Questions about a group of faculty members, professors and people working in industry that evaluate the thesis or project report of PhD/MSc candidates.

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Can a thesis committee member ask for more work after approving and signing off on the thesis?

I submitted my MS thesis and it was approved and signed by the committee. A member later noticed some incomplete sections and asked me to work more on them, and finish it. This requires lot more work, ...
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Disclosure of history of depression

I have studied for eight years at University and have at the moment achieved a masters degree in Mathematics. During my first 4-5 years or so, I suffered on and off from depressions and my performanes ...
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How important is the Ph.D. Thesis?

It may sound an insincere question but bear with me, please. I am just starting to write my thesis. I got some good publications along the way, and I have a couple under review which I hope will get ...
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Questionable content in student's theses

If having some questionable aspects in the thesis - like not elaborated and rather simple theoretical models -, that did not influence the whole work and results, but might still arise the thought "...
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How important is the choice of dissertation committee? [duplicate]

I am currently a PhD student and I need to choose a dissertation committee as I will be graduating soon. (I already have a postdoc lined up.) It seems the only function of this committee is to read my ...
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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 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 ...
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Is it possible to submit a thesis to a univeristy without having been enrolled while writing it?

My partner wrote a thesis at a university which closed his faculty. Is it possible to submit this thesis through another university? Can you suggest a university which may be open to this? It is 50,...
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How should a student deal with personal criticisms from an assistant professor?

I am a PhD student. In the past I have met with an assistant professor for some general advice about my research, both times he has made off the cuff comments on my lack of competence as a researcher ...
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Serving sweets at an oral qualifying exam

What are your opinions on serving sweets at an oral exam. The only people attending would be the exam committee members. For my master's degree I was at a school where it was customary for everyone ...
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Is it advisable (or even usual) to invite a foreign member of doctoral jury to give a lecture just after the defense? Or is it inappropriate?

I will have my doctoral defense next month, in Italy. In my jury there's a foreign member, who comes on purpose from Belgium (I know him in person and I invited him to be member of the jury, through ...
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What are some of the starting phrases that I can use while responding to Ph.D examination committee questions during my defence?

I am appearing my Ph.D defence in a few weeks. I am in need of some starting phrases or words which I can use while responding to the questions from the examiners. There could be difficult questions ...
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What are the things one should consider while defending a PhD thesis, especially when the two examiners have completely different comments?

I am a completing Ph.D student. I submitted my thesis 4 months ago and have recently received the comments from the examiners. But to my surprise, two examiners have provided entirely different ...
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What to put on my CV while I'm waiting to hear thesis committee's decision?

I just handed in my Msc thesis, but it hasn't been accepted yet. I expect it will be. I've since started my PhD. What should I put on my CV?
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What happens in a thesis defense when the non-committee members leave the room? [closed]

I've been to many PhD proposals and defenses, but I've yet to give either myself. At every talk I've seen, after the speaker finishes his/her presentation and the non-committee members ask their ...
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Rationale behind lack of transparency regarding thesis defence committee

At my department, a thesis defence committee consists of 3-4 professors (including the advisor(s)), one of whom does not belong to the department (so could be pretty much anyone related to the field). ...
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Etiquette - send a copy of my new book to the department I earned my PhD within or to my advisor?

I need some etiquette advice. The book version of my PhD manuscript has just come out and I have a limited number of copies (8) from my publisher that I can give to family etc. My dilemma is whether ...
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I believe my department is failing to enforce standards in doctoral examinations. How to proceed?

I have witnessed multiple doctoral examinations at my (top-10 rated) university in which the student did not, in my opinion, demonstrate the required level of knowledge and understanding under ...
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I want to completely redo my thesis without repeating the research course. Has anyone had a similar experience? [closed]

I have completed all but one course (which is tied to the final three chapters of my thesis) for my M.Ed. My research was designed back when I was teaching and I designed an experiment for use in my ...
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What are the common mistakes PhD candidates make in their final defense session?

For a PhD candidate that has done a fine job in their PhD, what are the common mistakes to avoid in a defense session?
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How to address Phd dissertation committee members in email?

I am in the process of notifying my PhD dissertation committee (already formed)on the proposal exam. I would like to send an email to all of them and now I am confused as to how to address them. ...
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How should I email dissertation to committee?

I have to send my doctoral dissertation to the members of my committee and I wonder how I should write the email. It is not a question of inviting them to be on the committee (they have already agreed ...
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PhD examiner disappeared, what I can do?

I past my PhD viva with minor corrections in June. Both examiners were happy and promised to send lists of corrections the following week. Unfortunately, only one did that (and confirmed I corrected ...
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Is it correct protocol to thank your committee members in a PhD dissertation?

My question is: I would like to thank the committee members of my PhD dissertation explicitly thanking them for their time and effort and writing down their names Prof. Name1, Prof. Name2, etc... ...
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Should I write my master's thesis in English, as a non-native speaker?

