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What are the common mistakes PhD candidates make in their final defense session?

For a PhD candidate that has done a fine job in their PhD, what are the common mistakes to avoid in a defense session?
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Get a second master to have better references?

I obtained my M. Sc. in mathematics from a decent European university about a year ago (when I was 27). Due to various reasons of personal nature, my marks were the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA, or ...
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What is the meaning of quitting a PhD program? [on hold]

I have a question about the meaning of quitting a PhD program. In other words, I am wondering whether quitting my PhD means that I am not determined in finishing it or I just do not the ...
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Why do people say you shouldn't do a PhD unless you want a career in research?

I know a PhD is supposed to be an apprenticeship for future researchers. But what if you enjoy getting the PhD, but have no intention of doing research in the future? It seems like being a professor ...
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If I didn't learn much in my PhD program, should I do a coursework-based masters in the same field?

I am thinking of quitting my PhD program to leave with a master's degree. I don't think I learned much in my PhD so far, and I would have gained more skills if I got a normal master's and took a ...
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How far into the program should a doctoral candidate transfer to a different school?

I read the thread about PhD students transferring to a different school. How far into the doctoral program can or should such a transfer be done? Related: Is transferring to another university an ...
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Transitioning from music to neuroscience/cognitive science for masters or PhD, how to increase chances of success? [on hold]

What strategy worked (or didn't work) for you? How can one convince them to open the door to someone with a only music degree, but who is otherwise highly capable? I know that Daniel J. Levitin ...
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How do I politely ask a professor to contact another professor he knows to accept me as PhD student?

I sent an email to a professor for possible acceptance as a PhD student, but sometimes it takes too long to hear back. I know another professor, that has a good knowledge (experience) with the first ...
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If supervisor has no expertise in your research work, is it possible to do a PhD under that supervisor?

In my PhD, I am assigned mathematical modeling topics and my supervisor's work is related to mathematical biology. But I don't want to work in mathematical biology. Because actually there is not so ...
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Is having a master's thesis important for US PhD applications in linguistics?

I'm a recent BA graduate. In my field (linguistics), it seems like most successful applicants to PhD programs at top schools have Master's theses, and writing samples in the field are probably the ...
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Will a dishonesty incident destroy the chances of getting into a good PhD program?

This is going to be a long post but I believe is the only way to understand my situation. I studied B.Sc in Information Systems Engineering in a small private university in Latin America, it's not a ...
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Phd in Geochemistry with an F? [duplicate]

I am applying to PhD programs this year, and am very concerned. I had a very good transcript until last quarter, and I failed 1 class. It is my first grade that is lower than a B-. I am retaking the ...
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Is it better to join a PhD or opt for a job in public sector/government? [on hold]

I have completed my undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. I had done my master's thesis at a famous university in my country as a part of my curriculum. Now I am working in the same ...
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Advisor asking me to do review work after my PhD is finished

In the question Is it common to review papers assigned to your supervisor?, it is answered that it is not uncommon for the advisor to ask a student to review a paper. I was ok with it during my PhD ...
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Does it sound like right way of getting Phd? [closed]

I am doing Phd in Management science and engineering. Somehow after two years in the program it feels like data analysis job. I got sales data of one retailing store for two years without any ...
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What exactly is PhD? [closed]

As in this link (http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mathematics/), it has both undergraduate and graduate mathematics courses taught at MIT. After completing these courses,one can start doing PhD, What does ...
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Joining a professor's research group that is full

I am starting my graduate studies in CS this fall. I had 1 particular professor in mind whom I wanted to work with. Before joining, I had a few emails exchanged where prof. asked to setup an ...
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How to finish my PhD dissertation before funding runs out?

I am in the 4th year of my PhD and still has no paper published. I am working on my first ... but it has taken a long time because I had not been very satisfied with that piece of work and had been ...
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Invitation to Phd Position interview at a German (small) University in Physics [closed]

I am invited to an interview at a physics work group in small German University. The professor secretary told me, that she is going to reimburse the travel fee. I was told by some friends that they ...
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Two years into my PhD program, and Mom is dying of cancer. Should I tell my advisor about it?

I just finished my 2nd year of PhD, and my mom has been dying of cancer since the end of my 1st year. She nearly died in January but thankfully pulled through. She was just diagnosed again a few weeks ...
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The university does not want me to include my advisor's name on my PhD dissertation [closed]

My advisor is leaving academia and I will graduating and writing a dissertation on the work that I have done in his lab under his supervision. I have no problem to include him on my dissertation but ...
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Ask for funding before or after applying

I finished my master in computer science about 2 years ago... And I just started to apply for PhD... I have received a prompt reply to one of my email and I really don't know what should I do!? here ...
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Is there any field in which applicants to PhD programs (in any part of the world) usually have publications?

We get occasional questions here from people who are applying to PhD programs, and are worried because they have no publications. This is puzzling to me, because most of my friends in PhD programs did ...
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Is being somewhat unhappy with my research topic a valid reason to change PhD programs (losing a year in the process)?

I am currently in the 5th month of the 6 month probation period before starting a PhD at a very good university in the London. I chose this position over another one in Germany. I'm afraid the reason ...
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About to choose research topic [closed]

I am a phD student joined very recently. I am too confuse to choose my research topic. Whenever I thought any specific problem I found that there are so many research paper already published regarding ...
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What is a “good” PhD dropout rate, and how would we know?

