Questions directly related to performing academic research in any discipline.

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translation rate regulated by transcription factor [on hold]

I'd like to know if there is in the litterature some examples of transcription factors capable to impact not just transcription but also translation rate so that both can be adjusted. I would be very ...
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Is it possible to conduct a research project on my own and then publish it? [duplicate]

I am a bachelor level psychology student and I would like start my own research project independently. Since studies have to be approved by an ethics committee, is it possible to conduct the study ...
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My research work [closed]

I am a student of 17 years and an Indian citizen I had written a new theory in physics and I want to show my research papers to US scientists. How should I do that? Please help me...
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How can a PhD in mechanical engineering contribute to a career in commercial R&D? [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering who is about to start his second year. After my first year at my previous institution, I am transferring to a research university. The ...
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What are the main difficulties for someone who is mute to be successful in academia?

There are several posted questions regarding people who have had struggles, but ultimately were able to succeed, in academia while being blind. My question is regarding being mute (by choice or ...
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I want to gain expertise in a specialized topic but not necessarily go on to research career, is a PhD the way to do this?

If I simply want to gain expertise in a very specialised area of scientific research that is in its infancy, and not necessarily go on to do further research, is a PhD the way to go? Is a PhD solely ...
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Who Is To Find Research Ideas in Computer Science Research: PhD Student or Adviser? [duplicate]

Is a PhD student in Computer Science always expected to come up with new ideas or it is the responsibility of the adviser to provide some idea and guide the student to solve the problems in achieving ...
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How important is it to work in industry before attempting a PhD?

I am wanting to know how necessary it is to work in industry after undergrad and before applying to a PhD. On one hand, I have a lot of industry/ research experience and have a good deal of ...
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How applicable are software engineering internships to computer science research and graduate school?

This fall I will begin my undergraduate degree in computer science at a top-5 program (to whom it offends, I'm sorry to use rankings). My goal after I graduate is to get a PhD so I can research and ...
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How to approach research on an unproven theory for academic submission?

I'd like to look more into the Fermi Paradox for research purposes and possibly submit it as an academic paper. The Fermi Paradox is a theory proposed by a scientist that has some very interesting ...
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Is it possible to do research in theoretical physics without going to college? [duplicate]

If one doesn't visit university/college and doesn't even take any courses in theoretical physics and learns PhD-level physics from other resources without stepping foot in college or university; Would ...
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Does more knowledge enhance your chance of doing better and 'original' research (in mathematics)?

NOTE: I had asked this question in here, in my edit, but since it is irrelevant to that question, I moved it here as it is a separate question... I chose to study bulky books instead of attending ...
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How to deal with a PI who is erratic in decision making?

This question was actually asked previously, but it went on hold. So I simplified to make it visible, as I need a quick advise. I am an international graduate student, currently working in a lab for ...
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Advisor/PI keeps changing his decisions about funding [closed]

I am a graduate student in one of the US universities. I have been working in this lab for 2 months now. As an international student, I had spent lot of money paying tuition for 2 semesters. I didn't ...
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Ideas for and approaches to adding value to literature reviews

One of the tasks in my short-to-mid-term plan is to convert my dissertation into several research papers. In this context, I was thinking about extracting my dissertation's literature review (which is ...
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What field of study allows a hobbyist to make a potential contribution

What are some fields in which a professional programmer (specializing in Data Science technologies) can pick up hobby projects that can actually contribute something to that particular field. I ...
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How to formulate in academic writing when one comes up with a novel approach

In my project work I came up with a new method for solving a certain problem which has not been used before, by extending an already existing approach. What type of wording should I use in academic ...
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Supervisor seems to be abusing me?

So I'm a summer student at a lab and I feel thoroughly abused and I just wanted to know if this was normal. I only have a two-month summer this year as a medical student and I wanted to do some ...
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How is a research direction determined between a graduate student and their advisor?

My question applies to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math disciplines (STEM). Q: By what process does a graduate student determine his or her research direction? (Assume that the graduate ...
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Research advice: I need some help finding the academic aspect of my research for publication [closed]

How can one demonstrate the academic aspect of their research involving a developed prototype that takes the form of industry related work to make it more academic related? How does one prove the ...
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How can I get into computer science research?

I'm a recent graduate of a major university in Ohio, but recently moved to the DC area for my job (full-time software engineer). I plan to go to grad school in the next few years, but I'd like to get ...
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Can I write a paper out of a simple idea?

Sometimes I have simple ideas that can be useful. They could be obvious or not, or it is possible that no one ever considered them the way I did. For example: To gather information about the ...
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Can you do research at home, without being backed by a university? [electronics] [duplicate]

I am wondering this because I love electronics, but I go to a college which is mostly for vocational training. Often times I feel like our courses are 40% waste of time (usually too much industry ...
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Do I need to do revision on my accepted paper?

