今天忽然又收到一張博士畢業證書。母校University of Delaware大概覺得凱蒂在念博士的過程生了兩個寶寶,為了以示公平,所以也給凱蒂兩張畢業證書吧!

回想念博士的過程,大約可以分成三個階段。前兩年修課外加資格考,每天都過得非常精實,養成快速閱讀英文的能力。第三年和第四年的重心在做研究計畫(RA),學習如何與不同國家的同學完成專案。最後兩年重心則在生小孩寫自己的論文,讓自己順利畢業。

我的指導教授是非常好心的韓國人,他不曾對凱蒂說過重話,也不曾緊迫盯人。每回交辦凱蒂事情,都是點到為止,然後凱蒂就在時限內把東西生出來。現在回想,剛到美國時英文書寫能力十分恐怖,繳交給教授的文章也都語焉不詳。但是善體人意的指導教授還是可以看得懂,然後跟凱蒂討論想法。

最後挺著肚子準備畢業,那年(2013)夏天真是一場奮戰。因為凱蒂的模擬出了問題,每天都在trouble shooting。還好最後口試委員沒有太為難凱蒂,很多關鍵但短時間無法解決的模擬問題,口試委員都有提出來,但是沒有勉強凱蒂解決所有的問題。記得最後教授們只有問凱蒂:在這個奮戰過程中,妳有沒有得到新的想法?

博士訓練給凱蒂的啟發為:如何有邏輯的思考問題,並且提出解決問題的方法? 如何有效率的執行研究計畫? 如何包容同儕或後進,讓一起做研究的朋友開心且盡力的合作?

以下是凱蒂放在論文的致謝(大概很少人會去翻論文),也在此跟大家分享。

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Pursuing a Ph.D. degree is a lot like pregnancy. Having a healthy baby is similar to producing a strong dissertation, which requires adhering to the professional knowledge and guidance of many doctors, listening to the experience sharing and encouragement of colleagues and friends, and giving in to the company and support of close family members. Similarly, I relied on the guidance of doctors (of a different kind), colleagues, friends, and family to produce this dissertation.

I must express the most gracious thanks to Dr. Young-Doo Wang, my advisor and committee chair, for guiding me through every step of the Ph.D. journey, including choosing the most meaningful courses, preparation for the qualifying exam, writing and defense of the proposal and dissertation. Thanks to Dr. Chang-yi Chang, my academic and life advisor from Taiwan, who always encouraged me to chase my dream and provided support mentally, academically, and professionally. I must also thank Dr. Warren and Dr. Kurdgelashvili who served as my committee members and enlightened me with new thoughts. I’m especially thankful to Dr. Patrick Meyer for proofreading my dissertation and suggesting insightful new directions and perspectives of writing and thought.  

The friends that I made in the US and in Taiwan made the journey colorful. Thanks to Chia-Ping Hung who assisted me to arrange the dissertation format; even when we were located more than 12,000 kilometers away. Thanks to Che-Yu Peter Kuo for always being beside me, listening to my worried words and serving delicious cakes to reduce my stress and pressure. Thanks to Hsin-Hsun Huang, Jay Tsai, Hana Kim, and Hun Park for sharing their thoughts and observations about energy policies and their own experiences of writing a dissertation. 

The support of my family was always the core driver that encouraged me to stay on the Ph.D. journey. Thanks to my parents, Chun-Chieh Chen and Shu-Jen Lee, for keeping themselves healthy and always being there to respond to my requirements no matter how big or small. Thanks to my brother Burt Chen (a geologist) and sister Wei-Han Chen (a librarian) for suggesting academic resources related to my research. Thanks to my husband, Lin-Hung Wu, who is with me all the time, sharing my burden of child-caring and housekeeping. And thanks to my son Spencer, who entered this world while I was in the midst of dissertation writing, and who always patiently waited for me to finish my daily research and writing. Thanks to my second baby on the way, who was literally with me while I prepared for my dissertation defense.

As Christian Glahn once said, “You can’t take nine women and make a baby in a month, there is a process”. I am glad that I experienced the whole dissertation process with the best support, which allowed me to successfully finish my dissertation. Just as the birth of a baby is the beginning of a new life, I expect that this dissertation will contribute new knowledge and breathe new life into the field of energy and environmental policy.  

 

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