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Halo Zahra,

pendapat anda ada benarnya, tetapi terkadang kampus di USA ingin memastikan apakah mahasiswa yang mereka pilih relatif cocok dengan riset yang sedang berjalan di kampus.

Dulu Franklin pernah tanya kebingungan serupa ke teman di MIT, dan ini jawabannya:

So here are my two cents. First, I heard a professor of physics from
MIT, Leonid Mirny, give a talk at a nearby university. It was about
how proteins find their site on DNA and whether it is done through
Brownian motion or not. I was really quite interesting... anyway, he
did mention that one could imagine that a protein may preselect sites
on DNA like a professor may preselect applications for admission. He
was rather vague about this, and now that I think about it, I don't
even know how useful that information is.

Next, I have a portion of Robert Laughlin's 1998 Nobel Prize lecture
where he talks about his graduate experience at MIT: "Physics graduate schools in America are for the most part set up as a first priority to service federal contracts, not to make fundamental discoveries, and a graduate student career makes no sense outside the context of one of these contracts. Indeed it was, and is, the practice at MIT to admit graduate students directly into research groups on an as-needed basis as a kind of labor pool. It took me a while to fully understand this depressing fact of life, but I eventually did and then proceeded to look for a home in a research group as a means of supporting myself while learning the things essential to achieving my larger ambitions."
Aside from his obnoxious cynicism, Laughlin probably knows what he is
talking about.

The link to the full bio is at:

The moral of the story is, schools are probably (this is important: 'PROBABLY') looking to fill positions in research groups to continue projects rather than form an army of intellectually superior and yet socially inadequate graduate students. So if you know what you want to do, make that clear and you will probably fair better than you thought. Also, it may help to contact a professor directly if you are interested in the research they do. When your application roles around, they may remember you.

I am sure this does not answer the original question of the post, but
I thought someone might find it useful.


--- In beasiswa@yahoogroups.com, Azzahra Khairunnisa <azzahrakhairunnisa@...> wrote:
> Dear semuanya,
> ?> Sambil menunggu pengumuman hasil interview Fulbright, saya dikasih "warning" oleh AMINEF Jakarta agar segera mencari supervisor untuk disertasi PhD saya (dalam bidang bisnis).
> ?> Sepengetahuan saya, bukankan untuk tahun pertama dan kedua mahasiswa S3 di USA hanya course saja? Kenapa pula mesti mencari supervisor saat ini? Bukankah research topic justru dapat didiskusikan selama kita mengikuti course sambil mencari supervisor yang tepat? Apa gunanya pula mencari supervisor kalo ternyata nanti setelah disana ternyata topik yang diangkat dianggap kurang pas? Jadi sepemahaman saya, mencari supervisor kok kurang relevan ya untuk saat ini.
> ?> Mohon sharing dari teman2 yang ambil PhD di USA atau awardee Fulbright untuk PhD. .
> ?> In the middle of confusing,
> ?> Zahra
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