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Looking for some advice about Ph.D

I am stuck at a problem and looking for some advice here. I am a student of Integrated Ph.D(2+3) and have completed first two years of the course and now have two choices- To go through ...
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How do I avoid or get past the post-orals slump?

I just passed my comprehensive oral exam. Now I have about a dozen things I could do for my project: delve into the observational or modeling literature, hunt down a tricky bug in my prototype model ...
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No idea what to do with my PhD research [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in my second year. I have not published anything yet and I feel my results I got so far are not publishable. I have two years left. I am stressed and I am afraid that I might not be ...
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May a PhD be more practical than theoretical?

I'm thinking about pursue my studies and doing a PhD in information technology. My problem is that I would like to create something new (== write code), and focus my thesis on how this new technology ...
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All out of PhD extensions - what now?

I've received several one-year extensions on my graduation deadline, granted by the PhD progress committee. I've used them all up and am running into the hard deadlines set by the university. I ...
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How to find a high quality PhD advisor in another country?

Now I'm finishing my first year in Masters program in Computer science \ Mathematics field and thinking over getting PhD. But I'm not really sure I want to make PhD with the same thesis I'm getting ...
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Is it acceptable to ask a “temporary” lecturer for a reference?

I desesperately need a reference. One of the modules I took in my masters was partly done (lab part) by a "non academic" professional. Is it acceptable to ask him for a reference even though he barely ...
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I need to remove all of the plagarized parts to my thesis [on hold]

I am writing my thesis. How do I get rid of plagiarized parts? How do I make sure that all my references are correct?
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How long should my research proposal for Computer Engineering PhD be? [on hold]

I was wondering if 1200 words is too short. I am applying to UK universities
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How to improve chances of admission to Ph.D. program for international student?

Question synopsis: I have a postgrad degree, a couple failed classes on transcript but did well in others; tried applying to PhD programs in different countries, but did not get accepted and ...
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Changing PhD programs: should I submit a recommendation letter from my old advisor if it's not purely positive?

I am in the process of changing PhD programs, and my previous supervisor cannot write a letter that is purely positive. The main difficulty is that she wants to include details about what happened at ...
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Bragging about previous funded PhD position to acquire another?

I am in the process of leaving a funded PhD position and apply elsewhere. There was a lot of competition for the position, and the benefits were good (being employed by the university), but things ...
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Very short PhD Thesis by famous people [on hold]

I read that John Nash had a very short PhD Dissertation. A mere 27 pages. See this link: http://www.princeton.edu/mudd/news/faq/topics/Non-Cooperative_Games_Nash.pdf Are there other famous people ...
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Should I apply to Masters or Ph.D in Economics? [on hold]

I just graduated from college and am considering applying to graduate school in Economics/Financial Economics this fall. Before I go ahead in the application process, I would like to show you all my ...
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“Anonymous” is so distressed that he is having trouble functioning [duplicate]

I am posting this question on "Anonymous'" behalf. It was suggested on Meta that he re-post. I have drafted a compassionate and practical response which I hope will be of help to him, but without ...
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Asking potential PhD supervisors about research

Is it considered acceptable to ask potential PhD supervisors to recommend some of their recent publications for reading to get some idea what they are doing? Or is it considered the applicant's job to ...
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How true is the stereotype that PhD graduates are overqualified?

I am a Masters student, and I think this is the only place in the whole internet that do not hold stereotyped negative attitude towards PhD recipients. From time to time,however, these sort of quotes ...
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Can one take a PhD by distance learning [duplicate]

Is it possible to read/research for a PhD (Note: Not a DBA) by distance learning (assuming the target university is in the UK or another European country) by making trips to the University every so ...
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Are there any differences in how new vs. well-established professors select students?

For any professors out there, do you feel that there are any differences in how you selected and recruited students from the time when you were newly hired, to a well-established stage (i.e. after ...
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Enhancing my chances of PhD scholarship

I am a pure math student, currently doing my master 1. After one year, hopefully, I should start my PhD program, which I have no idea where to do it. I want to do it in a prestigious university. I ...
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How can a US student (who does not hold UK citizenship) get a funded PhD in Engineering at Oxford/Cambridge?

Background. I was a previously an Engineering PhD student at a decent US university. Since I am a US citizen, obtaining funding for an engineering PhD was relatively easy. I now seek to enter a PhD ...
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How to say good-bye to an unhelpful and undisciplined professor? [closed]

DISCLAIMER: the following story does not necessarily correspond to the facts in reality. In particular, it does not necessarily correspond to the author of this post and his/her supervisor. I joined ...
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Changing PhD group: Yes or Not?

I would be very happy if you can help me, I really need help! One year ago I started my PhD, I was the only PhD student (still am) who was (and still) not paid by the supervisor, and I have to work ...
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Unsure of German PhD salary [duplicate]

I have been offered a phd position in Germany at 75% TVL-E13. It seems very difficult to get a precise figure for what this is in Euro. From a Google search I have figures for this position ranging ...
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Can one include already published papers in a monograph thesis?

