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Invitation to Phd Position interview at a German (small) University in Physics

I am invited to an interview at a physics work group in small German University. The professor secretary told me, that she is going to reimburse the travel fee. I was told by some friends that they ...
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Two years into my PhD program, and Mom is dying of cancer. Should I tell my advisor about it?

I just finished my 2nd year of PhD, and my mom has been dying of cancer since the end of my 1st year. She nearly died in January but thankfully pulled through. She was just diagnosed again a few weeks ...
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The university does not want me to include my advisor's name on my PhD dissertation [on hold]

My advisor is leaving academia and I will graduating and writing a dissertation on the work that I have done in his lab under his supervision. I have no problem to include him on my dissertation but ...
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Ask for funding before or after applying

I finished my master in computer science about 2 years ago... And I just started to apply for PhD... I have received a prompt reply to one of my email and I really don't know what should I do!? here ...
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Is there any field in which applicants to PhD programs (in any part of the world) usually have publications?

We get occasional questions here from people who are applying to PhD programs, and are worried because they have no publications. This is puzzling to me, because most of my friends in PhD programs did ...
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Is being somewhat unhappy with my research topic a valid reason to change PhD programs (losing a year in the process)?

I am currently in the 5th month of the 6 month probation period before starting a PhD at a very good university in the London. I chose this position over another one in Germany. I'm afraid the reason ...
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About to choose research topic [on hold]

I am a phD student joined very recently. I am too confuse to choose my research topic. Whenever I thought any specific problem I found that there are so many research paper already published regarding ...
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What is a “good” PhD dropout rate, and how would we know?

In a few questions/answers on here (e.g., here), passing reference has been made to the difficulty of determining a good/acceptable/healthy dropout rate for a PhD program. However, I haven't seen any ...
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How can a PhD student who passionately hates his project judge whether to keep going, switch projects, or drop out? [on hold]

I hate my work. I hate it with a passion and it is making me miserable. Getting out of bed in the morning is possibly the hardest thing that I do every day. I know people say that this is just a ...
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Is there any advantage or disadvantage in completing MS first vs. direct admission into PhD from undergraduate? [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student (civil engineering), and I am considering two options that are available to me: Direction admission into a PhD from undergraduate studies First complete an MS and ...
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About dual degree [on hold]

I am pursuing Ph.D from Andhra university since Jan 2015 in chemistry as extramural candidate .Now I want to study MSc Bioinformatics from Bharthier univerty through distance education.Is it ...
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Is Ph.D. the right choice for me? [on hold]

I am a fresh MSc graduate and now I have to decide what to do in my life. I've always thought taking a Ph.D. but during my MSc thesis many doubts came in my mind. The topic of my thesis was quite ...
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Returning to academia for PhD after three years in industry with little relevance to possible thesis topic [on hold]

How hard will it be? How should I approach it? Should I take time to brush up my subject? How should I frame my SoP/Resume?
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How to get a scholarship for PhD?

I have a master degree in Management with extensive work experience. Now, I wish to continue my education, but cannot afford it without a proper scholarship. As I see, many people have good ...
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Can I change from a PhD to a Masters program before my first semester starts in the same school?

I'm an international student and I'm starting my Ph.D. in Computer Science in an American university this Fall 2015. I didn't get any sort of funding in my first semester and my supervisor told me ...
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Is it alright to reapply to a PhD program you got rejected from if you work on your application? [duplicate]

The main weakness in my application was my weak research experience in the field I applied to. Say I got two new writing samples and greatly improved my research experience. Would it be acceptable for ...
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GRE general and subjective ( edited ) [closed]

I am a Master's student in Mathematics @ IIT-Bombay, India (currently in my 2nd year). I am appearing for GRE (both general and Subjective). For GRE (general), this is what I have done so far: I ...
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Taking courses beyond requirements in a Ph.D. program

As I'm starting to look to put together my plan of study, a question popped into my mind: are there, generally speaking, rules against taking additional courses beyond what is required for a Ph.D., or ...
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Can PhD students do summer internship or work part time in US [closed]

I am a PhD student in a engineering discipline in US. My advisor has no funding and I have to be TA in Fall, Winter and spring quarters.I would like to know do you guys know would that be OK if I work ...
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Can PhD students transfer from one campus to another campus of the same University system? [closed]

I've been enrolled in PhD in Computer Science at University of Illinois Chicago for Fall 2015, but I'm thinking of transferring to University of Illinois Urbana Champaign due to it's higher ...
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Can I get masters and PhD in CSE in USA? [duplicate]

I am a student of physics at graduation level.I want to Masters and PHD in CSE in USA. can it possible?
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How to leave graduate school without pain

I am an international student in one of the top universities in Canada. The graduate admission in Canadian university is a little bit different from other countries; if you want to pursue Phd, you ...
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How to address Phd dissertation committee members in email?

I am in the process of notifying my PhD dissertation committee (already formed)on the proposal exam. I would like to send an email to all of them and now I am confused as to how to address them. ...
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EPSRC Industrial CASE Award Funding (I-Case) Computer Ownership [closed]

I am an Engineering I-Case student. I have funding from EPSRC that is topped up by an industrial partner. Some of this funding was used to purchase a computer. There is some discussion regarding ...
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Will it improve my PhD applications if I take a gap year to work on research?

