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I am a student of high potential but not great on paper, how should I go about transferring to a university more at my level?

I am currently in my first year of a general mathematics PhD program at a state university that isn't rated particularly high. As far my classes go, I put in little to no effort towards them and ...
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phd programm in cognitive science (autism) [on hold]

Could you please recommend me a phd program (or a professor) focused on neuro and cognitive studies of autism? I am completing my bachelor in special psychology (focused on autism) and plan to take a ...
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Apart from GRE and TOEFL scores, do I need anything else to get admitted to PhD in US? [duplicate]

I will be completing my M.S by research in India by June 2015. I'm planning to give GRE and TOEFL in August 2015. Apart from academic qualification, GRE and TOEFL do I need any publications or ...
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PhD theses in mathematics with no “big” results or no results at all

I've recently come across a math PhD thesis of a student from a prestigious US university in which he just computationally checked, up to a certain bound, a conjecture, without coming up with any new ...
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Economics PhD: Brown or LSE? [on hold]

In Economics, Brown is a smaller department (37 professors), with more focus on Microeconometrics and Development, while LSE is larger (76 professors). Both have similar retrospect in job market ...
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Hypothesis formulation [on hold]

Can hypothesis for doctoral dissertation be formulated as "to demonstrate that approach X can be used effeciently/successfully to model Y"? I'm trying to use novel approach X that has been rarely ...
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Does having a more successful professor write your letter of recommendation improve your chances of having your application accepted?

My question is about academic careers of a professor who would want to write a recommendation letter for someone. Some professors in my university have better academic career than others, for example ...
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Meeting with professors in other universities

I am a second year PhD student. I am still in the process of finding a research topic. I have a couple research ideas at early stages with two different professors. I will be in another country for ...
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Humanities - taking a year off between PhD completion and academic job

I am a PhD candidate in literature, finishing my degree in August. Due to a combination of factors, I did not line anything (academic) up for the coming academic year. However, I will be spending that ...
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Speech disabilites for PhD admission for international applicants

One of my Iranian friends wants to apply for a PhD program in computer science to a US university. He can't speak fluently even in our native language at all, but in the other side he has a relatively ...
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Is doing a PhD a good way to develop a deeper understanding of quantitative finance and statistics? [duplicate]

I work in business and mainly deal with quant finance and statistics + do a lot of programming to implement ideas from quant finance and statistics. I have a master of science in economics. My ...
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Does it make sense to get a PhD if a person does not want to be in academia and prefers to stay in business?

I am working in a highly technical field (quantitative finance/ statistical analysis) for a private company with a Master of Science degree in economics. Does it make sense to get a PhD (in ...
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Remote PhD Using My MSc University's Lab

I am currently pursuing my MSc in Applied Engineering, concentrating in Mechatronics and conducting research in cloud-based heterogeneous robotics. My current university does not have a PhD program ...
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PhD Programs in Europe [on hold]

Can anyone offer advice on finding good archaeology PhD programs in Europe? I am leaning towards France because my french language skills are strongest, but would consider other options. I am looking ...
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Publication a prerequisite for PhD Programs

I'm completing a master's in history (one year in), and am beginning to look at possible PhD programs. I have noted in a lot of forums that it looks really good if you have one (or several) ...
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Under what circumstances can the university council withhold Ph.D. degree?

This a case 28 years ago where the defense committee approved the dissertation and recommended granting the degree. The department council and the college council both approved granting the Doctoral ...
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Query regarding PhD with full time job [closed]

I am planning to do PhD while continuing my full time job. I saw your response for on how you did the same. I would like to speak with you when you have 5 to 10 mins free time. Could you pls suggest ...
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PhD student, issued contract at year 3 which will sign over intellectual property. Is it legal?

I'm EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, the biggest UK funding source in the sciences and engineering) funded. Several months into my PhD an industrial sponsor came along. In ...
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When writing an email asking for PhD positions/projects

I've recently finished in Masters in Neuroscience in Germany ( & bachelors in pharmacy), and I'm trying to find a PhD position in European countries like Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, etc. In most ...
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What is the reason that some departments do not allow PhD students to be instructors on record?

It is common that PhD students have teaching duties as TA. In this case, the person ultimately for the course (the instructor on record) is a faculty member. I should note that I am talking only about ...
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Are US PhD admission offers binding?

So I have just accepted (via some online function on the website) an offer of PhD admission into a prestigious US university. I have also been in telephonic and email contact with staff at this ...
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Decision: accept low PhD offer or reject and wait? [closed]

I have a PhD offer from a low university. The Professor has good publications, but his doctoral students and the university students are really low qualified. For example, the students have no IT nor ...
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How to prepare for long-term dissertation fieldwork?

I am a PhD student in the social sciences at an American university. I have completed coursework, my prospectus, qualifying exams, and teaching. I am about to leave for one year of dissertation ...
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Possible for ABD (all but dissertation) to return?

Can an ABD (all but dissertation) return to the university to redo the dissertation? If yes, how do they proceed?
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How to pick a PhD topic? [duplicate]

I have been offered an opportunity for a part time PhD in Computer Science. I have had brief conversation with the person that would be my advisor. He has suggested that I start to think of a ...
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How PhD classes are different from undergraduate?

