Linked Questions

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Can I justify my PhD if I have mostly adapted existing code instead of writing it myself?

My PhD in computational mechanics (field is materials science) involves writing Fortran subroutines for implementing new constitutive equations. More specifically, my research involves continuum ...
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2answers
570 views

I have turned myself into an incompetent researcher. I have screwed up my career, now I would like some advice how I can recover?

I hope I am not at the end of the road. I had flunked advanced engineering mathematics and applied mechanics during my undergrad second year. Though I scored decently in the reexamination during the ...
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8answers
9k views

Is it OK to have a PhD thesis with shortcomings and inaccuracies?

I recently defended my PhD thesis and was awarded a pass with some minor corrections. I am due to submit the final version of my thesis very soon. The examiners were both very happy with my thesis, ...
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1answer
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Heavy imposter syndrome [duplicate]

What are best ways/resources to deal with imposter syndrome or runaway thoughts? I recently published a paper (only my 2nd first author) and was excited about it for about 2 mins before I got very bad ...
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4answers
587 views

Feeling like a failure because of a class

I am a PhD student in the area of CS/math. My dream (for a long time) is to develop an academic career, and I work really hard (like any of us) to achieve that. This semester I am taking a class ...
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2answers
260 views

Problems with supervisor – Should I listen to myself or just follow him? [closed]

I started a PhD in September of the last year at a European university in the field of engineering. I was very enthusiastic about it because I really worked hard to obtain this opportunity and I won ...
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1answer
139 views

How can I ease in to the research arena?

I'm a first year graduate student and my age is 24. I got a degree in statistics, but it was not that interesting. I barely got into a below average grad school program in mathematics. I want to ...
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1answer
215 views

How to determine if I'm just incompetent, or if my work is more difficult than expected? [duplicate]

I'm a PhD student in my (planned) last year, with no journal publications until now (one rejection, though, due to not having the level of research the journal aims for). Several things which were ...
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3answers
524 views

Postdoc in good environment, but haven't accomplished anything on my own: How long is it reasonable to stick around?

I'm about 5 months into my postdoc now, and I am seriously questioning the choice. Most posts I read about this mention bad advisors, situations with the lab, etc. but in my case actually everything ...
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1answer
242 views

Imminent unemployment, I have a screwed up CV; incompetent in my own field of PhD. Hoping for some perspective and advise? [duplicate]

I did my PhD recently and it took 5.5 years to complete. I had just 2 courses in my PhD, so the timeline is excessive owing to my lack of motivation during my 2-3rd year. I have also not taken any ...
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0answers
73 views

Did anyone, currently in tenured/TT position experience low confidence/esteem during their studentship period? [duplicate]

I have suffered from self doubt, low self-esteem and confidence throughout my undergrad, master's and PhD. Now, I am about to start a postdoc with an aim towards academia. I never sought for any ...
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3answers
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Succes in research, awful in solving in basic things [duplicate]

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in pure mathematics. I am studying abroad. I need some advice. Before getting through to my question, let me say something about myself. I am studying at a good ...
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3answers
524 views

How to manage imposter syndrome during the job hunt? [duplicate]

There are lots of questions on here about dealing with Imposter Syndrome throughout the whole Ph.D. experience. I have struggled with Imposter Syndrome throughout my whole Ph.D., but was able to ...
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9answers
26k views

I wasted six years of my life getting a PhD degree. What should I do, and how will I survive?

I struggled with low self confidence throughout my bachelors, masters and PhD in chemical engineering. After spending two years in Masters and six years in getting a PhD degree, I am lost at what I ...
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6answers
471 views

Do single-author papers actually further scientific progress?

I have just submitted revisions for my first single-author paper, and it was awful (pronounced with all the exaggerated fervor of a whiny millenial). Nothing triggers feelings of inadequacy and self-...

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