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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 Develop a Daily Habit of Critical Thinking and Writing During PhD? [closed]

StackExchange community! I'm currently in my third year of a PhD program focused on geometrical fluid dynamics. As my research often involves complex coding and theoretical work, I face frequent ...
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Unis to apply to for PhD in the US or Europe? [closed]

I want to pursue a PhD in physics in the US or Europe. I applied last year to a small number of unis and got rejected. Now I wanna expand my list. So, PLEASEEE share the list of unis you applied to! ...
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Tips to complete my PhD successfully and get a post doc [closed]

I have just enrolled in a PhD program for computer science, but no one in my family or friend circle has ever done any PhD. Can you please give me tips, to dos, not to dos to excel in my PhD and start ...
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Should a statement of purpose be structured into sections?

I'm considering applying to Purdue University's computer science PhD program. While reading the section on the statement of purpose, I saw the following interesting comment: There is no word limit ...
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Just graduated with a PhD in engineering and discovered that my published dissertation lacks novelty. What could happen next? [duplicate]

I recently graduated from a top engineering school in the US. My dissertation, composed of three related chapters, was approved by my advisor and three committee members during both my preliminary and ...
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PhD in Biblical Archaeology [duplicate]

What is the appropriate way to ask experts in the field of Biblical Archaeology in Europe about the best topics for doctoral research in this field? Thank you for your help.
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Ideas or topics for a PhD in Biblical Archaeology [closed]

I would like to ask what worthwhile topics can be studied in Biblical Archaeology for a PhD in Europe, please. I have a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Theology, and I am now finishing a PhD in ...
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Teaching assistants in UK university [closed]

I have accepted a math PhD offer from a university in London. One of the main reasons, other than research, I applied for a PhD is beacause I realy enjoy teaching and I am keen on pursuing a career in ...
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Should you ever pick "recommended" or "opposed" reviewers for journal submissions in social science?

This question applies to all disciplines but I am curious here about social science journals in particular. Is it ever a good idea to name/identify specific reviewers that you would like to have them ...
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Professor previously wrote letter, and now he's not responding to my emails [closed]

Last year I applied for PhD programs. I got together four letter writers two from my current MA program and two from a previous MA program. I was rejected from every PhD program that year, and I was ...
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Can someone with a PhD in the field take the GRE/SAT/AP tests in the same field and pass, without preparation? [closed]

I'm curious if someone with a PhD in (say) math can take AP math, SAT Math 2, or GRE math subject test and pass, without preparation. I define "pass" as scoring enough for an "A" ...
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Post doc position but requirement in notification states masters

I recently interviewed for a post-doc position from a European country. The interview was a result of a cold mail I sent many months back to a professor. They replied back stating that a position is ...
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PhD Reapplication

I had applied for a PhD last year but couldn't get in. The professor who I wanted to work under told me that he really liked my project and encouraged me to reapply this year. I do have plans to ...
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Job Prospects for a Retired University Director with a PhD in Geology [closed]

This question is for my father, a 62 yr old Retired University Director and Professor. He has a PhD in Geology from the University of Montana on a Fulbright scholarship. He taught geology for a while ...
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Following-up badly phrased response to PhD offer [closed]

During a PhD interview, I said I would accept a position if it were offered to me. Communication via email: After the interview, the supervisor offered me the position, offered to proceed with the ...
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How to Shift from a Technical Mindset to Urban Studies and Theories in Research?

I recently transitioned from a software engineering background to pursue research in urban studies and urban theories. Despite positive feedback from my supervisor, it's clear that my approach is ...
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Biophysics for longevity research? Does the undergraduate background matter for US graduate programs?

I am currently studying undergraduate physics (condensed matter) (outside the US). Starting from the beginning of the 3rd year of studies, there'll be an opportunity to publish undergraduate research ...
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Should thesis defense slideshow be shared?

As mentioned in Academia.SE, it is encouraged to share one's thesis manuscript and publish it online. What about a PhD defense slideshow? I am quite glad with the work we did on this presentation and ...
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How to find the Ph.D. thesis of Sir Roger Penrose? [duplicate]

I am currently writing my Ph.D. thesis. I like to take inspiration from the writing of people I have admired my whole student life. The idea is to take inspiration from how people wrote many ...
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My PhD supervisor is leaving for MIT and wants me transfer along, which could prolong PhD. What to do?

I'm a third-year PhD student in applied mathematics at a Canadian university, focusing on a particular scientific field. Having nearly completed all my coursework and passed my comprehensive exam, I'm ...
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Current advisor wants me to graduate with my PhD soon but I don't feel like I learned a lot or obtained enough skills. Should I discuss this with him?

I'm a soon to be 4.5th year Ph.D student currently in a 10 week internship. My advisor wants me to wrap up my dissertation as soon as I can. However, I'm not feeling good about where I'm at right now ...
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Change PhD due to reasons unrelated to work?

tl;dr How to handle the situation of transferring PhDs due to living conditions without destroying supervisor relationship? I have already talked to them and they are not happy with the idea. I'm ...
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When do you know things are actually going poorly in graduate school?

When does someone know things are actually going poorly in graduate school? Each time folks post about being behind, it's always assumed that graduate students are such high achievers that they have ...
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Can I use questions from a published study when the questions haven't been published as a standalone measure? (PhD psychology research)

I'm a PhD candidate researching and evaluating the impact of interventions on children and young people. An existing published study that closely aligns with my own topic created a series of questions ...
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10 minute PhD presentation on previous research experience

I have a PhD interview soon and I was asked to make a 10-15 minute presentation on my research work. As I am preparing the powerpoint presentation for the same, I am confused whether to put the ...
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Why should I meet my advisor even if I have nothing to report?

