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

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Do you think I am a PhD material? [on hold]

I designed robots, worked on projects for many years. I even started to build things while I was in high school. During my undergraduate, I involved with meaningful research, worked as a research ...
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As a masters student what should I do in the coming two years to be eligible for a top PhD program in computer science? [on hold]

I am going to start my master's degree in CS at University of Florida. what are the main factors I should keep in mind if I want to go for PHD in Top 10-20 universities in computer science. 1.) What ...
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What is expected in a masters thesis of a mathematics student?

What is the level of work expected in the masters thesis of a student of maths? I know some people's works are worthy of publications while some involve only studying some topic in detail from a book ...
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Graduate Program or Ph.D [on hold]

I am currently at the end of my 3rd years of engineering school (in France, so I am searching for a position) and I have an opportunity in a labo located near Paris for a Ph.D. At the same time, a ...
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To what depth can a new algorithm be presented while applying for PhD?

I am applying for PhD to German and Finnish universities. I do not have any publication date. Hence there is no direct proof that I can do the research. However I am working on an algorithm. The ...
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Applying for jobs outside academia: when and what kind of jobs are out there? [on hold]

I am at the end of my PhD. I am considering switching to the private sector and find a job in some company. There are two main questions I did not find an answer yet: Is there some professional ...
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How should I approach a situation where my head of department doesn't want me there?

I'm in my first year of a PhD programme in the UK. In this year of the programme we do a few short projects with different supervisors and then choose a supervisor and project for the next 3 years. ...
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Having a retired professor write my letter of recommendation, [duplicate]

One of my math professors (in a U.S. university) retired this semester. He was one person that I had planned on asking to write my letters of recommendation this coming fall semester, when I send out ...
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Most important criteria to choose a PhD for a career in financial services [duplicate]

I got three offers for a PhD in statistics in the UK: A well-known university, but without funding. A quite well-known university, with funding. A not-so-well-known university, with funding. I ...
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How to get funding in a US PhD program after losing TA position due to poor performance?

I am a foreign PhD student at a us university. I just finished my first year and lost my teaching assistant position. I excelled at my academic work. I got As and a 4 GPA. Unfortunately, I did ...
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Better to give a poor/unfinished talk at a conference or cancel it?

Here's my dilemma. I met a post-doc at a conference a while back, and told him about the project I was working on at the time, and he subsequently invited me to give a talk in a session at an upcoming ...
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For Phd, Which one is more important: Department or universty? [on hold]

I am very confused, i dont know which to Chose? I have Bachelor and Master of Multimedia. which is a new dgree blending media with Computer Scinces, Now; i got admitted to : Florence University | ...
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Exclusion from PhD in Economics selection in Italy for degree [closed]

I received an exclusion email from Italian University for PhD in Management program due to not eligbility. I earned 4-year bachelor's degree (Vietnam) and one-year second level master diploma (Italy) ...
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Using acronyms as paper keywords

I know that keywords do not matter that much any more, however they are still required by some conferences and journals. Is it a good idea to include acronyms in the keyword field that are not ...
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I am determined to be a professor, should I quit my low-tier Ph.D. program and go to a higher-tier school for a PhD.? [closed]

I have been studying as a computer science Ph.D student for 3 years in a relatively low-tier school. I have done pretty bad during my first 1-2 years as an undergraduate. Even though I have received ...
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Should I quit my average interesting long-term contract for a 12 months interesting postdoc in photovoltaics experimental physics ? [closed]

[I am French, so my english is not perfect ...] 2 years later I graduated from my Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics. That was a nice time however tough sometimes. Then I was unemployed for about ...
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What are some good ways to figure out one's interests in mathematics, before applying to PhD programs?

Are there mathematics seminars to attend in the summer, or do they typically only occur during the academic year? I am referring to American universities. An idea I had last night was to YouTube ...
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What to write in first mail to a role-model researcher for PhD position? [duplicate]

I have been following a researcher since last three years and have read all most all of his research papers (whichever is freely available). At the same time, I have been continuously upgrading my ...
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Should I do a post doc? Good thesis but no papers (yet) [closed]

I am finishing writing my thesis in physics, where I present a new kind of microscope. I think it's a good work but I have no papers out yet, also because of a perfectionist supervisor. I have been ...
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Correct abbreviation for current PhD student

Several questions address the PhD. student/candidate issue. However, I stumbled upon the question of the correct abbreviation for a PhD. student. Indeed, one of my co-authors (technically an MSc., she ...
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What are the differences between a PhD in Statistics and a PhD in Applied Math?

Both types of programs will have predominantly undergraduate / master's level mathematics majors, both programs' students will likely take courses in measure-theoretic probability theory (so that ...
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How to stay motivated during the final year of the PhD program? [duplicate]

I used to be an extremely motivated and a goal-oriented person. But it's been three years that I go through long periods of unproductively, usually followed by a short period of productivity. It's my ...
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Slides for a brief presentation at a PhD Interview

I am soon attending a PhD Interview (Condensed matter Theory). The interview is divided in two steps: a first interview with a selection comitee, where I have to prepeare a presentation 6 minutes ...
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How to avoid crossing my advisor if I write a paper as a sole author?

