And Now I Have a Master's Degree

By Kyle Munkittrick | May 20, 2011 9:14 am

Hooray! I now have a Master of Arts degree from New York University. I even got to wear a bright purple robe with strange sleeves, was hooded, and topped it all off with a mortarboard that barely fit on my head.

My degree is from the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought, which means I cobbled together a few disparate fields into my own academic Voltron of study. Critical theory, gender studies, and bioethics comprised the triumvirate of nerdiness out of which I forged my thesis, “Human Enhancement and Our Moral Responsibility to Future Generations.” My advisor was a tremendous resource, educator, and inspiration. Thanks, Greg!

Oh, and I competed in the northern hemisphere’s first ever Threesis competition. The goal: summarize your thesis in three minutes to a lay audience with nothing but a single static keynote slide for visual backup. Not easy, but quite fun.

I had the support of friends and family (my parents and partner in particular) throughout the process. They stood by me while I was pulling all-nighters, living in the library, and deliriously rambling on about Derek Parfit, Jurgen Habermas, and Julian Savulescu.

In true science nerd fashion, I spent the day with the family at the Museum of Natural History looking at the brain (there was an Ethics of Enhancement section!), giant dinosaurs, the stars, and butterflies. A fitting celebration!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Meta, Transhumanism
MORE ABOUT: Bioethics, Graduation

Comments (6)

  1. Chris Winter

    Allow me to be the first (in this forum) to congratulate you!

    I thought of making a snarky comment, but not everyone knows about Doctor Science, a character created by (I think) Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater. (Tag line: “I have a Master’s degree — in science!”)

    Seriously, it’s a fine achievement. Here’s hoping you get to follow up with more.

  2. Robert S-R

    You leveled up! Gratz!

  3. Grant

    Hey! Congrats! Come join me in PhD land! The weather’s real nice.

  4. Congratulations, you are now accepted into the Jedi Council! At least that’s what I gather happens when you become a Master.

    “Kyle Munkittrick from the Bioethics program gives a provocative presentation in support of genetic enhancement.”

    Provocative too? Well done!

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