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Student Information

A problem well put is half solved.
John Dewey, 1859-1952

For current UCSB students


MS students

PhD students

Letters of recommendation

Notes on research


For students inquiring about pursuing a Ph.D. with me at UCSB:

What you should know


Possibly useful info for students:

How to succeed in graduate school

Some guidelines for giving good presentations

Thoughts on getting a Ph.D.


Other links

How to Have a Bad Career in Research/Academia (David Patterson talk)

Advice for undergraduates considering graduate school

How to be a leader in your field

10 easy ways to fail a PhD

How to escape at the last minute

Ron Azuma's graduate student survival kit

What Every New Grad Student Should Know

Avi Kak's thoughts on what it takes to produce a good Ph.D. thesis

Improve your writing

Marc Raibert on Good Writing

Writing a scientific paper, by John Martinis

How to give a talk:

Randy Pausch's talk on Time Management (web version)

Marc Raibert's Good Writing

Douglas Comer essays on CS PhDs, research, career, etc.

How to Succeed in Graduate School

Collected Advice on Research and Writing

Aaron Hertzman's advice for graduate students

Tomorrow's Professor Listserv

Book: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D.

For foreign students, a guide to the U.S. Educational System (seems to be no longer available)


Here are a few notes for UCSB students:

  • My name is Matthew, and you are welcome to call me that!  "Professor Turk," "Doctor Turk," "Sir," etc. are all acceptable if you wish, but you will not offend me by calling me by my first name.  It's okay, really.  (I don't mind the others, but "Matthew" just seems simpler.)
  • I generally prefer "Matthew" rather than "Matt," but I'll respond to either.
  • You are always welcome to come by my office if you have a question or would like to talk.  However, keep in mind that (like all faculty - and students, for that matter) I'm often busy and I may ask you to come back later or to make an appointment.  If you want to talk for a significant chunk of time (say, more than 15 minutes or so) I'd appreciate it if you made an appointment with me first.