In a few questions/answers on here (e.g., here), passing reference has been made to the difficulty of determining a good/acceptable/healthy dropout rate for a PhD program. However, I haven't seen any ...
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How can a PhD student who passionately hates his project judge whether to keep going, switch projects, or drop out? [closed]

I hate my work. I hate it with a passion and it is making me miserable. Getting out of bed in the morning is possibly the hardest thing that I do every day. I know people say that this is just a ...
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Is there any advantage or disadvantage in completing MS first vs. direct admission into PhD from undergraduate? [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student (civil engineering), and I am considering two options that are available to me: Direction admission into a PhD from undergraduate studies First complete an MS and ...
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Is Ph.D. the right choice for me? [closed]

I am a fresh MSc graduate and now I have to decide what to do in my life. I've always thought taking a Ph.D. but during my MSc thesis many doubts came in my mind. The topic of my thesis was quite ...
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How to get a scholarship for PhD?

I have a master degree in Management with extensive work experience. Now, I wish to continue my education, but cannot afford it without a proper scholarship. As I see, many people have good ...
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Can I change from a PhD to a Masters program before my first semester starts in the same school?

I'm an international student and I'm starting my Ph.D. in Computer Science in an American university this Fall 2015. I didn't get any sort of funding in my first semester and my supervisor told me ...
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Is it alright to reapply to a PhD program you got rejected from if you work on your application? [duplicate]

The main weakness in my application was my weak research experience in the field I applied to. Say I got two new writing samples and greatly improved my research experience. Would it be acceptable for ...
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Taking courses beyond requirements in a Ph.D. program

As I'm starting to look to put together my plan of study, a question popped into my mind: are there, generally speaking, rules against taking additional courses beyond what is required for a Ph.D., or ...
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Can PhD students do summer internship or work part time in US [closed]

I am a PhD student in a engineering discipline in US. My advisor has no funding and I have to be TA in Fall, Winter and spring quarters.I would like to know do you guys know would that be OK if I work ...
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Can PhD students transfer from one campus to another campus of the same University system? [closed]

I've been enrolled in PhD in Computer Science at University of Illinois Chicago for Fall 2015, but I'm thinking of transferring to University of Illinois Urbana Champaign due to it's higher ...
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Can I get masters and PhD in CSE in USA? [duplicate]

I am a student of physics at graduation level.I want to Masters and PHD in CSE in USA. can it possible?
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How to leave graduate school without pain

I am an international student in one of the top universities in Canada. The graduate admission in Canadian university is a little bit different from other countries; if you want to pursue Phd, you ...
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How to address Phd dissertation committee members in email?

I am in the process of notifying my PhD dissertation committee (already formed)on the proposal exam. I would like to send an email to all of them and now I am confused as to how to address them. ...
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EPSRC Industrial CASE Award Funding (I-Case) Computer Ownership [closed]

I am an Engineering I-Case student. I have funding from EPSRC that is topped up by an industrial partner. Some of this funding was used to purchase a computer. There is some discussion regarding ...
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Will it improve my PhD applications if I take a gap year to work on research?

I was a philosophy major who took a bunch of graduate-level classes in linguistics and I wanted to apply to PhD programs in linguistics (in the United States). I had a writing sample in the philosophy ...
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First meeting with my PhD supervisor [closed]

In my country, the graduate school and department assign you to a supervisor based on your research and specialization. After admission, you are expected to formally meet your supervisor. I never ...
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Ousted from PhD by mentor resulting in bad reference [closed]

I am writing about my close friend's serious problem, looking for advice on how to understand and improve the situation. My friend was pursuing his PhD in Israel and things seemed to progress ...
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Should I wait to upskill myself or contact professor about the PhD opening asap?

I'm completing my Masters in Artificial intelligence. My thesis is about the social robotics and cognitive sciences. However, During my Masters, I've self-studied a little about big data and machine ...
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How can I email a CS professor looking for Phd. students? [duplicate]

This year I will submit about 16 aplications to different universities for graduate studies at the US. However, I found that there are new professors looking for Phd. students. So as a foregin student ...
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Losing my TA-ship, need advice [closed]

I am a third year student in a U.S. university and for the past two years I was funded by dept. TA-ship. The new semester is coming but I have not got the TA-ship. I contacted my advisor for help and ...
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Contacting Potential PhD Supervisor: Including grades

I am starting to contact potential supervisors to do a PhD and I am wondering whether (and how) I should include my grades while contacting them. I am in the UK so there is no GPA standard (there is a ...
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Does a PhD improve job prospects in the Aerospace Industry?

I am not even in college yet, but I am trying to get a picture of the relation between academic study and the industry. With the eventual goal of working in the defence or aerospace industry, I've ...
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Should I omit my master's supervisor from Referees list in PhD Application? [duplicate]

I've finished my masters thesis and waiting for results. Meanwhile, I've started searching for PhD position. and I find out one of the requirement of one to three referee contacts, one of them ...
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Activities for welcome event for incoming PhD students?

My department is planning an event (2-3 hours) welcoming incoming PhD students and giving them a chance to meet the rest of the department. So far, the proposed activities for this year's welcome ...
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I want to opensource my code. Is it legal? Can I still publish?

I am a PhD (stipend) student at a Max Planck Institute (for a biological science) here in Germany. I came here to write software, but ended up spending practically all my time doing wet-lab work. As a ...