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Should You Get a PhD ... Or Just Say That You Did?

In his Omics! Omics! blog, Keith Robison comments on the resignation of Marilee Jones, the MIT admissions director who left her post after nearly 30 years in the department when it came to light that she had claimed to have earned degrees when she in fact never did.

(Genome Technology magazine readers may remember that in a recent career column, one recruiter warned that lying about degrees was one of the most common mistakes people make on their CVs.)

While he makes it clear that he doesn't support the lies, Robison points out that Jones was "recognized as a leader in her field" and says that, in his view, "one mark of an intelligent organization is an ability to look beyond paper qualifications and look at real achievement."

 

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