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Is it expected that a part-time masters student publish before transferring to a PhD?

After reading this question, I am curious as to the publication expectations for part-time students. I am a Mlitt Student (working full-time and studying part-time) and am in the process of switching ...
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i have completed My B.E in ECE and have work experience 1 year [on hold]

i have completed My B.E in ECE and have work experience 1 year and very much interested in programing languages like .net, php html, CSS, javascript. what will be right higher education to prefer can ...
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If you want to do a PhD in mathematics, how important is it to start immediately after finishing undergraduate studies?

I'm about to finish my undergraduates studies; I majored in mathematics and minored in physics, and I always intended on going to grad school to pursue a PhD in mathematics, but I've been having ...
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Minimum amount of work required to be awarded a phd? [duplicate]

I have an idea that I believe to be unique and possibly PhD worthy. However I don't think that the idea has enough depth to it to warrant 3 or more years worth of research. Therefore my questions ...
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Stuctured vs Individual German doctoral program [on hold]

I am looking for a Ph.D. in a German-speaking country in Europe. I am looking at some possible institutes for applying on Ph.D. program. Some offer "individual" and some "structured" doctoral ...
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Is it sensible to do two PhD's simultaneously?

I have finished my master's degree in Physics (Radiation and Health Physics Option) with distinction, but I want a PhD in Medical Physics. My university does not offer that pathway and other ...
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using IJNME Latex class file [migrated]

I am trying to prepare a manuscript in Latex using IJNME class file. I have trouble compiling it. I cannot run their example tex file that is in their site under author's guideline. When I am trying ...
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Is independent research a good long term goal for a bachelor's degree holder with experience and interest?

Bear with me while I put some biographical information here. I'm a bachelor of engineering graduate from India with approximately a decade of work experience in design, engineering and project ...
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Letter of recommendation from PhD candidate [duplicate]

I might be repeating the question but my case is a little different. I've worked with a doctoral candidate who's not from 'my' university. We have worked on a research and published together. I am ...
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Highlighting sentences in the statement of purpose

I am under the impression that admissions officers are busy people and they have lots and lots of applications to review, especially in top schools. Because of this, it could happen that the some ...
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What can I do to be able to understand conference presentations?

(I wish to remain anonymous, so I've omitted many details here. If those details make this question unanswerable, please don't hesitate to vote it down or close it.) I've been a PhD student in ...
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What postgraduates do after Phd? [closed]

I'm currently applying for a four year Phd programme as my life-time ambition is to be a University lecturer in Computer Science. However I'm concerned about finishing the degree and not finding a job ...
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Is there any good institutions which provides tuition fee and accommadation freely? [closed]

I am going to complete my M.Phil mathematics in India(Tamilnadu). I wish to join for Ph.d in some reputed institutions which is is other countries? How can i check my favours? Is there any good ...
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Last year, summing it up.. The PhD blues? [closed]

I'm a European PhD student in Computer Science. This is my last year (more or less), and I think I'm having some kind of PhD blues... Let me pose it this way, during the past (two) years my adviser ...
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Mediocre Thesis Topic. Does this Hurt my Reputation

Just curious as to the effects of publishing a mediocre PHD thesis: After sitting down and taking a cold, detached, look at my thesis topic, I realized I was given a pair of coobook-style problems, ...
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PhD defence announcement

What information should contain a (A4-sized, landscape-oriented) poster announcing a PhD defence? What idioms, jargon or style is usually used? Could you provide some models or examples?
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How to formulate my resume, if a PhD defense exam fails with mark “Dissertation passed, Oral failed”

My PhD examination consists of two parts namely the dissertation note and the oral note. Unfortunately, it was fails with “Dissertation passed, Oral failed”. What could be the best way to form it in ...
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Is it ok to apply for more than one Phd student program? [duplicate]

I am really into going to PhD next year. I found some programmes that suits me, but I am asking myself, if I should apply on more programmes than one. The problem is, that I have a weak background in ...
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Writing a research statement in mathematics without having any research experience

It's pretty common that European universities ask for a Research Statement when applying to a Ph.D. The problem is that at my home university, where I did my B.Sc. and I'm currently doing my M.S., I ...
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Career advice: How can I move on from my probable PhD flop?

So thing aren't going well for me with my PhD and I sort of think I'm not going to get there (hard deadline is September and frankly I think I'm fairly close to having a breakdown). I'm in the UK and ...
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What to do if I only want to study master not PHD with a professor

I decided to study math after graduating from business department. I entered a 2-year taught program in the same university in Asia and used the time to take all the necessary courses. In the first ...
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Doing a PhD after age 35 [duplicate]

I have a BS degree in Environmental Engineering (closer to chemical/process engineering than civil), MBA degree where I graduated top of the class and also an MSc degree in Entrepreneurship and ...
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How much involvement should my advisor have in deciding my availability and actions for me? [closed]

I worked in the industry for a few years before starting my PhD and learned many do's and don'ts in the workplace for how you guide subordinates to attend meetings and do things you want them to do. ...
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Selecting references for PhD applications

My background: Final year computer science undergraduate in the UK. Spent one year working in a scientific facility developing software for scientists. My colleagues had previous academic experience ...
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How do I answer a question on the ethical implications of my work at PhD viva?

I am defending my PhD thesis soon and have been told to practice some questions that I should expect, one of which is: What are the ethical implications of your work? How should I go about answering ...
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When should one include the proof of known results in a mathematical PhD thesis?

