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Why is it an explanation, not argument

Example 7: In my opinion, the reason that animals do not feel pain is that animals don't have souls . Rap: This example combines some features already discussed. Do not be mislead by the phrase "in ...
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Does it make sense to list Ph.D.-level coursework in industry-focused CV?

I recently defended my Ph.D. dissertation (Information Systems) and now it's time to apply for some positions. While I would love to stay in academia, my current highest priority is to find a good job ...
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After what period of time does a PhD position count towards the two possible attempts

I am not sure if this holds true everywhere, but here in Germany you only get two attemps at getting your PhD. I am currently wondering at which point it counts towards those two attempts. If I were ...
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Part-Time PhD in the UK? How does this work?

I'm from the US but I work as an engineer in the UK. In the US, part-time engineering PhD students at high-profile universities are possible, but rare and usually limited to special cases. -In the ...
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Is a PhD in numerical analysis more marketable in industry than a PhD in pure analysis?

Would a recent math PhD graduate who did his work in numerical analysis be more marketable/prepared for a high paying job in industry than a recent math PhD graduate in pure analysis? Also is there ...
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How would I go about doing a PhD after an M.Eng in Biomedical Engineering?

I have been accepted into Cornell for M.Eng in Biomedical Engineering. I had originally applied for an MS but since they've stopped enrolling students for MS I got into M.Eng which is an industry ...
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Is my advisor right, am I a turn-off? [on hold]

I'm doing a Phd in math. Unfortunately it didn't go very smooth. I'm in the fifth year now, and a Phd is not in sight. This is due to several things, personal problems (I suffered from a depression ...
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What happens when you terminate a UK Ph.D. in the second year?

I've read that after you "pass" the first year of your Ph.D.program you can either continue normally or stop and get a masters degree. What procedure should one follow in the latter case? Do you get ...
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How can a researcher in his early career attract good PhD students?

As stated by the title, I want to know what a researcher in his early career, i.e., having not had any graduated PhD student yet, can do to attract good candidates. The reason I am asking this ...
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Should a “good” Ph.D. student still get some strong supervision?

I am getting closer to the end of Ph.D. studies and in some months I expect to stop the research to seriously work on the thesis. My supervisor has two other students working on slightly different ...
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Does one usually get a notification of receipt of a PhD application?

I sent a PhD application almost 3 weeks ago on a thursday afternoon. As it happened, the next friday was a holiday. Something I noticed after sending the application. Does one get a notification of ...
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What is equivalent degree of Masters by research degree in usa?

There is a degree called “Masters by research” in Australia, in which a researcher basically researches for two years(full time) on the topic or research problem(differs from Phd on many aspects ...
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Is it normal for a PhD program to retract or delay financial offer for international student?

I am an international student and about a week ago emailed my top-choice PI about the current status of my PhD application (top-50 university in USA). He said, that he is going to offer me a position ...
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How do I get out of my problem of not achieving results, feelings of worthlessness, guilt and rejection? [duplicate]

I am currently a PhD student in a biomedical related field. I came a long way. I first did my undergraduate and worked for a few years, though not research related. Later, I identified my research ...
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Does one need a bachelor's in Math, if not a master's, before taking a PhD in Math in the US?

This is actually just a revision of this question in relation to this answer. I ask "Does one need a master's in Math before taking a PhD in Math in the US?" Chris C's answer suggests that in the ...
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What is a MS ALIGN program?

When you look at the requirements of 3.0 gpa and over 100 point in ibt toefl score for non-native speakers, there is no difference from the normal Master's programs, but they require an undergraduate ...
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What GRE verbal score is needed for a non-native English speaker to get into math or applied math PhD programs in the USA? [duplicate]

I am an international student whose native language is not English. I am planning to apply for a Phd program in math or applied math in US in the future and general GRE test is a requirement. From ...
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Which comes first, research or job? [closed]

I currently face some kind of choice in my PhD study: I am a ABT (All But Dissertation), and I will be doing internship in some company this summer. I like this company and I will try to do well in ...
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How to deal with the extreme social hierarchies in research meetings?

It seems to me that academic settings have a very high degree of social hierarchy and I find it very hard to deal with it while being at the bottom of the ladder. Any tips on how to deal with it? I ...
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What are the pros and cons of coursework at the doctoral level? [duplicate]

This is a debatable issue given for me to make inquires on: some people said that coursework should be introduced at the doctoral level while others insist that it should not be introduced, as a PhD ...
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Talks and Workshops at professional conferences like PyCon and various un-conferences

How do you present talks and workshops that you have conducted at various open source events and professional conference and events like un-conferences, in your academic CV and application form for ...
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In places outside the US and Europe, how do I know if the standard is that one applies to a PhD program with a specific PhD advisor already in mind?

Suppose I want to apply to PhD programs at a university outside of the US and Europe. How do I know if most universities there follow what the US is doing or what Europe is doing? Elaboration: How ...
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My GPA is about 3.2 and now I'm worried that I can't apply for Phd in US. am I wrong? [duplicate]

I'm about to finish my Master of Control Eng. in Politecnico Di Milano in Milan(Italy), my GPA is about 3.2 and know I'm doing my thesis now but I'm worried that maybe I can't apply for Phd in US ...
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Reapplying for a PhD with a Master's degree

I am a senior undergrad studying internationally and majoring in electronics. I applied to graduate physics programs in the US. I was able to get into some schools, but not the top ones. I have ...
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Transferring PhD Because of Visa Issues

I was an F1-student in the US but because of some issues, my visa was revoked and I have to leave in my 3rd year of my PhD (at a top 5 school). I have done good work so far and my advisor is quite ...
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Language requirements for postgraduate studies in UK and Canada?

