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Will having a chemistry minor benefit me in a material science PhD?

I'm an undergraduate physics major and plan on pursuing a PhD in material science, and am specifically interested in soft materials, nanotechnology, and polymers. I currently have minors in chemistry ...
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How long does one give coauthors to review a draft before submission?

I am a somewhat new PI, and have gotten a request to submit an invited article. My PhD student whom I have asked to author the paper is taking a long time to finish a draft, and the second deadline ...
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Is chemistry needed for graduate programs in material science?

I am a third year undergraduate in a physics program at a US university. I am in quantum and enjoy it, I also enjoyed a quantum chemistry course I took. I am looking to do work quantum computing (...
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BSc in Chemistry during PhD?

I have a BSc in Psychology with a strong focus on neuroscience and am currently studying Molecular Neuroscience. Next year I want to start my PhD in molecular Neuroscience but I am really interested ...
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How does getting an undergraduate minor instead of a major affect graduate admissions in the same area?

I'm currently a second year undergraduate student at UCSC well on my way towards a double major in Computer Science and Chemistry. I'm interested in either pursuing a graduate degree in Chemistry (...
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Getting scooped and is it appropriate to volunteer to write a highlight?

To solve a long-unknown crystal structure, we were scooped by another group using the same state-of-the-art technique. A peer-reviewed top journal article was published online in the past few days. ...
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Apply to top US chemistry phd program right after Bachelor’s degree without journal paper publication

I am a Taiwanese undergraduate student in chemistry studying in Taiwan (National Taiwan University). I want to apply chemistry PhD programs of top US universities (MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, etc) ...
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I’m an international PhD student getting kicked out from my research group. I really need a PhD. Any advice?

I'm at the end of my second year in a top chemistry Ph.D. program in the US. Unfortunately, I've been struggling a lot with depression and low energy: I'm having a lot of personal issues, no support ...
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Need help advising my life-science / biochem daughter on choice of major, career, and internships [closed]

My daughter will be starting her senior year of high school and plans to study a biochemistry related field in college. (Makes me wonder if biophysics might be up her alley.) She participates in the ...
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USA undergraduate seeking advice for PhD from Europe [duplicate]

I am hoping someone reading this can help me in this area. I am an Applied Chemistry undergraduate and I want to earn my PhD, however ,the PhD programs in the US are very long spanning about 5-7 ...
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I see these types of plots a lot in older publications. What software/method is used to make this plot? [duplicate]

Anyone know what software or method is used to make these classic black and white publication figures with all caps axis labels and typically a gridded background? Just curious because I have seen ...
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What should I do in this grading appeal situation?

The grade I received for Fall 2022 semester was not the grade I feel like I deserved so I emailed my professor as soon as I saw it. The professor did not respond to my email or any follow-up emails ...
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How to become a Junior Group Leader in Europe [closed]

From your experience, in the field of biological-chemistry & biophysics: Do you think it is enough to have 10 first-author publications (in impact journals around 4-6) and only ONE publication in ...
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Should I ask to be moved up in the authorship list?

This past summer, I started my undergraduate thesis project under two advisors. One of my advisors had done research on a similar topic to what my thesis project is covering and she had the data ...
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My professor has barely taught my class so I've only passed by a hair. Is there anything I can do? Someone higher up I could contact? [closed]

This quarter, I took my first General Chem course. I'm a pre-med Biology major, and I really enjoyed Chemistry in high school. I also really enjoyed the Chem lab this quarter (separate from the ...
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Is it a good choice to join a sandwich doctorate (doctoral stay)?

I am currently writing my dissertation for master's degree course and I intend in the future to join a sandwich doctorate in my field. Do you have any experience to share? What advice would you ...
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Should I give full credit for a correct answer different from the expected one to an exam question?

I recently gave an exam that had a particular short answer question where I asked the students, "What type of reaction is this?". I was looking for neutralization reaction, as aqueous NaOH ...
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How do I acknowledge an equipment malfunction in a manuscript I'm submitting to a journal?

After a four year break, I'm finally getting around to submitting my MSc. research to a journal. My research involved time series data - analyzing a food sample over a series of days using a number of ...
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Has the nature of the biological sciences shifted to cell/molecular biology instead of physical science/biochemistry/enzymology?

I study biochemistry at my university. It seems like most of the younger faculty come from a cell biology / molecular biology background, while older professors seem to come from more of a physical ...
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Which are the main funding routes for university research in chemistry in Switzerland?

I was wondering where university group leaders in Switzerland obtain funding from other than the Swiss National Science Foundation now that ERC grants are out of reach for this country.
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Transfering (Reapplying) to another PhD Program because the current lab does not have enough funding?

I am currently a graduate student at a research institution (not a university). My stipend was paid based on my professor's grants, but it seems something happened with his grants that he told me he ...
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Cannot find a research group for my PhD program before fall 2021

I am a 1st year physical chemistry graduate student in an American University. I was admitted in September 2020, but I actually started the program in April 2021 due to the visa and pandemic issues. ...
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Changing fields from Mathematics to Biology/Chemistry

I’m currently in my penultimate year of an undergraduate degree in mathematics. I’ve been thinking about changing fields completely. I love maths, so I intend to graduate with this degree and I’m ...
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Is the honors program worth it? [duplicate]

Chemistry major here, let preface this by saying I don't know anything about anything. That being said, as a student attending a school that is not very well known for its academics, I always figured ...
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Deciding when to quit a PhD and the implications involved in further graduate education

I'm a chemistry graduate student (analytical) in my first year (second semester) of a PhD program at a significant R1 university. I have a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics, and ...
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Publishing figures in conference abstracts - will this constitute formal “publication” that will preclude our publication of this figure in journal?

