Minghua Chen – Suggestions to Graduate Students

I keep a list of advice that I found useful previously as a graduate student and now as a researcher.

How to do well in graduate study and research:

How to read a paper:

How to review a paper:

How to write a paper:

How to give a talk:

How to prepare a good poster and poster presentation:

Some enlightening quotes:

  • “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” – Duke Ellington (a jazz legend)

  • “I believe that in the search for the answer, lies the answer.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

  • “There is nothing more practical than a good theory.” – James Clerk Maxwell

  • “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

  • “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

  • “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

  • “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” – Albert Einstein

  • “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.” – Hunter S. Thompson

  • “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley (from his poem “Invictus”)