Queries related to initiation, preparation, edit and presentation of a research thesis which is a long research report including personal research conclusions and outputs. This publication should only include personal research and if the person is copying something from another publication, he ...

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Are there major obstacles to completing a thesis Masters program if I'm not funded/working in a lab?

I will be entering an MS program in engineering this fall. I was not offered any assistantships or fellowships/funding. I was accepted to other graduate programs with some funding but chose to go to ...
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Where can I find resources for three-paper thesis format? [on hold]

As I approach the end of my Comp. Science MSc program, I am starting to put all my work together into a proper thesis. For the past 1.5 years, I worked on a couple of different research topics, all ...
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How to cite Andy Warhol's Marilyn

In one of the images I made to illustrate my PhD thesis, I included a "Marilyn" by Andy Warhol (image below), and I cannot find the museum/collection where the painting is exhibited. How should I cite ...
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Parents attending thesis defense?

My wife is defending her thesis soon, and in her department, defenses are open to the public. I will be there along with several of her friends/colleagues. Her mom also wants to come to the defense. ...
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Why doesn't a master's thesis get read by a PhD admissions committee?

I have heard from three professors internally at my school that my master's thesis will likely not be looked at by Phd admissions committees - these professors are frequently on the admissions ...
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How to start researching for a thesis topic [on hold]

I'm senior undergraduate student who has just received a thesis project from my professor to work on for a year. However, I don't know where and how to start. What would you suggest? The project ...
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Collection of Undergraduate, Graduate, and PhD theses? [duplicate]

Is there some webpage with a collection of thousands of theses of undergraduates, graduates, and PhD students from all kinds of sciences and where they are freely accessible like on ArXiv or (mostly) ...
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Thesis: supervisor's project or my project?

Two years into my PhD, I am troubled by a situation that made me having to decide on whether to focus mainly on my supervisor's assigned project or my own project as part of my thesis. The story ...
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Should I include my acknowledgements, when sending dissertation revisions to my adviser? [duplicate]

So I just finished writing my dissertation. WHEW!!!! I had some minor revisions, so my adviser needs to sign off on it before I submit it to the school. Naturally, I am going to thank my adviser in my ...
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Is it possible to outsource some tasks of thesis writing? How and what kind of tasks? [duplicate]

I think that thesis writing is a big project which can be divided into several small-scale tasks. The contribution of the thesis must be done with student himself/herself, but other tasks such as ...
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Is it proper to propose a thesis collaboration to a professor you don't know?

I am a master student at one of the best universities in Europe. As I am studying finance, I would like to have an experience in the US or London. I will have to start working on my master thesis ...
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Is it common to receive formal training when using EEG/ERP in Masters. EEG training advice needed [closed]

Will be attending masters in Clinical Neuroscience next year and hope to do use EEG and event-related potentials as part of dissertation. Is it common to receive proper training in how to do this as ...
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Writing a Master's thesis for 2 years … is that appropriate?

I am currently three months into writing a Master's thesis for a Master's degree in Mathematics, and the school I am currently attending is a California state university. I was asking my thesis ...
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Can master's thesis be simply a description of an original algorithm? [closed]

I'm in a situation where I've probably bitten off more than I can chew. I decided to do my master's thesis on an original (as in, invented by me) machine learning algorithm, which I believe (and my ...
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Writing someone else's master's thesis: Unethical and illegal?

It is really difficult for me to decide on this situation: when someone calls me and asks for work-for-hire for his/her thesis. I don't know what to do. I want to help and earn money but I think this ...
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Thesis statements for Shirley Jackson's Lottery [closed]

I am required to analyze Shirley Jackson's Short story titled lottery with the lenses of feminism and marxism. What will be a good thesis statement to use?
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Citation policies: original papers or recent monographs?

When referencing previous results, should one cite the original paper(s) or a recent comprehensive monograph? Specifically, in my area of interest (a relatively recent branch of mathematics), ...
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Should the incentive of research be discussed in the literature survey?

As a postgraduate engineering student, I'm doing a thesis project on a technical system that encourages people to exercise. Now I need to write a literature survey for it. As I never wrote literature ...
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Dissertation tribute/acknowledgement

I've recently completed my dissertation and would like to know the correct way to add a few words of tribute to a late family member. I'm aware of adding an acknowledgements section, but I am not too ...
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3-publication requirement for PhD [duplicate]

I'm halfway through a PhD, and our university is introducing a rule that a candidate has to have three publications submitted to pass. This rules seems so unreasonable to me, bad for students (who ...
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Altering a thesis after acceptance? [closed]

I am told that any changes in content beyond correction of small mistakes, like obvious wrong use of a term or typographics is not allowed. This makes sense to me. Is this a common opinion or are ...
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How to reference Python Libraries used in Thesis paper? [duplicate]

I am wondering the best approach to reference and document the various libraries used my thoughts are either reference them in the Technical requirements with a few words on what they do or just ...
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How can I know if my thesis has enough and good results for a PhD?

So I am doing a PhD for nearly 3 years now. I am self-funding my PhD, and I think I already have enough work for my PhD (in Mech. Engineering). I have 4 papers already published in ISI and Scopus ...
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What to write about in a master thesis that's mostly software applying common knowledge?

I have got a topic for a thesis that I'm interested in. It's not a very difficult task and is well covered by the basic theory in the field. I'm not doing anything new and I'm not supposed to either. ...
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How can I find an expert to help review my PhD thesis?

