Comics·Posted on Apr 8, 2014The Illustrated Guide To A Ph.D.Thinking of getting a Ph.D.? University of Utah professor Matt Might draws out what that's like.by Kevin TangBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Matt Might is a computer science professor at the University of Utah. Below is how he describes the work of PhD researchers to those considering grad school: Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge: By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little: By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more: With a bachelor's degree, you gain a specialty: A master's degree deepens that specialty: Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge: Once you're at the boundary, you focus: You push at the boundary for a few years: Until one day, the boundary gives way: And, that dent you've made is called a Ph.D.: Of course, the world looks different to you now: So, don't forget the bigger picture: Keep pushing. For more thoughts on entering academia, check out A PhD Is Not Enough! or visit Matt Might's site.