I’ve been to 2 Ph.D. defences in the past 3 days. So congrats go to Frances, Lee & Candice on successfully defending their theses this week (I missed Frances’s, but saw the other two). My observations from these defences:
- when examiners show up in Hawaiian shirts, things are going to go well
- whatever you think the examiners are going to ask you about (and thus, have agonized over preparing for), they won’t
- examiners like to ask hard questions and you are supposed to give good answers to these
None of these observations instill me with much confidence.