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How crucial statement of purpose for PhD applications is for the first few top schools in the US?

According to this MIT statement of purpose guideline, statement of purpose seems truly matter. Nevertheless, some may argue that for the top schools like MIT in the US, statement of purpose is a thing ...
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Should an editor ask his own graduate (PhD) students to review papers in his journal?

If a professor is an editor of a journal, then should he ask his graduate students (PhD) to review articles? What do you think, good or bad on what points? Different from "Is it common to review ...
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What do one have to feel after quitting PhD after 4years? [on hold]

I worked for my PhD for years. Till 3 years, I was fine with my progress. But suddenly my progress dropped. Guides told me to quit, since they don't want me to stay for more time(funding issues). Now ...
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Profile for PhD in Theoretical Computer Science [on hold]

I am a under graduate student in Mathematics in one of the prestigious institutes in my country. When I was in my Sophomore years I came across the profile of a PhD candidate which was quite ...
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PhD admissions - Contacting multiple profs from the same university

Presently, I am writing to potential PhD guides in US universities. There are two professors from the same department who work on topics that cannot be considered closely related, but I would be happy ...
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When applying for a PhD is it worth mentioning awards received for achievement in final year high school exams?

I am in the process of applying for a PhD at the univerity where I am currently completing my undergraduate. The application has a section for awards. I don't have anything to show for my time as a ...
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How can one differentiate between Dr. (PhD) and Dr. (MD)?

Reading the question posted here left me with a more general question: Given the professional title and name: Dr. (First Name)(Last Name), is there some way to differentiate between the holder of a ...
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How should someone with a German PhD be addressed in the UK?

This question has been discussed several times but there doesn't seem to be a clear answer for my particular situation. I have a Dr.rer.nat from Germany but currently I am working for an institute in ...
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How likely is it that PhD application is not reviewed by professors if TOEFL minimum isn't met?

I am applying to doctoral programs and I have a worry about the application. Since I found that my TOEFL score does not meet the minimal requirement set by a school that I am applying to, I am ...
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Advice for stats phd applicant: Ways to overcome an imperfect GPA [on hold]

For those of you familiar with admissions criteria for phd programs in statistics, what are some ways to overcome an imperfect GPA? (I've included below my own background, in case someone wants to ...
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What are the chances of admission to a PhD in the UK with a low GPA? Can other things compensate? [on hold]

How much does GPA weight in the admission process and can a low GPA be compensated by other factors such as: - years of research experience - publications in the submitted/review stage at the time of ...
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Do any academic institutions publish objective surveys of alumni satisfaction?

Having seen some questions asking about the costs/risks/benefits of doing a PhD I wonder if any academic teaching organisations actually contact their students after graduation and seek structured ...
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What is minimum GPA for getting PhD in Germany?

I'm in the last year of my MSc in computer engineering and I want to apply for a PhD in Germany. I have a reasonable resume and have a published paper and my master GPA is 16.5/20, but my bachelor GPA ...
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If I don't participate in research in first couple of years of PhD , how much am I losing?

I completed my MS in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and was planning to do an PhD in Operations Research. But after first few weeks in program , I decided it was not what I wanted to do in long term ...
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Is there a single academic database for Management Information System /Decision Support System area?

Until now, I have been gathering literature rather primitively (I think) by regularly searching with related keywords in Google, Google Scholar, and also some of the university resources like - ...
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Survey Questionnaire design - What are the alternatives to Likert scale in measuring attitudes? [migrated]

I work in Social Science Research (Management) In my school, Likert Scale is extensively used to measure attitudes.(Strongly disagree to Strongly agree). So, I kind of assumed that it's an absolute ...
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Saying that you will do something in the near future in CV and statement of purpose when applying for grad school.

I am applying for PhD and In my statement of purpose I said that I have submitted a paper for a certain conference and that I will submit another one to a top conference once I have completed doing ...
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How can I study PhD in business after masters in physics?

I got master in Physics and now I am thinking to continue for PhD in marketing, business or Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Is it possible to switch for Phd? How can I do that and how should I ...
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Computational geometry or pattern recognition for a specialization in robotics? [closed]

My background: I am currently doing MS in computer science, I am planning to do Ph.D. in Robotics, I have decided thesis track for my M.S., so it will help for my Ph.D. admission. My question: I ...
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Do U.S. PhD students who engage in research during summer or intersession breaks get vacation time?

When a PhD program in the United States like this states that students are expected to engage in full-time research during the summer months and the January intersession in addition to their regular ...
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Where can I register for a cheap or free online or distance Ph.D. program?

Is it possible do to an online or distance Ph.D. program at all? If so, are there ones that are cheap or free?
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Working Experiences Sections in application systems of doctoral programs?

I am applying to doctoral programs and I am not sure if it is necessary to fill out the sections for working experiences. The problem is that I have been always a full-time student up to now and, ...
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How and where can I seek help regarding research outside of my university?

I'm so glad to finally have found this avenue where I can seek some advice related to my Phd. I wonder why it took me so long to stumble on this. Let me give a brief of my situation: I'm a Phd ...
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How to answer a professor asking “what your masters work is about?” when my thesis is not in English?

I have contacted a professor, looking for a PhD position. He replied that my field is so near to his research field, and to consider my application; he needs to know more about my masters thesis. ...
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What are the expectations for a Ph.D. candidate in Scandinavia in particular?

