James Tauber : Accepted into PhD Programme at Essex

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Accepted into PhD Programme at Essex

Today I received a packaging indicating my acceptance into the PhD programme in Linguistics at the University of Essex. I will be a part-time external student for the next six to eight years starting this April.

It's hard to describe just how much this means to me. Doing a doctorate is by far my oldest goal in life. I was about eight when I decided I wanted to do a PhD. In high school, I wanted to do it in theoretical physics (specifically general relativity) but 18 months into undergraduate studies decided I wanted to do it in linguistics.

Various reasons, both personal and commercial, delayed my commencement by a decade. But I always knew I wanted to come back to it. I'm finally on the path. Thank you to my referees and to my new supervisor, Andy Spencer.

Undoubtedly you'll hear a lot more about it on this blog over the years.

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Sylvain on Tuesday 14 March, 2006:

A huge congratulations James. I'm sure you'll do a fantastic job there.


Rick Brannan on Tuesday 14 March, 2006:

Very cool; I'm a tad jealous! I'm sure you'll do well. I'm looking forward to hearing more as your research and thesis work develop.


Tim on Tuesday 14 March, 2006:

Congratulations and blessings! PhDs are a long haul, but worth it. (Mine was decades ago but Barbara is nearly on the home straight.)

Tim Wegener on Wednesday 15 March, 2006:

Congratulations! What did you want to study when you were eight?

James Saiz on Wednesday 15 March, 2006:

At eight I don't think I had any idea. I did like black holes (so maybe still general relativity without knowing it) and computers (my dad had just taught me BASIC on a borrowed Dick Smith System 80, a clone of the TRS-80 Model 1 for those outside Australia and New Zealand)

Kurt Cagle on Friday 17 March, 2006:


A well-deserved honor! Congratulations!! I have to admit that I've been thinking about doing much the same in computational linguistics (like you, it's been a growing desire the more I get into the XML realm), and I am intensely envious ;-) of your getting the chance to do this.

Good luck, and I look forward to your dissertation rocking the world.

-- Kurt

Mark Little on Friday 17 March, 2006:

Hey James, congratulations! I did a PhD straight after my BSc back in the late 1980's and know how hard it was then, so you've got my respect for doing one and holding down a job.


James Saiz on Friday 17 March, 2006:

It remains to be seen if I hold down a job :-)

msh210 on Monday 20 March, 2006:


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