Questions and discussions about the Doctor of Philosophy degree and programs leading to it.

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Should I leave my PhD? [on hold]

I'm a PhD candidate in Industrial Engineering and currently in my fourth semester. I passed my qualifying exam in the second semester. Till then I was a TA and I was fully funded by the department. ...
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Reapplying to other programs in the same/similar field [on hold]

I'm a 2nd-year doctoral student in applied statistics, with more than half of the course credits completed. I just need the master's thesis, comprehensive examination, and dissertation to get the ...
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PhD funding - other sources

I found a lab offering the kind of research that I really want to do. I approached them and they were very happy to take me in. However, there is no funding and we all hoped I could get into a PhD ...
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Co-advising - how does it work? [on hold]

I was wondering how co-advising works in graduate school, specifically: Is funding primarily provided by one advisor, or equally shared between two advisors? Does the student work on two separate ...
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Asking a professor whether my application has been accepted or not

I applied to a university which has offered acceptance letters to a few students so far. What would be a polite way to ask my professor whether my application has been accepted or not by the review ...
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When does a PhD student officially stop being a PhD student?

When does a PhD student officially stop being a PhD student? To be more specific, are you no longer a PhD student when: you have submitted your PhD (and thus stopped working on it), been approved ...
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Should I quit my PhD for a lecturer position? [on hold]

I have started my PhD in fall 2015, now we've just started the second semester, however, since I started I wasn't feel that I'm so keen. I was looking to find some job, and stay some time take 1 or 2 ...
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To publish or not to publish [duplicate]

There are two parts to this question. As a student interested in pursuing a doctoral degree; how important is it to publish an article or "something" before one applies? Will it help your chances? I ...
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How to approach getting my masters and PhD? [on hold]

I am a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati in the computer science department. I have a real passion for computer science work and wish to someday ascertain my PhD. My school offers has a ...
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Can I get into reputed US universities for a masters or Ph.D program in Computer Science wıth low undergrad GPA? [duplicate]

I'm a computer science undergraduate student. I have completed my bachelor's degree. And I'm looking forward to do master's in computer science and then Ph.D in the same field. How should I go ...
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Been working towards undergrad degree on and off, now finally found my passion and want to go for a PhD. What should I do?

I went to college right out of high school not really knowing what I wanted to study. I ended up with medical issues about two and a half years into my degree, lost motivation, and dropped out. After ...
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The ideal period to finish the Ph.D [on hold]

One Professor In economic said: If a student works with concentration only 40 hours per week (8 hours for 5 days) on his PhD project, he should be able to finish his PhD during only one year. What do ...
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The whole class given incompletes [closed]

My entire seminar class was given the grade of "Incomplete". This is apparently standard practice for this professor, who is of high status. Yet our university policy states that incompletes are for ...
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PhD: lab but no funding

I was able to make a good impression on a potential supervisor and he was willing to take me in provided I manage to secure a funding. We both hoped I could get the scholarship from PhD programme but ...
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Should I add Guest Lecturer experience in my CV?

As a PhD student I have been invited to give a guest lecture in an MSc in my university in another department. Should I add this to my CV if I intend to apply for academic jobs? If so, what should ...
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I want to do a Phd but I finished my MSc 3 years ago [closed]

I joined a PhD program right after my MSc in same university but I always wanted to pursue a PhD abroad, so I ended up quitting. Shortly after my resignation I realized that I had to abandon my dream ...
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Is it possible to do a PhD in one field along with a bachelor's degree in another field, all at the same time?

I have an MBBS (Medicine bachelor and bachelor of surgery) degree and I am currently doing my master's in biotechnology and planning to move on to a PhD in the same (or a very closely related) field, ...
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PhD interview question when you don't know the answer

How should you handle a question in an interview for a PhD program when you don't know the answer ? Should you try to just say something even if this is wrong or just tell the interviewer that you ...
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For 2nd application should I produce my transcript [closed]

After doing my BE in production engineering I got admission in a university inUSA for PhD on industrial engineering but got 2.90 gpa in first semester as I don't have the background. In future if I ...
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How exactly are PhD qualifying exams graded? [closed]

My main concern would be in the hard sciences (eg Math, Physics, Computer science), but also interested to hear about other disciplines. Any professor or senior graduate student can illuminate the ...
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PhD interview - short (!) presentation

I got invited for a PhD interview to the University of Edinburgh. I was asked in the email to prepare a 10 mins presentation on a recent research I was involved in. I did a sandwich placement year and ...
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Statement about previous doctorate applications

One German universirty asked me to write an oath about my previous doctorate applications. They are going to take me as a PhD student. What should I write in here. tell them I was rejected because ...
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What's my PhD status after I passed my oral defense (UK)?

I'm applying for a postdoc. I passed my PhD viva in the UK, and was given minor corrections which I've submitted. What is my status? Can I say PhD (pass)? Or something better?
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Is it possible to overcome poor undergrad performance with a masters at a much lower ranked institution?

I have browsed extensively on academia.se and generally understand from similar questions (e.g. Doing bad in undergraduate but good in a masters program and How does the admissions process work for ...
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How to reply to a potential PhD supervisor who asks if I have my own funding?

I have a Master in Computer Science and I am applying to some Canadian Universities for a PhD... After contacting to a supervisor, I got a positive reply, however he asked me: "Do you have your own ...
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Does the school or the student cover health insurance for PhD students in the US?