I was a philosophy major who took a bunch of graduate-level classes in linguistics and I wanted to apply to PhD programs in linguistics (in the United States). I had a writing sample in the philosophy ...
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First meeting with my PhD supervisor [closed]

In my country, the graduate school and department assign you to a supervisor based on your research and specialization. After admission, you are expected to formally meet your supervisor. I never ...
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Ousted from PhD by mentor resulting in bad reference [closed]

I am writing about my close friend's serious problem, looking for advice on how to understand and improve the situation. My friend was pursuing his PhD in Israel and things seemed to progress ...
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Should I wait to upskill myself or contact professor about the PhD opening asap?

I'm completing my Masters in Artificial intelligence. My thesis is about the social robotics and cognitive sciences. However, During my Masters, I've self-studied a little about big data and machine ...
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How can I email a CS professor looking for Phd. students? [duplicate]

This year I will submit about 16 aplications to different universities for graduate studies at the US. However, I found that there are new professors looking for Phd. students. So as a foregin student ...
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Losing my TA-ship, need advice [closed]

I am a third year student in a U.S. university and for the past two years I was funded by dept. TA-ship. The new semester is coming but I have not got the TA-ship. I contacted my advisor for help and ...
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Contacting Potential PhD Supervisor: Including grades

I am starting to contact potential supervisors to do a PhD and I am wondering whether (and how) I should include my grades while contacting them. I am in the UK so there is no GPA standard (there is a ...
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Does a PhD improve job prospects in the Aerospace Industry?

I am not even in college yet, but I am trying to get a picture of the relation between academic study and the industry. With the eventual goal of working in the defence or aerospace industry, I've ...
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Should I omit my master's supervisor from Referees list in PhD Application? [duplicate]

I've finished my masters thesis and waiting for results. Meanwhile, I've started searching for PhD position. and I find out one of the requirement of one to three referee contacts, one of them ...
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Activities for welcome event for incoming PhD students?

My department is planning an event (2-3 hours) welcoming incoming PhD students and giving them a chance to meet the rest of the department. So far, the proposed activities for this year's welcome ...
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I want to opensource my code. Is it legal? Can I still publish?

I am a PhD (stipend) student at a Max Planck Institute (for a biological science) here in Germany. I came here to write software, but ended up spending practically all my time doing wet-lab work. As a ...
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Role of math in Computer Science [closed]

I've been wondering this for quite some time and decided to ask finally. What really is the role of math in computer science on higher levels like master's and PhD? Currently I am working on my BSc ...
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Reporting yet-to-be completed graduate study on CV

I am currently enrolled as a graduate student and am working towards my PhD. I need to update my CV and was wondering how others reported ongoing graduate study when the completion date was uncertain. ...
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Should I ask for each recommendation letter separately?

I will be applying for a PhD this year. So, I would like to ask for recommendation letters soon. Should I ask for each recommendation letter separately, or may I group email all the letter writers? Is ...
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Applying for a PhD with good undergrad grades and poor masters grades [duplicate]

This post is similar to the ones here and here. My case is as follows: I come from a computer science background and I've good undergrad grades i.e. 4.75 on a 5 scale. I did my Masters next, by ...
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How to find the right balance between details and the main ideas?

I am a young PhD-student who just started doing real research in mathematics. Of course, this starts with learning stuff which has already been investigated. If I try to understand for instance a ...
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Can a maths undergraduate apply for a physics PhD? [duplicate]

Can a maths undergraduate apply for a physics PhD without going into masters program? Given that during his undergraduate course he published a couple of papers on physics in respectable physics ...
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Grant fraud, should I bust my PhD advisor?

For obvious reasons I will try to maintain some anonymity here. So I defended my thesis. Which was funded through a government grant. In order to obtain this type of grant, a professor needs to ...
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Leaving a Computer Science Ph.D. program for Google after getting a M.S [duplicate]

This age old question has probably been asked, but there are always new considerations and specifics. Also I want to hear from people who have quit the program themselves, namely the biggest question ...
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How to find connections to go abroad as a visisting PhD student?

I'm PhD student and I want to go abroad as a visiting PhD student. Is it recommended to contact professors directly if you want to collaborate as a visiting PhD student? or it is better to get ...
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How to choose new advisor when advisor suddenly leaves in middle of PhD?

I did research and advanced in the proposal, but suddenly my advisor left the university. They said that I must choose a new adviser. I know some general criteria about selecting an advisor. could you ...
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How should I interpret the result of AMS annual survey

I'm going to be a first year graduate student in mathematics and is thinking about which field to specialized in. Besides the important factors such as potential advisor I can find, personal interest, ...
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My advisor escalated things after not getting a coauthorship he did not deserve

I am a 3rd year PhD Student (Computer Science, India). I have two advisors, one internal and one external. The internal advisor has no knowledge of my area and he doesn’t care what I am doing. He has ...
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Is It OK for an academic to have broad research interests?

First of all I am a second year M.Sc. Student in Computer science, working on information networks and enjoy my research a lot. In my B.Sc. final Project I had worked on intrusion detection systems, ...
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Switching university after master's to do PhD somewhere else

I will get a master's degree early next year. I would like to do a PhD somewhere else than at my current university. However, since I have already a more impressive publication record than many of the ...
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Is it worth getting a masters in a secondary field as part of an interdisciplinary PhD?

I'm in the process of making a decision with regards to graduate school and my number one choice is an interdisciplinary PhD program in Computational Science and Engineering. On the computational side ...