"Conflict over science and issues can be beneficial to productivity and development. Conflict over working styles and personalities can be destructive," says John Baldoni, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, management consultant.
Valentine, scheduled to defend her dissertation in March 2006 at Johns Hopkins University's Department of Physics and Astronomy, shares her graduate school experiences and talks about her preparation for her thesis defense.
"You have to fill in details that a lot of even experts don't think about on a daily basis, and you're pulling together expertise from a number of labs and publications to try and create one unique comprehensive figure." -Graham Johnson
"Students are getting a kind of training that we can't give them at the university. They're learning how to take apart a problem, distill it into its different pieces, and find the real issues." -Arvind Gupta.