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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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Can I mention my current grad school in my PS for PhD application to other schools?

I am currently a master's student at upenn, and I am trying to apply for phd in other schools. Would it be okay if I explicitly mention upenn in personal statement because I was trying to talk about a ...
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FU Berlin or Heidelberg University for PhD in South Asian History? [closed]

Which university is better ? Has anyone been in the program at either ?
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Should I mention a previous burnout if it comes up in an interview for a PhD?

During my masters I experienced a burnout and as a result of that my masters took 3 years instead of the usual 2 years. I will have an interview soon for a PhD position and one of the questions that ...
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Does the order of referees matter?

One friend told me that I should order the referees by the (estimated) strength of their letters. She believes it makes a difference since the admission committee would start reading letters in the ...
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Template for follow up mail after no response for a letter of recommendation?

I am currently applying to graduate school and trying to gather some solid letters of recommendation. I already contacted three professors (almost 1 month before application deadline) and 2/3 gladly ...
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Which section of the GRE-General is more important for a math PhD application?

I just finished my second attempt at the GRE General after a 2.5 month interval and my Verbal score suffered due to an unscheduled bathroom break and me thinking that that verbal section was for their ...
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How can I transit from one area to another when moving toward my PhD?

I'm currently a master's student in mathematical physics preparing my applications for PhD. I've been working on my current research topic (say A) for 3 years, and all of my publications/talks are in ...
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Would it offend my advisor if I wanted to work outside her lab, with a co-PI for a brief time?

I'm a Ph. D student. I have been fortunate to have an extremely supportive advisor against whom I have only positives and literally no complaints so far. She offers me sound technical guidance, almost ...
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What to choose for a writing sample?

I am applying to a PhD program in the US (nutritional sciences), and they require me to submit a writing sample, but as I'm from Spain all of my previous work is in Spanish. I have thought about ...
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How to put your experience as a freelancer in your CV for PhD?

How to put your experience as a freelancer in your CV for a PhD application? Specifically, I am looking for a title to choose for the section in which I want to write about this experience. Is it ...
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How to overcome the difficulties of starting of a PhD?

I have started my PhD this fall in the USA. Before starting the PhD, I worked as an RA and published a good amount of papers. Now my current lab is totally different from my previous lab. As I have so ...
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Will a Strong Motivation Make Me Stand Out in the phd application? [closed]

My background is close to optimisation, but the position I like is closer to computer vision.
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Getting a teaching job after completing PhD

My friend is very fond of studies. Her father couldn't fund her further studies after her bachelors, so she joined jobs. She left her job at the age of 40 and completed her master's degree in computer ...
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What is the difference between a MSc in Mathematics, a MSc in Applied Mathematics, and a MSc in Applied and Computational Mathematics?

I'm interested in how a MSc in Mathematics, MSc in Applied Mathematics, and MSc in Applied and Computational Mathematics compare in terms of content, but also in terms of how they are perceived and ...
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Can I include a solution my advisor came up with in my PhD thesis or be a co-author for a paper?

I'm a PhD student in math and currently I'm stuck at a problem. But my advisor has some idea and it seems to me that he might even solve it soon. Earlier I had an idea which seemed to be working, but ...
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Is it bad etiquette to knock on a potential supervisor's door if he hasn't responded to my email?

I'm a Master's student at Cambridge, and I emailed a potential supervisor for PhD a while ago. He replied that he was interested to proceed further and asked about my funding details. I informed him ...
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As a PhD student, is it wasteful to do the extra bit on Coursework assignments?

I'm a Ph.D student who needs to take coursework each semester and also (obviously) do research. I find some of the coursework assignments particularly interesting and I end up spending a lot more time ...
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Why do referees ask for a school list?

I asked a professor for a recommendation letter for my Ph.D. application, and she said something like Sure, I am willing to write you a letter. Can you send me your research statement and school list ...
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Is it legal for schools to use the same exam paper every year? [closed]

Is it legal for schools to use the same exam paper every year? I am asking because in my college for most of the subjects, teachers use the same exam paper from previous years. I mean ditto same. Now ...
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Follow-up etiquette to potential PhD supervisor

a potential advisor I am interested in replied to my email regarding a PhD position in their lab about 10 days ago. They seemed interested in my background and ideas, and told me that they would be ...
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Publication during my intermediate work

I work on wireless communication topic for my thesis and want to published some my intermediate work on my thesis. There are conferences, Workshops, posters, magazines (did I miss something?). All of ...
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Does mentioning why I took a break after my MSc affect the chances of admission?

I had taken a year break after my masters, before seriously applying to PhD programs. The reason was that I was stressed and burnt out, especially during the COVID times, and wasn't ready for a PhD ...
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Recommendation letter from a faculty who lost affiliation

I'm currently applying for the Ph.D. programs in the United States. My academic instructor has been notified that he violated some immigration regulations (he is not U.S. resident) and he lost his ...
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Should I email professor to update the motivation letter included with my PhD application?

I have submitted my PhD application. I like it very much but I want to update my motivation letter with more details. Should I do it? I don't know if this kind of behaviour is too pushy or impolite. ...
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Is my timeline for starting a PHD in Fall 2023 in Europe a complete 'Pipe Dream'?

I am an EU citizen currently working in a field completely unrelated to academia. I have been interesting in returning to academia for a number of years now, and finally plan on applying for a PHD. My ...
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What should I do when my PhD adviser sends me a paper to read?