A bit of a controversial question here. I am a PhD student currently away from campus on an internship in another state (in the US). I left campus with my advisor-provided laptop and some dataset I ...
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Handling grade disputes in grad school

I'm a rising second-year PhD student at a big state university in the US. I'm seeking advice regarding the possibility of disputing a grade received this past semester in one of my core PhD courses. ...
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Publishing poor research at advisor's request

I'm currently in the first year of my PhD. Some time ago I published a paper at a very small, accessible venue because I was required to do so by my advisor. It was my first publication, and I wasn't ...
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How many math PhD spots are offered each year by the top 50 US programs?

I'm trying to estimate how many math PhD offers are awarded each year in the United States, say at the top 50 schools, if that constraint helps. (I'm interested in departments called "math," not ...
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Structure of a dissertation with two (fairly) disjoint topics

I am writing a PhD dissertation that contains two main themes/topics. These topics are fairly different from each other, but they do have (some!) common threads. Within each theme, I have two rather ...
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What should I write for “Research and Teaching Merits” when applying online for a PhD?

Recently, I want to apply for a PhD position in a place which uses an online system to submit applications. The position is going be filled by either a PhD student or a Postdoc. There is a section in ...
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Personal quote at the beginning of a PhD thesis?

Is it appropriate to put at the beginning of my PhD thesis a personal quote that very few people would understand ? Could it make my work seem not serious ? More specifically, it would be lyrics from ...
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Supervisor gave my PhD project to another student

I am a PhD student in life sciences. My PhD project goal is to analyze specific data and to check totaly new idea in the field I am working. This project is risky, however much promising. With ...
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Chance of getting into engineering PhD if I have good references and research experience but don't satisfy 3.0 GPA requirement? [duplicate]

I graduated with 2.7 undergrad, and currently pursuing a masters degree and will graduate with 3.3. I plan to apply for PhD programs in engineering for 2017 Fall. Here is my question: Many schools ...
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How faculty might assess a PhD applicant who already has a PhD degree?

What concerns/worries a potential PhD supervisor might have when he/she sees an application from someone who already has a PhD and applying for the second one? The fields of study are distantly ...
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Why there is “Dr.” before name of PhD degree holder?

Is it right practice to place "Dr." before name of PhD degree holder? What is reason for placing such "Doctor" label before name?
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My advisor does not provide any solutions and wants me to work alone

So, my advisor works in a group style, meaning we have these weekly meetings, where all of his PhD students and RAs are present. We plan the work ahead and set aims, but these aims are always very ...
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What's the impact of former university's transcript on PhD application?

I'm a junior majoring in chemistry and have a plan for applying Ph.D. after graduation. My current GPA is not distinct, just 3.65 out of 4 (Many people say 3.7 is competitive while 3.6 is like average ...
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What does potential PhD adviser want to see from a candidate that is applying for a second PhD/restarting a PhD?

I'm about to (not)graduate from a grad school. I've put "(not)" intentionally. This is my situation. I started working on a project that was new to our research group. The new topic only remotely ...
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Is choosing to study algebra during a math PhD riskier than studying analysis? [closed]

I've noticed that some algebra / number theory / geometry students seem to come to a dead-end in mathematics and tell me, "yea, no more math for me, no way, can't wait to be done with it", while the ...
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Benefits to supervisor presence at viva in the UK?

I was wondering if anyone can help me decide if I should ask my supervisor to be present at my Viva.
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When applying to a Phd in Physics or Math , do grades in unrelated courses I took have any effect on my admission?

I'm currently studying (Undergraduate) Physics in a University where, regardless of their department, every student must take some English, Turkish and History courses, which I don't want to attend. ...
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How to include incremental research in the thesis

I employ an incremental approach for my PhD research. In other words, at first, I propose a method to solve a problem and publish a paper about it. Then, I update my method by either improving its ...
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publication without sponsor's permission whether will cause illegal problem [closed]

My work is currently sponsored by a company, but i did not sign any type of agreement. Our sponsor always want better results, which had lead us to have no publications record, although our result is ...
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How important is the Ph.D. Thesis?

It may sound an insincere question but bear with me, please. I am just starting to write my thesis. I got some good publications along the way, and I have a couple under review which I hope will get ...
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Reputation of Masters thesis supervisor

I have two options for my masters thesis (theoretical physics), Professors A and B. A is senior and globally renowned. B is very junior but appears to be making a strong impact in the field. When ...
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How to get recommendations for PhD program when outside academia

I'm looking into applying to another grad school to get another PhD, whether again in mathematics or a closely related subject. In assembling the application, where I should get recommendations from? ...
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Coming up with a PhD Research Topic after 10 years away from academics

I am looking at going back to University after almost 10 years in the Corporate World (I am exploring a PhD in Business and Quantitative Methods in Spain...line of Research is in "Innovation, ...
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Start-up based on PhD: inside or outside the university?

I am currently in the half of my PhD in computer science, and I would like to build a start-up from the algorithms I developed. I have doubts whether is the case to involve my advisor in this: If I ...
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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 ...