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How important is the masters GPA for PhD admission? [duplicate]

I am studying MS in Mechanical Engineering in a university in the US. I have an ambition to go to one of the top thirty US grad schools for my PhD. The school I am enrolled for my MS ranks in between ...
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PhD in Informatics [on hold]

I am considering a PhD in Informatics at UC Irvine. What type of jobs and salary can I get with this degree?
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It is possible to live, economically and socially speaking, all my life, doing research (living just from fundings)?

I don't care much for being rich. I don't mind a modest life if I can just do research in the field I love. Thus I am curious to know if it is possible to make a living just by studying. (Suppose I ...
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Deferred admission but funding not guaranteed

I received an offer from a top US school for PhD this March and accepted their offer. Due to some family circumstances, I would not be able to join the program this year. I am an international ...
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A Ph.D summary book [on hold]

What rules I have to follow to create a summary book of my research on microorganism (fungi) for the Ph.D course?
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I had an internship with the professor I'm applying for. Is it possible to ask for a recommendation letter?

I talked to a professor in a top US university and he asked me to apply but he said finally admission committee decides. If I go to his lab for a summer internship, is it OK to ask for a ...
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First Publication as a PhD student [on hold]

I'm in the process of writing my first paper as a PhD student and was wondering if I could get some general advice regarding the following: How many Journals to consider submitting a manuscript to ...
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What is a PhD forum? Is it similar to short paper submission?

I am a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering and I have been looking at submitting a paper to one particular conference I wanted to go to. In the end, I have missed the deadline for full paper ...
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How to Acknowledge mail related to PhD Proposal?

I had applied for PhD Scholarship. Today i received a email from that foundation. They told me "As soon as you are ready with your PhD Study Proposal, please send it to Prof X" How to Acknowledge ...
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What matters most : published papers or GPA? (for scholarship and future career) [duplicate]

I studied BSc chemistry and because I didn't like it, my BSc GPA is 2.46. Alongside with BSc duration, I studied mathematics at home as a self-learner. Since my BSc-GPA was too low, so I got admission ...
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Are there quantum information/complexity PhD. options in the US/Canada where I can apply now to join in 2015? [on hold]

I am currently a graduate student in a US grad school. I would like to know if there are research centers/institutes in the US where I can apply to join right now to pursue a PhD. in quantum ...
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Is copying a sentence considered plagiarism? [duplicate]

In writing a phd thesis, if a sentence is copied as it is and given proper references, then will it be considered as plagiarism?
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Should Research Associates apply for Post-Doc research positions if they want to?

I live and work in the UK and my training is in Computer Science and Mathematics. I defended my PhD thesis eight years ago and since then gained work as an engineer, then a Post-doc Research ...
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Time management and organization for PhD Student in first year?

After failing the first year of the PhD program at a top university, I know that my poor performance resulted from dealing with a tremendously debilitating psychological condition, but this was ...
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Can I get funding (TA or RA ship) after my first semester of A US Computer Science Ph.D. program without funding? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student and I got admission to direct PhD program (5 years) in Computer Science at University of Illinois at Chicago, but didn't get any funding offer. So, I wanted to know what ...
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Completed a review article based on supervisor's request but then it cannot be published due to lack of funding

Six months ago the PhD supervisor of a friend of mine asked him to write a review article. After a hard work of 4 months he finished an extensive review article. Another two months were wasted ...
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Is it a bad idea not to use slides in my Ph.D. oral defense?

I am preparing for my Ph.D. oral defense in mathematics and am reading tips from various resources. It seems that the usage of slides is usually assumed, though it is generally not required. For me, I ...
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I have a MSc degree, want to apply for PhD degree. Should I submit my BSc transcript during admission?

I have a BSc and an MSc degree on Computer Science. My BSc CGPA was too low. I somehow got accepted to an MSc degree(two years) and got 4.00 CGPA. I think I am good at my field. Now I want to apply ...
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Expulsion from doctoral program

I was recently expelled from doctoral program in English for plagiarism in qualifying exam. Although it was for the lack of a citation, I attended a major research university with a zero tolerance ...
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Value of a German Industrial PhD in India

I have an offer for a full time job with a contract for 3 years in which I would be a PhD candidate in Germany at a reputed firm. I would have a supervisor at a technical university besides a ...
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PhD course grade impact on postdoc and fellowship applications?

This past spring was the second semester of my PhD program. A professor of a core course refused to grade my final assignment because it was late after deadline had been extended. The professor had ...
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Number of publications needed to get into a computer science PhD program?

I've looked at the resumes of the type of candidates that get into computer science PhD programs at the top few universities (e.g. Stanford, MIT etc.) and a lot of them seem to have multiple ...
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Would it harm my PhD application if a female professor writes me a reference?

Given that the people making the real decision are most likely male, would it be detrimental to my application if my main reference was written by a female professor? I don't want them to think I ...
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What is total number of PhDs globally? How many graduate each year?

I am interested in long-term dynamics of the number of PhDs, having recently received a PhD myself. So far, I have only been able to find bits and pieces, mostly pertaining to USA (see e.g. here, ...
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Universities for Quantum Computing? [closed]

I am interesting in taking Quantum Computing for my future. What are the best universities to take Quantum Computing as my major? Is it a good idea to take Quantum Computing as major or should I ...
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Does doing a PhD in a small/simple university make sense after getting a Master's from a very prestigious school?

