5
votes
1answer
964 views

Have applied to, and been rejected from, a number of PhD positions; are they really so difficult to get?

I am a non-EU citizen who graduated with a Master from a Northern German university in April this year, majored in materials science, willing to further pursue a PHD degree in a European university ...
-3
votes
0answers
34 views

What's my chances of getting into a PhD program? [duplicate]

I'm from India and have a bachelor's as well a masters degree in mathematics from a top university in the country. My undergrad GPA is just 7.32/10, which is close to the median in my class but my ...
20
votes
4answers
583 views

Mistake in a PhD thesis

I've just defended my PhD in mathematics and started a postdoc. While working on an improvement of one of the results of my thesis, I realized that there are several minor mistakes and a big bug in a ...
2
votes
2answers
190 views

What is considered a good GPA for studies in Germany

Coming from a different schooling/grading system, I have very little feeling about what actually is considered a good grade for studies in Germany. Here the passing grades are given in the range of ...
9
votes
4answers
441 views

Advisable to visit other labs?

Is it advisable to do a short (2-3months) visit to a different lab at a different university while doing a PhD? I would think that it would be good for setting up collaborations, but would a PhD ...
17
votes
6answers
2k views

How does one go about doing a Ph.D. in Europe as an American?

I'm entering my senior year of college in the US and I'm starting to consider my options for graduate school next year. My field is kind of blurry, in that I have certain research areas that I'm ...
13
votes
3answers
2k views

Who should pursue a Ph.D degree?

I am asking myself the question "Should I do PhD or should I leave academia and go for an industrial career?" My life-goal is being a professor. And I love to do research. PhD is surely a bite that ...
11
votes
1answer
360 views

PhD student leaving current program for reasons of safety. Recommendations for what to do next in terms of schools and catching up?

I am a PhD student who lost a year in school due to factors beyond my control. First, several non-school related issues made it difficult for me to focus on school. Then, a little later, I was ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

How does Faculty of Graduate Studies work? [duplicate]

Canadian universities have Faculty of Graduate Studies for supporting graduate programs and students. However, I do not under stand how it can operates without conflicting overlap with the technical ...
0
votes
0answers
141 views

Going to math grad school with low GPA [duplicate]

I am a pure mathematics major and I want to do Ph.D in math, however I want to change to Applied math. I have a low 3.2 < GPA < 3.3 though. I have taken most of Pure math requirements, and ...
8
votes
2answers
310 views

What are the advantages/disadvantages of a PhD advisor who is experienced vs. one at the beginning of his career? [duplicate]

I know in most of the cases, PhD seekers do not have many options and we must stick to what is offered. However, it happened that I initiated connection with two advisors from different institutes ...
1
vote
2answers
201 views

PhD opportunities in Spring in US universities

I am facing a dilemma regarding whether or not to apply for Spring for PhD programs at some universities in US. What are the pros and cons of applying for PhD or MS programs in Spring?
4
votes
3answers
800 views

Are Master's becoming required for USA PhD programs?

In the USA, many universities enroll PhD students with BSc degree. I think this is the classical scheme, which remained in the US universities. In many countries, it is almost impossible to enroll in ...
2
votes
1answer
168 views

What is the difference of a BA/BS in Computer Science for obtaining a Ph.D?

I have looked around on Google, only to find zero answers. So, I hope someone could help me out with this. So, for someone aiming to get a PhD in Computer Science (AI), would it be possible to obtain ...
2
votes
1answer
290 views

“This is very interesting as a project” What is the next step to obtain PhD position?

I am submitting to several schools for PhD position in CS. I am following the advices about how to contact professors. One professor I sent to suggesting some idea about her previous research and ...
12
votes
8answers
2k views

Are Mathematics graduate programs open to admitting a student out of high school with graduate work?

During my high school career, I had the unique opportunity to take multiple mathematics courses at my local university, and after graduating, I took two graduate level math courses: Measure theory, ...
1
vote
1answer
136 views

Finishing a PhD while working at a community college

I'm a PhD student that just finished my first year in graduate school. The University I am at will only fund me if I work as a TA. There is a community college in the area which I have a long working ...
5
votes
3answers
316 views

Why do some professors have M.D. as well as/instead of a PhD?

