Mianzhi Wang, a graduate of a doctoral program in electrical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis has created an old-school text-style simulator for the graduate school experience. Make wise choices, and you can indeed graduate. While the engineering aspect of the creator’s experience tends to emphasize conference papers more than was prevalent in my own biomedical PhD, it’s not that far off. Getting my simulated PhD took a bit longer though than my real life one (not that much longer, unfortunately). Try it for yourself at the link below:

PhD Simulator

Screenshot of PhD Simulator text based game



David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.