The new graduate student must select a graduate committee, plan course work, find an original research topic, and design a research plan that ultimately leads to a defensible thesis or series of publishable research articles. Whether a graduate student plans a research career or not, he or she typically must complete an original, independent, analytical study, even though few beginning students know how or where to begin. This process-oriented manual holds the fundamentals students in the sciences need to trek the graduate school path—it is a “backpack” filled with the requirements, tips, warnings, and enough humor to help students make the most of the journey. Flex cover. 2012. ASA, CSSA, and SSSA. Item: B40736. View the Table of Contents (PDF).