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Questions about the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, including requirements such as dissertations and university programs leading to a Ph.D.

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Is it okay to use ChatGPT for generating letters of recommendation?

Someone I know will be applying to universities in the US for their PhD. To that end, he sought LORs from his undergrad instructors. However, they told him to write those himself, and to send those to ...
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Career changing from ME to CS

I have a 4 year bachelor of engineering in Mechanical. I want to do Msc phd in CS( Computer Science). How can I get any kind of funding (TA / RA / Schoolarship) in USA/Canada when i dont have any ...
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Work that I reasonably do without publications post Ph.D? [closed]

I'm a fourth year student in an Experimental Psychology Ph.D program with an accepted MA also in Experimental Psychology from a different program. I'm posting here since I'm about to graduate in May ...
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In addition to naming three professors, should I mention that I am open to working with other professors in SOP?

I am naming three professors from specific Ph.D. programs with whom I have identified similarities in our research interests in my SOP. In the last sentence, I want to mention that I am also ...
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Mentioning faculty in SOP while already mentioning them elsewhere in application

Should I explicitly mention faculty in my SOP for a PhD program when there are prompts in other parts of the application where I already specifically chose faculty of interest? Would this be ...
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How can I avoid this unproductive pattern with my PhD supervisor?

I’m currently a PhD student in electrical engineering in the US, and I changed supervisors after the end of my first year as a PhD student. There were several reasons for this, but the main one was ...
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Work with structure and clearly defined performance outcomes after my Ph.D?

I'm a fourth year Ph.D candidate in Experimental Psychology who earned an MA also in Experimental Psychology as I matriculated into my Ph.D program. I am posting here because I've come to the hard ...
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Do PhD degrees in Germany require government accreditation?

I am an academic from China and I am currently studying the accreditation and quality assurance of German master's and doctoral degrees. However, the existing English literature does not clearly ...
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Forgot to debrief participants on an old qualifier project. Can this error cause my qualifier project and poster I did on it to be revoked at all?

I realized I did not do a proper debriefing on my qualifier project for doctoral candidacy in Experimental Psychology from a little over a year ago. I only say "proper debriefing" because my ...
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Advisor-student collaboration (or lack thereof) and paper authorship in mathematics: how does it work?

In (pure?) mathematics, author order on papers is alphabetical, based on the assumption that all authors contribute equally (e.g. as discussed here and explained in this statement from the AMS). ...
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Applying for PhD after Engineering work on MS

I'm considering revisiting a PhD, my last MS I felt I basically spent my time on engineering work the advisor needed to get done vs actual research. I was effectively an engineer working for a small ...
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How to publish independently in top journals?

I am a second year PhD student. I also worked on topics outside my thesis. The results are good and I want to submit it to top journals. However, I am surprised by the attitude of most of the editors ...
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What is the consequence on purposefully lying on grad-school application (town of birth)

Sam was really really uncomfortable in disclosing their actual biographic data such as the town of birth (similar to Gaza). Sam felt that they will be discriminated. There was no option to "...
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Can two people write one letter of recommendation?

I have two cofounders who I've worked with in a similar capacity. Can they write a joint letter of recommendation for me?
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How do I mention low grades on the transcript due to genuine incompetence? (PhD Application)

"I failed an important course due to some justified reasons or terrible excuses, can I get into a decent PhD program?" is probably one of the most asked questions on the Academia Stack ...
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How do PhD letter of recommendations actually get sent?

Is there usually a person at the undergrad university that handles it? Or does my recommender have to fill it out for every single program? Or something else?
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Copyright issues and Self-Plagiarism in the PhD Thesis

Part of my doctoral thesis is based on three articles I wrote during my PhD. My supervisor suggested that I directly use part of the articles I had written (the part related to the data analysis and ...
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Attendance Date in PhD

I am applying for PhD for Fall 2024 in the US, I am still pursuing my masters degree. In the applications they ask for the attendance date for every institution, I am expecting to graduate in Spring ...
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PhD: alignment with a supervisor

I am contemplating a PhD degree where an industry partner connected me with a senior lecturer at University. I have full confidence in the said partner as their contributions to the discipline are ...
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A potential postdoc PI contacted my Ph.D. advisor without asking me for the contact info. Is this common?

I'm a recent Ph.D. graduate looking for a postdoc opportunity in the US. I recently interviewed with my potential PI, and at the end he said we will discuss later. A week or two after the interview, ...
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Getting letters of recommendation

I aspire to apply in the US for graduate studies. All universities require at least 3 letters of recommendation. I have secured all of them but one is from a lecturer that just served as my master ...
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What if letters of reference is not strong enough for PhD schools, in spite of having achieved top-graded master thesis?

I am having a problem that is beyond my control and I do not know how to address: having enough strong letters of reference to support my PhD candidature. Situation I have pursued a MSc later in my ...
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How important is to show Extracurricular or Leadership skills in SOP apart from academic background and research interests?

I have an 83-word small paragraph in my SOP (computer science, PhD) mentioning that I am the honorary moderator of a computer club and how I organize events and motivate students to participate in ...
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Assessment Criteria for Scrutiny of PhD Applications [closed]

I have been applying for a PhD position mostly in European countries. There are specific PhD job portals, in most of the European countries, where the specific PhD position is advertised and you can ...
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How to choose my first PhD students

I have recently started a position as assistant professor at a Chinese-British university. Now I am starting to get first requests from interested students who work on topics that are similar to mine ...
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I can't afford to pay for Statement of Purpose (SOP) proofread. What should I do?

