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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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What is the meaning of probe and param functions [on hold]

I would like to know what is the meaning of probe and param functions. This is with reference to semiconductor lithography. I wish anyone working or worked in the semiconductor field would answer this ...
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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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Theories for stylistical analysis [on hold]

I'm working on my undergraduate research. Could anyone suggest language theories that are applicable to this study? Here's the topic: A Stylistic Analysis of the Social Media Language Among ...
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Teamwork bottlenecks and strategies to improve the effectiveness of teamwork in academia [on hold]

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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Do articles published in newspapers count as publications?

Can we do it? I have some analytical articles published in reputed national newspapers,local magazines relevant to my subjects. Does those count as publications? I have to fill a form(graduate ...
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Type of non-university, research jobs suitable for a mathematician turned computational neuroscientist, with coding experince

I've asked the same question here: http://mathoverflow.net/questions/210447/non-university-jobs-suited-for-pure-mathematician-turned-computational-neuroscie?noredirect=1#comment521648_210447 ...
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What is the function of AIG2-like domain 1? [on hold]

is there any one who can tell me what's exactly the function of the AIG2-like domain 1?
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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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Is Florentin Smarandache a real mathematician? [closed]

I have seen him publishing in both arXiv and viXra with some other recognised experts and authors in some fields such Fuzzy Logic and Intuitionistic Logic, but his papers appear to be vaguely writing ...
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Literature review HELP. My research question: What factors inhibit Civil Society participation? [closed]

I am doing a Masters Degree Research Paper examining the reasons why more persons are not accessing the Trinidad and Tobago Green Fund which has approximately $US 567 Million for Civil Society to ...
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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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What is the difference and proper use of “eg:” vs. “ie:”? [closed]

I see both used in some text books and they're different in not very consistent in academic papers.
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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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endophyte studies OR the studies of endophyte? [migrated]

Which one is coherence for research of microorganism (fungi): Endophyte studies or the study of endophyte?
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How to conduct the “research phase” of research for mathematicians

I am a graduate student (4th year). So far I have had limited experience doing my own research in pure probability theory. (I only have experience handling a problem by myself, with intervention from ...
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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, ...
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Literature survey in multiple languages

The following question has been induced by a comment to the question What to do if chosen topic has been done in a foreign language. I know four languages (+-1) sufficiently well to be able to read ...
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How can a young student get a mentor?

I am a young student. However, I do have a lot of curiosity and am very hard-working and will try my best to work with others and try my best to learn new things. I have been reading Security Papers ...
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What role do universities play in weapon manufacturing, design and research for the military? [closed]

I was reminded of a conversation I had with a professor while I was searching for a book on weapon physics and design for an unrelated application in designing an online RPG game. It was during a ...
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How to become a professional design researcher?

I graduated from BA art design (mostly practical) and MA communication design (where I fell in love with research). Now I have been working as a interactive designer (mostly visual) for a digital ...
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Do I have to implement published algorithms in the same manner as the original source?

If you want to optimize a technique used in a given publication, is it considered necessary to use the same programming language and data sets?
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Undergraduate vs. Graduate Research

Brief Context: I am a high school student having difficulty choosing between two undergraduate programs. My goal is to eventually work with quantum computing (computer science+physics) at the ...
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Can publishing a blog be referenced as a good paper? [closed]

If I write a good blog on my study and research, may I refer it as a good work provided it is well read. Is there any regulations to publish them and may I index them anywhere? If anyone of the ...
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Appropriate time to announce current research topics

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the field of economics and I'm starting to make significant head way into my research and submitting articles to journals. I get a really strong vibe in the ...
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Can someone collaborate between universities for a PhD?

I am enrolled as a student in a U.S. university. I will be applying for a PhD program in physics in the coming months and I can't really move to another city. Therefore I am considering to stay at my ...
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How do I deal with the vast number of research papers on a topic? (for non-academics)

As someone not in academia but beginning professional work in science outreach and communication, I'd like to stay well-versed and abreast of the research. However, upon performing rudimentary ...
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Should I try to warn administration about truly unacceptable professor behavior?

I was kicked out of my lab late in my grad school career, which destroyed my confidence and obviously delayed my graduation by 2+ years. What's more, my advisor tried to convince me to drop out of ...
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What points should I consider when applying for/accepting a position at another department?

I specialize in Computability Theory which is part of Mathematical Logic at the intersection of Theoretical Computer Science and Mathematics. Therefore I could potentially apply for jobs (e.g. a ...
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What is the proper way to judge the quality of education of a university?

Why do Russian and Israeli universities score low in various world rankings? In this question, most of the answers more or less stated that, rankings of universities available on the net are kind ...
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How can I do better research when the experimental design is lacking?

I would like to do first-class research. However, how do I actually accomplish that when my supervisors design not-so-great experiments and I don't have the resources to do more independent work? In ...
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PHD Part Time vs Full TIme

Will it make any difference if you do a PHD full time or part time ? In my case my diploma/certificate will mention that the PHD was done part-time, how will this affect my career afterwards? will it ...
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Could you get a doctorate based solely on a thesis written in your free time?

I am a very enthusiastic person academically and I love to gather new (sometimes irrelevant but useful) knowledge about my field in my free time. I am now at the point where I would like to start ...