PhD program is new in our department, and first experience of the faculty members and department head. Our PhD classes are exactly like undergraduate classes: monologue lecture, strict attendance ...
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I might not get any PhD offers this year. I would like to apply again , what can I do to maximize chances [duplicate]

I am a mathematics undergraduate. I would like to get into a top 10 PhD school and might not do so this year. I would like to apply again and want to do what whatever is necessary to maximize my ...
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Will working after bachelors reduce my chances of getting into a PhD program?

I am an 'overseas' student in a university, currently pursuing a bachelor's degree. Although I am really interested in signing up for graduate school, I am bonded to work for at least three years as ...
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How do I know if I am ready to apply for a PhD (In terms of the dissertation topic)?

In terms of the dissertation topic and not the readiness for the level of studies, how do I know if I am ready to apply for a PhD? Facts about moi: 1/4 I am currently a masteral student of ...
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How to turn down an offer if you aren't sure where you're going yet?

I'm a PhD applicant. I recently got an offer from a school I will not be attending. The Professor that I spoke to politely asked that, if possible, I give an answer as soon I know if I'm attending ...
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European MSc vs MEng in CS when applying for PhD in the US?

I've read other questions regarding MEng vs MSc when applying for PhD in the US. However, those questions were from people studying at US universities, and I have a question about transition from ...
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Does getting an offer from a U.S. phd program earlier than normal mean getting a relatively better offer?

As I browse the Internet, I observe that a U.S. phd program may send its offers to the applicants at different time points. However, does this difference imply the difference in favor? I mean, does ...
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Should I quit my PhD - workload, self-esteem and social life [closed]

I don't really want a degree. I just want to get married, and have weekends and evenings off, and chill out and play board games, and have nice conversations with friends, and have time to exercise ...
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Research Questions / Hypotheses for an Engineering (CS) Thesis

I am writing a PhD proposal on a solution to an AI problem that hasn't been solved before (although there's related research). I am having trouble determining what kind of research questions / ...
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is it possible to apply for a phD program in chemical (or biochemical) engineering having a phD in neuroscience [duplicate]

I have a phD in neuroscience and I would be interested in looking for another pHD program in chemical (or biochemical) engineering. I was wondering which kind of requirements are necessary for a ...
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Second phd in top rank university but online. [duplicate]

Folks, I have received my phd from a university ranked 60 in usnews and had one year of post doc work after. Right now I am a non tenure track teaching professor at a wellknown university. Eversince I ...
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Masters before Math PHD? [duplicate]

I'm currently finishing up my last year of study as an undergraduate mathematics major at a top 2 public school. I've been interested in getting a phD in mathematics for some time now, but my GPA and ...
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PhDs in the arts - what exactly do they do?

I met someone who was doing a PhD in dance. What exactly do those people do? Do they do research in dance? Conduct experiments in dance? Prove theorems about dance? Do they become dance ...
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Dress code for Thesis Discussion [duplicate]

Is there something like a "standard dress code" for a Ph.D thesis discussion? And, if there is - how important is it? Obviously, one should not (I think) dress too casually, but I do not know what is ...
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Is it unethical to enroll in a low-ranked institution with the intention of switching to a better one if possible?

I am an international student who has been admitted at a low ranked institute in the US. I also have an offer from an institute in my own country to do a Masters'. I ultimately want to get admitted at ...
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Is it acceptable to list unpublished papers in a PhD application for computer science?

I have a couple of papers that are works in progress or in the submission process. Can I list under my publications list (and clarify they are not yet published but on the road to it)?
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What to do when a recommender for an already-submitted PhD admissions application suddenly goes AWOL? [duplicate]

What does an applicant for admissions in a PhD program do if a recommender put down on an already-submitted application suddenly goes AWOL and does not submit his letter of recommendation? Would a ...
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Distinct Research questions in Phd research proposal?

I am preparing my Phd research proposal. In "Research Aims / Questions" section, I have proposed two distinct research questions which are from the same narrowed down field but divert a little bit. ...
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Opportunities in theoretical computer science [closed]

I am currently doing MS in Natural Sciences, is there a way I can get into research about Complexity theory. A phD might be difficult but are there any chances of a research intern so I can build my ...
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Frequency of appointments with Ph.D. supervisor

I am a recent PhD student. My advisor is really a very nice, kind, and open-minded guy. He is always open to discuss about subjects of my interest. As I am almost at the half of my first year, my ...
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Indecision between PhD and industry

First a little bit of background. I am a graduate student (Bachelor) that will finish the Master degree in june or july at most. I am working on my thesis at my university with a professor that I ...
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How to handle pressure from collaborators when life circumstances make it impossible to get work done?

I am looking for a bit of advice on how to handle the workload in a PhD while juggling several collaborative projects plus family pressures. I am in the final year of my PhD which, overall, has been ...
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Thesis project outside of advisor's expertise

I'm working on a project outside of my advisor's experise. He doesn't have background in this area (he's not familiar with both the big picture nor the basic detail). For example, it's a machine ...
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PhD Email and Deadlines in the US

I was considering writing Emails to professors in US universities regarding PhD opportunities at their departments, however I noticed there is a formal PhD application with deadlines in December to ...
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Which is better: writing a traditional cover letter or an “actual” letter?

I will be soon applying to the department of computer science of numerous top universities for PhD studentship soon. There is a single question in my mind; wheter to write a cover letter or an actual ...