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How to improve my scientific productivity? [closed]

I don't if this is the right StackExchange website where to ask, but I'll give a take... I'm postdoc working in computer science. Looking at my performances, I'm trying to understand my strengths and ...
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How to come up with an effective undergraduate research topic - for scholarship?

Winter semesters ends on April 13th. Summer research/classes - May 15th I am a second-year civil engineering student. Juggling between options, I planned on cold emailing many people for job ...
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How to pursue a DSc degree?

I read that a "Doctor of Science" is awarded for research well beyond a usual PhD degree awarded for a dissertation work and includes a portfolio of high quality papers in interdisciplinary fields. ...
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Major Career Change --> Grad School Help? [closed]

I received a B.A degree in political science with a minor in natural resource conservation & management last year but after an internship in Washington D.C. and looking through job postings I have ...
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What are the profiles of the individuals in charge of science policy at a university

I am doing a cross-university study of science policy. I know that informally, much of the direction of research and science is done at the individual professorial and department level (and grows ...
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Correct identification of scientific journal?

I'm new to academic writing. From what I read on other posts, would the "133" be the volume number? And the 46-54 be the page in the journal? J Surg Res. 2006 Jun 1;133(1):46-54. Epub 2006 Apr 21. ...
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Can I write my PhD thesis based on another student's paper if I'm a co-author?

My supervisor asked me to write my thesis based upon one paper which I'm co-author on. I was told to take results which were not published and extend the figures. I was also told to include some ...
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Why aren't scientists richer? [closed]

I am an undergrad right now and I want to go into research. My question is not about whether I will be able to become rich (I am okay with a small life), but more from a civilization perspective. ...
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How important is it, exactly, to use a rubric for grading undergraduate lab reports?

I'm a first year grad student, and I'm TAing for a freshman/sophomore level general science course. The professor who is in charge left it up to me whether I want to use a rubric to grade the ...
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Is it common for universities to have scientific development plans?

Many times, research teams and departments just perform research on topics that the Department Chair or Research Head initiate -- but do some universities structure their research, postdocs, and ...
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Strategies, approaches, methods for motivating innovation adoption in academia [closed]

I'm curious about what strategies, approaches and/or methods people (successfully) use in academia for motivating colleagues to adopt innovative research collaboration mechanisms, workflows and/or ...
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Why scientists don't share their research ideas? [closed]

A lot of scientist that I've talked to are worried about sharing their ideas with too many people. They get very protective of those ideas. Here are some reasons why: Ideas are harder to define on ...
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How would one publish a groundbreaking scientific idea? [duplicate]

As an average person, without connections in the science community I think I've stumbled upon an idea that could be, well, "huge". Now I'm not so sure how to evaluate the validity or novelty of the ...
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Should previous supervisors be mentioned in a personal statement for a PhD application?

I'm applying for a physics PhD programme in the UK which requires a personal statement to be submitted. Since I have done several research internships in the field, I would like to mention the ...
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I Want to pursue PhD in astrophysics in the USA, but have done B.E (computer science)? [duplicate]

I have a B.E (Computer science) and have 6 years of experience in database technology. I have interest in earth science and astrophysics and want to pursue PhD in the same field. Please suggest.
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Applying for PhD in Environmental Science but my Master's degree is in Soil Science [duplicate]

I am applying for Ph.D. in Environmental Science but my master's degree is related to Soil Science but, during my Master's I enrolled myself in only 2 courses related to Environmental Science and ...
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Why do most science classrooms use similar black-covered desks?

Why is it that most science classroom desks seem to be built out of wood, but have the desk area covered in some black material? I'm talking about desks like this: ...
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How to establish collaborations with academics who you do not know where you contribute to their research projects?

Lately it feels like I haven't been doing enough both personally and professionally. I am very productive at both my place of employment and my graduate studies (i.e. PhD in Soil and Water Science) ...
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Reasonablity of evaluation methods in developed countries for Maths and Sci students

Globally considering, in many (or maybe all) developing countries professors/lecturers in universities only take mid-term and final few-hour-exams to evaluate students' learning. In some (or maybe ...
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How to set up lab rotation when commencing a PhD?

I'll be starting a science PhD program in the fall, and I'm required to do at least three lab rotations. I haven't received any instructions from the program as to when and how I should secure a spot ...
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Should you keep a notebook of example problems while going through science and engineering courses?

I find myself constantly being told I should not intentionally jot down example problems but understand the core logic of a topic. But some of my high level math classes tend to have very few examples ...
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Can I change my field for Masters? [duplicate]

I just got done with my bachelors in Computer Science. After four years of CS, I realized I don't really like programming or anything to do with computers. I'd rather work for organisations which ...
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How can I tell a professor that I don't want to join his group? (science major)

I am a incoming first year grad student this fall. I have contacted prof A during when I was applying and talked to him during the visit. He strongly encouraged me to join his group. After the visit, ...
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Is it normal to be stopped from doing experiments for months due to “equipment malfunctioning” during masters?

I am currently doing a medical science research masters with a difficult supervisor. Due to two incidents of equipment malfunctions (equipment that I am using), I was stopped from doing any ...
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When should I publish in interdisciplinary versus subject-specific scientific journals?

