1. Ahead of means closer to a destination than or in front of.
My friend arrived first, and was ahead of me in line.
2. Ahead of means before.
You are in a hurry; please go ahead of me.
3. Ahead of can mean more advanced than.
Because he was absent for two weeks, the other students in his class are ahead of him.
4. Phrasal verbs
get ahead (intransitive)—succeed
She has struggled all her life to get ahead.
get ahead of (nonseparable)—advance faster or further than someone else
They are rivals, always competing to get ahead of each other.
go ahead (intransitive)—Do it; begin now
I asked for permission, and they told me to go ahead.
How to Get a PhD
In the sciences
In the sciences, youll spend your postprelim semesters doing lab work, or other field work depending on your field of study. The time will be spent collecting data and performing experiments to move your research forward, to be collected in the dissertation, and probably published in peerreviewed journals.