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Problem with supervisor and …in my PhD program [on hold]

I am a third-year PhD student working in a chemistry lab which I will be entering to my forth year soon. I started to work on something new and very comprehensive project. I am very hard working ...
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Good chemical engineering schools in US for Ph.D? [on hold]

On doing some research, I found some people discussing on various forums that the "top universities" according to the rankings may not always represent how good their program is. So, anybody around ...
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Intellectual Property Assignment Agreements for Ph.D. students - What is normal?

As an incoming Ph.D. student I was asked to sign an intellectual property assignment agreement in addition to an employment contract as a condition for receiving a tuition reduction and a stipend. ...
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Are review articles the result of original observations?

I am about to submit a PhD thesis by published work. The university guidelines states that "the content of the papers should be the result of original observations". I would like to include a review ...
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Phd in mathematical physics (quantum integrability) [on hold]

I would like to know how is the program PhD in mathematical physics in Australia specifically ANU and Queensland? My interest is in quantum integrability, this difficult to find a PhD in this area, ...
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Speaking to experience in a statement of purpose for a PhD program.

I am beginning the process of applying to PhD programs in Neuroscience for a fall 2015 start. I will be graduating this December with a Bachelor's in biology and math. I have been working as a ...
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Ivy League, a realistic option? [on hold]

I am a chem eng student in my last year, I have co-authored two papers and my CGPA is 3.67 as of now (2 semesters remaining and I hope to improve that; also all my semesters have a GPA above 3.8 ...
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How to contact a PI when I have been out of the system for a while?

I want to do a biology/biotech related PhD in Germany, I have an MSc in the field and some good ideas about what I'd like to research (biofilms and/or synthetic biology, those really excite me) but in ...
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Is a PhD needed after an MD if one wants to pursue a research career?

I have completed my MD. I am more interested in research than in clinical practice. I know there are post-doc positions available which accept post-MD candidates. Still I am thinking of doing a PhD in ...
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Is it difficult to get admission to a phd in stem cell biology in Europe?

I am looking for a phd position in stem cell biology and have been trying very hard for the last 6 months in Germany or any European country. I have tried to contact many professors via mail but have ...
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How does the PhD experience differ for paying students?

Some PhD programs offer students an opportunity to either pay for the PhD themselves or to take a teaching assistantship in exchange for a tuition waiver. Aside from a lack of teaching duties, are ...
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What are financial prospects for a postdoc as compared to a PhD student without funding?

I am going to start my PhD, unfortunately, I did not get any funding. I am thinking of taking a loan so that I could focus more on my PhD studies, but the loan will need to be repaid after PhD. ...
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What are the career prospects of doing a theoretical computer science PhD.?

I am a 27 year old (ex-)physics graduate student and I am quitting this graduate program to enter a new PhD. program in theoretical CS. As for mathematics background - I have always been interested in ...
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Inquiry for Ph.D admissions in European countries [duplicate]

I want to pursue a Ph.D in Chemistry and the destinations of my choice are Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands and Sweden. Can anyone please tell me the scholarships and fellowships available to which ...
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Chances of Acceptance after Institutional Action

During my undergraduate career I was found guilty of academic dishonesty and suspended for 1 semester. Because of this, I was obviously distressed and reevaluated my position as a student. After much ...
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How to progress after an MA in field of TESOL and Linguistics in the UK or Europe or another developed country?

I'm midway through my MA TESOL with Applied Linguistics. I'm wondering what is the next step, both academically and also in terms of career options? Thanks
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How to negotiate a research career offer which has no salary for the employee?

I was an international student and graduated 3 years ago. Now I want to continue my research career instead of working in the industry. I worked for free for a professor for one month last year. It ...
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Help on my dilemma [closed]

I hope this is the right place to ask this question. I finished my degree in Computer Science this semester, and since my 2nd year that I have interest in doing research(in CS). The problem is: Even ...
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Should I take undergraduate CS classes if all I do is applied software dev and data science?

I am a PhD student in social science who got interested in programming via data analysis in R and various utility tools in Python, SQL, Java (for web scraping, data querying, etc.). I am considering ...
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Can you get a tenure-track position in philosophy with a J.D.?

As stated in the title, I'm wondering if someone could shed some light on whether it is possible to land a tenure-track position in philosophy with a J.D. By way of background, I double majored in ...
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Is there any option to defer the admission if accepted at a grad school? [duplicate]

I'm a sophomore in masters in chemical engineering and I wanted to apply to grad schools in USA and Canada for PhD. The thing is, my program here for masters is not time bound. It may take me between ...
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Is the minimum GPA required for Graduate school a cut-off criteria or a general guideline?

I am a senior year undergrad student from a prestigious institute in India. I intend to pursue a PhD after graduating. While researching universities, I stumbled upon the fact that many of the top ...
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Differences between cover letter and research plan?

I want to apply for a PhD positions and it says to include the following: a cover letter Research plan – this should be a personal statement motivating why you are applying for this position I ...
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Should I switch to PhD or graduate with a Master's?

I am doing Master's in Applied Science in Civil Engineering. In my research I work with big data analysis which has gotten a fancy new name in past few years "Data Science". When I joined the master's ...
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Will I be able to get in to a PHd with a 2.5 GPA? [duplicate]

I'm a third year Computer Engineering student at a Asian University, I currently have 2.5 average GPA and this is the 6th semester, I have two more semesters to go and a industrial training probably ...
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Should I do a dual Ph.D.?

