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Is it possible for me to seek a Ph.D. position in the future?

Currently, I am a M.S. student in Applied Mathematics division, and I will graduate in the coming Dec, 2014. But I want to apply to a PhD. program to continue my study. But I have a complicated ...
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Quitting PhD upon advisor's suggestion

I am a 2nd-year (starting 3rd year) international PhD student at a top-10 electrical engineering program in the US. I've started this program right after BS without giving it much thought because I ...
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Can we get a PhD in mathematics without publishing?

Do many universities allow students to get a PhD in mathematics without publishing a paper?
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Percentage of PhD's in mathematics with no publications

I have recently read the following statistics in the book "The Survival of a Mathematician: From Tenure to Emeritus" by Steven G. Krantz, which seems a little odd: It is a hard fact that more than ...
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Including own review article in Thesis?

I am currently writing the introduction to my PhD thesis and have one specific doubt about how to include or cite a review article that I have published with jointly with my supervisors. In my ...
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Can someone change PhD supervisor without changing research direction?

Background: My supervisor wants to quit my supervision due to reasons beyond his control. He suggested few colleagues to replace him. My only concern is that I be asked to switch my current research ...
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applying for phd after work experience [on hold]

I have done masters and have work experience of 3 years in the related field, can i still do phd? My grades are not that great. I have passed my masters with 68% can i still do phd?
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How to choose a topic for a PhD in organisational behaviour?

I want to do phd in organisational behaviour. However, I am confused about how to chose a topic. Beyond general strategies for choosing a topic discussed here are there any specific strategies for ...
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Is it normal to have no publications after 2.5 years in a PhD program?

Background: I started my Ph.D two and half years ago in engineering/computer science field. I was pushed by my supervisor into a direction which he thought would be good (He switched directions and he ...
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Publishing at a venue without ACM/IEEE brand?

My PhD Supervisor asked me to submit one of my work at an upcoming International Conference. He is amongst the PC members. I was having a look at its PC members, the Advisory committee etc. It boasts ...
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How to prepare for PhD. Application? [duplicate]

I am currently a first year student at Indian Institute of Science, Education & Research in the 5 year BS -MS Integrated Programme. I would like to do my PhD. in Mathematics, preferably in the ...
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Have applied to, and been rejected from, a number of PhD positions; are they really so difficult to get?

I am a student who graduated with a Master from a German university in April this year, majored in materials science, willing to further pursue a PHD degree in a European university (or possibly a ...
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PHD topic in Differntial equation or discrete mathematics or numerical analysis [closed]

I did my masters in applied mathematics with computing from a reputed university in India. Now I am planning to do my PHD in Australia, New Zealand, or Canada. I have decent GRE and IELTS scores. Now ...
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How should an undergrad student prepare to get into top college for PhD? [duplicate]

I am pursuing computer science engineering and just got into second year. I want to know what all should I do to increase my chances to achieve so. I know that some similar questions exist here but ...
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How important is advisor's supervision for a Ph.D. student to be an independent researcher?

I have seen one extreme of the spectrum, where a person conducts great research without even attending college. For a student to become an independent researcher, how much is on the advisor's shoulder ...
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How to correct a fundamental error in a series of papers made by a colleague of your adviser?

I am a PhD student in mathematics. I recently found a fundamental error in a method used in a series of papers. My adviser confirmed that. One of those wrong papers was authored by a researcher who ...
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27 years old. Working in silicon industry. Considering PhD in Math [closed]

All, I am 27 years old. I am working in the silicon industry. Did my Masters in Electrical Engineering. My personal life has impeded me and got in the way of my decision making in academics. Taking up ...
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Plagiarism-checker to prevent self-plagiarism

I am working on my PhD thesis and have to write a monograph based on my publications. To prevent that I plagiarize myself, I came up with the idea to automatically check my thesis against my ...
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How to come up with research questions that are well-defined and suitable in scope and relatedness for a thesis?

I have decided on the area I want to contribute to, and have found a basic but huge problem for my research. Now my professor told me to redefine the area, so to break the, at the moment, huge area ...
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What are the most important questions to your phd professor after the proposal stage

I am a newbie in the PhD world (just started out). I have just finished my proposal and therefore committed to a problem I want to research and solve. However, my professor does not advise me much. ...
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Is it possible to pursue PhD in different area than master's thesis

I am doing masters in physics. I recently did internship in high energy physics for 2 months. But my institute allows me to do 6 months project only in condensed matter physics. I want to pursue PhD ...
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How to complain about a Ph.D student to a professor

I am a undergraduate student who also work as the systems administrator in the school. I also do research work under a professor. Recently, I had to work on this professor's lab to upgrade the older ...
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PhD four years ago; can I publish a paper from PhD work without my supervisor's name?

I did my PhD 4 years ago. I was not comfortable with my guide but I concentrated on my work, and I successfully completed the PhD. But I published a little work with his name as correspondence author. ...
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What are my obligations towards my adviser after the defense, revisions, and all forms signing is done?

Just few days ago, I completed all requirements for the degree, all is set and done. I am organizing a workshop with my adviser to be held in few months. Right now, we are reviewing the submissions. ...
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What's my chances of getting into a PhD program? [duplicate]

I'm from India and have a bachelor's as well a masters degree in mathematics from a top university in the country. My undergrad GPA is just 7.32/10, which is close to the median in my class but my ...
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Is it possible to get an assistant professor position that does not require doing research?