Most science research is published in subject-specific journals, of which there are many. However, there are a relatively small number of interdisciplinary journals, some of which are the most highly ...
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Research on pedagogical benefit of lab reports at the graduate level?

In science and engineering classes involving a "practical" lab, students are often required to write some kind of "lab report," typically describing the procedure and results of the lab experiment. ...
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Accidental Researcher [closed]

I work in software engineering, where I specialize in computer graphics. I recently had to do a bit of research for my job, and I'd like to publish it at some point. It's currently going through my ...
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Introductory Structure of a Report Reviewing Established Knowledge

My question is set in the context of engineering and science. I wish to understand the contrast between the introductory structure for a report investigating developing/unproven research with the ...
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Tips on preparing a good slideshow talk [duplicate]

I am preparing a talk for an advanced graduate course in mathematics, where I am supposed to use slides (the Beamer type, not handwritten). Since it's the first time I'm giving a presentation talk as ...
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Do all countries have the same gender segregation in science?

Do all countries have the same gender segregation in science? That is, while some countries may have a higher proportion of women in science, while others have a lower proportion of women in science, ...
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What's behind the teen prodigies inventing things?

Every once in a while you see a headline similar to "17 year old student finds a cure for cancer!". Here are some examples too. What's behind this? I find it hard to believe that a teenager without ...
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Should I do an MBBS before/after taking a doctoral program in neuroscience?

My goal is to become a professor in neuroscience. At the moment I have a master's degree in computer science. During my studies, I did research in neuroscience but from a computational aspect. I ...
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Why does research cost so much money?

I have been dragged into an argument with someone who can't understand why millions are being raised to fund ALS research (that's the "ice bucket challenge", love it or hate it). He doesn't get why ...
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Overlapping sentences in methodology descriptions in separate journal articles - plagiarism?

Disclaimer - I'm neither in favor of, nor endorsing plagiarism with the following question. I'm only hitting on the fact that sometimes, the interpretation of self-plagiarism can be quite stupid. ...
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How long do editor decisions take at Science/Nature?

What does the distribution of wait times for a editor decision look like for a manuscript submitted to Science or Nature? (You are not allowed to say "Gamma" unless you give a shape and scale ...
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When should you move on from a postdoc position?

Suppose that in your sub-field there are half a dozen research groups on your continent that are acknowledged to be "world class". You have had the good fortune to do your MSc research in one, and ...
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Might colleges and universities not consider me for an assistant professor position because I'm a professional tutor in addition to being a teacher?

I'm a physical scientist, having completed both my Ph.D. and postdoc at top 5 U.S. universities. After working in industry for more than 10 years, I decided it was time for a career switch to ...
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Job prospects after completing graduate studies in Geology

Background I am in my mid-30s' and have recently found myself in a dilemma. Around 4 years ago I completed a MSc. (Geology) and two professional courses (in other fields) in Northern America as an ...
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Can one have two different sources for postdoc fundings together in Europe?

Let's consider the hypothetical situation of a postdoctoral candidate C, who get funded simultaneously as follows, starting at the same or different times, with overlap: Funding agencies F_1, F_2 ...
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Postdoctoral fellowships/calls to work in Europe for scientists/mathematicians/engineers that are similar to Marie curie?

I was wondering where I can find any information on the postdoctoral fellowships/calls to work in Europe which are similar to Marie Curie? I'm doing my basic internet search on this, but don't seem to ...
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Why are linguistics and law “sciences”?

Why are linguistics and law considered as part of the "sciences" rather than "non-science" academic disciplines like say philosophy, history or engineering? Seeing how both linguistics and law only ...
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What is the general protocol to name something after somebody (some people)?

In mathematics (and other sciences) there are thousands of concepts, theorems, lemmas, etc which are named after some mathematicians (scientists). However, this nominations are not always very ...
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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 ...
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Are there any documented cases of meta-science or scientific meta-research? Does that have a name?

Research is an activity, a process to obtain knowledge, which has been greatly empowered by the scientific method. We can collect lots of information about research, consider impact factors, etc. ...
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What percentage of PhD theses are rejected nowadays?

What percentage of PhD theses (e.g., physics ones) are rejected nowadays? And why?
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Which Masters is right for me?

I am an undergraduate student in Canada doing a double degree concurrently, a B.Sc (Bachelors of Science) and a B.Eng (Bacehlors of Engineering) over 5 years. (8 years down to three at the price of my ...
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Do online recommendation systems ask specific questions about the PhD candidate?

I am applying to fall 2014 PhD programs in computer science. I have heard that the online recommendation system in place at most universities asks the recommender to answer a series of questions about ...
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Style for first introduction sentence - citation required for lurid statement?

I'm trying to write my first introduction sentence, which should be catchy. I came up with a sentence along the lines of "imagine the world without this super thing, all these things wouldn't be ...
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How did someone receive an arts degree and then become a scientist?

Take de Broglie De Broglie had intended a career in humanities, and received his first degree in history. Afterwards, though, he turned his attention toward mathematics and physics and received a ...
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When does a researcher become a computer scientist?

When do you call a researcher a computer scientist? Are Master degree holders computer scientists? Are Phd degree holders computer scientists? Is there a certain level of experience after which the ...