I was just wondering what people's experiences were regarding health insurance at US institutions for PhD candidates. Does the school, itself, cover the cost, the individual, or something else? I am ...
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Cite related work from same year as defense?

Suppose I do the research for my thesis from 2013 to 2016, and do the write-up of the dissertation in 2016. If during write-up in 2016 I discover new related work (published during 2016), is it ...
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Is it good to join industry in middle of phd? [closed]

I am a third year phd student. I got an offer for an industrial job which is very tempting. The salary is competitive and much higher than my phd salary. I already worked there as an intern, so I know ...
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What are some of the starting phrases that I can use while responding to Ph.D examination committee questions during my defence?

I am appearing my Ph.D defence in a few weeks. I am in need of some starting phrases or words which I can use while responding to the questions from the examiners. There could be difficult questions ...
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What PhD programs (Business-Marketing) are open to older applicants? [closed]

I'm 46, 20+ years of industry experience, some teaching experience, decent MBA and strong undergrad scores. GRE is okay, working on improving my quantitative score. I'm open to going anywhere in the ...
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PhD application SOP - include several research ideas or just one?

I'm an older PhD applicant (Business-Marketing) with 20+ years of industry experience. In my SOP, should I include the several research projects I have already started, or should I focus on just one ...
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How does PhD candidate salary compares between differen European countries, and the USA? [closed]

I would like to know which is the salary average of a PhD candidate position in chemistry in different countries of Europe or in USA. I know that in Germany and France the salaries are around 1300€ ...
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Is there a concept of qualification examination in U.S. Ph.D. programs and how does it relate to credit counting?

So far as I understand, Ph.D. programs in the United States have entrance requirements and exams, but when you enroll in one, you start process of becoming a "Ph.D. candidate" first, which in the end ...
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How can a Master degree lead to 300 ECTS?

http://emjd-dc.eu/files/2011/11/emjd-dc.pdf Here, one of the admission requirements is, A Master's degree corresponding to 300 ECTS. How is that possible? A Masters degree is at most of 2 years. 2 ...
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Should I include PhD experience in MSc application?

I have a BSc in computer science and now I'm applying to a Masters program in Human Computer Interaction. A year or so ago I left an unrelated PhD program because I didn't think it would be beneficial ...
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Is a 3 year Ph.D. too short for MA/MSc graduate?

Or put simply, 3-year vs. 5-year PhD? Many programmes in UK (and EU) take up 3 years, as opposed to a minimum of 4-5 years in North America. For a masters degree holder, with a goal to stay in ...
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Should the PhD proposal be discussed and adjusted by supervisor and student before formal application?

Many social science departments in EU/UK recommend getting in touch with potential supervisors first before submitting a formal application which involves a proposal. Should the applicant approach ...
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How to recognize motivated applicants in PhD interview?

I am going to interview multiple applicants for a PhD position. Previously I had a student which was very smart, but he didn't work hard because he was not motivated enough. He left the job after one ...
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Is it ethical to have results in your PhD thesis that are not strictly yours?

In some disciplines (such as theoretical computer science), it is typical to have papers where you have co-authors. Especially when the set of co-authors is large, and work is being done at different ...
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1 PhD student, 2 institutions…1 of them completely closed to talking

I want to get some advice about this difficult situation concerning one of my PhD students. Some time ago I wrote already about my status: I am assistant professor in Germany and very recently I got ...
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What are the things one should consider while defending a PhD thesis, especially when the two examiners have completely different comments?

I am a completing Ph.D student. I submitted my thesis 4 months ago and have recently received the comments from the examiners. But to my surprise, two examiners have provided entirely different ...
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In the U.S., what's the average time per week that a graduate student doing a PhD and a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy work? [duplicate]

In the U.S., what's the average time per week that a graduate student doing a PhD in astronomy work? In the U.S., what's the average time per week that a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy work?
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Applying to Canadian universities for PhD without a thesis based MS

I am applying to some Canadian schools for PhD in Computer Science. I am currently enrolled in a master's in CS program in a school in USA. I work as a research assistant but I will not be presenting ...
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Should previous supervisors be mentioned in a personal statement for a PhD application?

I'm applying for a physics PhD programme in the UK which requires a personal statement to be submitted. Since I have done several research internships in the field, I would like to mention the ...
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Where to advertise PhD positions without paying a fee?

We have several opening in our group working in the field of computer science and electrical engineering (more specifically digital system design). We put an advertisement in our webpage and also ...
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Finding Post-PhD employment in Mathematics - How difficult?

I have completed a 4 year bachelor of Mathematics at a decent university, and a comment was made by Pete L. Clark, on this website, here: "post-PhD academic job market is one step shy of airtight at ...
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Would a high stack exchange rep make a difference in a job interview?

So, quick background information. I am a PhD student in mathematics going into graph theory. I hope to either do a post-doc or (hopefully!) get a tenure-track position at a research-oriented ...
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Conferences without proceedings worthwhile for a PhD student?

As a PhD student there are limited funds available for travel to conferences. Should presenting at conferences with proceedings be prioritised over conferences without proceedings? Are conferences ...
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Rejecting a PhD offer after giving promise to the supervisor to work with him

When I went for my very first PhD interview by a potential supervisor, I hadn't applied for other universities. I promised that supervisor that I would definitely work under his supervisor if I was ...
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Chances of admission with a low GPA (details in the post) [duplicate]

I have been reading a lot of threads about the sub 3.0 GPA issue and I am worried about it, too. So here is a brief summary of my situation. I am Emre from Turkey, a senior studying Chemistry and ...