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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 [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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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What are good strategies for doing PhD research in CS? [on hold]

I heard an advice how to do your PhD research in CS: simply solve the problems you see around This is a simple strategy, but i doubt a good one: in the middle you may find yourself with a bunch ...
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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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When entire labs go to conferences [on hold]

I'm an incoming graduate student to a program that does lab rotations, and have a bit of a stupid question... If during my rotation there is conference for which the entire lab goes to (likely to ...
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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 [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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 ...
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Biochemistry/Computer Science BS applying for top 10 Computer Science PhD

I am currently an undergraduate student at a large state university. I have good grades (>3.90 GPA) in Biochemistry and I am now adding computer science courses. I am doing equally well in those ...
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When is a proper time to consider quitting a phd?

I am considering the possibility to quit from the phd program I am involved in ( to be completely honest it is not me BiA considering that, but another person that wants to remain anonymous ) The ...
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apply US professor/faculty position without PhD advisor's reference letter [duplicate]

I got my PhD degree from the one of the most excellent universities in Asia and am currently postdoc in US. However, I had the worst nightmare PhD advisor who thought his own students as potential ...
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Post doc Finance value? [closed]

Is post doc in finance valuable or nor ! Top universities for Post doc in Finance in world especially in Europe ?
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PhD scholarship in nanoporous material; how to advertise?

I would like to advertise some PhD scholarship positions located a Sydney, Australia in the fabrication of novel nanoporous material like mesoporous silica. I am finding that it is not straightforward ...
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Changing careers to teach Mathematics

I am currently trying to change careers after doing postdoc physics research for many years and not being able to obtain a research faculty position. I really enjoyed my university teaching ...
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How should I email a group member from an international group in my area that I previously worked with?

I am PhD student in biomedical signal processing area. Before starting my PhD in January 2015, I was researcher in a research group in which I had the opportunity to know one of the best researchers ...
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Dropped out of maths PhD - options for later on? [duplicate]

Over the last month or so I wrote a couple of posts about me worrying a lot about the way my mathematics PhD supervisor was dealing with things. Looking back on these my worries were unjustified and I ...
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GRE Mathematics or scientific paper to apply for direct PhD in Computer Science [duplicate]

As you may already know from the title, my question is about direct PhD in CS. I am currently studying in Electrical Engineering (bachelor degree) in Germany and I am planning to apply for direct PhD ...
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Fear of Grad School Admission [duplicate]

This is my first post on this forum and to be honest, I am freaking out a little bit. I would like explain a little bit of my situation and let you all know what my dreams are. I greatly appreciate ...
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Publishing PhD Student's Provisional Report

Our PhD students have to complete an interim provisional report during their first year. This report usually comprises a good literature review, a statement of the problem the student will address in ...
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How to write PIs asking for PhD position?

I have read here that the best way is to keep it simple, be short and ask for meetings, which is a bit generic way to ask for a job. I agree more with the discussion posted here by a student in a ...
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Using papers published before admission to partially fulfill PhD requirements

Some papers I wrote recently as an independent researcher, several years after receiving my Bachelor's degree have been accepted at good CS conferences (rank B in the CORE conference ranking). I'm ...
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What are the main differences between principal component analysis PCA and factor analysis [migrated]

I have used PCA in my thesis and would like to argue (in best way) during viva the choice in addition to the fact that PCA analyses the variance of the observed items whereas FA analyses covariance. ...
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Is it possible to get into neuroscience PhD program without any research experience? [duplicate]

A little bit of background. I did my undergraduate degree in medicine i.e. MBBS. I was always inclined towards academia and research, so I went for masters in human anatomy from UK (it was a taught ...
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Taking a break between master’s and PhD in Physics

To any PhD holders or candidates out there, how common is it to take a break after your master’s before applying for a PhD course? I currently have my master’s and due to bond fulfillment have a ...
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What does a PhD application rejection mean for other applications?

If you applied to several PhD projects, all in the same "level" of university prestige. Could a refusal from one of these applications be interpreted as a inadequacy for the rest?. Could it mean the ...
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Is it true that a full Ph.D. is a disadvantage for technical positions in the private sector? [closed]

If you do work that requires a technical skillset (ex. programming, data science) and plan to work in the private sector. Is completing the Ph.D. degree a disadvantage in terms of what opportunities ...
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PhD in Theoretical Computer Science after MSc in Engineering [duplicate]

I'm an European M.Sc. Computer Engineering student, and I'd be interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science. My mathematics background covers the core engineering courses (calculus, ...
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How many PhD programs does the average STEM applicant apply to in Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)?

I was wondering if there are data on the number of applications that people make to PhD programs in Europe (Ger, At, CH). My guess is that it depends on the area/field, in particular I am looking for ...
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PhD application denial - Is it usual to ask reasons/recommendations?

I got a denial to a PhD application I sent. The mail basically stated that they had picked another candidate and wished me luck. I am doing my master in a German university and I applied to another ...
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What makes one fail a PhD viva?

I do not ask about special cases, e.g. supervisor does not approve the thesis, there is rivalry between the supervisor and the examiners and so on. Is there any general standard for viva, e.g. one ...
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Deferring Admission to reapply for some PhD programs next year

This question is related to one of my previous questions: Changing University in First year of Phd I just completed my senior year. I have been accepted to a grad school (say University X). I want ...
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How to best present a PhD application when moving from professional work without a masters or honours degree?

I have been invited by a potential supervisor to apply for a PhD scholarship based on some research I have done in a professional role. I have a history of presenting this kind of work at mixed ...
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Changing University in First year of Phd

I just completed my senior year. I have been accepted to a grad school (say University X). CASE A: I am quite familiar with the fact that one shouldn't change grad schools during a PhD. It is highly ...
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What are my chances of being accepted in a Ph.D. program with poor M.Sc. grades?

I'm currently studying for a computer science Masters degree in a top UK university and I wish to pursue a career in academia by getting a Ph.D. degree. I got perfect coursework grades, however, I ...
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How do you explain your pure maths PhD?

Let's say you are at the pub and random layperson asks you the question: "So I heard you did a PhD. What was it on?" What do you do if your PhD was in pure maths. What techniques can you use that ...