Questions tagged [interdisciplinary]

On degree programs, research efforts, conferences, journals, etc. that involve the synthesis of multiple academic disciplines or fields of study. 'Interdisciplinary' differs from 'multidisciplinary' in its integrative nature; in an interdisciplinary approach, the fields do not remain clearly separated.

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Advice regarding advisor-student relationship

I'm a first semester student in a PhD programme on a bioinformatics related topic. Before being accepted, I spent around 7 months in learning about the topic of my project. I have a BC degree in ...
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How do I understand which doctoral school in a university I should apply to when my research topic is relevant to multiple of them?

Suppose a university has three doctoral schools: Doctoral School of Exact & Natural Sciences Interdisciplinary doctoral school Say, I have a research topic that relates to both computer science ...
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Interdisciplinary PhD: How to connect dots

I've started researching in an interdisciplinary PhD with almost complete independence. The problem is my background (computational engineering) is way different from the main theme of my current ...
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If someone completes a PhD from an interdisciplinary doctoral school, can he work as a professor in CS/CSE?

The research area is related to CS/Bioinformatics and Biology/Biochemistry. The possibility of cooperation is between the Faculty of CS&Math and the Faculty of Chemistry. If I complete a Ph.D. ...
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Relative Advantages/Disadvantages of Interdisciplinary Degree vs Discipline-Specific Degree

I am applying for a PhD and when I was speaking to my potential advisor they discussed the possibility of me applying for an interdisciplinary degree that is offered by the institution as an option ...
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How does one find an advisor doing research on a niche interdiscipinary subject?

I am very interested in in-situ resource utilization (ISRU), the use of lunar/martian/asteroidal resources (generally regolith, atmosphere, and water ice) to produce propellant or construction ...
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I conceptually understand a result, but not its mathematical implementation – how can I defend using it?

There is a particular result from another author that I wanted to use in my research which is a central component to my research question (it’s an animal’s growth rate). However, deriving the results ...
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Is Computational Social Science better as a degree or as a field of research for various disciplines to collaborate in? [closed]

I'd like to go to grad school, but I've been dragging my feet on it for so long (I'm three years out of college, with a Bachelors in Computer Science) because the sound of traditional CS research ...
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Is there a difference between "interdisciplinary" and "multidisciplinary" research?

Going off of definitions on Google, it seems that interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary mean the same thing: relating to more than one academic discipline/branch of knowledge. Is there a subtle ...
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How should one 'pitch' a research idea to someone in another institution?

And moreover, how to do so outside of one's own discipline? I realize the burden of entry is necessarily high in this kind of case, but if I have a literature search, discussion, and conclusion ...
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When a professor takes an affiliate appointment in another department, do they get an increase in salary? [closed]

Let's say an associate professor of Math makes 120k per year USD in a United States university and takes an affiliate professor position in the Quantitative Biology department. Would they get ...
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mixed two fields, and now each field thinks you are an alien

I used tools from another field to get results in economics. I can see other preprints doing that, but none get published. Anyone in a similar situation? You mixed two fields, and now each field ...
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Is it possible to get a job in a philosophy department with a non-philosophy PhD?

As an undergraduate, I studied philosophy and the field in which I'm pursuing a PhD right now. Though I had passion for both fields, I chose this field because I did better in this field than I did in ...
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Possible that one dissertation in Computational Archaeology could earn two degrees?

I'm planning on my PhD to be in CS, but it occurs to me that my research as it applies to archaeology/anthropology will be just as unique and valuable (hopefully) to that field in and of itself. I ...
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“Theories”/“frameworks” for how multiparadigmatic research should work (in the context of interdisciplinary research)?

Interdisciplinary research is research generated from collaboration between people from different disciplines (or one person steeped in different disciplines). This can mean simply that the multiple ...
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How to choose and validate interdisciplinary research methodology?

How to formalize the following research consideration towards research methodology selection and validation? That is, I consider to establish and validate interdisciplinary foundations for a ...
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Applying to jobs in multiple disciplines. How much does name of degree matter?

I'm currently a second year masters student applying to PhD programs but are at a bit of a crossroads and wanted to crowd source some opinions. My research interests are in a subject studied ...
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In an interdisciplinary context, is the argument of "imposter syndrome" really applicable?

There are many questions on this SE from young researchers who are not sure if they are "good enough" to actually be awarded a PhD because they think their work is not good/novel/innovative/advanced ...
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Submitting two related manuscripts at the same time to two journals

I have two ideas (manuscripts) that I am working on, both in the field of physics. The first is theoretical, mathy and generalized. It is steered toward computer vision. Probably if finished, would ...
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interdisciplinary Phd programs in philosophy and computer science (AI, ML)? [closed]

I have a BA in philosophy and I'm working on an MS in computer science specializing in "Interactive Intelligence" (a blend of HCI, AI, ML). My end goal is a PhD in philosophy but specializing in AI. ...
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Potential academic career in very different fields

There's this question about doing research in two very different fields, but my question is somewhat different. I have serious academic interests in two very different fields: one in computer science/...
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NWO Veni grant application: domein-overschrijdend or humanities? [closed]

I am working on a Veni (introductory individual) grant application to the Dutch Organization for Science, NWO. My proposal is interdisciplinary in its methodology, but firmly rooted in historical ...
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non academic job opportunities for mid aged PhD

I am currently a masters student that is due to finish early next year. I have a scholarship which covers costs and pays me a modest wage up until and including PhD. I would like to do my PhD but I am ...
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Getting into grad school for one field by doing research in another?

I want to go to grad school for computer engineering. I am in a non-STEM major. My GPA could be better. However, a lot of my prior undergrad research has been in interdisciplinary work ( mixing ...
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Should I talk to my supervisor about including a new field in my PhD?