I got a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from a school which is among the top ranked of Europe. Nevertheless, this is a pure coincidence, I did it here because it was the closest to my home. ...
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Is it ethical that the PhD student is not offered a chance to become the communicating/ corresponding author? [duplicate]

Usually a supervisor has to focus on many project at once but the PhD student on the other hand has only his project to focus on, PhD student is the person who usually does all the literature work as ...
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What should you do if a co-author has an unethical affiliation?

A person I know was in the process of publishing her first manuscript when her supervisor told her to add his newly acquired affiliation from a university in Saudi Arabia to his name. The Saudi ...
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How to sort issues over authorship in my manuscript with PhD supervisor?

After two years of extreme hard work I managed to finish my first manuscript. In my department there is a trend that if a professor has some collaboration with other guys in any project then his name ...
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Would it hurt if I mention somewhere in my application package to a phd program that I applied to the same program?

I applied to a phd program last year and was not offered anything. This year, I would like to take a shot at that school once more. I thus wonder if it would do me good or bad or neither for me to ...
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Leave of Absence from PHD

What are the benefits and harm of taking a leave of absence after the first year of PhD? ......My situation is as follows.... I just completed the first year of PhD in Epidemiology at one of the ...
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Do PhD advisors allow students to collaborate with faculty from other institutions?

I would like to know if PhD advisors allow students to collaborate with professors from other institutions in a major way. The context for me here is that I will be joining a Top-50 institution for a ...
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How to present ongoing dissertation research and get feedback on a one-on-one basis?

I am in the social sciences (political science) doing research largely based on fieldwork. Accordingly, my dissertation project has changed quite a bit in the four months since getting my prospectus ...
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Sharing preliminary draft versions of papers with people in the field

I am a PhD student in mathematical economics and had an interesting idea last month. I modelled my idea and wrote it down. For the moment, it is a preliminary draft but I think my idea is pretty ...
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Two Papers Accepted. Co-authors presenting

I am a first-year PhD student and I have two accepted publications as a first author since the start of my program. The thing is I thought I would be the one to travel to the conferences and present ...
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Realistic odds of acceptance into a top 10 bioengineering program from an average public university [duplicate]

Essentially, I want to know if I'm suffering from imposter syndrome, or if I really am unlikely to be accepted to a top 10 PhD program in bioengineering. I go to a relatively average public ...
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Current Masters student, need advisor for PhD (no public announcements in the department)?

I am a masters student at a top-rated US university in electrical engineering. I have been working under a professor who joined the department last semester. He is quite happy with my progress, but ...
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Getting PhD from average institution (gain experience) before applying for a PhD in top institution? [duplicate]

What do you think about an idea of getting a PhD in an "better then average institution" to get tons of experience to get a second PhD (in the same field) from top institution? I'm now getting a MSc ...
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Transferring to a Top-10 PhD program in Theoretical Physics from a Top-50 program in US for better job prospects in Academia? [duplicate]

I will be soon joining a Top-50 school for a PhD in High Energy Theory. They have some very good professors who have published top quality journal articles in their area of expertise (even with some ...
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Student loans for a US citizen enrolled in an online PhD program in the UK

Is it possible for a US citizen to take out student loans to fund the latter half of an online PhD program with a UK university? The school in question is listed on the "International Schools That ...
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What should I do to make it to a top-ranked graduate program given my current situation? [duplicate]

I am from an elite non-IIT school in India (one of BITS Pilani/IIIT Hyderabad/NSIT/DTU). I've just finished my third year, and after taking courses from AI and ML related fields, I realized I am ...
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What is the relative importance of the parts of my application? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of applying to American universities for a Ph.D in Maths and I'm currently studying in the UK. I was wondering how important each of the pieces of the application are, which I believe ...
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Universities for PHD in BAD - in USA [closed]

I am thinking about applying for PHD in USA, but I have no idea about the universities there; I would appreciate any help with regards to the most appropriate university for my case. I would like to ...
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Master's degree in science is generally not free in US, CANADA, UK, OZ, NZ? (Tuition)

I had the impression that in general, PhD programs are the only really "free" ones in higher education in those typically high cost English-speaking countries that they charge no tuition, pay you to ...
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Start the PhD research before taking my masters?

I was thinking about getting my masters in Novmber 2015 or May 2016 (An 18 month masters) but i was wondering if its possible to start my PhD research from now, i have an idea of what my research ...
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how to write a dissertation acknowledgement that is not superfluous?

A dissertation acknowledgment is important in the final works of a Ph.D research. After writing a scientific research, it's not easy for me to compose paragraphs to thank my supervisory committee, ...
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How to explain low grades in a phd interview [closed]

I am a recent Masters graduate in nanotechnology and I have applied for a reputed phd position. I will have an interview very shortly. Unfortunately my Masters grades are very bad and I believe that ...
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Getting a PhD in Classics/Ancient History with an MA in Modern Lit [duplicate]

I'm getting an MA in Italian Literature but, writing my thesis on contemporary fiction, I realized that it's not really what I want to specialize in. I would like to switch to Classics/Ancient ...
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How to overcome these learning difficulties and progress in academia?

I am a mathematics graduate who recently dropped out of a PhD for personal reasons. I also have Asperger's Syndrome which I was diagnosed with in 1996. Since dropping out, I have been thinking long ...
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How an international student can get a grant by himself?

First of all, I am open for a new title for this question to help me reach more people. I am an international Masters student at a top 5 electrical engineering program in USA. I applied for a PhD ...