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Mentioning a published paper from a current team member in a PhD letter application

I am writing a motivation letter for a PhD position related to antibody analytics. While I was researching the current research group I read a paper published by current team member "A" which I found ...
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In Computer Science, how many PhD candidates drop out?

I'd like to know what percentage of PhD candidates in Computer Science does not graduate with a PhD and thus drops out of their PhD program. This number probably varies quite a bit for different ...
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What questions to prepare for PhD defense?

I will soon defend my PhD in social science in Sweden. I want to ask what questions the evaluation committee will ask me during the defense? If they ask me some questions outside my thesis, what ...
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Doing a PhD in physics after doing bachelors and masters in mathematics

I have done my bachelors and currently doing masters in pure mathematics. I have done four physics courses during bachelors degree which also includes special relativity. What is the possibility that ...
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Can I hide the fact that I dropped a PhD program when I apply for another PhD?

I am an international grad student in the US. I would like to quit the PhD program(mathematics) in where I spent 2 years without "any degree" for some reasons. I am in the status prior to the ...
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Should a PhD Supervisor have a PhD in the same research subject, as the PhD student?

Is it generally accepted in academia, that a PhD supervisor should have a PhD in the same research area as the student's PhD research area? For example, let's assume that my research area is the ACM ...
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Is it reasonable and ethical to apply for two PhD positions with two different professors at the same faculty and the same institution?

Note: I saw this link, however I'm hoping to get wider range of opinions to help me make my decisions. Problem statement: I sent an enquiry email to professor A of faculty X at university Y. Today, I ...
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the intellectual rights of Phd doctoral project [on hold]

I'm a first year PhD at an university, I'm working on a new research idea, I have published a paper on IEEE in this, moreover, in this article I realize a research idea that can be commercialized as a ...
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Can a professor influence the graduate admissions committee if he or she is interested in a particular student?

I've had a promising Skype interview with a great professor from a top-level university in US. Our research interests are closely related and he encouraged me to apply BUT he says that all decisions ...
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Should I disclose my mental illness and medication in a PhD position interview?

While I was doing my PhD in my previous position I was diagnosed with a mental illness. I started medication however as a result I could not concentrate very well and it made me quit my previous ...
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Mandatory army service in the middle of PhD, will it be possible to finish PhD under these conditions?

I started attending a university while in highschool, currently finishing my masters and have started working on my phd with the same (very very nice) advisors (who are aware of the following ...
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What is the format of writing the 'Literature Review' chapter?

I am a research scholar and my topic of research is related to the Work-Life Balance of Teachers of Self financing colleges. My doubt is regarding writing the Literature Review chapter. How it is ...
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Is there an informal understanding at universities about PhD student funding?

This question was prompted by answers and comments on this question about PhD student funding. I am under the impression that STEM Ph.D. graduate students, when accepted into an RU/VH university in ...
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Proper procedure when promised funding not given to Ph.D. graduate student

I have a friend who was accepted into an interdisciplinary program at the University of Arizona a few years ago. They are more than halfway to completing their Ph.D., however their advisor is ...
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How to express an ongoing PhD degree in suffix

Is it correct to express PhD in brackets "(PhD)" as suffix to express the ongoing degree?
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Applying to PhD Programs after time in industry

I've searched around and looked at this question which is quite similar but I have some further questions. I'm an undergraduate currently (Math and Computer Science majors) and I've been spending ...
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What is common in most PhD application procedures in the UK?

I am almost done with my master's degree in mathematical finance. I'm done with thesis and have one course left to take. I am taking it in a 3rd world country and am interested in applying for a PhD ...
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PhD dissertation different from master thesis; What might I be able to do about methodology?

I understand that it's possible, thankfully, to have your dissertation in a different topic from your master's thesis, but I seem to have a problem (see below). Do you know any other problems might I ...
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Reply to a professor who said no open position BUT admired the work

I have asked a professor in germany for PhD position in his lab and I sent a mail with previous work experience, future research plan and why I want to join his group within 8-10 lines also attached a ...
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What is the typical PhD application procedure in the US? [duplicate]

I am nearly finished with my master in mathematical finance. I have finished my thesis and have one course left to take. I am finishing it in a third world country and am interested in pursuing a PhD ...
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With a background in mathematical finance and desire to apply for a mathematics PhD in another field, do I need a second master's?

Pardon the dumb question if ever. I notice similar questions all sound like "can I get a second master's?" but mine is "do I need?" I am nearly finished with my master in mathematical finance. I have ...
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What are the chances of getting into a PhD program in math after other pursuits in life?

I have a very unusual profile for a PhD program applicant. I worked a few years in business after college and have recently completed a J.D. I did not have much research experience in college except ...
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How can I approach my professor when he is sending me indirect messages with another person?

After achieving my masters degree, i applied for a phd program at the same university i was graduated from. In Germany, a person has to find 2 advisors to be registered as a phd student and thats it ...
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Phd after a master's in pure mathematics

I am currently finishing my master's degree in theoretical maths (mostly courses around algebra, geometric algebra, a bit of Riemann geometry, K-theory etc) and I don't know which area to go into for ...
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Developing meta-cognitive and emotional skills during PhD?

I am convinced that I possess sufficient "cognitive skills" to succeed doing my PhD. Reflection on myself, however, confronts me with the fact that my "meta-cognitive" (time management, mental ...
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Should I apply for a PhD position with required programming skills which I do not have?

