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Questions tagged [phd]

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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Could number of years in Phd affect your chances to get employed in academia?

Say a Phd student spent 3 years doing systems, somewhat unsuccessfully (no publications since projects were not well picked..). Now this student switches to theory and ML (within its own department), ...
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Do my country and the standard of my supervisor affect the quality of my PhD?

I'm almost going to start my PhD. Out of curiosity, I searched for several effective researchers in several fields over the internet. Most of the common property among almost of them are 1) Working ...
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MPhys Physics to Theoretical Quantum Gravity/Particle physics PhD

Do universities accept MPhys Physics graduates in theoretical PhD positions? I will finish my masters this year and I want to proceed in a theoretical physics phd. I'm not sure yet as to the exact ...
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How do I reply to a professor's email who wants to chat with you?

I contacted a potential advisor for a PhD program. He replied to me that he was not in a position to accept any PhD students at this time. But he also wrote to me: "I'd also be happy to chat about ...
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Can you be working remotely on your PhD thesis of another country and then enroll and get a master/PhD in US at the same time?

A friend of mine has finished his courses needed for his PhD. He's just working on his thesis now. He can do that remotely. He's coming to the U.S. for his wife to study. During this time, can he ...
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If a potential professor said he did not accept any more PhD students this year, could I reach to another professor?

I applied to a PhD program. I contacted one professor and told him that I would like to join in his research team. He replied to me that he was unlikely to take on any direct advisees this year. He ...
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How many professors will be there at the PhD admission Skype interview? [closed]

I was wondering about 1) How many professors will be present at a Skype PhD admission interview? 2) How long typically the interview last? 3) it's a Business field, so, will I be asked about what ...
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For the average pure math US PhD program, what are essential topics after basics topics of complex analysis, abstract algebra and topology? [on hold]

After the basics of topology, abstract algebra and complex analysis and number theory, what are essential topics for the average pure math US PhD program? Note the qualifiers: pure math not applied ...
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Generalization of results obtained from a paper that may be “false”

I am a PhD student in mathematics, currently working on an article (article A) from two leading researchers in my field published in an 0.72 Impact journal. I have an idea to generalize their results ...
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Mention a potential adviser in Statement of Purpose who are in another department

I am very interested in the work of a professor who works for department X. His work is interdisciplinary and I am interested in the engineering aspects of his work. I contacted him and he agreed to ...
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My research group “fishes data” is there anything I could do?

I am a PhD student, and my supervisors have a "different approach" for doing research. They do not dig into the literature to find a gap and then do research on that. Instead, they just do some ...
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Complaint against supervisors

Is there any point to making a complaint against my PhD supervisors? I was never going to ask my supervisors for references but was wondering about other repercussions. I was planning to complain ...
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How could I reply an email from a potential professor?

I'm applying to a PhD program. I contacted one professor and told him that I would like to join in his research team. He replied to me as below. Was this a positive response? How could I reply to this ...
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What accounts for a good PhD experience? [closed]

We know that there are multiple horror stories regarding people's PhD experience. I too had a minor setback : my advisor asked me to change advisors since my progress was not upto the mark. What is ...
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Is it ethical for PhD supervisor to forbid publication in a given topic

Six months after my PhD graduation, I submitted a paper to an SCI journal as a sole author. Apparently, my PhD supervisor is the technical editor for this journal. He wasn't pleased that I submitted a ...
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Is it possible to finish my PhD at a different institute?

I got into a delicate situation with my supervisor (and the director of the institute -- they are very close friends) and I will not have a chance to get my Ph.D. at the institute, at least not under ...
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What did my referee mean by asking about my “Plan B”?

I am applying for PhD this Fall. Came across one of my referees today, had a great conversation and then he asked if I had a plan B if I would not be admitted. Does it mean he thinks I'm not good ...
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My advisor's new student copied parts of my PhD thesis; advisor doesn't care. What to do?

I wrote my PhD thesis a few years back. After I finished, my supervisor found another researcher and continued research with the apparatus I built, but along a different line of study. I met this ...
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I am in systems Phd program, but I want to do theoretical research

I am 3rd year Phd student. So far I have been doing systems research in top US university. I realized that I want to do theory (in particular machine learning (ML) theory), but unfortunately I do not ...
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What's wrong with my e-mail to potential PhD supervisors?

I recently sent some e-mails to potential supervisors asking information for a PhD with them, I obtained no answers. I share my doubts and then copy the standard mail I sent. I sent it to 5 ...
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Can I resubmit my accepted paper after I withdraw it from the same journal?

I have withdrawn my paper after it was accepted for financial reasons. Can I resubmit it to the same journal ?
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Phd without stipend fees [closed]

Hi guys im a domestic university student in Australia that just finished a masters in biotechnology and bioinformatics. I had one year of coursework with my final year being a practical year in ...
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Am I responsible for that my PhD adviser does not have any fund or grant and as a result it really limited my research? [closed]

I'm a PhD student at my fifth semester in the US. From the beginning of my PhD program, I didn't have sponsored graduate research assistantship from NSF or NIH. I was just on my PhD adviser's startup ...
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Professor wrote to me saying he supports my fellowship application to the committee

A professor I want to work with (at the university I applied to) informed that he is awaiting some funding news (for a project I had expressed interest in working with him on) and he also stated that ...
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I'm not interested in working with this potential advisor. What to tell him? Or should I reconsider? [closed]

I met with a potential supervisor and initially he was nice and helpful. Although he tried to make me alter my thesis, something I wasn’t keen on because I love and breath the topic. He told me to go ...
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Second PhD in Austria?

