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What to write in CV when transferring between schools?

I'm transferring between two PhD programs, same program two different schools. I have done 4 years of study in the first school but have not (and will not) receive any degrees and I need to complete ...
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In a research statement for PhD admissions, should I start with the context, or directly with the idea for my research?

I'm applying for a PhD in engineering and I was asked by the advisor I have chosen to write down a short program (~10 pages) about the "research" I will conduct if I get into the PhD program. The ...
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How long should it take a potential PhD supervisor to evaluate proposal?

I've contacted a potential PhD supervisor last month and gave him my PhD proposal. about a week after that I've got a response from the professor, acknowledging the receipt of my proposal and saying ...
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Details about the eligibility and good universities in US for PhD in Healthcare management [on hold]

yes whatsoever details available to you regarding the Phd admission standards specifically in healthcare management. My Academic details include under graduation in B.sc in Nursing and post graduation ...
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Should I put my résumé on LinkedIn when applying for a PhD?

When I apply to a university for acceptance to their PhD program, I send my résumé with the application. When I want to apply for a job outside of academia, I also send my résumé to them. In both ...
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Should I do a PhD in environmental science? [on hold]

I'm currently completing an MSc in Environmental Science (air pollution focus) and working full time as an air quality consultant. I love my job but I also love research, even though it does not come ...
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Looking for a Postdoc or research job in USA or canada [on hold]

I'm receiving my phd title in machine learning in next months. I have 2 master degrees in signal processing and computer vision. My degrees are from Europe. I have published 12 international ...
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Is it possible to have a PhD advisor from another university?

I am a graduate student, 2nd year, in a STEM field at a US university. I have passed my quals. Is it possible to ask from a Professor who is not at your university to be your advisor? Did anybody ...
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how to get acceptance from a potential supervisor as soon as possible?

I am contacting professors for getting acceptance. I have obtained funding and there is a validity time period for that. I have to manage everything within that validity period or before an interview ...
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Should I do an MBBS before/after taking a doctoral program in neuroscience?

My goal is to become a professor in neuroscience. At the moment I have a master's degree in computer science. During my studies, I did research in neuroscience but from a computational aspect. I ...
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What to do after succeeding in a master's program: Get a PhD from the same university, or go abroad? [closed]

I succeeded in the master's program I attended. I have now two accepted papers, and two more in preparation. I feel the accepted papers are not particularly good but most students in the program do ...
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What to do when haven't heard back from potential supervisor who is moving?

I had contacted a potential supervisor and got a positive response from him. He said that he is interested but he said we should do a skype interview first. He also stated that he is moving to another ...
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Will doing my CS PhD by distance learning make it harder to get a job as a professor?

I've seen very reputable universities such as Georgia Tech and Berkley, to name a few, offering MSc degrees in Computer Science through distance learning. However, I'm not seeing the same distance ...
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What to write in email to potential PhD advisor?

I would like to apply for following PhD studies in the Nordic countries, particularly in the field of Computer Science. The problem that I found is that it says in the admission procedure that "before ...
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Overcoming depression and getting back on rails with PhD work [duplicate]

I'm a first year PhD student (computer science), and I've felt that I lost this year up to now due to some life difficulties. I'm getting no financial support and I was forced to teach to get some ...
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Career change from PhD in hard sciences to finance at a later stage [closed]

Are there good examples of people who changed successfully from PhD in hard science like Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, computer Science to finance later in life (say post 35 age)? (One ...
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Phd application querry for Computer Science [closed]

I am looking forward to apply for a PhD in Advance system and Mobile Technology. I have listed few of the universities. But, I have certain queries before applying. I am working in the field of ...
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Is it appropriate to buy a “thank you” gift for a PhD supervisor?

I am nearing the end of my PhD and I would quite like to buy a "thank you" gift for my supervisor (although, she's the socially awkward type who I'm sure will be greatly embarrassed to receive one). ...
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Why dissertation has no score in GPA in United States?

I saw the PhD transcript of a colleague graduated from a US university. There was no score for the dissertation, just stated Pass with no effect on the cumulative GPA. Is it common? How the ...
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Is it possible to restart a PhD due to issues with supervisor (and should I do it)?

I am a PhD student in Europe and I am in the state of permanent crisis because of my PhD supervisor. He is a very nice person, who is very active with public engagement, very successful at grant ...
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Chair of my committee keep adding and changing ideas

I am trying to defend my proposal and I have a very inefficient professor as the chair of my committee. He keep adding and changing ideas consistently. I get the feeling that he doesn't really know ...
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Proper person and number for dissertation - “I,” “we,” “this research,” etc [duplicate]

In my field (political science) it's standard for journal articles, even solo-authored ones, to use the first-person plural. "We compare...", "we found that..." In program evaluation (where I do some ...
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Finding a field of interest for my PhD

I'm a fifth year pure mathematics student and after this year I should get a Master degree (I'm from Europe). As you might know, this should be the time I decide (or at least seriously start thinking ...
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Confidentiality of thesis data: PhD with industrial partner

In the field of Mechanical Engineering, when doing a PhD in a University but in partnership with a company, generally, an agreement is signed between the company and the university in which the ...
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Will getting a PhD close doors for working as a software developer?

I am trying to decide whether I should continue with a PhD (in a field closely related to computer science) after my MS. I will be finishing my MS soon and have an opportunity to continue for a PhD. ...
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Is it advisable to apply to more than one PhD program?

