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What are the common signs that a graduate interview has been a success or a flop

I am not familiar with the graduate interview process. Are there signs during and after the interview that student will be able to tell whether he or she will be accepted or rejected in into the ...
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How can I get ceramic composites at a low price? [on hold]

I am a graduate student at Utah State University. I am currently carrying out my research in solid mechanics at high temperatures, with applications geared towards the aerospace and nuclear ...
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What is 'academic identity'?

I've heard the term 'academic identity' used a fair amount. Although initially it seemed like a simple concept, there are many papers on the subject and no-one seems to have a concrete definition. Is ...
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Feeling like I wasted 6 months on a side project that won't benefit me

I'm doing an MSc in Electrical Engineering. In about August of 2014 my supervisor approached me, asking if I would be able to finish off a project someone else has started since I was the only one ...
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I need some code that was made available by a student 15 years ago, but is no longer online. How can I contact someone in the group to get the code?

I need Matlab code of a method to compare it with the results of my proposed method. The method which I want to use happened to be available online by a research group in a university in US in 1997 ...
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Should computer science indexing sites be considered in rating research?

I am currently working at a university of applied sciences, in the field of Computer Science. Recently there has been formed a section that is in charge of giving stipends related to research. This ...
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What points to consider when choosing a research topic other then personal interest [on hold]

What points to consider when choosing a research topic other then personal interest ?
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What can I do to get academic credit/recognition from my hobby project?

I've created an improved textual parsing algorithm, as a part of my hobby project. In comparison to existing ones, it provides better performance and memory efficiency. I haven't published my project ...
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suggestions for VPS research projects [on hold]

I'm an IT student. I'm interested in virtual private servers and I want to make a research project with the technology. I had an idea of making a simple web host that caters student's web ...
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Independent research [on hold]

I want to study properties of light theoretically. Please answer the following questions (background Master degree in physics): What should I start reading, e.g. quantum optics, quantum field ...
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Should I participate in non-funded bioinformatics research?

I'm a PhD student. I will have some months free after writing my Thesis. I've been suggested to participate in a non-funded research, involving some bioinformatics tasks. There are also other funded ...
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How does research contribute to teaching, and vice versa?

If research is related to teaching then research could have a direct contributions to teaching. However, if research is not directly related to teaching, then how can each of them contribute to the ...
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Should I continue a project someone else started?

I think there are two situations where your supervisor might ask you to continue a project someone else started: Someone produced some data, but never wrote a paper about it Someone wrote a paper ...
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Quit PhD for another MS? [closed]

I've been bothered by this question for a long time...And I must talk this with my advisor these days before the coming deadline of my another interested Master program. Although I've almost decided ...
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Should I quit my well paid job and become a research assistant? [closed]

I'm currently working in a well paid job and part time Masters student. However, I'm in this stage of life where academia is my main interest. My goal is to be accepted in my university scholarship ...
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Where can I publish failed research directions?

Suppose I work on a difficult open problem, try several directions that haven't been tried before, work for several weeks on these directions, but finally reach a dead end. Is there a way I can ...
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To experiment without experimenting? [duplicate]

I have an idea for research, but my institution is too small to fund it and I don't have the time to do the research and experimenting myself. Is there a way I can suggest an experiment to the ...
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How to improve self-learning as a PhD student?

As a doctoral student, you take some classes, but most of what you do needs material that you must gather from papers, conferences, and other sources. With limited possibilities for communication with ...
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Is mathematical aptitude the limit of how well I can do in an interdisciplinary life science field as a computer scientist?

I apologize in advance if this question is too broad, or too subjective - I couldn't think of a better place to ask it. Summary: does mathematical aptitude impose an upper boundary on how well one ...
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How to negotiate for clinical vs protected research time in academic job offer?

I am a doctor, with specialty in psychiatry and a subspecialty in mood disorders. I have been offered an academic position at a larger university, but the letter of offer does not specify any ...
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In PhD admission is research internship or a job in a research lab better?

If I hope to enroll in a Computer Science PhD program in a top tier university (Stanford/CMU) and I currently hold a master's degree (without publication). Is a year-long Research Software development ...
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Will it be a bad move for Master's to do summer internship in industry when trying to pursue a PhD program?

Currently, I am in second semester of Master's program in Computer Science and Engineering. Even though I am yet undecided, I lean a little bit more towards pursuing PhD program rather than getting ...
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What research expenses to request for early career fellowship?

I'm applying for an early career fellowship in the UK. The fellowship has a budget of up to £6k per year for research expenses to further the fellow's research activities, which must be requested ...
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How do you deal with being stuck in mathematics research? [closed]

With a few other professors, I have been working on proving a certain mathematics conjecture. Our solution seems to be working perfectly in computer simulations but we can't find a proof. (..its a ...
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Doing PhD in computer vision but not good at programming? [closed]

...and never intend to be a programmer or developer or enjoy programming. Sometimes I even loathe digging in the heap of C++ code of previous people in the project. I'm in the second year of my PhD. ...
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Should I mention in the SOP an article I made in the field I am just interest and has no overlap with my major?

