Monday, May 12, 2008

Call me...

... Dr. Stickwick.


I passed my doctoral defense today. I'm officially a Ph.D. And tonight I'm officially going to get the first full night of sleep in a loooong time.


Blogger Steve said...

Congratulations, Dr. Stapers! :}

5/12/2008 9:55 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

I never doubted you! Now your mother can introduce you to her friends as "My daughter the doctor, but not the kind that helps people"! ;-)


Now on to post-grad work?

5/13/2008 7:46 AM  
Blogger Russell said...


Now, are you going to use your powers for good, or for evil?

Doctors make the best villains, like Dr. Evil, Dr. No, Doc Oct, Dr. Mabuse. The list goes on!

5/13/2008 8:27 AM  
Blogger MadRocketScientist said...

Ah, the Piled Higher and Deeper degree, congrats!

So how many papers have you published?

5/13/2008 8:52 AM  
Blogger Mr. Completely said...

V E R Y C O O L ! ! ! !


...... Mr. C.

5/13/2008 9:35 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Thanks, all!

It's true that all the best villains are "doctors" of some kind, but I'm afraid I'll be using my powers for good. I'm continuing with post-doctoral research at my current institution -- the only significant change is that I get to move to an office with a window. After the summer I'll also be lecturing full-time at a liberal arts university in the area.

As for papers, I've published two first-author journal papers (three more to be submitted soon), a handful of conference papers, and I'm co-author on several other publications -- papers that made use of my calculations and a vast data set I created. Plus... I'm co-author on a REALLY cool journal paper that's being submitted this week, the topic of which is too controversial for me to even mention here until it's formally submitted. I'll post on it next week.

The interesting thing about this experience, is how much it isn't what you think it will be. I had envisioned the moment when the committee shakes your hand and says "Congratulations, Dr. Stapers," that I'd be euphoric and gushing like Miss America, but that's not what it's like. You're kind of stunned, you're glad to be finished, and then you spend the next two days thinking about how much you don't feel like a Dr. while you lie on the couch watching episodes of Star Trek feeling very brain-dead and vaguely depressed.

But, like I said, at least I get to sleep.

5/13/2008 1:15 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...


You are coming to Reno in October, right?

5/13/2008 5:50 PM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

I sure hope so. It's over a weekend, right? I'll be teaching Mondays and Wednesdays, so weekend trips are definitely possible.

5/13/2008 7:38 PM  
Blogger Gringo_Malo said...

Congrats! So, teaching, research, or both?

5/14/2008 4:27 PM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Both! I'm going to be one busy gal this fall.

5/15/2008 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Aaron M Brown said...


So wait, you're telling me that even after I get my PhD, I'll still just feel . . . normal? Where are the super powers? The limitless intellectual and moral authority? The money, power, and prestige?

Man, my thesis advisor's been stringing me along . . .

But in all seriousness: many congratulations.

5/15/2008 1:51 PM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Thanks, Aaron. :-)

In terms of the very narrow range of your thesis topic, you will have ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY. Sorta. Money? Maybe. Power? What did God create undergraduates for, if not to make us feel powerful. As for prestige... speaking for myself only, I'm still the person of whom my mother would say after I did something stupid, "And you're a scientist?!"

It's all worth it, though. Good luck with your studies!

5/15/2008 5:21 PM  

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