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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 in Navigating Concerns in Pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD in Computer Science and Neuroscience

I graduated both my undergraduate and master's degree in Computer Science and currently working in academia. I am applying for a PhD call (Finland) focusing on AI and data science. I didn't realize ...
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Defending my PhD thesis in interdisciplinary work (mainly social sciences) in a life sciences college

I am a PhD student in a life sciences college. My PhD project is in collaboration with another research institute specializing in Biomedical ethics and religion. So my PhD work happens to be more of ...
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How to transition from biology (evolutionary/computational) to governance/policy? [closed]

I have a BSc in nature conservation with an initial major in social science and policy (focused on biodiversity and conservation). I felt unsure about whether to continue in social science or biology, ...
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Choosing Between Monetary Compensation or Last Authorship in a Research Project Outside My Field [closed]

I have recently been presented with an opportunity to contribute to a research project by creating a dataset, a task that would take approximately 100 hours of work. The project is not directly ...
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What sets two PhDs apart in the academia? [closed]

I see that hundreds of students are doing PhDs at my PhD school. What will ultimately set those PhDs apart in the academia? The number of papers they published as the 1st authors? The impact factor ...
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How to find the right audience for controversial, interdisciplinary research to get published?

In the context of research in topics subject to controversy, what strategies are there for getting it published? A dutch cardiologist suggests that such research is difficult to get published. He ...
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Should I do more than one master/PhD if I want to do interdisciplinary research?

Some background info: CS and Philosophy major; Asian; intending to study in the US or Europe. I am currently doing research related to CS (computer security in particular) and intend to pursue a PhD ...
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How should I prepare for an interdisciplinary interview?

I applied for a Ph.D. internship position in a protein research lab. They invited me to appear for an online interview. My background is in IT, and the professor who will interview me is from ...
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Exploring dissimilar research topics

I'm currently a graduate student, but I plan on my future career being in research and academia. I like many different related topics and I like being interdisciplinary in my topics, and I see myself ...
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Can I join academia after doing industry?

I'm a vaguely math/cs/anthropology major (I say vaguely because I'm doing a interdisciplinary aka "Do It Yourself" major) who recently decided to drop their Theoretical Computer/Social ...
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What is the best way to teach interdisciplinary engineering topic?

After hours or even days contemplating about how engineering fields could be distinguished each others, especially on interdisciplinary topics, I am questioning about what the best way that could be ...
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Would you recommend publishing in interdisciplinary academic journals?

I am a post-doctoral researcher in social sciences and work on several topics that may not only be interested to the discipline itself but also to a wider academic audience, I suppose (hopefully). ...
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Do I need two habilitations if I do research in two disciplines?

A habilitation (in Germany and Austria at least) gives you the venia legendi, or the formal licence ot teach at higher education institutes - and now comes the important part - for a given discipline. ...
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Where to start - writing up a PhD thesis

I am 2 1/2 years in a a part time PhD and really struggling to know where to start with the writing up phase. I have enough research, although this is obviously subject to change, but really don't ...
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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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