Computer Science

Computer Science Talks and Events

Monday, November 18, 2013

Philip Guo, University of Rochester

Why Pursue A Ph.D.:  Three Practical Reasons

This talk presents three practical reasons to pursue (and not to pursue) a Ph.D. degree, from the perspective of a computer scientist who has seen both the pros and cons of academia and industry.  It is most relevant for juniors and seniors who are thinking about post-graduation plans.  This talk will be as interactive as the audience makes it; come prepared to interrupt and ask questions!

 Philip Guo ( is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Rochester, focusing on human-computer interaction and online education research.  He previously worked as a software engineer at Google after graduating from MIT and Stanford.  In 2012, he wrote "The Ph.D. Grind" (, a free e-book that is the first detailed account of an entire Ph.D. experience; over 100,000 people have downloaded it so far.

 4:00 pm in Seeley Mudd 206 with refreshments in Seeley Mudd 208 at 3:30.