When one already has a PhD from a university outside of Europe, could he apply for a second PhD in Austria? I know that second PhD is not possible for example in UK. Is it the same for Austria? Is ...
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Academic prizes and awards vs academic achievements

What do PhD scholarship application forms mean by "Details of academic prizes and awards" and "Details of academic achievements"? Are not academic prizes and academic achievements same things?
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Is novelty requirement for PhD restricts the selection of research question? [closed]

From the answers to this question. We can clearly know that novelty is a basic requirement for a PhD degree. Now, consider the following statements: 1) Is Goldbach conjecture true? 2) Is P = NP? ...
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Viva voce question about another student “validating” my results

My PhD supervisor wanted me to talk about how my research was "validated" by another student in my Viva Voce, despite my results speaking for themselves. This part of my findings had not even been ...
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Is asking your PhD supervisor a basic question considered inappropriate?

I've done my Master's degree in Computational Mathematics. Then, because of several reasons, I decided to pursue my Ph.D. in the field of Quantum Chemistry. The problem is, obviously, my lack of ...
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What are some useful tips that allows PhD students to produce many publications of good quality throughout the duration of the PhD? [closed]

I am starting my PhD in Statistics soon and while I will try not to burn myself out, I still want to publish as much as possible while I am in my PhD program. What are some useful tips that allows ...
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Why is novelty mandatory for a Ph.D. degree?

The institute I am studying at has added the following requirement recently: A PhD scholar must publish two papers in his/her corresponding field in SCI journals. This means that a student ...
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Adding summary to a PhD application statement of purpose

I am applying to PhD in computer science. In the statement of purpose, is it good to include a summary section and list important contributions as bullet points? (e.g., I have 10 publications, I have ...
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I have to enter term type of universities I attended, but my country doesn't follow credit hour system

I'm applying to Ph.D. programs, and the online application asks me to enter the college's term system. They write that "Term system refers to the type of hours your credits are worth, not the length ...
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To what extent my discriminating PhD supervisor can influence the future of my academic career? [closed]

I'm almost at the end of my Ph.D., writing down the thesis and having the disputation. Well, my Ph.D. took me about 5 years. My main background is Engineering, but I changed my research domain to ...
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Is it possible to pursue a research assistant job, after completion of postgraduation?

I was just wondering if it's possible to be hired as an RA after graduating. I just want more insight before I can decide and pursue a PhD position. I would like to work for a Canadian University. I ...
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Letter of recommendation repeat

I asked my thesis advisor to write me a letter of recommendation, giving her a copy of the letter of recommendation written by another professor for me the last time I applied to colleges. Turns out, ...
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How to deal with anxiety and depression after being kicked out of PhD program?

I was kicked out of a programming-oriented PhD program at the end of last summer because I failed one of two qualifying exams; the department is keeping me on assistantship for a semester while I ...
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In a 3-year PhD programme, what are the tasks of the first year?

As a supervisor, how should I reasonably set the task timeline for a new (Engineering) PhD student, given there is a candidature confirmation at the 9-month mark? In other words, how long is ...
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Is it possible to become an independent researcher with a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering [closed]

Dear Fellow Researchers, I got my PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from a EU university some time ago. I've got a good cv in terms of publications, peer-review work, participation in R&D ...
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What should I do during my PhD program to get a faculty position right after PhD, and how can I accomplish them? (Field: Statistics)

I am starting my PhD next year (2019), and I have some concerns. I recall one of my Professors from my undergrad years was telling me that in my field (statistics), excellent Statistics PhD graduates ...
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Doctoral symposium after graduation

A few months ago I submitted my work to a doctoral symposium. At that moment I was PhD student and the work was accepted. Now I am just graduated and my question is if I should still attend the ...
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PhD Student, written my first paper. What are my next steps? [closed]

I have written a first paper for my Finance PhD. It is around 70 pages in length (double-spaced), possibly far to long. What are my next steps? How can I start the publication process? Is there ...
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Creative solutions to convince research dean that I deserve PhD candidature [closed]

I need your help please to suggest solutions to a problem I am facing during my PhD. My story is detailed below with the important events that are related to the story: I just finished my first year ...
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External collaboration without doctoral supervisor - is it a fair request to pursue this?

I am about two-thirds of the way through my doctoral programme, and am intending to start applying for post-doctoral fellowships within the next few months. I am fortunate to have already published a ...
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How to get awarded a PhD without actually doing it? [closed]

I know that I am an independent researcher and I have recently done research in a linear programming problem in my job and was able to get the same objective value within 24 hours, which IBM's Cplex ...
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Mentioning unpublished research paper in Statement of Purpose/Resume

I graduated two years ago with a BE degree. At that time, I did not have any plans for Ph.D./higher education, so I did not put any effort to publish my undergrad research work in any conference. ...
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Professional goals in pursuing a doctoral degree - Statement of Purpose

I am a prospective Ph.D. applicant in the area of Robotics Controls and Biomedical Engineering (US universities). As a part of universities' SOPs, I am supposed to talk about my professional goals in ...
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Are there good ways to approach a professor for a postdoc? [closed]

How do I approach an unknown professor before a PhD interview? My defense (viva) will be held next March and I will be seeking a postdoctoral fellowship after that. I want to contact a Professor ...
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How to deal with an exploitative supervisor toward the end of PhD?

I hate my thesis and I hate my supervisor for he is one of the most manipulative and insensitive human beings I have ever met. He forced me to work on his ideas which I never liked. I could not quit ...