I'm currently enrolled in a Master's degree Program in Statistics in Italy. I just started working on my thesis and my advisor asked me if I wanted to write it in Italian or in English. Apparently, ...
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Re: Terminated from D. Health Science program E.B.D.. Possible to apply to different program?

I concede this is similar to a few other questions, but any help would be appreciated. My husband completed the twenty coursework requirement for his D.H.Sc. with a 4.0 G.P.A. from the online ...
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How do you politely ask someone to be on your committee? [duplicate]

I'm a graduate student finishing up my first year, and I'm currently in the Master's program but am planning on switching to the PhD program at my university (which is located in the U.S.). I've ...
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Is it possible to finish PhD quicker than formally possible? [closed]

I said to my supervisor that I would like to finish my PhD very quickly. He said that formally I can submit my thesis 2 years after starting my degree at earliest, but that I am doing very well and it ...
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Should I thank thesis committee before defense?

I want to email a copy of my thesis to the thesis committee, should I thank them that they are serving on my thesis/dissertation committee? and how should I thank them? (it is before my defense))
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Which one is your priority? Writing thesis or writing academic paper [closed]

Which one do you recommend and why? 1: Finish writing PhD dissertation and extract papers from your thesis. 2. Start writing papers and complete your thesis based on your papers?
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I found a trove of Computer Science Masters thesis unprotected on a respected uni's website

I was looking for some technical documentation in relation to development of a specific piece of software, using a Google search such as "ACMESoft" "ACME_Rhino" filetype:pdf. I found a PDF hosted on ...
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How to ensure committee reads and comments on dissertation draft prior to final examination?

The constructive question is, What practices/strategies could help ensure the committee reads the dissertation? I am wondering if those who already hold a PhD, or advanced graduate students finishing ...
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How should I organize a thesis? — Examples of “exemplary” research theses in mathematics [closed]

I have updated the question to make it clearer. If there is something that can be further improved, please let me know. Background information: I have to write a final thesis for the completion of ...
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How far can one expect a external examiner to travel to be on defence/viva committee?

I'll base the scenario of this question on the PhD thesis defence committee recommendations in place in my university in Ireland. Similar may apply to other countries. A PhD Defence/Viva committee in ...
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What incentives do professors have to serve on dissertation committees?

It seems that there is no requirement for professors to serve on even a single dissertation committee. (This is so at least at my US university and I believe is common practice worldwide - please ...
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How important is the thesis document for judges on the day of the thesis defense?

I want to defend my thesis in the computer networking field on master degree . all things are done. And now I want to write my thesis document. Is this document important for judges in the defend day ...
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When should I send thank you letter or email to my thesis committee members?

When is the proper time to send a thank you email to the committee members? After the defense or after getting the certificate confirmation from the registrar office? To me saying thank you after ...
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What makes someone deserving of a Ph.D.?

Few days back while attending a thesis defense, one Professor was asking the defender why does he think, he deserves the degree. I was wondering since then, is there really any general answer for that?...
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How to find out whether a PhD dissertation is ready to submit?

How one may know that his/her work is good and enough for getting PhD? Does it depend on the number of words, pages, number of published paper or some things else?
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How does the PhD thesis examination result impact academic job success?

In majority of universities around the world, the PhD examining committee should meet and allow PhD student to defend his/her thesis. Based on the thesis content and student performance in the viva, ...
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Chair of my committee keep adding and changing ideas

I am trying to defend my proposal and I have a very inefficient professor as the chair of my committee. He keep adding and changing ideas consistently. I get the feeling that he doesn't really know ...
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How to engage interdisciplinary professors in forming an MS thesis committee and project?

I am sort of stuck in a quagmire. I am just starting out in a 2 yr bio-manufacturing program, which has a thesis component. I was looking to add a minor from an interdisciplinary department ...
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What is your university's policy on course reductions for service on dissertation committees? [closed]

This is a question branching off of this one. I would like to judge how common it is for universities to give course reductions for service on dissertation committees. Two questions: Does your ...
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Which role should other graduate students serve in a PhD defense?

In some countries and at certain universities, graduate students are advisory members of the committee during the PhD defense. In other countries like the Netherlands, a PhD defense takes place in ...
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What does a PhD Committee do?

I have been reading that many students have a PhD committee. I assume this is a group of experts supervising the student. In my case, and I think this is quite common, I had two people. One was the ...
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Should you choose your committee members or should your advisor?

The question of how to choose PhD committee members has already been asked and answered in general terms, but I have the following more specific questions regarding the choice: Is it more important ...
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How to select a dissertation committee member wisely?

I'm currently developing my dissertation proposal, and am in the process of choosing my committee members. I have heard that one should carefully choose their committee members, since they ultimately ...
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What are some guidelines to keep in mind when selecting members of one's PhD committee?

Selecting members of one's PhD committee is an important part of a PhD student's academic development. Committee members can have considerable influence on a student's PhD program, such as ...
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What role do professors on a graduate student's PhD committee serve?

Do they discuss the graduate student in meetings with each other? Or do they have any obligations to interact with the graduate student in other ways?