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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc. (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402226675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402226670
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Jason Karp received his PhD in exercise physiology in 2007 after seven years of doctoral work, during which he learned everything you shouldn't do if you want a PhD in four years. He is a prolific freelance writer and professional running coach. He lives in San Diego, CA.

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Dr. Jason Karp is the author of five books, a nationally-recognized running and fitness expert, exercise physiologist, and speaker at international running and fitness conferences.

He owns Run-Fit, a state-of-the-science run coaching and personal training company in San Diego, California. As one of America's foremost running experts and the 2011 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, Dr. Karp is a trusted source of information. Through his writing, conference presentations, DVDs, and numerous print and television interviews on topics related to running and fitness, he brings the state of the science directly to the public. A sought after speaker on running and fitness, Dr. Karp is a frequent presenter at national coaching and fitness industry conferences, including U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, American College of Sports Medicine, IDEA World Fitness Convention, SCW Fitness MANIA, National Strength and Conditioning Association, ECA World Fitness Convention, and FitnessFest, among others. He has taught USA Track & Field's highest level coaching certification and was an instructor at the USATF/U.S. Olympic Committee's Emerging Elite Coaches Camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He also holds clinics for runners, coaches, and fitness professionals.

He is a prolific writer, with more than 200 articles published in numerous international coaching, running, and fitness trade and consumer magazines, including Track Coach, Techniques for Track & Field and Cross Country, New Studies in Athletics, Running Times, Runner's World, Women's Running, Marathon & Beyond, Fitness Management, IDEA Fitness Journal, PTontheNet.com, Shape, Oxygen, SELF, Ultra-Fit, and Maximum Fitness, among others. His books include Running a Marathon For Dummies (Wiley, 2012), Running for Women (Human Kinetics, 2012), 101 Winning Racing Strategies for Runners (Coaches Choice, 2012), 101 Developmental Concepts & Workouts for Cross Country Runners (Coaches Choice, 2010), and How to Survive Your PhD (Sourcebooks, 2009).

Dr. Karp has coached cross country and track at the high school, college, and elite club levels. In 1997, at age 24, he became one of the youngest collegiate head coaches in the country, leading the Georgian Court University (NJ) women's cross country team to the regional championship and winning honors as NAIA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. His personal training experience ranges from elite athletes to cardiac rehab patients. As a private coach and founder of REVO2LT Running Team, he has helped many runners meet their potential, ranging from a first-time race participant to an Olympic Trials qualifier. He has been profiled in a number of publications and received the fitness industry's highest award in 2011. A competitive runner, Dr. Karp is a nationally-certified running coach through USA Track & Field, is sponsored by PowerBar as a member of PowerBar Team Elite, and sits on the advisory board of the Egg Nutrition Center.

Dr. Karp received his PhD in exercise physiology with a physiology minor from Indiana University in 2007, his master's degree in kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 1997, and his bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science with an English minor from Penn State University in 1995. His research has been published in the scientific journals Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, and International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. He has taught at several universities and currently teaches dissertation writing at the University of California-San Diego.

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Customer Reviews

This book changed my life.
Blue Dragon Rob
Although the list of phrases you should use was particularly horrifying - just because everyone else in science overuses passive voice doesn't mean you should too!
hansbanans
This excellent guidebook should be required reading during the applications process or before!
Heather Short, PhD(ABD)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By hansbanans on November 7, 2011
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Let me start with a little back story of why I bought this book: I am currently in my 3rd year of a PhD program, and the "3rd year slump" has hit me hard. My research is frustrating. I feel alienated from my peers and my advisor/committee. After reading the reviews for this book I thought this might offer some help. I was hoping for advice on how to deal with so many of the frustrations and let downs of getting a PhD. Something inspirational, possibly even uplifting.

Nope. That is not this book.

To be frank, I spent more than half of the book rolling my eyes at various passive-aggressive quips at the author's advisor and fellow students. By the end, this felt more like a book on how to blame other people when your PhD takes much longer than you expected. Which is a pity, because I think this story had good teaching potential. I can't even begin to imagine how frustrating and disheartening it would be to work on my PhD for seven years! The author could have turned that experience into something positive, by giving concrete examples of how he dealt with problems, instead of just complaining about them and then advising to avoiding them in the first place. For example, the author complains multiple times about the frustrations of Human Subjects Committees. We get it. Bureaucracy is tedious and takes a long time. But if you do human research it is something you just have to deal with. How about some tips on speeding up the process (eg submitting a modification of a pre-existing protocol instead of a whole new protocol)? Or advising good time management: while you are waiting for IRB approval, could you be doing some in vitro work instead? Or getting an in-depth knowledge of the literature? Or working as a TA to pay off some student loans? Nope. You will find little of that here.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Netzwerkerin on June 9, 2011
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This book intends to help you through your PhD. It is mainly targeted to studies in the US, so only 2/3 of the book apply to the PhD process in general. It adresses important aspects but much of the advice is very awkward: although I can kind of understand how the author got into the situation, offering money to make your PhD advisor read a first version of your thesis faster is clearly very misguided. I had a very severe moment of fremdschaemen (feeling embarassed yourseelf when watching somebody doing something embarrasing) when I read this paragraph and much of the rest of the book. Despite its strange title I recommend to read How to Survive your Doctorate (Open Up Study Skills) instead. Very good book, many important points covered. Last word: find others to talk to, almost all of them go through the same hard time. Also check out the material at the 'nurturing scientists' website by Uri Alon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Bessa on December 21, 2012
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The book brings good discussions, but I felt it more the authors anecdotes than I think it should be. Prefer the Chicago Guide for your career in Science or Chakrabarty's "A guide to academia"
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reddog on July 4, 2011
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Save your money. The author was ill-prepared to do his PhD and provides no new insights for those considering graduate school. There are several factual errors including the career options for people earning PhD's. Do not assume that doctoral programs only prepare you for a career in academia. Robert Peters' book Get What You Came For is much more thorough and helpful.
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By Blue Richards on October 27, 2013
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Love this book! Great sense of humor & wonderful insight - I highly recommend this book top anyone considering graduate school :)
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I was searching for a book that could inform me concerning programs and schools in reference to completing a post doctorate degree and this was the book!! It also gave me a detailed and comprehensive look into the many important aspects of completing a successful program in ones chosen field of study.
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If you are PhD student, you realy need to read this book. It is very helpful and easy to read.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ronda Davis on February 6, 2010
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This is a great book - I finished this book in only two days. The author breaks down the major parts of doctoral study and uses his own experiences to share what to do in order to be successful as well as "what not to do" if you want to earn a PhD. This is a timely book for me as I have submitted applications and am hoping to start on my PhD in Fall of 2010.
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