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What are universities in Europe with good Algebraic Geometry PhD programs? [on hold]

In the next months I'm going to apply for PhD programs in Europe. I'm especially interested in algebraic geometry. I would like to have some suggestions about the choice of the university. Thank you ...
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Are both GRE and TOEFL a must for a PhD program in the US? Or only TOEFL will suffice?

I have completed my masters in English Literature from India and now want to do my PhD from the US. Should I take both the tests, i.e. TOEFL and GRE? Or only TOEFL will be enough? And if I need to ...
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Is the development of an original/novel method a contribution to knowledge worthy of a PhD?

A PhD is supposed to be an "original contribution to knowledge". In my own PhD (in an area of Earth Science) I have so far focused on developing a particular method of computer modeling that will ...
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Why are tuition fees for PhD students so high in the USA, despite not taking any class?

As a PhD student in a US university, my tuition fees are ~44,000 USD per year, despite the fact that I don't take any class: only 6 classes are required during the PhD program, and I've completed them ...
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What background is necessary to do research in computational linguistics?

I'm getting ready to enter graduate school, and I would like to do PhD-level research in computational linguistics and natural language processing. I know that these two fields are very ...
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Is it necessary to include transcripts from the university I attended for a year, but transferred out of, in PhD application? [duplicate]

I am not sure about the necessity of including some detail in my application documents. Here is the situation. After my graduation from senior high school, I was enrolled in a local university. After ...
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Is volunteer lab work a good practice?

I met a professor last year through an online search and expressed my interests to his research and his advanced lab technique, in which I lack of experience. I also asked for a PhD opportunity ...
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software to organize (1) research questions (2) secondary literature (3) own notes

Is someone aware of software that can help me create certain goals and research (sub)questions (digitally) and connect these questions in an organized way with the secondary literature on my computer, ...
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I want to study computational linguistics and NLP; which program to enter? [on hold]

I'm currently applying to graduate schools. I want to end up doing research in computational linguistics and natural language processing. Since my GPA and undergraduate record are pretty mediocre, I'm ...
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Should I leave my current PhD if I don't like the research problems my advisor suggests?

Warning: Extremely long post. Not really even the full story but one must stop somewhere. My problem is the following: I am a pure mathematics PhD student in (a remote part of) Europe and am part of ...
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Are there any restrictions on applying to the same graduate school in two consecutive years?

I have the following dilemma: I am finishing my Master's degree in pure mathematics this academic year (summer 2015) and I hoped to apply to a PhD program (US schools) starting from September 2015. ...
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Is it considered unethical/bad etiquette to contact another potential PhD supervisor while waiting for a response from my first choice?

I have contacted a potential PhD supervisor and currently he is reviewing my work, however this evaluation process seems to be taking too long. Is it ethical to give my research proposal to another ...
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What does it mean if a professor asks you to draft his reference letter for you?

This question is, honestly speaking, probably somewhat opinion-based, but I still want to give a shot. A professor acceded to my invitation of writing a reference letter for me. Nevertheless, unlike ...
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What are dissertation hours in the scope of degree requirements for PhD?

At my school for a PhD I am required to complete a minimum of 72 credit hours of study(around 4 years of study). Of this ~42 are to be course work and ~30 is to be dissertation. So I know what a ...
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Is it unethical to interview at a more prestigious program while currently enrolled in a PhD somewhere else?

I applied at two different PhD positions at universities X & Y a while back (both in EU, I prefer not to disclose identity for specific reasons, sorry). I got into X and have been here for about ...
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PhD in GIS after Bachelor Degree in Computer Science

I have Bachelor Degree in Computer Science & Engineering, having experience in GIS area. now I am planning for PhD in GIS, I searched many US university for PhD(GIS) Programme but all programmes ...
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How much do letters of recommendation help in a statistics PhD program application?

I am an undergraduate mathematics student who is looking to apply to a Statistics PhD program. I asked a few professors how much letter of recommendation help a student get in to a PhD program and I ...
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Do publications in machine learning help for admissions into a statistics PhD program?

I am an undergraduate mathematics student who is looking to apply to a Statistics Phd program. I am published, however, my publication is in applied machine learning. While the paper does not contain ...
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Statement of purpose: One-for-all or one-to-one?

This question is about statement of purpose (s.o.p). I am not sure that whether it is advisable to write exactly one s.o.p. for all the schools or to write for each school exactly one s.o.p.? Does ...
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help needed for contacting a supervisor for PhD

I have done my Masters research in Microbial ecology. I am interested in stem cell research but I belong to a developing country where we don't have cutting edge research opportunities to gain hand-on ...
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How does a PhD project budget get set?

In experimental fields, such as physics, chemistry, engineering, etc; every professor has their own lab/workshop, normally with several externally funded projects. A PhD student may work on currently ...
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Are PhD students enrolled or hired?

In most universities, PhD students are literally students similar to master students. Fellowships and scholarships only support them financially, but officially they are students. Some European ...
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When can a person be called a PhD ABD?

Can one call oneself a PhD ABD (All But Dissertation) after completing all of the course work and working on the dissertation?
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Can a department disallow a student-advisor pairing in order to distribute PhD students evenly among faculty?

When a department enrolls x number of students based on the capacity of the department and its professors, the ideal desire is fair distribution of PhD students among faculty members. However, ...
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What limits the number of PhD students in universities with and without PhD tution fee?

Universities normally (as far as I know) do not limit the number of PhD students a research-active professor can have as long as he secure the funding for his PhD students. For example, if a professor ...
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Is the knowledge gained from a masters conversion course suitable for pursuing a PhD?

I am looking for advice on applying for a Phd in Software Engineering/ Human-Computer Interaction. I am currently working as a software developer and interested in pursuing an academic career in ...
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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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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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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 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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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 ...