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

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Questionable content in student's theses

If having some questionable aspects in the thesis - like not elaborated and rather simple theoretical models -, that did not influence the whole work and results, but might still arise the thought ...
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How is Study Abroad regarded by PhD admissions committees?

Does study abroad help enhance a PhD candidate's profile or does it not carry much weight at all? Let's say I took "regular" coursework while on study abroad for a semester, like a core course and ...
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What should I say to my project advisor who thinks I may not get a Ph.D position?

I am an undergraduate student who is looking forward to work in Theoretical Physics in the future and therefore, I chose a project advisor who is a string theorist. But since, my grades are average ...
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Wanting to learn more about PhD by research in History [on hold]

I live in the US. I would like to pursue a PhD in History by research. I understand these are fairly common in the UK. How can I go about learning more about the process and differences with ...
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Can a PhD thesis be confidential?

A colleague of mine had an excellent PhD project and she published good papers during her PhD. When I asked her to give me her PhD thesis, she told me she can't because her PhD project was ...
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What is - if any - the difference between PhD and doctor? [duplicate]

In a Simpsons episode of season 25 the dialoge Monsarno Rep: Say hello to our chief scientist. Everyone: Augh! Sideshow Bob! Sideshow Bob: Dr. Sideshow Bob. Homer: Real doctor or PhD? Sideshow Bob: ...
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Is this a good way to finish a PhD current status conference?

First of all sorry if I commit any mistake in this question, I read all the instructions but it´s my first one on this useful site: I am finishing some diapositives for a PhD current status ...
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Do you necessarily need to wait one year before attending a PhD in the US?

I see many LinkedIn profiles from Ivy League graduates that start a Ph.D. program only a few months after they get their Bachelor's (assuming that they graduate early in the summer). Given that ...
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Citing oneself in PhD application documents: Good or bad?

Some PhD applications I've gone through involved submitting a research proposal, statement of interests and/or a sample article review (e.g. of a specific, pre-determined article which has relevance ...
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Status still “ Editor Assignment Pending” after 8 weeks [duplicate]

I submitted my paper in Journal of Intelligent Information Systems (springer) The journal says the average time from submission to decision is 1 month, but after 8 weeks the paper status is still ...
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Listing rudimentary language proficiency in an application in that country despite English being working language

Should a person list his/her (very basic) knowledge of a language spoken in a country he may be working in on an application for a position in that country, even if the language really isn't necessary ...
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Why doesn't a master's thesis get read by a PhD admissions committee?

I have heard from three professors internally at my school that my master's thesis will likely not be looked at by Phd admissions committees - these professors are frequently on the admissions ...
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How long should you wait for a professor who's late for class? [closed]

I've heard that you should wait 15 minutes for a professor who is late to a class, before leaving. Some of my classmates have said that the 15 minute rule is only for professors without PhD's, and ...
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I don't want to kill any more mice, but my advisor insists that I must in order to get my PhD

When my supervisor pitched the PhD to me, it was all about analyzing "big data". I had BSc/MSc experience in wet-lab biology (mainly culturing cells), however I wanted to branch out into ...
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Can I attend a PhD program with the intent to transfer my PhD credits to an MS and after 2 years, apply to a better university for a PhD?

I have been admitted to a PhD program at a US university in the department of physics. The department ranking is 100 (according to the US News ranking). In the PhD program, most of the students in ...
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How well is “I want to do research at a big company” received during a PhD application?

Is it somehow "taboo" to mention planning on leaving Academia™ after having finished one's PhD program?-- I've been at a couple of interviews for PhD positions at which the following question was ...
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Which non-academic projects/experiences to mention in a PhD application?

I want to research as a PhD student after several years of being away from academia but am unsure which non-academic positions to include, how many of them, and how to describe them: The PhD will be ...
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Applying to do a PhD after a(n unsuccessful) period of job hopping

Disclaimer: Since this question is explicitly about applying to do a PhD, I figured that the Academia SE was a better fit than Workplace, but do correct me if I'm wrong. How can I explicitly, ...
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PhD project topic on BSM [closed]

I have just started a PhD on Beyond SM physics. I had a chat with my supervisor, and he told me to look around to find out what sort of topics interest me. He is on the borderline between a ...
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Have I given my PhD supervisor enough time to react to serious issues before raising it above their head?

I've been having doubts about the progress I've been making during the start of my PhD. About 2 weeks before I was due to go abroad for a placement at another lab I raised these concerns with my ...
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Visiting assistant professor position vs Post-doc position

I have couple of offers for a visiting assistant professor (VAP) and for post-doc positions. I'm debating which to choose. I'm finalizing my PhD now at a top 50 R1 school in engineering. The VAP ...
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High ranked college phD vs low ranked college phD, which one to choose? [duplicate]

Does completing phD from a highly ranked university has benefits over completing phD over a lower ranked University? I am only talking about the college rankings and not about the advisor rankings ...
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How to write a good essay for phD application?

I have completed my Bachelors of Engineering and I now want to purse my PhD in Computer Science. I have written essays for my Masters application before and I am familiar with the context of those ...
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Is a PhD in a specific field of mathematics (combinatorics) instead of a mathematics PhD disadvantageous in faculty applications?

In recent years I have become aware of a few PhD programs specifically in combinatorics and optimization. Most notably, Georgia Tech and Carnegie Mellon both have PhD programs in Algorithms, ...
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I am an engineer by qualification. But want to do a PhD in marketing. Is it possible? Or am I day dreaming? [duplicate]

I wish to get into a PhD program at a US/Canada university in marketing. I have five years experience in international marketing. By qualification, I am an engineer. I graduated from LSU with a ...
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Thesis: supervisor's project or my project?