I am a part-time PhD student coming towards the end of my first year – I have another five years left. My PhD is in Music and I do like my topic a lot. However, in the last 18 months I have also ...
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How to negotiate with collaborators on adjusting procedures to interdisciplinary projects?

This is an issue I frequently face. As a biologist I like doing interdisciplinary science. In fact I believe interdisciplinarity is the key to producing any truly insightful observation, at least in ...
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How can I evaluate the strength of a chemical physics program?

I can only find evaluations/rankings for departments such as chemistry or physics, but I am not sure how to evaluate a combined program of chemical physics.
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Are interdisciplinary STEM PhDs qualified to become professors?

Are interdisciplinary STEM PhDs qualified to become professors? Or are they viewed more as “in-betweeners” and better suited for industry work. For example, someone who has a broad (but not deep) math ...
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How much attention should I pay to developments in other research fields?

I am at the beginning of my Ph.D. My research lies at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistics, meaning that I will interact with a variety of researchers from several ...
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I want to do a PhD in Dynamical Systems as applied to any physical science ; how do I decide where to apply? [closed]

I'm at the end of a 2 year post-Bacc at Columbia. My goal when I started was quite clear: I wanted to study atmospheric science through the lens of dynamical systems. However, as I've moved along, it'...
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What are the non-academic job prospects for a PhD in probability? [closed]

So I am a Master of Science, majored in math, as of now. I am going to a reasonably good US university as an international student to get my PhD, which will likely be in probability, my main field of ...
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Understanding the works of intellectuals

I'm a master's graduate in biology. I completed a thesis recently on 'Social science in the age of biology'. It discusses how social scientists and biologists approach and answer questions pertaining ...
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Finding a journal for specialised, interdisciplinary research

Assuming I decided what specific thing I want to research, how I can find journals suitable for my research? For example, I am interested in query by humming in computer science. Will a signal-...
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In a PhD program of study, what does "emphasis on descriptive material" mean?

For example, an interdisciplinary PhD program that I am reading about says this about their program: "The program differs from the regular departmental offerings in science mainly by its ...
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Should an interdisciplinary researcher work twice as hard?

My Ph.D. research is related to both computer-science and economics. I collaborate with researchers in both these disciplines, and naturally submit papers to journals of both disciplines. Now, while ...
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What is the difference between an explanation and an interpretation?

Can someone please clarify for me if there is a difference between an explanation and an interpretation in scientific discourse? Whenever I am writing up results, I am careful to distinguish ...
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Is it ok to mention a research interest with professors outside of your department in a letter of intent?

I am planning on pursuing a ph.d. in mathematics, however, really my research interests often lie in the intersection of mathematics, logic, and theoretical computer science. Thus, in many of the ...
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Should recruitment committee give lesser weight to Interdisciplinary Publications? [closed]

I am a Computer Science graduate (presently, working towards Ph.D.). I have been working in the field of Computational Biology/Chemistry, Bioinformatics which involves many different computational ...
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What is a good set-up for the board of directors/executive committee of research institutes?

I have been elected as employee representative for the board (edit: not really a board of directors, the competences seem partially advisory and partly decision making) of a new interdisciplinary ...
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Does mathematical modeling expert need to know subject of interdisciplinary field

I'm working in chemical engineering field and being mathematician and programmer I'm conducting simulations and mathematical modeling problem solving. Basically the battery processes simulations. ...
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Is it possible to do PhD in Computational Social Science without CS background?

As the title states, I don't have Computer Science background (B.A. in Business Administration and Master of Social Work) but would like to do PhD in Computational Social Science (Data analysis or ...
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interdiscplinary phd communication [closed]

An engineer (me), a mathematician and a social psychologist (my supervisors) walked into a bar and decided to do a PhD project together. How do the three ensure that they do not have communication ...
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Can I get hired as a psychology professor if I get a PhD in educational psychology in an education department?

I'm interested in educational psychology and learning sciences. However, most educational psychology graduate programs are within the education department, not psychology. What's the difference ...
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Finding a place in interdisciplinary sciences as someone who develops computational methods and algorithms for other fields?

I have a strong background in programming and I'm interested in solving computational problems in other areas like physics or economics. During my bachelor studies I have been involved in several ...
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How does your institution credit a department's support of, and participation in, interdisciplinary programs?

In these lean economic times, traditional majors are in danger of being cut if they cannot keep up their numbers (at least in many small liberal arts colleges). Simultaneously, interdisciplinary ...
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Is it worth getting a masters in a secondary field as part of an interdisciplinary PhD?

I'm in the process of making a decision with regards to graduate school and my number one choice is an interdisciplinary PhD program in Computational Science and Engineering. On the computational side ...
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What points should I consider when applying for/accepting a position at another department?

I specialize in Computability Theory which is part of Mathematical Logic at the intersection of Theoretical Computer Science and Mathematics. Therefore I could potentially apply for jobs (e.g. a ...
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How to select a publishing venue for interdisciplinary research?

I am curious to hear some words of advice on how to select a publishing community for multi-disciplinary topics. Your contribution is that methods in area A, which is your main area, can solve ...
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Is mathematical aptitude the limit of how well I can do in an interdisciplinary life science field as a computer scientist?

I apologize in advance if this question is too broad, or too subjective - I couldn't think of a better place to ask it. Summary: does mathematical aptitude impose an upper boundary on how well one ...
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Applying to History & Philosophy of Science (HPS) PhD programs?

History & Philosophy of Science (HPS) is a relatively small field with a handful of PhD programs in the U.S. Are their any resources on applying to HPS PhD programs and pursing a career in HPS?
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