I'm currently in a PhD program in Electrical Engineering. Sometimes, my adviser will send me papers with a small note such as "I thought this may be relevant to your work. Please have a look and ...
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Is applying to "non-obvious" programs truly a good idea?

One professor at our institute gave all his students the same advice when it comes to Ph.D. application: apply to non-obvious programs at top universities. Here "obvious programs" refer to ...
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Guideline for Statement of purpose

In the guidelines for the statement of purpose for a PhD one of them says this: "A self-assessment of any past research experience and analytical skills.". This is my first ever statement of ...
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How to shape your PhD under an incompetent supervisor?

I joined a PhD program in Germany 6 months ago. I have two supervisors here - one is a clinician and the other is from natural sciences background. I am really unhappy with the way I am being guided ...
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How, if I should at all, to explain a really bad academic year in PhD application?

At the beginning of Covid, more specifically the year 2020-2021, I did a 1-year master's program in math but I have received very bad grades. I was very distracted by the illness of two of my keen ...
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Pros and cons of length of research stay

I am a Ph.D. student in the Social Sciences at a German university. I want to apply for an exchange program at a research institute in France, which is very relevant to my research. It is a very big ...
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Influence of the familiarity of the university with recommender to application success

I am an international applicant trying to apply for a PhD program in Europe in mathematics and I am a bit confused regarding whom to ask the second recommendation letter. There are two professors I ...
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What is your affiliation when publishing as a student? [duplicate]

As a professor/postdoc, when you submit an article to a journal you note your department, school, and city: Department of History, Barnett College, Fairfield, New York But when you are in a PhD ...
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Cumulative Thesis/Dissertation

I am writing my PhD thesis now and my supervisor said it can be in the cumulative way because I've got enough papers, 3 in sum. So now I look for publisher permission to reprint the papers. My ...
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Is SPDEs a good starting point to orientate to mathematical finance? [closed]

I'm a second-year master's student in probability theory, interested in stochastic analysis and financial mathematics. I plan to write a master's thesis next semester to do a PhD. I try to find a ...
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My main contribution as a first author eventually diminished over multiple rejection cycles. Can I still state it in my research statement?

A paper I lead from inception contained two major components. Unfortunately, the reviewers insisted that we focus on just one of them, and a decision was made to focus less on the component that I ...
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Can a Software engineer with poor gpa working at a well-known company get admission to top US PhD CS/AI/Interdisciplinary program [duplicate]

Asking on behalf of someone, who wants to return to grad school after 20 Years in industry. Worked at AI/ML software engineering at Google/Facebook/Apple. Graduate gpa during MS (top-20 US college) is ...
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Difficulty in pinpointing potential PhD supervisor's current interest from their publications

I want to pursue a PhD in experimental particle physics and am looking for a supervisor. I know that the first advice to students like me is to go through the professor's most recent paper. However, ...
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My professor says I would not graduate my PhD, although I fulfilled all the requirements

I am a Ph.D. student at a university in Germany. After about four years of research, my supervisor told me to write my thesis. After I sent him my thesis, he told me that he now thinks my work did not ...
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Is it possible to get into a good PhD program with little research experience? [duplicate]

A little bit background. I am a junior physics student in US and want to get into an US PhD program. I am interest in theoretical high energy physics. My background is not bad. I have self-learnt some ...
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Recommendation letter combination for PhD

I am currently pursuing master degree in Germany and is applying to US PhDs for 2023Fall. I have heard it for long that for PhD applications letters from professors in class are not of much use. But ...
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Reapplying to program that rejected me as an Ph.D. applicant but accepted me to MA program

I was very happy to have been accepted to their MA program because that included being placed on a waitlist for a 50% tuition scholarship. However, the scholarship did not come through, and I wasn't ...
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Indicating professors from a different department in a PhD application statement of purpose

I am applying for US PhD's this December. I have a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in artificial intelligence. The common advice is to mention advisors you would like to work for in the ...
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motivation letter for phd application when my master major is not a perfect match, e.g I don't have domain knowledge

There is a PhD project I am interested in. This project is about computer vision in the biological area. The master degree they are looking for is 'Photonics, (bio)physics or similar'. The machine ...
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Is quitting PhD a good decision in my case?

Currently, I am at one and half years into my PhD in Netherlands. I had burnout at the end of my first year, I got some help but I don't think I am able to work still at my full potential. The burnout ...
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should I message the professor for a phd position?

I like a PhD position. If they give me offer, I definitely will take it. I have submitted my application, and the dealine is the 20th of this month. But now I have a working offer with a ddl for ...
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Should I include this scholarship on my application?

On my senior year in high school, I, along with 5 other people, won a scholarship based on academic excellence, granted by my city's Department of Education. Now I am applying to a PhD and I don't ...
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Having kids in the US with both parents doing a PhD

My wife and I are international students planning on applying for PhD programs in the US (at nearby universities, post-bachelor's, stat/AI/ML area). We would like to know how manageable it would be to ...
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How do I defend myself from leaving one graduate program for another

I'm a student applying for the 2023 fall Ph.D. program. While doing my master's degree in 2022, I transferred to A University from B University. The reason was that I wanted to learn both ...
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Would it be helpful to submit more letters of recommendation than required for a US PhD application in my situation?

I am applying to several grad schools in the US for a PhD in math and most of them require three letters of recommendation. None of them mention that only three letters or no more than three letters ...
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