Starting a PhD: 5 things 1st

Yesterday was the first day of a journey assisting a PhD student. His research is on hydrogeology for regional planning.

My five to do list suggestions for him were:

  1. Go social and build your own scientific network: activate your socmed acc (FB/twitter/Google+) and scientific media acc (eg ResearchGate, ResearchID),
  2. Start academic blogging: set up your own blog (at wordpress/blogger) and repository,
  3. Set up a reference management system: sign up an acc at or, download the app and plugins for Firefox and WordProcessor.
  4. Set up a filling system: buy binders, create systematic folders on your drive, create acc on cloud note-taking app (eg Evernote) and download the app.
  5. Start to write: bear in mind that there will be no semester without at least a paper to write an a talk to share.

And you’re good to go.

Hari gini tidak pakai socmed.





(image: private collection, Regression Model Course, Coursera, Prof. B. Caffo)


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Research interest: Hydrochemistry, multivariate analysis, and R programming My current focus is how to provide the hydrostratigraphy of volcanic aquifers in Bandung area. The research is based on environmental isotope measurement in groundwater and morphometry. My work consists of hydrochemical measurements. I am using multivariate statistical methods to provides more quantitative foundation for the analysis and more insight into the groundwater behaviour.

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