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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PhD Advisor to Stop Funding Me

I am going into my 4th year PhD in a STEM field. I am my advisor's first student. While things started off okay and the research had been interesting, my advisor developed a tendency to switch ...
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Best path for a PhD in CS from a top school? [on hold]

In short, I recently got admitted to a computer science and engineering programme at the KTH royal institute of technology which basically is a Bsc. in CS + Msc. in one of a dozen choosable related ...
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Can a person become a professor in English without having a Bachelor degree in English?

Some universities allow students to get enrolled in English studies without having a Bachelor degree in English. If someone completes an MA and PhD without a Bachelor, can that person become a ...
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Is start-up experience relevant to PhD applications?

I am a recent graduate in engineering, and I will be applying to graduate schools in the US (Ph.D.) and Europe (MSc) next year. I have some research experience- 3 conference papers, research role at a ...
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How to find out if I will really like academia?

To start I love learning and I love my field I am working in. I also have enjoyed the limited number of times I have been able to teach. I have an MS in Computer Science and I have been working full ...
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How common is it for people to apply for a PhD from industry?

I have been working as a Senior Engineer in Industry for about 13 years since I graduated. However, I am seriously considering applying for a PhD program, because I am feeling acutely unchallenged in ...
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US visit opportunity for phd students [on hold]

I am a PhD student in the field of physics. I am studying in the UK. I would like to visit a group in the US for a few months. I am wondering if there is any scholarship/ funding/grant that I can ...
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how can i find a suitable university where i can go for study according to my CGPA? [on hold]

I am a student from Bangladesh...my bsc subject was microbiology with cgpa 3.39 and also have done masters in microbiology with cgpa 3.87. I also have done thesis in my masters program but don't have ...
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Difficulty with advisor's specialty

I'm a PhD student, nearing the first half of my PhD. The domain my advisor works in is not really something I love, and I'm more interested in different subjects. I see now that I didn't invest ...
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Situation of degree awardence for inventions appearing as reinventions [duplicate]

Assume the following situation A professor invented a novel piece and kept it immediately in arXiv. A PhD student did the same invention at almost same time and hence hoping to take PhD after ...
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How to write an email to a professor for PhD, who works in slightly different field than mine [duplicate]

How should I draft an email to a professor for a PhD position, if this prof works in a slightly different field than the field I have done masters in? I also want to ask the prof that if my skills are ...
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How long after PhD Major Revisions sign off [on hold]

I got the result of major revisions following my second viva, and completed these changes, to resubmit a third time. Is anyone able to indicate the typical length of time for sign off following ...
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Should I go for a PhD on a topic I am very interested but have no formal background in? [on hold]

My Materials science Masters involved using a commercially available software to carry out simulations. I self studied the theoretical aspects of the numerical methods. However, I did not do any ...
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Re-apply the PhD program that I previously got offer and turned down

My situation is as follows: I applied to PhD program A and B, and got offers from both. However, the offer of A came too late which was after the deadline of decision for B. So I took offer B, and ...
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Supervisor takes my results to type a manuscript. Is this normal?

I am a PHD student, finishing my candidature in a year's time. The environment of my lab is slightly different. My prof (owner of the lab) does not supervise me at all and I received supervision ...
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Transition from university teaching career to curricular assessment type jobs?

I'm curious if anybody here has ever transitioned from a teaching-strong academic career to a curriculum assessment type job (in calculus, for example)? If so, what would you be able to say about that?...
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How to say no to more work as a PhD student so I can graduate

I am entering my 5th year as a PhD student. The "understanding" with my advisor is that I need three journal papers accepted to graduate. I think I have enough material (designs/ measurements/ ...
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PhD supervisor making me do a LOT of non PhD work

2nd year PhD student going into 3rd and final year in September, in the UK. My PhD supervisor is a brilliant researcher, and for the most part I enjoy working with her. I do have a second supervisor ...
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How Important is the rank of a school in a certain specialty?

I am interested in applying for PhD programs in discrete mathematics, but one of the schools I'm looking at isn't included in the top 10 rankings of discrete math programs (at least not according to ...
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Why do so many pure math PhD students in the USA drop out or leave academia, compared to applied mathematics PhDs in the USA?

I notice that many pure math PhD students, doing things like algebraic geometry or representation theory, drop out and enter industry and become software developers. The ones who finish their pure ...
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MOOC's for failed modules in PhD applicaiton

I'm applying for PhD's (from the UK) with a low 2:2 BSc and a Distinction MSc, and performed very poorly in a few certain modules of my undergrad degree (including failing two 3rd year modules) which ...
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Top CS PhD programs, do I stand a chance? [closed]

I'm an American EE/CompE undergrad at a mid tier(top 200) smaller state school with a 3.96 GPA. I am the first person in my family to attend college, so you can imagine that getting advice on grad ...
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Are unimpressive grades in core courses an indication of not being competent for a career in the field?

