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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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How to send an email to a well-known professor for a possible PhD student position?

I am applying for graduate physics and I was wondering to work with a well-known professor in Caltech. He is a pioneer in the field that I am interested in. I have a kinda outstanding background, ...
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Information with no reference in literature review

I am writing a literature review and I've found information in a thesis written in the literature review in a paragraph with no source, just ending with full stop. While at the end of the whole ...
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Supervisor complaining about research work is slow and not doing anything properly. Is it possible to continue with him for long?

I am about to finish my first year of MS leading to Ph.D. Our team works on cable Robotics. At first, when I joined prof asked me to do a computer vision problem of tracking. I spent 5 months to do ...
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Is there any minimum and maximum allowed time-span for acquiring a PhD degree?

Can someone finish a PhD, say, in 2 years in the USA or in 1.5 years in the UK? Can someone take, say, 16 years in the USA or 12 years in the UK to finish a PhD?
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Why does an “external member” of a thesis defense committee come to your defense?

I am curious why would some professor from another university come to my university (in Turkey) merely for my defense. What benefit does this professor have in it? Do universities pay professors for ...
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Human-Computer Interaction PhD in Computer Science vs Information Systems: Does the department title matter?

I've been offered a PhD position in Human-Computer Interaction, but it bothers me that it's within the Business/Economics department, so it would yield me an Information Systems degree instead of a ...
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Is it possible to start a PhD at 36 without taking a huge hit financially?

I'm currently working as a Senior Engineer (Mechanical) for a large company. However, I am increasingly finding the work to be dull and lacking in challenge. I don't think I can bear to spend the next ...
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Should I defer or start a PhD program right away? [on hold]

I just completed a Master's degree in Canada and have been accepted to a US PhD program beginning this fall as an international student. My Master's degree allows me to work as a healthcare provider. ...
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How can I contact potential PhD advisors without jeopardizing my position in my current PhD program?

(Sorry for the long question in advance! If it's too long, you could skip the first two paragraphs.) I'm currently enrolled in a PhD program in a relatively prestigious school, which is very well-...
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What should I write in a “Statement of objective” field of max 3000 letters in an application form? [on hold]

I am French applying to a Swiss university for a PhD. In the "Objectives and Interests" section of the online application form I have to write a "Statement of objective" (3000 letters maximum). I ...
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PhD application: Responses from a few professors, but no conversion [on hold]

I am looking for a PhD in Computer Vision, Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). The core of this question is to understand how do the following factors affect an application: Acceptable study gap. Do ...
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What are the common criteria of evaluation for a Post-Doctoral or Tenure-Track faculty position? [on hold]

I am waiting for my PhD viva and I would like to start applying for Post-docs or faculty positions. We all know that a CV is never too good, so I would like to ask some things about the elements of ...
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Usefulness of research paper(s) of another discipline for PhD

Consider the scenario in which a PhD student of the subject X published good research papers on subject Y. X and Y are not related. Will those papers any way useful for getting PhD or any benefits ...
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Publishing articles in not peer-reviewed journals

There are several important journals out there that are not peer-reviewed, such as Network Security. Do such papers provide any value for the author(s), especially for whom want to apply for a PhD ...
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When it is wrong to pursue a PhD degree? [on hold]

I finished medical school, and then residency, and wanted to pursue a career in medicine. Due to certain experiences, I'm now shifting into the public-health field, doing a master of public health. ...
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Must I admit having started (but not finished) an MS when applying for a competitive PhD position?

I spent almost two years in a chemistry master’s program. I did many lab rotations where I learned many techniques, and I even made progress on my master’s thesis (though I never defended). Ultimately,...
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Is it possible to go through registration without a passport and a visa? [on hold]

I lost my passport with a F1 Visa today, 1 week before registration at SUNY Buffalo (I am attending as a PhD student), will it prevent me from being registered if I don't have a passport with the ...
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Another story of PhD selection regret [closed]

I am a student with an MSc in Physics who is supposed to start a PhD next month. The reason I am writing is the bad psychological situation I ended up after a hard choice between grad programs. I will ...
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Is it possible a post-doc position for a specialist in medicine without PhD?

I graduated from Medical Faculty ten years ago. I got my degree as a Microbiology Specialist in 2015. I have been working as a Clinical Microbiologist in a hospital since then. I completed all my ...
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Is there a lot of difference if I apply for Ph.D after completing M.Tech rather than doing M.S?

I am in India. Do foreign universities prefer M.S over M.tech? Will I be on a losing side if I go for Ph.D after M.Tech?
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How can I justify doing a second Master's in Mathematics?

I'd like to apply for a PhD in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics in Europe. I have a BSc in Math and a taught 1-year MSc in Applied Math (without thesis) both from top US universities. I have taken ...
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What should I do to get into a PhD in Mathematics in Europe without a thesis in my BSc and MSc?

I'm going to apply for a PhD in Mathematics in Europe with my BSc and MSc in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (respectively), from two top-tier (say, top 10-20) US universities with advanced ...
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Can I start writing my PhD thesis from the second year?

I'm going to enter my second year in my PhD after two months from now. I start to think that I can write some chapters from now instead of waiting until the fourth year. This would help me to finish ...
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Experimental research work on a similar experimental setup patented by someone else

For my PhD thesis, I have conceptualised an experimental setup which is similar to an already existing patented design. Can I do research work on that setup (conceptualised by me) by simply citing ...
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Which is more valued, first authorship articles or the number of articles produced?

