Linked Questions

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How do I know that I have truly lost interest in research and should drop out of a top CS PhD program? [duplicate]

I am a second-year CS PhD pre-candidate in a top PhD program. During my first year, I published a first-author paper at the best conference in my area, which I know is a big accomplishment. My advisor ...
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8answers
10k views

Overcoming depression and getting back on rails with PhD work [duplicate]

I'm a first year PhD student (computer science), and I've felt that I lost this year up to now due to some life difficulties. I'm getting no financial support and I was forced to teach to get some ...
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4answers
3k views

How to overcome feelings of incompetence/failure in a PhD programme? [duplicate]

I've recently quit my job as a maths teacher after doing it for 3 years and I have been incredibly lucky to be offered a fully funded doctoral training course at a top university. This is an ...
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2answers
2k views

Ph.D. work seems like a drag sometimes, is this normal? [duplicate]

I am a math researcher working in number theory. During my college years I heard all the stories of great mathematicians, icons of the subject who dedicated most of their time to mathematics research (...
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3answers
4k views

failure in research [duplicate]

I failed to complete my research project (undergraduate) in the time I said I would, because of overconfidence. It seemed like a quite simple project to both me and my advisor initially considering ...
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3answers
1k views

How to know if one is suitable for pursuing academia or Research work their entire life? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in engineering in an university in Canada. I am close to completion of my thesis but I am not very proud of my work. I have couple of publications from my work, all in decent ...
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2answers
3k views

No idea what to do with my PhD research [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in my second year. I have not published anything yet and I feel my results I got so far are not publishable. I have two years left. I am stressed and I am afraid that I might not be ...
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2answers
854 views

In a limbo stage in PhD. How to get out of it? [duplicate]

I am in the fourth year of my PhD and I am due to complete in four years. My advisor wants 5 journal papers. I have: One published article. Two articles under review with two different journals, one ...
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3answers
591 views

How can a demoralized research student restore the passion for research? [duplicate]

To the point, I do love conducting research, however, I have put myself in a very difficult point of research that made me switch to another Ph.D. program for the sake of more technical support. ...
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2answers
1k views

How do I get out of my problem of not achieving results, feelings of worthlessness, guilt and rejection? [duplicate]

I am currently a PhD student in a biomedical related field. I came a long way. I first did my undergraduate and worked for a few years, though not research related. Later, I identified my research ...
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1answer
555 views

Restoring self confidence - possible? [duplicate]

I am having a personal crisis and I thought maybe I should ask for some guidance in this forum. I have been in grad school in 4 years, failed qualifiers once passed at second attempt. I am dedicated ...
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2answers
698 views

Getting stuck in a rut while writing a thesis [duplicate]

I'm to write my MSc thesis soon, and am a bit worried that I will get stuck in a rut. By that I mean that I will have very little variety in my daily (work) life, and that it will not only be ...
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0answers
120 views

Lack of motivation-Changing PhD [duplicate]

I know there are different posts about changing PhD, but with such an important decision I would like to ask the same question but including the details of my personal situation. I am in the first ...
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0answers
65 views

What motivates you to do research? [duplicate]

I am a research undergraduate student who is in full time research internship in university. I realized that research needs A LOT of patience to obtain validated results A LOT of exploration. A LOT of ...
122
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19answers
37k views

Should I quit my PhD - workload, self-esteem and social life [closed]

I don't really want a degree. I just want to get married, and have weekends and evenings off, and chill out and play board games, and have nice conversations with friends, and have time to exercise ...

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