I am willing to pursue a PhD degree in Northern Europe (mostly in Scandinavia). So, I take advice from differen professors of my university. The exact question I asked was: I want to complete my ...
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Prepare presentation for Phd Interview in Germany

I have been invited to the second round of interviews for a PhD position in a research programme in Informatics. I haven't submitted any research proposal, but now I have 2 and a half days to prepare ...
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How to make leaving a PhD program seem like a positive thing on a resume [duplicate]

I have a feeling this question has been posted before, but I wanted to ask as my situation is slightly different. I've recently decided to leave my PhD program in the social sciences in order to look ...
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Is it usual for a PhD thesis to have two distinct subjects?

In my PhD studies I have slipped off my original track of research. This was also caused by the fact that I found out that my work can be generalized to a broader scope. It is not so bad, during this ...
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How to know whether my PhD advisor knows the area of research?

Ok here is the situation: My advisor gave me a paper about new model X. After reading and researching in X, I became very familiar with X and had many interesting ideas to extend its capabilities. ...
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How to get the best of the last half of a PhD?

I'm a PhD student in Physics with one year and a half to go. My project is at the border between physics and computer science (I am developing a new method to analyse materials). I'm fascinated by ...
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Would adding anecdotes in statement of purpose be necessary?

I am applying to phd programs in the US. In preparing for the statement of purpose, I consulted some native speakers. I was suggested to add some anecdotes in my statement. Nevertheless, after a ...
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What are the potential pitfalls of having a PhD in machine learning particularly?

This is a follow up question from this one. From what I read in that question I understood that in most cases the PhD is not a good idea to grow a good career in the industry. However I contacted ...
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Resume writing guideline for applying a PhD position

I've been working a Software Engineer for almost 7 years. A few months ago I finalized my Master's degree on Computer Science, and now I'm thinking in applying to a Phd program in a European College. ...
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Do I have a chance of getting into a math PhD program? [closed]

I am a pure math major, female. My school is considered one of the top 10 schools both worldwide and in USA in math. Here is a little about me. I moved to USA 6 years ago, studied in a community ...
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Is rejection the default decision for international applicants to PhD programs in the US?

I am applying to PhD programs in the US. I am wondering if there is a default decision imposed on international applicants. This question may sound ridiculous, but, I still ask here because I have ...
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Is it suitable to merge the certificate of being a presenter into the paper presented at the conference? [closed]

I am not sure how to deal with a paper of mine presented at a conference and the corresponding proof of being a presenter. Since the conference does not have an English agenda nor an English post, I ...
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What tone to use when talking about oneself in statement of purpose?

In what manner should one speak in her statement of purpose for phd applications? Should she speak factually or slightly overly self-praising?
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Should I avoid using footnotes in a statement of purpose?

I intend to use some footnotes (in a restricted manner) in my statement of purpose for PhD applications, but I am not sure if doing so is suitable. Though I cannot see any reason against doing so, ...
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Does it look bad to have more letters of recommendation from undergrad than masters professors in PhD admissions?

I did my undergrad at university A, and my masters at university B. I am now applying to university C which requires 3 letters of recommendation. Naturally, my thesis advisor is one of them. I also ...
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Is it wise to use the paper reference numbers defined in CV in statement of purpose?

If in my CV I assign to each paper of mine exactly one number, say [1] On ...; [2] On ..., and if I want to introduce my works in my statement of purpose, then is it wise to use these paper reference ...
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What is the best way to appeal an unfair qualifier exam decision?

Recently, I took the PhD qualifier exams for my department. In my dept. there are 3 exams, each covering a subfield (say subfield A, B, and C). First you are given an hour to work through several ...
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Is a second PhD ever necessary? [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate student. I used to think that a PhD certifies a person as an expert in a specific topic of a specific field. I've now been told that while that's true, a PhD most importantly ...
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What is the most common route to becoming a lecturer?

I've recently been talking to a PhD graduate who passed her viva last year in Computing. She has been unemployed since and when I asked why not go into lecturing at the university. She then mentioned ...
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Does a few years work in-between study hurt Physics PhD application to a top 20 US school?

All things being equal how would a good US graduate physics admissions weigh these paths. Scenario 1: 4 year Bachelor of Science. And then direct application to graduate school. Scenario 2: 4 year ...
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Does a PhD application decision letter give the reasons for the decision? Why or why not?

Out of curiosity, I am wondering if a PhD application decision letter gives the reasons for the decision? If yes, why? If not, why?
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How should I choose the name of my past degree in application when the options do not not exactly match my degree?

I am applying for PhD for a certain university (Canadian), and in the form there is a question about the academic background. In the options I see things like Bachelor of engineering, bachelor of ...
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What is the acceptable similarity in a mathematics PhD dissertation when checking by Turnitin?

I have checked the originality of my PhD thesis in mathematics using Turnitin. The similarity was 31%. Is this percentage acceptable by most committees?
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How to find out whether a PhD dissertation is ready to submit?

How one may know that his/her work is good and enough for getting PhD? Does it depend on the number of words, pages, number of published paper or some things else?
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Can I get a job while still applying for a scholarship for PhD studies?

I'm interested in a Ph.D. program in Switzerland. I know that all Ph.D. students can apply for scholarships, and it is very possible to get it. I am wondering if, meanwhile I could find myself an ...
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Can I have a PhD in mathematics or physics after having a bachelor degree in medicine?

Can I have a PhD in mathematics or physics after having a bachelor degree in medicine provided that I score high in GRE physics or math? I have had zero coursework in math or physics but I am not ...