, 2002 16:54     Click Here to See the Profile for Stereo   Click Here to Email Stereo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations!

[I'm jealous. I just did some research on the web about graduate programs (mostly AI, but I started to think about sociology - how technologies can be put in best use for specific communities, and mankind in general...), but I will have to wait a couple of years before enrolling. Then again, I could get a headstart and begin to work on a thesis before enrolling.]

And don't forget to show us your final dissertation! (Or any intermediate work, if you want to.)

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Evilbunny
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posted April 09, 2002 21:48     Click Here to See the Profile for Evilbunny   Click Here to Email Evilbunny     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations!!!!!!!!

Richard Feynman RULES!!!!!!!

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burntwater
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Registered: Mar 2002

posted April 10, 2002 08:25     Click Here to See the Profile for burntwater   Click Here to Email burntwater     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yeah man! congratulations

have to agree with Evilbunny, Richard Feynman rulz!


"Research is fun."

you sure said it, EngrBohn thats why we are in the game


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mephisto
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posted April 12, 2002 05:22     Click Here to See the Profile for mephisto   Click Here to Email mephisto     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Go engrbohn. Good for you. I raise thee a toast in thine honour, this chocolate croissant.

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annie
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posted April 12, 2002 09:52     Click Here to See the Profile for annie   Click Here to Email annie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great going!!!
Congrats!
Two thumbs up!

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