Is it good to apply for more than one PhD program and accept ( the best case, obviously ) the most interesting/best paid/best outlooks one?
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How long to wait for an optimal/good PhD thesis/program, should settle for less exciting topics?

When I started applying for Phd programs I had big dreams and goals on working on certain topics and spending lots of time in the field. I also had in mind some location and universities but I was ...
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Is it normal for an advisor to expect >80 hour workweeks from PhD students, and threaten them with dismissal?

My advisor always keeps pointing out that I should have publications and I should keep working and stuff like that. Recently he's been saying that not all student will finish Ph.D. and you should be ...
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Do we actually need more PhDs?

A few months ago I attended a panel discussion on non-academic future careers for physics PhDs. The panel was made up of two senior physicists, a science communicator and freelance journalist, and a ...
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How do I find the standing of a journal or conference for an academic CV?

I'm writing an academic CV for a PhD application and they have asked for the standing of journals or conferences of published articles. Research publications Include articles published or ...
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A potential PhD supervisor declined to accept me as a student; can I ask a second time?

I found a relevant PhD supervisor who refused to supervise my PhD project by saying that he has no open position in his research group. Is it OK to mail him again and request to accept me as a ...
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What should be emphasised in a statement of purpose when applying for STEM PhD programs in the United States?

This question might be more suitable for they who are or were application reviewers of STEM ph.D. programs in U.S. universities. I want to know what kinds of s.o.p. do catch reviewers' attention? ...
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Second masters degree or PhD? [duplicate]

So this year I'm finishing my masters degree in Security of Information Systems, in a third world country University (best in my country but still) , and I might have a chance at a fully funded ...
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How do international PhD students typically obtain health insurance in the United States?

Could anyone kindly provide me with information about how PhD international students can be covered by health insurance in the US? : Is it often granted by the University? How much does it cost, ...
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Undergraduate research in mathematics

I am a European student applying for a PhD in mathematics in the US. Browsing the internet, I have come across quite a lot of American PhD applicants claiming that they have several years of research ...
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Practical strategies for increasing one's passion and excitement about research?

I am a second year PhD student in computer science. I see other students craving to find new problems, read papers and it's like they are enjoying it and when they find a problem, they spend endless ...
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how do I get in to political science Masters/Phd in a decent university with bad grades but good work experience? [duplicate]

I am from India. I have MBA degree with 2.5 GPA and my high school and college grades also not good either. This is largely because of my disinterest in the subjects I studied rather than pursuing my ...
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PhD outside of Germany after a Master's from a German Fachhochschule

Can I go for Phd in USA, Canada, Australia or any other European country with my master's degree from a German Fachhochschule? I am planning to work for two years as a lecturer and researcher in my ...
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Recommendation Letter from a non-PhD referee

I am applying for a PhD program and I am in the process of choosing people for recommendation letters. Being someone in the final year of master's program (and not been involved with many people in ...
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Can a 3 years PhD make an independent researcher ? Or how many post-docs after PhD to be an independent researcher? [duplicate]

I am doing research more than 3 years. I was admitted in a 3 years program, now in the last months of the program. I fell I have a long way in the field to be an independent researcher. But most of ...
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verbal agreement to convert masters to PhD but reconsidering

I am currently doing a Masters of Philosophy, with my key interests being ecology and evolution. When I enrolled earlier this year, I had an agreement with my professor that I would continue to a ...
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Is a PhD right for you if you hate doing research in your free time but love doing it as a job?

Say for example you are a new PhD student and realize that you hate doing research in your free time but you are more than willing to spend several hours in the morning to do research. Was your ...
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Mentioning placement offer in a curriculum vitae?

I have been offered an engineering position from a reputed multinational corporation working broadly in Communications and Microprocessors. Meanwhile I am applying for a MS/PhD position in a different ...
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What skills can I get during a PhD to be competitive on the job market against non-PhD holders?

Earning a PhD help you learn tools and techniques in your field, and lets you become an expert in a very specific field of science. However, once you get your degree and try to enter the labor market, ...
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Submission of corrected PhD thesis [closed]

I had successfully defended my PhD thesis on 15 April and was given up to 6 months to submitted my corrected thesis for review by one member of the panel. Since the submission of the corrected thesis ...
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Knowledge required for PhD

I am a senior undergraduate computer science student from a 250-300 ranked university. I am planning on contacting a professor to ask for supervision but my knowledge of the topic is fairly limited ...
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Possibility of doing PhD in astronomy with only masters in CS

I have a masters degree in Computer Science & Engineering (and currently employed in s/w industry in India), but have no degree in physics. For long, I've been interested in doing research in ...
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What incentives do professors have to increase the PhD completion rate in their department?

In other words: How do professors profit if a larger (rather than smaller) proportion of entering PhD students in their department complete their degree? (At my department at least, it seems ...
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Is teaching a graduate course with 30 students an unreasonable expectation for a PhD student with a TA contract?

I am a PhD student in a social science field, and am on a teaching assistantship. My contract stipulates that TAs are to work no more than an average of 15 hours per week. For my particular ...
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Discussion with Professor before starting PhD [duplicate]

I will start my PhD (Computer Engineering) next month at the same lab for my MS in Korea. I wonder that What should I ask/discuss with my Professor before starting PhD life? Could it be the support ...