This announcement is a couple of days late, so please accept my apologies, although I can blame it in part on a lack of internet access.
Anyways, as of 15:30 GMT last Thursday (August 17th), after enduring what was surely the longest transfer viva in the history of man (two and a half hours--hell, they should have gone ahead and given me my degree right then and there), I am now an official Oxford D.Phil. student. (The D.Phil. is Oxford's archaic equivalent of the Ph.D.) That means I can look forward to another 2+ years of hardcore science here in the Department of Biochemistry. Yes!
So, how did I celebrate?
Very appropriately, by staying at the lab until 3:30 am, setting up NMR experiments. Woo hoo!
Congratuations! That's wonderful!
Congrats! One big hurdle down.
Good show old chap!
Good job Nick. Well done!
Congrat! Out of curiosity, where did you transfer from?
Heartiest congratulations, Nick. As they say across the pond, well done, mate!
Thanks, again. So, I didn't actually transfer from anywhere. The "transfer" was from "probationary research student" (PRS) to an official D.Phil. student. All D.Phil. students at Oxford, as far as I know, start out in the P.R.S. category.
Did you have to wear ceremonial clothes? A cape with diagrams of proton spin?
Ha! I wish. Students here have to wear a ridiculous outfit even just for exams (for guys: black suit, white bowtie, academic gown, carnation; similar for girls), but for my transfer viva, I didn't have to wear anything special. It was kind of a let-down, really....
If this transfer viva is anything like a qualifying exam in the states 2.5 hours isn't too bad. A couple grad students in my lab were grilled for over 3 hours, one around 4!
I'll be submitting myself to this torture in a few short weeks....
Very true. All in all, it wasn't too bad. Good luck!
Congradulations! This is a big achievement! Now get the DPhil :)