I need someone to peer review my thesis. My supervisor does not have enough time to fix my thesis. In addition I am holding all things by myself. I need someone who is expert in this field. How can ...
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What exactly does termination from a PhD program entail?

I am an engineering PhD candidate at a US university. I left the university a couple of years ago after 5yrs of PhD work to work as an independent scientist, while also working with my advisor on the ...
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Abstract, Preamble, Acknowledgements and Introduction all in Thesis, how to order them?

This might be a bit of a complex situation (to explain), so bear with me: For my Bachelor degree, I am currently carrying out a nature management project. A nature management project normally ...
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Should I cite a statement as coming from in journal article or from the related PhD thesis?

I frequently come across PhD dissertations that have spawned multiple journal papers, either while the author was working towards their Ph.D. or after completion. My field is not one with "stapler" ...
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Attitudes on “Incomplete” Undergraduate Theses?

Backstory: I have submitted my honors thesis to my department in the past weeks, and it is not what I would honestly consider a complete product. I have done due diligence in the background and theory ...
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Etiquette: senior and junior professors co-advising

I'd like to ask two professors who work at my university to be the co-advisors of my Masters thesis (mathematics). They work in the same research group on (almost) the same topic (which is ...
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Gamification for theses and papers

It’s always been hard for me to stay focused and motivated when writing any kind of a longer text, e.g. an article, paper or gasp thesis, even if I’m interested in the topic and enjoy the work. The ...
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Is it unethical to edit the text of my undergraduate thesis prior to sharing online?

My undergraduate thesis was completed almost a decade ago and is not available online, nor was any publication made from the findings. I would like to share it online, but looking back on it I notice ...
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Do I have to do a Masters and a PhD thesis?

I am currently perusing my masters degree in engineering, and would like to continue that with a PhD, and it was my understanding that I needed a thesis for my masters in order to get into the PhD ...
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What should a student look for in an undergraduate thesis topic/supervisor?

I am an undergraduate student (in maths) looking for a topic and supervisor for my thesis. What criteria should I use to judge whether a project/supervisor combination will make for a good thesis and ...
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Is it okay to open up the thesis file during the defense?

During the follow-up discussion during the PhD defense, would it be okay if I open up the thesis pdf file to answer some questions, for example to refer to a figure or equations? or should everything ...
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What is the point of a PhD thesis whose content already exists in published papers?

In my area (computer science) it is standard to publish several papers during the course of your PhD and then only "write" your thesis in the last few months of graduate school --- often you only ...
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Can a MS thesis advisor require a conference publication as a thesis acceptance requirement?

Is it allowable and reasonable for an MS thesis advisor to require part of the thesis to be adapted for a conference paper submission (not an accepted publication) in order to accept the thesis? I ...
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How to publish thesis as a book after getting most of the thesis published as research articles

How to publish thesis as a book after getting most of the thesis published as research articles in SCI journals. Do I need to get permission from the journals for copyright transfer before publishing ...
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Level of detail when reviewing a PhD thesis - very picky (draft) reviewer

I am currently finalizing my written PhD thesis. I think in practice it is often the case, that a PhD student has a formal advisor (often head of the lab, very busy) and then an actual advisor who is ...
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How long should the background section of the literature review be for an engineering thesis? [closed]

I am writing my M Phil thesis in engineering, on the development of a new process for treating a particular type of wastewater. In my literature review I have a background section, which describes ...
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Are you supposed to come up with a thesis problem on your own in math?

It seems like every other graduate student I know is working on some problem that their advisor has suggested, and I've just been spending a year reading papers and trying to think of a problem for ...
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Is it common for PhD programs to require students to have a minimum number of papers to be eligible for the defense?

In some countries like mine (Iran), you are asked to have at least two papers printed or accepted in an ISI journal before you can claim for your PhD thesis defense. Is it like that in other ...
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The use of Wikipedia figures in a thesis? [duplicate]

How much is it considered bad to use a single image of some graphs readily available from Wikipedia and insert it in thesis - undergraduate or graduate?
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Is there a difference between a (under)graduate and honours studies - also concerning thesis?

Is there a difference between an undergraduate and an honours thesis? I came across the latter during some online research on US colleges and it seems to me that honours are only known in those ...
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Dedication page in undergraduate thesis [duplicate]

Is it considered embarassing if adding a dedication to the family on the second page and giving credit in the acknowledgement section in the end for the support during hardships in an undergraduate ...
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Can theory exposition be a thesis? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student majoring in math, and ,as my graduation condition requires, I'm planning to write a thesis, but will it be okay to just write an exposition of the theory?
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Is it appropriate to give your supervisor an early thesis draft that has informal self-addressed notes?

I will have to show my supervisor a thesis draft soon. It is an early draft, just to see where I am standing. It obviously misses full chapters and some areas contain personal self-addressed notes ...
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Ph.D. distinction levels

I just passed my Ph.D. defence in a French speaking University. Ph.Ds, here, can be passed with different "distinctions" levels (from "acceptable" to "excellent"). What is the proper term in English ...
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Is it okay to use source code from another paper in thesis?

I am currently writing my Master's thesis in Math and part of my results involves using running simulations to test for certain types of algebraic properties of parameterised equations. The ...
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How much does the choice of professors on my thesis committee matter?

Would potential employers (for academic or non-academic R&D positions) care about who is on my thesis committee? Basically, I'm asking if there is any benefit in having more well-known professors ...