I'm interested in stem cell, regenerative medicine, developmental biology, and genetics for reverse ageing. Since these topics are dealt with in one or both of medical school and school of science and ...
2
votes
2answers
274 views

How do you decide between two PhD offers?

I have two offers for graduate study within the UK and I am trying to make a balanced decision. My offers are: Four year doctoral training centre at University of Oxford (approx. £14k/year) Four ...
2
votes
2answers
226 views

How often do you get to “play with” scientific instruments?

I tend to learn and understand a subject to a much deeper extent if I am able to play around/experiment/mess with something that demonstrates the principles. I'm starting a Neuroscience PhD program ...
2
votes
1answer
136 views

Value of (multiple) master's on the path to the PhD?

I'm a PhD student in computer science. At the end of the year I will finish my coursework and be awarded a master's degree. Due to the nature of my research (machine learning) I'm considering taking ...
52
votes
8answers
6k views

How to stop feeling guilty about the unfinished work?

My biggest challenge as a PhD student is best summarized by the following from PHD Comics: "Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham www.phdcomics.com A consequence of working in research is that the ...
1
vote
2answers
393 views

My Plan to Get into a CS PhD Program

Some background: I graduated 3 years ago from a big state research university. I had an irrelevant sociology major and graduated with a 2.9 GPA mainly because I had no inclination that I would ever ...
2
votes
1answer
255 views

United States PhD fast-track

I'm going to finish my undergraduate degree in June and from September I will follow a masters course in the UK. My field of interest is theoretical/mathematical physics. I had considered applying ...
7
votes
1answer
181 views

What are the risks of doing a PhD in a new department?

I was recently admitted to a doctoral program to be part of their inaugural class for a new interdisciplinary science and engineering department. The program is located at a top-tier university in the ...
8
votes
5answers
339 views

How would a small liberal arts college view a PhD from Germany or the UK? Factors other than teaching ops?

Main concern: I am looking at PhD programs in Germany and the UK (vs US programs). Ideally, I would like to end up at a small liberal arts college (I got my BA from one). So I know I want a program ...
5
votes
1answer
248 views

Are undergraduate classes ever used as a means to learning what a PhD candidate needs to learn to earn his PhD?

I'm a philosophy major. I sometimes wonder how some professors and PhD candidates know as much as they know about subjects outside of their discipline. For instance, I read one philosophy paper by an ...
2
votes
2answers
172 views

Can I pursue a new Master's in another country, while I'm pursuing one?

I am a first year Master's degree student of computer science in Northern Europe. I am paying for my living expenses and do not have any kind of assistantship or funding. I have a full funding ...
12
votes
1answer
2k views

What are the 'right questions' to ask professors at a visit day for prospective graduate students?

I'm in mathematics, though I don't know if the answers to this will be field-dependent. There have been previous good questions that answer what to ask graduate students here and only somewhat ...
2
votes
1answer
217 views

Funded PhD position chances for international students in Austria

In the midst of my quest for potential countries to find a funded Ph.D position in computer science, I came across Austria. However, my initial impression was there is no big chances for international ...
5
votes
1answer
128 views

How to prepare for a meeting regarding a Ph.D. program I'm wait listed on?

I am on the waiting list for a Ph.D. program I applied to. I sent an email indicating that the program in question is my top choice and that I am interested in discussing my qualifications. In reply ...
1
vote
2answers
186 views

How to enhance my prospects for a PhD?

