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Practical tips for setting up a research project, or “Things I wish I had known when I started my PhD”: Part 1

14 Dec 2018, 20:24 UTC
Practical tips for setting up a research project, or “Things I wish I had known when I started my PhD”: Part 1
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This is the first of two posts on setting up a research project — watch this space for part 2!Like any student starting a new research project, at the beginning of my PhD I faced a steep learning curve with lots of papers to read and new data to wade through. Setting up my computer for this new project didn’t seem like a priority, and so it fell by the wayside. Two years later, I’ve received a lot of useful advice that I wish I had known at the beginning. Putting the effort into setting up a research project well can save you time, energy and a lot of frustration in the long run. Here are a few tips from myself and other grad students in my department!Note: Previous astrobites have covered lots of software and tools in more detail — this software guide, and tools for reading papers 1, 2 and 3 are all full of really useful advice. Here I will focus on strategies rather than specific software, though I have thrown in a few recommendations. I use Linux operating systems and code in Python, so a lot of my suggestions are tinged with this experience, though there ...

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