I have a manuscript in final stages of editing to submit it for publication, most likely to an ACS journal. My advisor would also like me to present this research in the upcoming ACS conference. I ...
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Having a Promising Assistant Professor vs Well- Known Full Professor as a PI [duplicate]

If one's ultimate goal is to obtain tenure (as a professor of chemistry or some other STEM field, for example), is it honestly better to have a more well-known professor as a PI versus an assistant ...
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Urgent help to decide on degree choice [closed]

I would really appreciate it if someone could help me!!! Aptitude and background I am from the UK, and for A-levels, I am studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry, and I am predicted ...
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Am I supposed to know Machine Learning before I start my PhD in Machine Learning in Materials Science [closed]

I will be starting with my PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, in Fall 2020. My Background I have done M.Sc. in Chemistry (focusing more on Inorganic). I have worked at a Material Chemistry Lab ...
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switching fields from experimental chemistry to theoretical chemistry after PhD?

I am currently a second year PhD student in a 5 year direct-entry PhD program, studying experimental chemistry. Another important consideration is that I am on the first year of a 4 year top-tier ...
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Could I write a review paper as my B.Tech (Bachelors in Technology) final year project, rather than presenting an experiment based work? [closed]

I live in India. Currently due to the coronavirus pandemic, all colleges have been shut down and the country has gone in lockdown. As a result, my final year project work on electrocoagulation has ...
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ChemRxiv vs. arXiv acceptance

Both ChemRxiv (https://chemrxiv.org/) as well as arXiv (https://arxiv.org/) are services for publishing preprints. arXiv focusses on physics, mathematics, computer science (CS) and some more topics. ...
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Physics Courses in Undergrad to Apply for Physics Grad Program [closed]

I am a sophomore physics student with an interest in studying applied physics or engineering in graduate school. I will take as many applied physics courses as I can in undergrad (and CS courses), but ...
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Is it possible to change the application area of research while looking for a postdoc position after PhD?

My PhD is in materials science in the field of environmental remediation (water decontamination) using different advanced materials as adsorbents. I also have expertise in computational chemistry and ...
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Any suggestions for a rapid publish journal in material science? [closed]

I am looking for a rapid publish journal in material science, environmental science or electrochemical science, open access journals are OK. This is so weired that my defense committee requires me 3~...
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Which writing style for uncertainties?

There are different ways of writing uncertainty. The siunitx manual says "In some fields, it is common to give the uncertainty in a number in brackets after the main part of the number... ...
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Do I need to cite a chemical formula?

I want to include the chemical change that occurs when calcium carbonate is heated within the background section of the thesis I'm writing. I've seen it included in other's work on the topic, but I ...
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Why and how to reference chemical vendors in paper

In my paper I used a chemical bought from Sigma-Aldrich. I've seen some papers refer to the chemical vendor, so my questions are: Why should I include the chemical vendor in my paper? How should I ...
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Citing a reference multiple times

I am trying to write an introduction to a grant proposal (not for actual research, but because it is part of an assignment that was given to me as an organic chemistry student). I am trying to ...
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Should my supervisor acknowledge me in his recent paper?

In my chemistry undergraduate I did a project with my supervisor, I worked on it for around 8 months. Around a year later they published a paper on this same topic, after my project was handed in they ...
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Does it matter if I present in a PhD interview a topic which is partially unrelated to the PhD one?

I have a PhD interview coming up on organic chemistry in a few days. As part of the interview process I have to give a short presentation regarding a research which I am currently undertaking. However ...
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Should I take the GRE physics subject test for a chemistry PhD?

I plan on applying to top chemistry graduate programs (MIT, Caltech etc.) I took the Chemistry subject test, score isn't in yet but I think it's with high expected value (because I knew everything) ...
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Do ACS and RSC journals have identical credit in a tenure-track application?

I am a postdoc in chemistry and have published 15 papers in RSC journals. I hope to publish about 8 papers during the next year and then apply for a tenure-track position in the US. My group leader ...
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When can I know the updated status from reviewer or editor after i submit a revised manuscript to that publisher? [duplicate]

I have submitted a revised manuscript to an international journal of quantum chemistry at 8 August. My articles status still remain under review, I also don't know my article get accepted or rejected, ...
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How to find papers having datasets?

It is becoming common for authors to upload raw data of their research when publishing their papers. However, it is still a small fraction of papers include the dataset. Is there a way to search for ...
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Open university and admissions into a US Masters

Can a student with a bachelor's in engineering with very little chemistry take some courses in chemistry to get into a chemistry masters? How do US masters view courses taken from Open University, ...
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How many students are typical for an advisor?

I am an undergraduate student in China, majoring in chemistry. I am now considering which advisors would be most suitable for my future research. Actually, I have been working in a professor's lab ...
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Are there journals in science communication (STEM field) that allow technical notes? [closed]

I've written a small piece of software which allows users to gain easy access to nice visualization of computed chemical reactions. It's great having such videos in a presentation in a professional ...
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How to write a paper where a chemical compound's name cannot be disclosed?

I am currently working with a certain chemical compound whose name its very well known and largely studied. However, due to my findings that relate this compound with an industrial procedure (that ...
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How to publish an article that is only one page long?

I am interested in publishing a journal article that is only 1 page long. Most journals want more lengthy articles. The area of focus is Chemistry. How to sort through all the requirements without ...