On Ravi Vakil's page for potential students, he states I like to meet my students every week (except for exceptional weeks, of which there are many). You may prefer not to meet in a given week if you ...
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How would a record of a misdemeanor traffic violation affect post-Ph.D job prospects?

I was clocked going 21 MPH over the posted speed limit on a 65 MPH highway when I wasn't paying attention and was cited by the police. The police thankfully only cited me for going 5 MPH over the ...
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Is it possible to complete a Phd on your own?

Suppose you can't ask for anyone's help with anything at all in your research, but you'll be able to get any online/offline book/material and funds you want to study.You have been given a topic to ...
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How to Address a PhD Student in an Email: Mr. or Dr.?

I am preparing to send an email to a PhD student and am unsure of the appropriate title to use in my greeting. Is it more appropriate to address them as Mr./Ms. or as Dr., considering they are still ...
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Why Do Some American Universities Prefer Direct PhD Programs Over Master's for International Students?

In exploring graduate programs in the United States, I've noticed a trend where several universities offer fewer Master's programs for international students and instead have a larger number of direct ...
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What is the chances of me getting into top 20 university in US with low gpa? (ranking from US News) [duplicate]

Background I'm a year 1 undergrad at The University of Hong Kong under the faculty of Engineering. My CGPA is 3.0-3.3/4.3 and converted to 3.5x - 3.6x/4.0 with WES GPA Convertor (free version, I did ...
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What kind of publications can I submit on my own without the need of supervisors approval?

I am a geology PhD student and would like to publish some writings to academia to improve my profile, I do not aim for high-impact journals. I would like to publish by myself only because my ...
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Would a PhD from Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand be accepted in the US?

I am planning to apply for a PhD program outside of the US but would like to know (I am not going for medical school, and assuming that the programs and universities are accredited in their respective ...
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Machine learning researcher as a high-energy physics masters graduate [closed]

From what I understand, the majority of novel machine learning (ML) research is in applications such as natural language processing (NLP) and computer vision (CV). How can I focus my career on ...
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Statement of Contribution in Dissertation

I'm currently writing my PhD dissertation and I need to fill out the statement of declaration page. This page declares my contribution to my published papers, which are coauthored with my supervisor ...
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Co-author conflict regarding paper submission to conference

My paper was first submitted to a conference but after some time, we had to resubmit to another conference. My coauthor was against resubmitting to that particular conference for political reasons. We ...
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How much does the PhD institution matter for getting a Post Doc position in a top institution [duplicate]

how much does the image and ranking(provided by various institutions) matter irrespective of individual work of an institution where you pursue your PhD in getting a Post Doctorate position in a top ...
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How do I find funded humanities PhDs in the US or Europe?

I am a final-year Master's student with professional experience of 7 years working in gender and development field. I am liking the subject of study and want to pursue a PhD in gender and development ...
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On GPA and Applying for PhD [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate studying mathematics interested in pursuing research in this field. I am interested in differential geometry and have tried several courses involving geometry/analysis. However, ...
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Unsure whether to begin a PhD program

A bit of background: I'm in my late 20s and got my Master's degree about six months ago in Italy. I'm currently working as a research assistant at the same university, building on my thesis work. ...
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I feel like doing a PhD is my only option but I am not excited about it. What can I do to fix my life? [closed]

I have graduated a year ago from Oxford with a first honour master's degree in maths and computer science. Since then I've been trying to find a decent job and have been failing, to the point where I ...
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TV-L 13 Classification (stufe) for PhD with Prior Industry Experience

I recently got accepted into a fully-funded PhD position in distributed systems in Germany. I have over five years of experience as a software engineer in Greece, working on a product closely related ...
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I did not have advanced calculus and statistics in my undergraduate (B.com (hons)), do I still qualify to apply for Econ PhD in US universities? [duplicate]

My undergraduate was in B.com (Hons) from the University of Delhi, India and later, my MSc in Public Policy from the University College London (UCL). In my undergraduate, I took courses like Business ...
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Taking a gap year and looking for remote research positions before applying for a PhD, how can I make it work?

I'm a recent Masters graduate and I will be taking a break and moving back to my home country to live with my parents for a year before applying for my PhD. During this period I would love to get more ...
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Profile Development Advice Needed [closed]

I am about to start my Masters in Data Science this Fall and while thinking about what comes after that, I just had one answer: I want to become a professor, get into the teaching line. Now I have ...
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Can math major complete PhD in engineering or anything else?

I am a math major and have a strong interest in mechanical and electrical engineering. Can I apply to graduate school for these fields or any other fields like chemistry, biology or medicine?
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Does Australia and New Zealand have year round application system for PhD program in Mathematics?

I have completed my masters in mathematics from a institute in Asia. I will apply to Australia and New Zealand for PhD program in mathematics. I wanted to know if Australia and New Zealand has a year ...
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Potential PhD supervisor recommended me to the Director of another university research group, is this a good or bad sign?

So one of the potential PhD advisors at a university let's say X whom I emailed didn't reply but recommended me to another professor who is the Director of another university's say Y's research group. ...
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Creating a website while a PhD student? [closed]

I am about to start a PhD this fall. As such, I am contemplating about creating a personal website to host various academic activities and projects. In addition to sharing my academic interests, I ...
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What should I do if my advisor is incorrectly advising me?

I am a fourth year PhD candidate in theoretical physics at a U.S. institution. Two and a half years ago I began working with my advisor on a topic I found interesting, despite my limited prior ...
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