Reliable SOP proofreading services are very costly, almost around $150-$200. I have written an SOP for my Ph.D. program in the USA, which is almost 1400 words, but I need to reduce it to 1000 words. ...
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How bad will refusing to defend PhD look on industry-job applications?

I have been a PhD student (Pure Mathematics) for the full PhD time in my country (a northern European country) and am very vexed with my supervisor and the department I have worked in. Education is ...
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Joining three labs in the same university on the CV for a grad school [duplicate]

I am a sophomore. I have joined two labs now as an undergraduate. At the first one I joined, I had an interest in science but my supervisor was not good with me and she created a very competitive ...
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How do I tell the SLAC where I am visiting that I would like to not teach next semester? [duplicate]

I'm a fourth year student in Experimental Psychology who is dealing with major, unresolved mental health issues and major problems fulfilling my basic responsibilities. I'm finding myself under-...
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Would GRE Help When Applying To Doctorate Programs Without Prior Research Experience?

I graduated in 2022 from a 4-year BS(CS) program. During university, I was mostly occupied with Software Engineering, gaining experience, developing projects, and what not. However, I missed out on ...
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Showed my CV and resume to screeners. Things are not looking good job prospect wise. How can I salvage my situation? [closed]

I know I've made a couple of posts on this website by now that I've realized are me worrying and/or pure speculation. I have something now that is not in this case. I basically asked for feedback from ...
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Working in HEP TH with a background primarily in HEP PH [duplicate]

I've just started a PhD in QCD phenomenology and Quarkonia. While I'm quite happy with the work at the moment, I suppose I do have a romanticised view of working in theory. How feasible is it for me ...
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Could my visiting instructor position be terminated due to low course reviews? Full time instructor position is not going well at all

I'm a fourth year doctoral student in Applied Experimental Psychology who earned a Master's prior to enrolling in my program (which my Ph.D program accepted on full). Long story short, my funding ran ...
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Publishing without supervisor (sidelining Ph.D. supervisor)

Hope you are doing well. I am a third year PhD student. I have very good relationship with my phd supervisor. However; I am secretly dissapointed at him. I am listing the reasons one by one: My ...
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How to deal with supervisor's contradictory comments

I'm a PhD student at the end of my 3rd year and I've been working with my supervisor since my BS.c degree. I was diagnosed with clinical anxiety when I turned 18, so when I started my PhD it was ...
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Talking to my supervisor about leaving the lab

My supervisor is really toxic. She has been yelling at me for every lab meeting and getting angrier by the day, due to which I am subjected to immense anxiety and panic attacks mad severe depression. ...
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What are the implications for my PhD applications if I previously was offered a position but declined last-minute due to family health reasons?

I work as a teaching and research associate at a university in Pakistan. I applied for PhD (Management) programs at 5 universities in the US last year. I was rejected by 1, wait listed by 2, almost ...
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How to prioritize which content to mention and what not in the Statement of Purpose

I am applying for the CS Ph.D. program in the USA. While writing my Statement of Purpose (SOP), I realized I have a multitude of accomplishments to convey. For instance, I hold both undergraduate and ...
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Is It Appropriate to Provide a Professor's Assistant's Email in the Application System?

I'm currently in the process of applying to a graduate program and have a question regarding the submission of recommendation letters. I have a professor who has agreed to provide a recommendation ...
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Does cum laude in DEFENSE (not in THESIS) mean no academic career in Germany? [duplicate]

My PhD is in social studies. I received magna cum laude for the thesis and cum laude for the defense. The lower grade in the defense was the result of my nervousness and a personal issue with one of ...
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No phD 2nd interview response [duplicate]

I had appeared in PhD 2nd interview almost 16 days before. After interview professor told me to contact soon.I wrote 2 follow up emails but they did not answer. Even after ist interview i wrote them ...
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Would applying for a tenure track position while I am a visiting instructor look bad to the institution and my colleagues if I am not selected?

I am a fourth year doctoral candidate in an Experimental Psychology program at an R2 and am completing a visiting instructor appointment at a small liberal arts college (SLAC) right now. I had seen ...
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Will US universities consider the application of a person with a PhD from India/Singapore/Australia for a faculty position in the US?

If I have a PhD degree from other English speaking countries like India/Singapore/Australia, can I apply for a faculty position in the US?
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Advice for PhD: Number of Applications (Humanities)

I am currently a postgraduate whose degree is near completion, and I would like to apply for a PhD in the United Kingdom. I am a first generation student which means that I have limited awareness of ...
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Struggle to regain lost passion in physics

I am a PhD student currently in my second to last year. Last year something weird happened, my supervisor forced me into projects in which I was not interested. He forced me into collaborations which ...
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Switching PhD programs for personal reasons

I have recently started a PhD program in the natural sciences (UK). My partner is enrolled in a program at a different university in continental Europe. The timings of our offers were mismatched, and ...
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Ways to successful PHD: basically just math or statistics?

Is it true that the way of achieving successful PhD goes through illustrating that you can do relatively hardcore math (or statistics as a subset of math)? Mostly in the field of economics but also ...
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Is it expected to pursue a PhD after being a pre-doctoral research assistant with a professor

Does being a research assistant but previous to being a doctoral student under one specific professor mean that you are expected to apply for a PhD with them as supervisor in the following year? I ...
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Masters advisors want me to become a Phd Student, but afraid he won't get tenure before I finish

I am a masters student in Computer Science in the U.S. I have been doing research with my advisor for the past year, and I really love the research area that I am doing, and been fortunate enough to ...
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How much does pre-PhD work affect chances in seeking academic jobs?

I have completed the third year of my PhD studies in Electrical Engineering. So far, I have published a few conference papers during my PhD. However, I had several good journal and conference ...
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