I know the Lecturer position is a purely teaching role (and can even be obtained with just a Master's degree). However, is the Assistant Professor role necessarily tied with research (or can it also ...
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For a master-degree student, how influential a role do publications play in his phd applications?

I am a prospective student for phd programs in STEM. In my field F of study I have published a paper (unique author) in a journal included in the international F society, a paper (with a classmate of ...
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Teaching two different subjects?

I am a 2nd year Math Major, and I am aiming to recieve a PhD in Mathematics. I love mathematics, but I also have a longing for African American studies. I want to be a college professor, so I was ...
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Weighing worth of PhD in Science or Engineering [closed]

Here is the background. I have an B.S. in math and about 5 years experience as a programmer, and I will complete a Masters in Systems Engineering in my mid 30s. The program does not include a thesis ...
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How to transition from MBA in Finance to PhD in Financial Economics?

I want to pursue a PhD in Financial Economics in USA/Canada. I am a software engineer and going to Canada to pursue an MBA in Finance in September from an average public university. I have studied a ...
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In what countries is it possible to enter a life science PhD program directly after a Bachelor's? [closed]

I would like to know which countries allow admission to a PhD program directly after finishing a Bachelor's (Life Science), without requiring an intervening Master's degree? And if you go directly ...
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What might the editor do if my supervisor contacts a journal to claim authorship of a paper?

When I was doing my PhD project, I got an idea to solve a different but related problem. However, my supervisor said neither the motivation nor the initial result were interesting, and so he refused ...
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Mistake in a PhD thesis

I've just defended my PhD in mathematics and started a postdoc. While working on an improvement of one of the results of my thesis, I realized that there are several minor mistakes and a big bug in a ...
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Masters VS. PhD in I.O. Psychology [closed]

I am an undergrad wanting to pursue an industrial and organizational psychology career. I understand there is a wage gap difference in obtaining a masters/PhD. Yet, I haven't the slightest clue how ...
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How would it look like from reviewers' point of view if one submits off-topic works for application to phd programs?

By a scientific work I mean any work of mine that either belongs to my field or belongs to some related fields of my field. A work that is not a scientific work is called off-topic. Since I ...
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Is there a reason to prefer one country over another for PhD study? [closed]

Suppose a student gets a PhD offer in the field of Theoritical Computer Science from universities in the following countries: China Russia Germany USA Suppose all universities have almost the ...
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What is considered a good GPA for studies in Germany

Coming from a different schooling/grading system, I have very little feeling about what actually is considered a good grade for studies in Germany. Here the passing grades are given in the range of ...
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Advisable to visit other labs?

Is it advisable to do a short (2-3months) visit to a different lab at a different university while doing a PhD? I would think that it would be good for setting up collaborations, but would a PhD ...
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Is it a bad idea to express my personal feelings about the subject when writing email to a professor for PhD application?

I'm looking for PhD positions and I just recently came across an option in Germany. These guys are working on a subject that is very really truly interesting for me. I want to write to the head of the ...
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How to address a doctoral candidate who is ABD (All but Dissertation)? Is “Dr” appropriate?

How does one address a doctoral candidate who completed all his/here requirements except the dissertation? Would they be referred to as Doctor? Or is there another title? In the past, I believe I've ...
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I want to do research but I'm too old for a PHD

I really love research. I started a research project in graduate school for my M.A. in English. My research topic is a very viable and interesting topic for a dissertation. I'll be 60 on my next ...
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After an unsuccessful first PhD position in experimental research, how can I get accepted to another one?

I am a new Phd student (almost one year into the program). I was in theory in the Master's program, and switched to experimental for my PhD. For my study I have to use a programming language, but I ...
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Is it appropriate for a prospective PhD student to contact phd students at a target school?

I am a prospective phd student. I wish to know if it is fine to contact the phd students of my target schools? If answering this question requires more information, please feel free to state that.
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Should you cite somebody's Transfer Report? (Confirmation Report)

Context: At UK universities at least, before progressing from the first year of your PhD (or transferring from an MPhil to a PhD), it is required to write a fairly substantial report detailing the ...
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DOs and DON'Ts about asking PhD info to a Professor via email? [duplicate]

I have serious doubts about how to ask PhD info to a professor, via email. Is there a possibility that a professor don't want to answer me? What I have to avoid to increase the possibility to obtain a ...
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Returning to a different field in academia after industry

After a PhD in Particle Physics with a decent publication count and citations, I went into industry, where I've been for the last 3 years or so. I had several motivations for not continuing in ...
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PhD in Europe without scholarship from non-European homeland

I earned my Bachelor degree from my homeland country in Computer Engineering. I am now studying for Master of Physics in the same university. Next year I plan to move back to the Computer field and ...
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How should I take a potential PhD supervisor's age into account, when planning to follow PhD with habilitation?

I plan to apply for PhD in Finance/Statistics next semester, and I have searched for some potential supervisors. An issue I have is that many are above age 60, and in Germany Professors have to ...
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Undergrad seeking information about PhD/Masters in Economics math requirements

I am currently a Senior undergrad at a small school in the US. I have pretty good grades and have yet to take the GRE. I am a double major in Accounting and Business Management. I love economics (all ...
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Will graduating a semester early hurt applications to grad schools?

I am a math major who will be a senior next year and hope to graduate a semester early for financial reasons. During my semester off, I plan to continue my (mostly trivial) research in algebra and ...