Friday, March 18, 2011

Signaling Advice For Grad Students

I think a lot (though certainly not all) of the difficulty that the average grad student faces as they work their way towards the PhD can be avoided by thinking about interactions with faculty as a signaling game, and realizing that the game changes as you move from undergrad to grad, and even at different stages of grad school.  Specifically, pay mind to the change in the qualities upon which the faculty are conditioning their strategy (where that strategy may be assigning grades, writing letters, extending requests to co-author, etc, as the case may be).