I am writing my phd thesis in a monograph format. The monograph consists of several chapters, some of which have been published with co-authors, however, the thesis as a whole is a stand alone piece ...
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Complain or Endure [closed]

(I am a scientist. I do not exaggerate.) Five years. I joined his lab as a foreigner from a 3rd country and an experienced researcher to be entitled as a Ph.D. I contributed a new direction to the ...
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PhD thesis Microsoft Word templates [closed]

What "beautiful" looking PhD thesis Microsoft Word templates do you recommend using?
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Having children while at graduate school

I am finishing my first year of Masters and have always thought of going for a PhD in North America. I and my girlfriend are going to have a baby which is totally unexpected. The due day will be ...
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i want to take a doctorate Ph D but have questions [closed]

hi i would like to do a Ph D thesis after my master in physics but i have some questions a) what happens if you 'fail' ? i mean you can not accomplish all the objectives of the Ph D thesis b) can ...
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Can portions of my PhD thesis be later submitted to conferences?

It's fairly standard to submit thesis chapters to journals. However, in my field (theoretical computer science) conference publication is much more important. Is there any problem with taking a ...
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ask questions about grammary [closed]

Based on the customer's brand equity model theory by the American scholar Kevin Lane Keller (kevin lane Keller, 1993) suggested that Keller believes that brand value based on the customer's perception ...
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PhD study (University accreditation) and the ability to teach in the USA

I'm thinking of starting doctoral studies at York University (USA). I found this on the York University website information about accreditation: YORK UNIVERSITY IS NOT ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING ...
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How can a master thesis in STEM approach the level of a doctoral thesis?

Can someone shed some light on the subtle difference between a master thesis and a doctoral thesis so that a master student can arrange his or her research strategy geared to produce work at near the ...
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Can a graduate from university of applied science In Finland study higher degrees (Masters and PhD ) outside Finland?

Can a graduate from university of applied science in Finland study higher degrees (Masters and PhD) outside Finland? I know you that can do a Masters inside Finland in any university of applied ...
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PhD in New Zealand and Post-doc in US [closed]

I have a full-fund offer for PhD in computer science from a university in New Zealand. I know work opportunities in NZ is low after my graduation. I really like to study my PhD in the US, but since US ...
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PhD courses in non-English speaking countries

I've always wondered whether in non-English speaking countries (for example Germany, Sweden, Italy, etc.) a PhD student who only knows English and doesn't know the native language of the country can ...
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I am able to self-fund a PhD, how can I use this when applying?

Some candidates have the personal or family resources to self-fund their graduate studies, or already know that they are willing to take on debt for them (disregard whether this is a good idea, which ...
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Difficulty being admitted to good PhD programs [duplicate]

Since last September I have been working hard on my applications, applied to multiple good CS departments yet none of them even wait-listed me, all rejected me, I have also got rejected informally by ...
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Can you gain admissions to a top UK Engineering PhD program with limited research?

Background. I completed both a BS and MS degree in Engineering, from a decent US University. My Masters GPA was 3.75/4.00. I have since left the program and began working. I want to enter a top UK ...
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Are reviewers impressed by a quick response to a request to revise and resubmit?

My colleagues believe that if you submit your manuscript revisions quickly, reviewers will be impressed by your confidence about the issues raised. However, I think that a quick response is not ...
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Adviser-Poaching and the Politics of Graduate School

My boyfriend, Mark, is pursuing his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at a prestigious school. He has just finished up his 2nd year and passed his qualifying exam last semester. His adviser is Chinese, and ...
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PhD Students research/annual assessment

Some departments do an annual assessment of their PhD students' progress. It includes questions about topics such as: being independent, writing skills, analysis skills, time devoted, reliability, ...
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Issues with unfinished PhD [closed]

I was doing my PhD in computer science from a university in USA. I had done most of the work, the research, papers, proposal and the like. I had some personal issues and had to leave it unfinished ...
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Confused between applying immediately to graduate school and taking a break for research experience

I am a junior undergraduate student (will be starting senior year in July) pursuing electronics and communications engineering. However, my interest and most of the work done till now in college is in ...
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Career opportunities after doing PhD in oil economics [closed]

I've three years of journalism experience in oil markets, and I wish to pursue Phd in oil economics at the London School of Economics. I secured 60 per cent in my Masters in Journalism from an Indian ...
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Which one is your priority? Writing thesis or writing academic paper [closed]

Which one do you recommend and why? 1: Finish writing PhD dissertation and extract papers from your thesis. 2. Start writing papers and complete your thesis based on your papers?
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Do you believe that all the papers which are published do really deserve to be published? [closed]

Have you ever felt that the paper you are reading from a reputable journal did not deserve to be published?
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A professor is happy to supervise me. Does that mean my formal application will be accepted?

I am worried since, in fact, I do not meet the minimum grade requirements for a PhD admission of the school. But the supervisor says they are happy to offer me a funded PhD. Note : this is in the UK.
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PhD Spring Admission

Is there any university in the US offers PhD admission for the Spring? I'm trying to apply for the Cell and Molecular Biology at any university in the US
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Normal career path for lecturer in Computer Science

I'm 27 and looking for advice on the career path for lecturing in Computer Science. At the moment I have just started a job at a blue chip company in Software Engineering. However my prime goal is to ...