I did my master's thesis last month and have seen one excellent PhD position in my field. The title and the project description was very close to my master's thesis. My master's thesis relates to one ...
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Some metric to find research project for PhD program which lead me to kick the start-up after PhD

I have trouble on finding my field. I have a master on computer networks in field of Wireless Sensor Network. What I did on my master degree was just a pure simulation! I like academia but What I ...
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Part-time PhD workload compared to part-time undergrad workload

Does a part-time PhD workload differ significantly from part-time undergrad studies? I'm intending to go on to postgraduate studies next year. I'd prefer to go straight to a PhD if possible, but ...
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Can I refuse a stipend during a PhD program?

I was admitted to a US PhD program (in computer science, if that matters) with fellowship + stipend. I am getting a separate stipend from my government (which is higher than the university stipend), ...
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The effect of a PhD on a student's interest in pursuing a career in academia

Is there any research/study that looked at the effect of a PhD on students' interest in pursuing a career in academia? E.g. it could survey students before entering the PhD program and survey the ...
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Quitting after 5 years - miserable and depressed [closed]

I'm a fifth year graduate student in the life sciences. To cut to the chase, I hate this PhD, I hate research and I hate academia. It didn't used to be this way. I have been juggling three different ...
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What is expected from a business PhD applicant straight from undergrad? [closed]

I plan to do a PhD in Business (Strategy) at HKU or HKUST preferably. Since by the application deadline I will not hold my 3rd year final grades, I'm a bit worried how I can demonstrate a good ...
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The correct & acceptable phrase to indicate that some papers are very likely to be accepted

I have several papers that are resubmitted to journals with minor revisions. I feel they are very much likely to be accepted by the time my actual Ph.D. viva takes place in one month. But I need to ...
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In the US, if I cannot finish my PhD in 5 years, will I lose my stipend and have to pay for my own living costs?

The contract says financial support is for 5 years. I am not able to support my own living cost.
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Is it unwise to start a Ms/PhD program without a stipend - will it upset professors if I leave with a masters to apply to funded programs?

I was recently notified that I was accepted to a Ms/PhD program with a full tuition scholarship but I am waitlisted for receiving a Stipend. I don't currently have the best credentials so I don't ...
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What qualities are organizing committees looking for in a reference letter for a summer school?

How would you write a reference letter for someone who is applying to a summer school intended for Ph.D. students/postdocs? The summer school only lasts for 3 days up to a week and I am curious as to ...
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How to respond to exploding PhD job offer in Europe

A few days back I had a second interview with a European university on a project that I really liked. I have also another offer from a Canadian university and am still waiting for 5 other universities ...
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Starting a PhD unrelated to your degree [duplicate]

I am 27 years old and I finally decided that I want to follow my passion rather than working for some company doing work I am not passionate about. I own a Computer Science degree and I really find ...
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Can you do a post graduate in Math(or some other hard sciences) if you major in a soft science?

It seems possible to go from soft sciences to hard sciences. For example one professor in my philosophy department initially did math as an undergraduate. So I am wondering can you go the opposite ...
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Inquiring about PhD status and mentioning standing offers

I have a PhD few admission offers from some universities. My first choice school didn't make its decision yet, or maybe didn't post it online yet. Is it OK to send an email asking about application ...
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What are the benefits of PhD students working on projects where they won't be first-author?

Given that only papers where you are the first-author will contribute to your dissertation, isn't it a poor use of time to be contributing to the projects of other researchers?
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Is it wrong to leave Ph.D program after MS?

I have applied to multiple graduate schools and have been offered two GTA positions. Both included full tuition waivers and similar work loads. The primary difference is one is for a MS program and ...
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Is there any difference between PhD and D.Tech?

Just out of curiosity, I will like to know if there is any difference (if any) in academic environment, between Ph.D issued by most Universities and D.Tech issued by University of Technology.
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Is it common to cite conference papers in a PhD?

I tried searching for a similar question but most I read dealt with published papers and not a PhD, so apologies if this is a duplicate. I will remove this question if it is. I've read a number of ...
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Choose people or topic preference for PhD? [closed]

I have two PhD offers: Team a) I like the people but the research topics rather just ok. Team b) I like the research topics but the people are a bit strange and not as well qualified. Can someone, ...
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Are you allowed to copy text from your Master's thesis into your PhD thesis?

I wrote a Master's thesis a couple of years ago (which is available to view from my University's online service; so it's out there) and am now doing a PhD. Some passages from my Master's thesis is ...
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Am I legally obligated to submit all my codes to the university if being asked when quitting my PhD? [closed]

Am I legally obligated to submit all my codes to the university if being asked when quitting my PhD? EDIT: I understand the university owns the patent, which is an algorithm and can employ someone ...
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What is the difference between a research plan and a research proposal?

search online, and you will find that both a research plan and a research proposal are often referring to the same thing. I will give my example to clarify this question. I got accepted for a PHD, ...
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Undergraduate and Masters degrees in the UK before PhD. Why do they last so little time? [duplicate]

I am quite baffled by the undergraduate studies in the UK as well with their graduate studies. In Argentina (where I am from) and in other countries like Spain and Greece (as well as in Equador for ...
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No reply from potential supervisor of my dreams: is it OK to try meeting them in person?

After much research at many universities, I have found a supervisor whose research perfectly matches my research interests. I believe that I have truly found a good match...and believe that I would ...