Two years into my PhD, I am troubled by a situation that made me having to decide on whether to focus mainly on my supervisor's assigned project or my own project as part of my thesis. The story ...
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Should I include my acknowledgements, when sending dissertation revisions to my adviser? [duplicate]

So I just finished writing my dissertation. WHEW!!!! I had some minor revisions, so my adviser needs to sign off on it before I submit it to the school. Naturally, I am going to thank my adviser in my ...
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Second PhD in Astro after a PhD in CMT (Physics) [duplicate]

Okay here is the current situation. I am entering my second year in my PhD program and most of my options of joining the Theoretical astrophysics groups are closed ( no professors working in that ...
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I have accepted a PhD offer. When to contact potential supervisors?

I have accepted an offer for a CS PhD at a US university. Unlike most other schools to which I applied, this university does not require that incoming students immediately start working for a ...
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Two PhD's in different UK universities, simultaneously, part-time: absurd idea?

I have what might seem like the nicest problem in the world: I've got offered funding for both of my dream PhD's. I am stunned, incredulous, gobsmacked, but also deeply confused: both are with ...
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Do I not have the personality for a PhD?

I've been in the PhD program for a couple years now and I feel like people have a lot of expectations about the way I should think and feel about things. Not just my technical competence, but also my ...
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Writing a Master's thesis for 2 years … is that appropriate?

I am currently three months into writing a Master's thesis for a Master's degree in Mathematics, and the school I am currently attending is a California state university. I was asking my thesis ...
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I have to read a paper for my PhD qualifying exams but I don't understand any of it. Does that mean I fail? [closed]

My committee assigned me to read a paper. But there is a lot of notation I don't understand. I tried looking at papers in the reference list and I can't really find anything that explains all the ...
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Math Adjunct Professor positions and salary in a big city

From searching online, I see that the salaries for math adjunct professors are about 36k. That's insanely low for New York City standards. An undergraduate business school student that graduates from ...
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How much teaching is expected on a CV for a graduating PhD student (mathematics)?

In previous comments/discussion (which I cannot find at this moment) a few people from this site noted that PhD students (in math/CS) should make sure they acquire a good amount of teaching experience ...
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Should I give up on trying to get into a PhD program?

I majored in philosophy, Late in my undergrad career, I decided I wanted to get into linguistics instead, so I applied for PhD programs. I had a 3.95 GPA, had taken around 15 graduate-level courses as ...
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Eternal Doctoral Thesis

How can I help a friend who is working on a doctoral thesis since about 10 years? It seems to me that achieving a doctoral degree is close to impossible at that point. I am sure that there is no ...
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Does being an older PhD applicant for U.S. universities mean there is less chance to be accepted with funding?

I have heard this myth many times and have decided to ask the question here. So, is there any truth to it? Does an older applicant, say, 10 years older than the typical undergraduate, with equally ...
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Are papers presented special sessions regarded inferior?

I am doing my PHD in computer-engineering (1st year), and am publishing at computer science and hardware conferences. My department receives requests all the time, on confernces with high probability ...
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Starting a PhD got unexpectedly cancelled; what now? [closed]

I was supposed to start a PhD this summer. Unfortunately, it got canceled. While it was initiated by me, I did not want to do it – I just had to. Given the financial losses, I am not able to relocate ...
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Recommendation letter and Deferring Application in the US Universities [closed]

In this fall 2016 I was offered a full Funding admission (PhD, Chemistry) from a university A. I applied a few other universities too. Some of them haven't given any decision but hey have taken all ...
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Can you get a Mathematics PhD if you're an engineer? [duplicate]

I'm a Software Engineering and Mathematics student. And I'll probably get my engineering degree much sooner than my Maths degree (I'm not sure I'll get it, but I'll try, as Eng. takes a lot of time ...
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What should I do if I want to work in computer science but my advisor actively despises the field?

I am a PhD student in computer science. My advisor is a Professor in another department and complains that computer science has a poor culture, where people publish lots of rubbish papers instead of ...
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how to submit my paper publications for self phd submission [duplicate]

I have published papers in Elsevier journal, but i have not registered for phd, is there any university which allows self submission. if so what are the rules and regulations. i have more than 10 ...
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Concerns about a very old PhD advisor?

I’m thinking about taking a 70-year old math professor as my PhD advisor, in a US school. I like his teaching and research. If I don’t choose him, I would probably have to switch fields, which I can ...
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3-publication requirement for PhD [duplicate]

I'm halfway through a PhD, and our university is introducing a rule that a candidate has to have three publications submitted to pass. This rules seems so unreasonable to me, bad for students (who ...
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My advisor demands second authorship, but my collaborator contributed much more than him. I don't want to be unethical, what should I do?

My PhD supervisor has contributed 0% to my research and he even does not know the basics of my research. On the other hand, I have a collaborator from another university who has contributed ...
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Options with a Diploma in Theoretical Physics (A failed MSc)

To put this bluntly a number of our class are facing a real prospect of failing their finals myself included. By fail I mean not obtain MSc. and instead obtain a Diploma. What are our options if we ...
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How does one switch PhD advisors without being on a fellowship?

What's the best way to switch PhD advisors/or get a taste for working with a potential advisor without being on a fellowship? In other words how would I convince a potential advisor to fund me + ...
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can you enlist the best math/stat courses finished before apply for PhD Statistics? [closed]

I have a masters in Economics (graduated 2010) w/ three econometrics courses and a math course that went up to introducing differential equations (very basic). Then I went ahead and started working in ...