I am looking to apply for a PhD in the CS realm in the next cycle, particularly something with an AI flavor like Machine Learning or NLP. I am a bit of an anomaly in CS as I have undergraduate majors ...
6
votes
2answers
3k views

First email in PhD application

First, I must mention that I found this, this and this are helpful. Yet, I am looking for more precise answer for the points below. I am looking forward to apply for PhD in Computer Science this year ...
8
votes
5answers
4k views

Writing an appeal for a rejected PhD application

I have applied for Phd scholarship in Computer science at a European university. My master is from Malaysia. Unfortunately, my application has not been selected (only 9 has been chosen among 116 ...
3
votes
1answer
121 views

Explaining change in PhD project

I was enrolled in a PhD program within an experimental topic (experimental physics), but 6 months in the project I had a talk with my supervisor: I was not satisfied with the lack of theoretical work ...
9
votes
2answers
399 views

“Minorities” in the US

I have a question about college education, or more specifically, admittance into college education in the US. Since as far as I remember, I've always heard that colleges or universities in the US ...
2
votes
1answer
86 views

How do I choose a lab to rotate in?

Normally, graduate students at my university go through three rotations. I've done two and will need to choose a permanent advisor after this next one. So choosing a rotation is similar to choosing an ...
2
votes
1answer
325 views

Frustration in getting admission into PhD Computer Science, with background MSc Geospatial Science & BTech Computer Science [closed]

Am presently really frustrated in getting a supervisor and admission into PhD Computer Science in any University in Europe or US. I recently graduated with MSc Geospatial Science with distinction ...
4
votes
1answer
228 views

Reasons to do MS before applying for US PhD?

I'm a Software Engineering (BS) graduate with first class honors, and I want to attend a US PhD program on artificial intelligence (international applicant). I know MS is not a prerequisite for a PhD ...
5
votes
9answers
2k views

What are the goals and benefits of doing a PhD?

I'm a master computer science student in a German university and I will be graduating soon. I'm in a situation between accepting a PhD position or leave the academia and start looking for job. This is ...
5
votes
4answers
579 views

Is it possible to get a PhD with personal research?

I'm a master computer science student. I decided to leave the academia after graduation, but I'm still into research and would like to do personal research independently for like 10 years. Suppose I ...
12
votes
2answers
483 views

What exactly does one do in a PhD?

I am a first year undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry (I'm very much interested in Biology too), and I am new to this world of Academia. It would be very helpful if someone could answer ...
2
votes
1answer
116 views

Applying for a graduate course not related to my previous research experience

I did research on drug delivery for my masters degree and it has been published. But in the end I knew that I had no interest in it at all. Actually my interest was computational drug design, which I ...
4
votes
1answer
298 views

Does experience at a startup for a couple of years increase the chances of getting into a good Ph.D programme in a US university?

Background: I'm a non-US undergrad majoring in Computer Science. I will have published a couple of research papers in a few months before I graduate, have worked on a couple of research-based ...
3
votes
3answers
415 views

Is it possible to obtain a PhD in Canada without having to attend courses for a Master degree?

I am used to european university system and I don't know much about how things are working overseas. I already hold a Bachelor degree and a Master degree. I will soon be looking for a PhD. If I am ...
5
votes
1answer
134 views

Finding graduate programs supporting a specific research focus

I'm looking forward to finding a university that I could do my PhD in computer science in financial systems and machine learning. Financial systems means Foreign Exchange market or Stock markets. Is ...
1
vote
1answer
129 views

Computer Science PhD with Geology BS

I am planning to do my PhD in CS (Robotics to be specific). I will be completing my masters with a thesis and a publication in a field that is very closely related to CS. However, my BS is in Geology. ...
2
votes
1answer
154 views

Applying to MSc vs PhD in CS with science background in US

I hold a BSc and MSc in physics and want to do graduate studies in CS. I did computational and theoretical research and thesis on quantum memories which are useful in quantum communications (not sure ...
11
votes
2answers
484 views

When would be a good time to ask a professor if he will consider being my PhD advisor?

I just started working with this professor, I am beginning to really like the work they are doing in his lab. When do you guys think I should ask him if I can do a PhD under his tutelage?
4
votes
2answers
221 views

Is it possible to create a mutual relationship between full-time work and a PhD program?

Having experienced academia through masters, and work via part-time and full-time jobs, I plan to pursue PhD and keep working full time. However, my plan is to create a mutual relationship between ...