When writing a PhD thesis on mathematics one needs to quote many results by others, such as The following theorem was proved by ABC in [1]. Theorem. Bla, bla, bla... My question is when ...
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When a PhD program asks for academic transcripts, are they referring to university-level transcripts only or also earlier transcripts?

I have some questions regarding graduate admission (PHD) in us university. The guidelines stated on the maximum university websites are that they require academic transcripts. My question is ...
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Difference of a PhD program for students entering with BS and MS

Students who have a BS can apply for PhD programs like students with a Master's degree (in the US). I was thinking why should students with only Bachelor degrees be admitted while many with Masters ...
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What features should be included in your actual accomplishments and skills to be accepted in a top university like MIT

stack-exchange users I was wonder to know how can one apply for a PhD program in a top ranked university. I can tell you about a namely accomplishments and skills which is labeled as 'very good' for a ...
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Check the chance of getting scholarship for phd program [migrated]

Dear stackexchange users! I have a question and that might be weird to be asked in here. However if it's not the appropriate place to ask this question in this forum, please comment here and I will ...
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How much do my career prospects suffer if I start a mathematics/CS PhD. at the age of 27?

I was doing a phd in a different subject and that was going nowhere and I lost interest in everything that I was doing. But I always loved mathematics and during the dark days of my 3rd of my (former) ...
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How can a decent student find a doctoral advisor from another faculty?

I am a last year student at the Moscow State University (I study maths). At our university there are two somewhat similar mathematical faculties: Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics (this is where I ...
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Mentioning advisor qualifications in statement of purpose

I am doing my master's in a relatively unknown institution, but with an excellent faculty. Most of them are graduates from top universities (TOP 10) and my advisor is one of them. Is it OK to ...
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Dismissed from doctoral program. Options?

Dismissed from my public health doctoral program (online university) after completing coursework (received 2-Us over the course of my program). Do I have the option of enrolling in another school, ...
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Can I apply for PhD without recommendation from my masters advisor?

I am currently applying for a PhD in a very competitive top tier university, which requires three references. I have two referees (my tutor and my undergraduate research project supervisor) who I am ...
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What makes good research questions good?

I am in Computer Science and currently in my proposal phase. For my problem statement, I want to come up with good research questions. However, at the moment I am struggling with the definition of ...
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Importance of having a “connection” while applying to PhD

I am applying for a PhD to top schools in engineering. Whenever I talk to my peers I hear the word 'connection' very often. I started thinking that it is almost impossible to be admitted to these ...
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Importance of diversity statement in graduate application [duplicate]

I am applying for a PhD in engineering and some universities require a diversity statements which is considered an optional part of the application. How important is this to the admission ? They ...
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How does a low quantitative score on GRE general exam affect admissions to mathematics PhD programs?

I am applying to pure math grad school for Ph.D. this fall (usually top 20-25). I just took my GRE test and found out that my Quantitative score for General GRE is 156. I am not sure about the ...
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How common are interviews for Computer Science PhD programs?

I am applying for admission to several CS PhD programs (in the US), and I am just wondering how common it is for schools to request interviews with the candidates. I will be out of the country for ...
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What are the career-path for failed PhD student? [closed]

I was pursuing PhD in mechanical engineering. I have completed 4 years. My PhD problem was very tough and my professors told that completion of PhD requires 3-4 more years. Also, no funding from the ...
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Has anyone failed coursework requirement and got terminated from PhD program?

I'm doing a PhD in Economics, a 3-year program. I am required to do 4 coursework and receive a grade of B+. The thing is I didn't meet the grade requirement of all four courses, although I didn't fail ...
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How does time off for a serious illness affect funding and duration of PhD?

I am a PhD student from India studying in the UK and I have been diagnosed with Hepatitis B during my recent visit to India. The sad part is that it is a recurrence of the disease as I contracted it ...
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Does the graduate admission committee automatically consider you for a Master's program if they don't accept you for their Ph.D program?

I am applying for Math Ph.D programs, some of the schools say in their websites that they'll consider one for their MS program if one is not accepted to their PhD program. I was wondering if all ...
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Searching for open source literature management software [duplicate]

I recently started my PhD and now try to find a convenient software for managing my literature research. What I want it to be able to do is: Let me highlight PDFs Add notes to PDFs Add tags to my ...
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How to make a mathematical text more concise?

My PhD thesis has 175 pages A4 and I shall provide also a compilation that will summarize the main results on 20 pages A5. My thesis contains algorithms and theorems examining their properties. After ...
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Is it a good idea for an international student to use his master's thesis preprint as his writing sample?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US. I would like to use my master's thesis preprint as my writing sample because it was written in English and is in the field on which I intend to ...
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Pursue new PHD program

I was dismissed from vet school because a few professors felt I was not professional. I completed almost 4 years before this decision was made. I have tried to reapply but they won't take me back. ...
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Are there any universities in US/Europe which will give PhD in Engineering in 3-4 years?

I know that PhD is not like other degrees which ends in a span of 2-4 years. Also, one cannot control the span of the program which entirely depends on topic and guides. But I heard from some where ...
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Any disadvantage to multiple applications?

I am considering applying for PhD programs in CS. I've been reading about the process, reading the sorts of things that programs want and I would say that I am an OK (but not stellar) applicant. For ...