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muriel lederman mstorrie at vt.edu
Fri Nov 21 11:26:50 EST 1997

> The best advice I heard going into my orals was to  remember that the
> examiners don't care so much  what you know-they want to know what you
> don't know, as so will keep changing the subject if you show competence
> until they find one you trip on.

IMHO, this is partly correct and partly NOT correct.  What I tell students
is that someone will pick an area and go down that road until the student
exhausts his/her information. The scary thing for the students is that they
don't know whether they've gone far enough down the road when they sputter.
It is NOT my experience that examiners jump from topic to topic until they
"get you". Muriel

Muriel Lederman           lederman at vt.edu     540.231.5702 (phone)
Department of Biology                         540.231.9307 (fax)
Coordinator, Biological Sciences
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg VA 24061-0406

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