I just received an email of my paper which was submitted to a conference. The paper submission webpage has the following type of status: active (under review), discuss, withdrawn, rejected, ...
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When to switch PhD projects if you are hitting roadblocks

When is it advisable to switch PhD projects if you are not making progress and have a promising alternative project? Is it worth going from guaranteed research assistantship funding to less reliable ...
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Academic Research [closed]

I am bit confused about the way of research in universities !! In one research culture, your mentor wants you to do everything on your own. He has positive intention behind this approach to make you ...
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Market research & consulting: perception and acdemic career perspectives

Those of you, who had a chance to read some of my questions on this site, are likely aware of my ongoing job search, which I am doing on both academia and industry fronts. Since, naturally, I am ...
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What is the usual process for forming a business partnership with a university lab?

I'm the co-founder of a small US-based startup. As an applied research company, we'd like to form a partnership with my a certain laboratory in my alma mater that would involve the following: Joint ...
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How possible is it to do mathematical research outside academia?

Does anyone know if it is possible for a Ph.D. graduate of mathematics to successfully do research in his/her spare time? The work environment and conditions in academia seem somewhat deplorable at ...
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Release application of research before publish its paper

I'm doing independent research in computer sciences and i develop some program that i think i might be could write a couple paper for this. My question is what should i do between Publish a paper ...
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Teamwork bottlenecks and strategies to improve the effectiveness of teamwork in academia [closed]

I am a graduate student in an Indian university about to complete my Masters. One thing I've realized during my graduate studies is that collaborative research and teamwork are very important in ...
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How to define the scope of exploratory research?

Before asking, it's probably better that I give some background first. I do research on thin films for solar energy applications. A part of that job is to search for new materials that may be suitable ...
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Is it possible for a high school student to conduct research into computer science? [duplicate]

I am currently half way through year 10 and I am interested in conducting research into computer science. I am from a public high school in a small town in Australia. I want to go to Massachusetts ...
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First Publication as a PhD student [closed]

I'm in the process of writing my first paper as a PhD student and was wondering if I could get some general advice regarding the following: How many Journals to consider submitting a manuscript to ...
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Dealing with unsupervised research as novice researcher

I am currently working on a research project at a non-academic institution as part of a summer internship. They've brought me in to work on a topic that is somewhat within my area of study. However, ...
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Should Research Associates apply for Post-Doc research positions if they want to?

I live and work in the UK and my training is in Computer Science and Mathematics. I defended my PhD thesis eight years ago and since then gained work as an engineer, then a Post-doc Research ...
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Approaching research adviser with worries about project feasibility

I'm a brand-new (read: started 3 weeks ago) Ph.D. student in Computer Engineering at an R1 institution in the U.S. I was offered a position in a particular lab due to some prior experience I had on a ...
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How to add mathematical rigor to systems research?

My research focuses on wireless networking and designing various protocols. I primarily build systems. I, sometimes, analyze the performance of those systems, using techniques from probability, ...
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How to be creative in doing research?

Besides hard work, is there anything that one can try to be creative in research? On this site, is there a lot of people who can publish more than 5 or 10 papers per year? I would like ask them, if it ...
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Do PhD advisors allow students to collaborate with faculty from other institutions?

I would like to know if PhD advisors allow students to collaborate with professors from other institutions in a major way. The context for me here is that I will be joining a Top-50 institution for a ...
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Fine line between “figuring it out on my own” and “asking for help” in research labs? [duplicate]

For some background: I'm very new to graduate school, in fact I just started unofficially doing research a few months ago, my official PhD program starts in the Fall (I moved out there early). ...
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How to present ongoing dissertation research and get feedback on a one-on-one basis?

I am in the social sciences (political science) doing research largely based on fieldwork. Accordingly, my dissertation project has changed quite a bit in the four months since getting my prospectus ...
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What form should evidence of a directed study take on a graduate application?

I'm planning to send out some applications to a few moderately prestigious Masters programs this fall. I have a lot of research experience, a good GPA, and strong recommendations, but the field I am ...
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What if my professor writes me a negative LOR, in order to keep me working with him?

I am a undergrad student, and I am currently conducting summer research under a professor. During our last meeting, I have revealed that I wish to go to school A for my graduate study. But my prof ...
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Decision between working at a national lab or starting graduate studies [closed]

To give some background: I accepted an offer to go to UIUC in the Fall 2015 semester to start my graduate studies program in Mechanical Engineering. I've been looking for potential professors to work ...
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Can I challenge a paper already published in a peer review conference/journal?

I recently came across several papers in the area of Information Extraction and Data Mining which seem to have passed the review process even if they (1) use some new terminology without describing ...
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Can I publish a report from a personal project?

During the course of my post-graduation, a friend and I worked on a personal project in pattern recognition. I honestly am not hesitant to admit that although the technique has a decent result on a ...
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How many people does it take to establish a theory? [closed]

There are often theories published by scientists in both the hard sciences and social sciences based on new understanding of fundamental science and better data collecting mechanisms that runs in ...
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Start the PhD research before taking my masters?

I was thinking about getting my masters in Novmber 2015 or May 2016 (An 18 month masters) but i was wondering if its possible to start my PhD research from now, i have an idea of what my research ...
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how to write a dissertation acknowledgement that is not superfluous?

A dissertation acknowledgment is important in the final works of a Ph.D research. After writing a scientific research, it's not easy for me to compose paragraphs to thank my supervisory committee, ...