Related questions: Should one mention multiple, albeit somewhat unrelated research interests? Should I talk about a unpublished paper in my SOP? Besides physics as my major, my other interest is ...
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Top 10 largest private physics research centers in U.S.? [closed]

What are the top 10 private companies with the largest (in terms of number of researchers) R&D departments that do research in physics similar to what could be found at a Research 1 university? ...
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Are there any personal blogs writing review of academic papers? [closed]

Are there any personal blogs writing articles on research papers?
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Making research without phd [duplicate]

Is it difficult to enter the world of research, even without having a Phd in the field of Mathematics? Given that i have a Masters degree in Physics?
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Should a graduate application SOP focus on research interests?

I want to pursue a master's in Computer Networks with an interest to learn Software Defined Networking. For some of the universities that I have applied, I have summarized like 'I would love to go ...
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Is there any research direction which is closely related with map reading? [closed]

I like maps very much, any common maps, geographic, historic, statistic, etc., or I would say reading maps is my favorite hobby. I can sit at table and read maps for several hours without any stop. ...
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How to focus on a single area during PhD?

My PhD supervisor says that I am overly curious and spend too much time studying lots of different area. However, he does say I am generally doing well and on the right track. I am usually keen to ...
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What is systematic literature review?

I know what a literature review is and was wondering what makes such a review systematic? What extra steps do people usually go through when they do a systematic literature review? how is it different ...
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Quantity vs Quality of Publication during PhD

My question is similar to this one but it applies to PhD who wants to find a postdoc position after graduation. I am a PhD student who publishes a new paper as soon as there is an improvement in my ...
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How to cite an updated report?

Research reports published on the webpage of the home institution are sometimes updated during the revision process. Suppose a first version was published in 2013, and the update came in 2014, and ...
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A site about “Further works” is how much useful? [closed]

I am bioinformatician. Together with friends, we are thinking about a site that every researcher introduce his(her) works, and suggest further works, based on that work. Other people can give negative ...
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How may I calculate Research Contribution as Per UGC rules?

University Grants Commission (U.G.C)[ "http://www.ugc.ac.in/"] is the autonomous and statutory body in India, to govern the rules and regulations of the Universities and various other academic ...
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Is it advisable to have a master or PhD thesis topic in mind before entering graduate school?

This is a question that fascinates a lot of people prior to attending graduate school. The question whether one should already have chosen a thesis topic so that all efforts will be put on creating ...
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Grad student protecing ideas in a research paper for futher development

I am working on a graduate school research paper in finance/accounting. My adviser is really excited about my paper and this professor is a prolific publisher. The paper has progressed enough to hand ...
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When a person wants to learn a new subject reading a book is better or the article? [closed]

I am a phd student in mathematics, this is my question When a person wants to learn a new subject in a particular field, for example, geometry of Banach space, is better reading a book or the ...
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Is it ethical to express thanks and gratitude to a reviewer in the reply to the review text?

I want to know whether is it ethical to express thanks and gratitude to a reviewer in the reply to review text. I feel we should express thanks to reviewers who spent valuable time to review our ...
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Writing a research statement in mathematics without having any research experience

It's pretty common that European universities ask for a Research Statement when applying to a Ph.D. The problem is that at my home university, where I did my B.Sc. and I'm currently doing my M.S., I ...
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How do mathematicians conduct research?

I am curious as to how mathematicians conduct research. I hope some of you can help me solve this little mystery. To me, mathematics is a branch where you either get it or you don't. If you see the ...
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Uninteresting research area and contacting potential supervisors

I've recently finished off my undergraduate degrees and am in the process of contacting various faculty members for MSc supervision. Recently I have been offered supervision at a research lab which I ...
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How do you balance producing results with learning new skills?

On the one hand, I'd like to produce a few graphs every week so my project can move forward. Taking a month off to learn a new programming language, do a literature review, or work through a relevant ...
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Do community college transfer students have a disadvantage when it comes to graduate school admissions?

I spent a year at a community college working in industry straight out of high school. I recently got into a top cs program and will be attending starting spring 2015. However, the school only gave me ...
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Citing papers, that are cited within a paper?

I am reading a paper which discussing the change in a specific idea in a field of science over time. I would like to basically summarize the points in the paper but in a smaller fashion by taking some ...
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How to write a decent report introduction on work you have created?

I'm finding it quite difficult to start off a report I have to write. So to write a report you will probably know that you are not allowed to write in first person. But the problem I'm having is ...
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What makes good research questions good?

I am in Computer Science and currently in my proposal phase. For my problem statement, I want to come up with good research questions. However, at the moment I am struggling with the definition of ...
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Research faculty I would like to work with not in my department

I'm currently in the process of applying to graduate schools for admission into a graduate program in Computer Science. However, in a particular university that I would like to apply to, labs dealing ...