Welcome to realPhDeal

We are excited to share with you this resource.
It is imperfect and incomplete just like most research projects, but we are publishing it anyway.
Visit us again soon, as we regularly improve old content and add new material. 

By the way, it’s not you, it’s grad school. Everyone else has those same challenges…

Our Mission

To provide clear, direct, substantial, and honest perspective about all aspects of graduate student life

Our Vision

To grow into a comprehensive resource on successfully navigating graduate student life

Our Progress

This resource is always updating as we learn new things, seek advice, and receive your feedback

Articles by Main Author
Guest Contributions
Commitment to excellent content
Elias Nakouzi

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Creator and Author


Understanding particle crystallization, growth, aggregation, and assembly. 

PhD in Physical Chemistry, Florida State University, 2016
MS in Physical Chemistry, American University of Beirut, 2011

BS in Chemistry, Notre Dame University – Louaize, 2009

Blessed with an average sense of humor, Elias toils through society as his gracious friends accommodate his mediocre jokes (including this one). 

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