What is more important in academia (bioinformatics, computational biology) for a person when he/she has already completed their PhD: Number of first authorship articles he/she has Number of ...
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Cultural Differences in the Hard Sciences

I saw this question, and I got interested. Besides a culture or country having a lower level of technology or research ability due to wealth, access, etc, is there any difference in how cultures ...
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Advice for applying to phd (in Finland)

I will be graduating with a Master of Science degree from a German University of Applied Sciences in March 2019. My goal is to develop myself more towards research and development, and I want to apply ...
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Contacting university for potential PhD collaboration without the presence of my supervisor

The question might be misleading, so I will explain in more details: The company in which I am employed offered me to do a PhD. The subject and everything else has been already approved and funded, ...
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Is it a good practice to work on multiple projects simultaneously during PhD study?

The idea of working on multiple projects simultaneously during PhD study is introduced in Feibelman's "A PhD is not enough", Chapter 8. It identifies the following advantages: When you temporarily ...
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Are post-docs required for faculty jobs in statistics?

Is it possible to become a tenure-track assistant professor of statistics department directly after the PhD, without having to do a postdoc? I'm interested in the top schools in the US (i.e., the Ivy ...
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Email to potential PhD supervisor

I am a PhD applicant and I am preparing to send an introductory email to a potential supervisor. I have two questions: I am self-funded. Should I mention this in the initial email? Is the following ...
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Should Ph.D. Math students take notes? [closed]

I am a Maths Ph.D. student. When I read any result like theorem or the concept used in it, in any math textbook or article, I understand it at that time, but as the days pass, I start forgetting them ...
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Can a postdoctoral fellow serve as a PhD committee advisor?

Can a postdoctoral fellow, who holds a PhD in the relevant field, serve on a PhD student's dissertation committee? This might vary by field, but I'm curious whether there is any general trend on ...
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I want to pursue topics from different fields (pure math,CS) as a researcher. Which one to choose for my PhD? [closed]

My background: I have two master degrees in pure math and applied CS. I am interested in working in both areas, and there are certain topics in each area (extensions of my -completely different- two ...
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How to calculate a rough 'chance of admission'? [closed]

I am looking to apply for graduate programs for Fall 2019 and I am so confused about my chances of admission for different universities. I know it cannot be really calculated and there is no such ...
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Should I consider legal action if my attempts to persuade my university to allow me to complete my PhD prove unsuccessful?

My situation I could go into the details of the situation in some detail here, but I fear it would read like a shaggy-dog story. For the moment I'll limit myself to these (what I hope are) salient ...
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PhD dropping out and funding reimbursement

What happens if one has a PhD scholarship and drops out in the second year of the PhD program? Should he pay back the money that he got in his first doctoral year?
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should I go for a Ph.D.in electronic/electromagnetism engineering? [closed]

Hello Academicians and everyone, As you noticed from my question. I am willing to do a Ph.D. in electronic/electromagnetism engineering. I am very interested in the topic of electromagnetism and its ...
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Dr. ‹First Name›: a good nickname or a “professional cancer”?

Is the informal Dr. ‹first name› something a starting academic should avoid? As my father was Dr. ‹my last name›, I have, since receiving my PhD, cultivated Dr. ‹my first name›. A senior colleague ...
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Should I inform authorities of someone falsely claiming a non-existing PhD?

I know a person who falsely claims having a PhD in computer science. His name card reads as "Name, PhD" and he has long been working in a high profile and remunerative position for a semi-government ...
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Will the prestige of my masters program affect my phd application choices?

I am in the last few semesters of my bachelors, and I have been preparing myself for applying to PhD programs in mathematics. However, as I was sitting with my research mentor today, he informally ...
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Changing supervisor before starting the PhD - not selected

I approached a supervisor about a PhD application. At this university, you must have two supervisors, so after a meeting, he invited the other "supervisor" to discuss the topic. Honestly, this new ...
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Does being a top-tier university always imply unhealthy graduate student environments?

Main Question: To what degree is a competitive (as opposed to collaborative or mutually-supportive) academic environment endemic of famous/top-tier/high-powered institutions? This question developed ...
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Is there any PhD program in physics that doesn't require recommendation letters? [closed]

I'm loking for a PhD program in physics, but unfortunately I can't get any recommondation letters.
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PhD vs EngD - Perception [duplicate]

I'm currently undertaking a part time BEng in Digital Embedded Systems Design and Development whilst working as a Control Systems Engineer. When I graduate I plan on doing an MEng in Space Systems ...
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Switching from PhD to MRes, taking a Leave of Absence, or dropping out of PhD due to mental health

If a similar question has been asked before, then I'm sorry; it's just that so far I haven't found much here or elsewhere related to the specifics of my situation. Maybe I'm not using the right key ...
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To continue or quit my PhD in physics after 4yrs?

I am from China, currently a 4th year physics PhD student in Boston. This is a small department with ~10 professors. I am working for one assistant professor now. But I am thinking about leaving this ...
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Admission for MS/Phd in Computer Science after BE/BTech from India [closed]

Should I go for MS/Phd CS (Masters en route to Phd) in USA? I'm very Passionate about research in my field. But I have very little to no research experience. But have done internship in my field of ...
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Why are there barely any Masters programs in Pure Mathematics in the USA?

I was just wondering why most graduate programs in the US have no Master's programs. They mostly are PhD programs. Why is this the case? After obtaining an undergraduate degree from a Canadian ...
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A PhD in Informatics vs CS? [closed]

I just had a conversation with an adviser who mentioned that there is little value in a PhD in informatics (specifically biomedical), when compared to a pure CS PhD. I have a background in computer ...