Questions relating to the defense of thesis and the process surrounding it such as the grading system of thesis, who may come to thesis defense, duration of thesis defense session, etc.

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What are the restrictions placed by copyright laws on reuse of figures in dissertation defense?

In some sense this question follows the question: Is it necessary to obtain permissions for copying figures from published articles in your proposal/dissertation? Following F'x's advice and my own ...
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What questions to prepare for PhD defense?

I will soon defend my PhD in social science in Sweden. I want to ask what questions the evaluation committee will ask me during the defense? If they ask me some questions outside my thesis, what ...
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How to ensure committee reads and comments on dissertation draft prior to final examination?

The constructive question is, What practices/strategies could help ensure the committee reads the dissertation? I am wondering if those who already hold a PhD, or advanced graduate students finishing ...
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At what stage in academia are you most likely to suffer a mental breakdown? [closed]

Let's see, just in this week alone I got the news that I have failed four of my midterms (out of five courses in total, the last course doesn't have a midterm), achieving around 40% in each, quite ...
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How would one fail a master thesis defense?

So I have to defend my master thesis in computer science in two weeks. It's in Germany and the thesis is 30 credits. I'm wondering what could make someone fail his defense? In my thesis I mainly ...
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Having a co-author as an external examiner for doctoral thesis defense

I'm a PhD student in Computer Science in the UK. I had co-authored a paper with a Lecturer from another university (not any of my supervisors, just someone's work I'm building upon) in my first year. ...
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How far can one expect a external examiner to travel to be on defence/viva committee?

I'll base the scenario of this question on the PhD thesis defence committee recommendations in place in my university in Ireland. Similar may apply to other countries. A PhD Defence/Viva committee in ...
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When to take questions during a thesis defense?

I am going do do my thesis defense next week. I am not nervous. On the contrary, I am so over-relaxed that my instincts tell me this will cause a problem during my defense. I am not sure when to take ...
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How to greet the audience at the beginning of a PhD defense talk/presentation?

I'll be giving a 30-min public talk as a part of my PhD defense next month. It would be attended by the examination committee (consisting of my advisor and two examiners). I reckon that some ...
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Is it appropriate to mention personal lessons learned in the defense presentation?

I have to defend my master's thesis in the field of computer science in about one week. Of course I will put the main focus of the presentation on the thesis itself, i.e. the research question, the ...
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How important is the thesis document for judges on the day of the thesis defense?

I want to defend my thesis in the computer networking field on master degree . all things are done. And now I want to write my thesis document. Is this document important for judges in the defend day ...
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When should I send thank you letter or email to my thesis committee members?

When is the proper time to send a thank you email to the committee members? After the defense or after getting the certificate confirmation from the registrar office? To me saying thank you after ...
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What makes someone deserving of a Ph.D.?

Few days back while attending a thesis defense, one Professor was asking the defender why does he think, he deserves the degree. I was wondering since then, is there really any general answer for ...
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PhD defence announcement

What information should contain a (A4-sized, landscape-oriented) poster announcing a PhD defence? What idioms, jargon or style is usually used? Could you provide some models or examples?
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How do I answer a question on the ethical implications of my work at PhD viva?

I am defending my PhD thesis soon and have been told to practice some questions that I should expect, one of which is: What are the ethical implications of your work? How should I go about answering ...
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Should I tell my advisor I'm disappointed that he criticized my work for the first time at the defense?

I had two advisors for my master thesis. One, as my first advisor would take the theoretical part to guide me. I have been meeting with my first advisor once every two week and he has been examining ...
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Is it ethical for an instructor to “hack” my system as part of the evaluation for my thesis defense?

Background: I remember when I was still in college here in the Philippines, one of the member of the school thesis committee tries to hack my system by injecting some kind of code (I am not sure but I ...
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Why is a tenure defense talk necessary?

Once a tenure-track professor finishes their initial 6 year evaluatory period, I imagine their publication/teaching/grant record should pretty much speak for itself to a tenure committee. Apparently, ...
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What to wear for a PhD/ MSc thesis defense?

Is it better to wear formal clothes for a PhD or MSc thesis defense or can we wear something as simple as a T-shirt?
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What time of day should I schedule my thesis defense?

With apologies for the attention-grabbing title: of course I am not actually asking you to tell me when I, specifically, should schedule my defense. But I have heard very plausible-sounding rumors ...
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How long does it takes to receive a master graduation document (degree)

Can any body tell me how long after the Master's thesis defense do it take the student to receive their Master graduation document (degree) in Spain, France, UK or USA? I'm asking specifically about ...
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Which role should other graduate students serve in a PhD defense?

In some countries and at certain universities, graduate students are advisory members of the committee during the PhD defense. In other countries like the Netherlands, a PhD defense takes place in ...
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Time short on thesis defense preperation

I was supposed to defend my thesis in another week. But, due to the time schedule of one of the committee members I have to give the defense it tomorrow. My status: Developed a rough defense ...
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Number of slides for 45 minute defense presentation

I have 100 slides but most are light weight with pictures. I am afraid it is too much because I can't get it under 1 hour in my rehearsal. I have noted that some slides take me more time to explain. ...
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What title do you hold after you've defended but before you graduate?

Two friends successfully defended their dissertations yesterday, and many people have congratulated them, calling them Doctor so-and-so. I explained to my wife that they actually don't have that title ...
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Is it appropriate to bring coffee and cookies to a PhD defense?

First of all, I've already asked my adviser about this, but I just want to see what is the overall idea of the community on this. In Mexico it is usually required for the student to do this, but that ...