Universities are autonomous institutions with independent requirements and decision making procedures, on the other hand there must be some widely recognized standards. What is the most recognized ...
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How common and expected is it to have published papers or patents as a Master student in Europe?

I am writing my master's thesis and applying for PhD programs in Europe, where Master studies are usually composed of mostly coursework and voluntary research projects. I do not think it is very ...
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Sending several PhD applications to professors in the same university?

I am looking to apply for PhD programs at university XX. My background is in chemical engineering and biotechnology. Said university XX has a very ample offer on these areas and there are several ...
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PhD programs that miss admission decision deadlines

I'm sure I already know the answer to this question, but I feel compelled to ask. With the passing of midnight a couple hours ago, the April 15 deadline to accept/decline offers from graduate schools ...
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What I should write to a professor to decline a PhD offer, while I have accepted it months ago?

In Dec. last year, I got admitted to CUHK as a PhD student, and have chosen my 'future advisor', with whom I had been emailing for several months. Three months later, I recieved HKPFS (Hong Kong PhD ...
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Should I Address a Letter to “Professor” xyz when they are actually a “Lecturer in Discipline”? [duplicate]

I am writing thank-you notes to Professors before I graduate from my Bachelors' program. I am unsure how to address letters to two specific individuals: One is listed as a "Lecturer in Music" on my ...
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How do I find a PhD research area that will be commercially viable?

I want to find a PhD position which will guarantee my ability to obtain a job in industry as a researcher. I need some ideas how to find a research field which companies will want to invest in and ...
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Should someone excited about research but who really wants to earn lots of money do a PhD?

I'm asking on behalf of a friend. He currently holds a temporary position at one of the top research institutes in the country. I know that he is excited about his work because he talks ...
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Phd at same uni as MSc, possible offer but would like to change topic/group if possible

I need some advice on how to diplomatically handle this situation: I will submit my master's thesis in a few weeks, and I am pretty sure that I want to do a PhD afterwards. Research is what I want to ...
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Are Honoris Causa degree worth as much as PHD?

Lately I have seen that some people(some ex-presidents in my country and some others) have been getting the Honoris Causa degree from some universities. Some of which have never even gone to ...
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PhD requires technology - is this something I will have to fund?

I'm applying to do a PhD in Computer Science at a UK university. While I'm up for some funding I've been told it's very competitive so I shouldn't count on it. That's fine, and I'm prepared to self ...
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How serious should I regard the “compliments” in an email denying my application?

A school, whose PhD program I applied to, denied my application with words such as "Your record is strong, but...". I am kind of confused. Is such a reply simply a "polite" way to decline a person? ...
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Why do some universities charge an application fee?

In the high competition of admission in top universities, it is common that every applicant must send lots of applications to different universities/programs to get approval for a PhD program. Some ...
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How can I find an adviser for my PhD study? [closed]

I'm a phd student in applied mathematics and software developer in a university. I have completed my Msc thesis about numerical solutions of stiff differential equations via implicit Runge-Kutta ...
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Is it possible to get a PhD Degree in from USA or Europe after doing Masters from India

I am a Chemical Engineering Masters student from India and I wish to pursue a PhD degree from some reputed US or European Universities. I have heard from my seniors and from internet searches that ...
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About recommendation letters

University requirements might be different but most of them ask for recommendation letters. Leaving everything else (Degree, GPA, publications) they rely heavily on the recommendation letters. Not one ...
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Non-traditional graduate student?

Back in the early 90s I got a Secondary Education degree with double-majors in English and Mathematics. I went on to get an MFA in Poetry from a well-respected department. But I never got a book ...
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Could there be a problem with my PhD supervisor (lack of assertiveness, essentially a “yes woman”)?

I am a first year maths PhD student at a UK university, and I recently made a very long post about potentially quitting my PhD and I am severely lacking motivation (see here for much more details). I ...
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Why are US PhDs different from European PhDs?

So apparently I heard from here, here and here about the differences in PhDs in the US and in Europe. To sum up, it takes longer, on average, in the US than in Europe to finish a PhD since US PhD ...
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Referencing: Which one is more ideal? (cite as from cited or direct cite)?

Well, while carrying out a review of literature for drafting a proposal I found like these in some of previous works (reports). Some benefits of the “certain thing” on xyz are abc( person1, ...
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Phd in theoretical physics after graduation in engineering [closed]

I am graduate student in mechanical engineering but as i always know that i am not for engineering so now i want to do phd in theoretical physics so can you please guide me through this because in ...
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Is it a good practice to put the initial work and improved version (both published) in PhD thesis?

Suppose for my PhD thesis, I solve problems like the following: 1) At the begining I solve one problem 2) Later, before any one improve the results, I myself improve it. Suppose both of the papaers ...
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Honorific for someone who earned a PhD in philosophy itself?

I know that a PhD is now just used to mean doctorate, so what would a person who has a doctorate in philosophy be called?
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How can I gain professional experience for PhD application all by myself?

I love astrophysics and wish to pursue a PhD in a good institute outside my home country India. I did a master in physics (2014) and got a summer project in astrophysics. After my master, I took up ...
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Mathematical creativity: better a high profile or a “laid back” department?

It seems that high profile universities are not the most enjoyable work environment to be in. Even though big institutions attract big names and grant money, it seems to me that the pressure to ...