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The Silicon Jungle by Shumeet Baluja

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-A TALE OF TWO TENURES-

February, 2004.

It is rare for an outsider to see the elaborate processes in place at a university to decide which of the next year’s student candidates are worthy of acceptance. When talking about graduate students, this process takes on monumental importance. At the end of a graduate student’s studies, she is forever a representative of the school. By bestowing that student with a piece of paper declaring her a Ph.D., the academic institution stands behind that person, and professes that the student is now worthy of being a peer to its own best and brightest faculty members. Given the gravity of such an implicit and explicit proclamation, it may be surprising to find that entrance decisions often devolve into games as ...

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