So there are already some good questions on the topic of double doctorates: Is doing two PHDs a good path? When does one go for a double doctorate? I'm looking for some advice specific to my ...
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As a PhD student in Germany, would I retain student status for tax purposes?

I am currently pursuing my masters degree in computer science from TU Munich, and I would love to pursue my PhD soon after my graduation, but I am worried about the finances at the same time. What I ...
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Transitioning from languages to neuroscience/cognitive science

I have background in languages (BA in English Literature and Teaching in China, MA Conference Interpreting in Manchester, UK) and I am eager to do a PhD in cognitive science in the UK. During my MA ...
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Should I apply for PhD program this year after one semester of research experience, or wait another year?

I am doing BS Computer Science. I will be starting my final year in August and my CGPA is 3.05. I don't have any research experience yet but I am pretty sure that I want to get a PhD degree. Will 3-4 ...
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Master thesis supervisor offers PhD position, but I am hesitating

I did pretty much all my important bachelor and master courses within one working group, which maybe was not that efficient, but it offers a very nice and comfortable environment and colleagues. ...
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How to prepare for objective type "subject'' test of Electrical Engineering?

I have done my Masters in Electrical Engineering. Now I want to pursue for PhD in EE. To get admission in PhD there is a GRE-subject kind of test which must be passed. It has 100 MCQs (each equals one ...
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Thinking about switching to a Masters from a PhD, advisor wants a decision now

Main Question: Three semesters into a PhD program, I am still unhappy with my project. I am currently in a summer internship where I was offered a job, and as I have enjoyed it so far and they pay ...
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Has a doctoral degree any value outside of its main area?

The phd area is Computer Science and the other area can be anything - if this info makes any difference... I am asking from the practical point of view, specially something that can be evidenced by ...
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Is it possible for me to seek a Ph.D. position in the future?

Currently, I am a M.S. student in Applied Mathematics division, and I will graduate in the coming Dec, 2014. But I want to apply to a PhD. program to continue my study. But I have a complicated ...
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Quitting PhD upon advisor's suggestion

I am a 2nd-year (starting 3rd year) international PhD student at a top-10 electrical engineering program in the US. I've started this program right after BS without giving it much thought because I ...
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Can we get a PhD in mathematics without publishing?

Do many universities allow students to get a PhD in mathematics without publishing a paper?
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Percentage of PhD's in mathematics with no publications

I have recently read the following statistics in the book "The Survival of a Mathematician: From Tenure to Emeritus" by Steven G. Krantz, which seems a little odd: It is a hard fact that more than ...
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Including own review article in Thesis?

I am currently writing the introduction to my PhD thesis and have one specific doubt about how to include or cite a review article that I have published with jointly with my supervisors. In my ...
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Can someone change PhD supervisor without changing research direction?

Background: My supervisor wants to quit my supervision due to reasons beyond his control. He suggested few colleagues to replace him. My only concern is that I be asked to switch my current research ...
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How to choose a topic for a PhD in organisational behaviour?

I want to do phd in organisational behaviour. However, I am confused about how to chose a topic. Beyond general strategies for choosing a topic discussed here are there any specific strategies for ...
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Is it normal to have no publications after 2.5 years in a PhD program?

Background: I started my Ph.D two and half years ago in engineering/computer science field. I was pushed by my supervisor into a direction which he thought would be good (He switched directions and he ...
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Publishing at a venue without ACM/IEEE brand?

My PhD Supervisor asked me to submit one of my work at an upcoming International Conference. He is amongst the PC members. I was having a look at its PC members, the Advisory committee etc. It boasts ...
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How to prepare for PhD. Application? [duplicate]

I am currently a first year student at Indian Institute of Science, Education & Research in the 5 year BS -MS Integrated Programme. I would like to do my PhD. in Mathematics, preferably in the ...
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Have applied to, and been rejected from, a number of PhD positions; are they really so difficult to get?

I am a student who graduated with a Master from a German university in April this year, majored in materials science, willing to further pursue a PHD degree in a European university (or possibly a ...
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How should an undergrad student prepare to get into top college for PhD? [duplicate]

I am pursuing computer science engineering and just got into second year. I want to know what all should I do to increase my chances to achieve so. I know that some similar questions exist here but ...
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How important is advisor's supervision for a Ph.D. student to be an independent researcher?

I have seen one extreme of the spectrum, where a person conducts great research without even attending college. For a student to become an independent researcher, how much is on the advisor's shoulder ...
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How to correct a fundamental error in a series of papers made by a colleague of your adviser?

I am a PhD student in mathematics. I recently found a fundamental error in a method used in a series of papers. My adviser confirmed that. One of those wrong papers was authored by a researcher who ...
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Plagiarism-checker to prevent self-plagiarism

I am working on my PhD thesis and have to write a monograph based on my publications. To prevent that I plagiarize myself, I came up with the idea to automatically check my thesis against my ...
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How to come up with research questions that are well-defined and suitable in scope and relatedness for a thesis?

I have decided on the area I want to contribute to, and have found a basic but huge problem for my research. Now my professor told me to redefine the area, so to break the, at the moment, huge area ...
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What are the most important questions to your phd professor after the proposal stage

I am a newbie in the PhD world (just started out). I have just finished my proposal and therefore committed to a problem I want to research and solve. However, my professor does not advise me much. ...