I have recently passed my qualifiers and research proposal. My research is in computational mechanics. I had two courses (continuum mechanics and finite element method) as part of my research related ...
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Which Universities admit CS graduates for their theoretical physics course? [closed]

Hello am currently an undergraduate student. My major is CSE. But I am very much interested to do my masters and then PhD in theoretical physics/mathematical physics. Is there any university that ...
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Ownership of an Idea

Suppose that I am a PhD student that works as an RA in the lab of my PhD advisor. While I am in the lab, I come up with some interesting idea, and then I spend time reading and planning out a possible ...
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How to understand the details of European Doctorate? [duplicate]

I am currently in the process of being a PhD student in a distance university in one of the european countries. Also, where i live and work (at the university) currently is another EU Country. The ...
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Will leaving a PhD after one year or having a full PhD be better or worse for job in industry? [closed]

I am a UK student, 23 years old, and started a PhD in theoretical physics last October 2018 at a top 15-20 university (my undergrad Maths degree was at a top 5 uni where I got a First Class Honours 1:...
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Workshop submission by a first year student, does it count?

I have asked earlier this question in that post Submitting Workshop Proposal by A first Year PhD student I asked my supervisor and he is okay, but I was astonished that he told me that I have to take ...
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How does one know that the field of research they are in is the best fit for them if they are average in it?

I love computational materials science. I was an experimentalist and involved in some Computational work during my masters degree. I did not not enjoy the experimental part. I did not enjoy the lab ...
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What are the best ways to find an external thesis examiner?

My supervisor is too busy to find an external examiner for my PhD thesis, so the job will probably fall to me. I know all the academics who may potentially be an internal examiner, but I don't know ...
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Change in status date without change in status [duplicate]

I have submitted my manuscript to a journal after the suggested revision. Unfortunately this time we received a mail that the editor has changed. Also, after almost 3 weeks the journal changed the ...
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Ownership of a PhD Student's Research

I am a PhD student in theoretical computer science. It is my understanding that if I work on a paper without my PhD advisor (which is common in my research area) and without any lab resources then ...
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How relevant a PhD that takes >8 years would be, specially in STEM fields?

I am thinking of starting a PhD in CS while holding a full time job. If someone has a full-time job and starts a part-time PhD, it's reasonable to expect the PhD to take more than 8 years to be ...
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How to deal with the fear of missing out?

I will be soon starting my Ph.D. but have already experienced some of the research environment. I have chosen to work on a field in machine learning that is becoming increasingly popular. Every time I ...
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How to prepare a ten-minute presentation for a PhD interview?

I've got an interview for a Ph.D. position and I need to give a ten-minute presentation for my recent research. I have completed two projects and right now I am doing another research which has a ...
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Should I change my PhD advisor when I find I got not enough advising?

UPDATE: My program is Computer Science and Engineering. I chose the current advisor for mainly three reasons: I'm interested in a general research area, and he's in a group doing the stuffs. He has ...
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Publishing papers seem natural to many, while I find it really hard to think novel stuff to pursue till publication. How to cope up with this?

I am a final year PhD student in materials science. My colleagues publish papers at a rate of 2-3 papers a year. By the end of their PhD, they would have around 8-10 papers (first authors) in their ...
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Is it possible to complete a PhD in CS in 3 years?

I have always wanted to get a PhD. I'm in my thirties now and have a full time job. I don't necessarily need to get a PhD for my job, though it could open doors to a few research jobs that I can't ...
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Submitting Workshop Proposal by A first Year PhD student

I am interested in submitting a workshop proposal for a top-tier conference related to my topic. I don't know whether this could be a good idea but this year I co-organized a workshop in a top-tier ...
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Ways to demonstrate (“show-off”) contributions as an undergraduate in research

I am an undergraduate CS student at a US college. Before this summer, I contacted a professor in Game Research and was offered the opportunity to work with one of his PhD students. Currently, I am ...
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Does your previous university’s reputation matter when applying for a PhD? [duplicate]

I have been applying to PhD programs for the past 2+ years and keep getting rejected. I have pretty good degrees that I worked hard for from good universities (not the top unis). For the past year I’...
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Running out of grant money to complete PhD

I'm in the final year of my PhD and there is very little money left for my project. This is to the point that the university-allocated money we are given for conferences and thesis-associated costs is ...
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Should I include accepted position information in the motivation letter for a grad school application?

I have recently accepted a PhD position offer in Germany for an advertised project. My prospective supervisor asked me to apply for the structured graduate school of the institute as well because it ...
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A PhD student is using all the work I did for my master and presenting it as his own for his dissertation

I worked under a PhD stundent's supervision during my master thesis. After I finished my thesis, I continued working at this lab on the same project however just as a "research assistant" and not as a ...
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“Write your future plans with less than 51 words”: what is the purpose of this question?

I'm an undergrad who is applying a scholarship for Phd. I have already sent heck a lot of documents ranging from my academic background, letter of purpose, research statement etc.; it took more than ...
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PhD: When to quit and move on?

I am a second year PhD student at a technical / interdisciplinary lab in Europe wondering when to quit and leave a seemingly unbearable situation behind. My supervisor (a young-ish professor) mostly ...
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Will it be a good idea to take 3 months off after PhD defense to improve my skillset and work on my mental wellbeing?

I have struggled throughout my civil engineering PhD. My topic was away from the realm of my advisor's expertise, and as a result my research can be considered as an independent endeavor. She (advisor)...
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What type of education should I select in this form?

I am filling an application form for a PhD position and came upon this field: It seems like a stupid question, but I am not familiar with this type of categorization. For a Master's degree, which one ...
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How should I proceed if I am late in applying for postdoc positions?

I am submitting my Aerospace engineering PhD thesis in August. However, my colleagues have pointed out that I am very late with postdoc applications for this year. I should started searching much ...
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happy thoughts, encouragement requested [closed]

My phd advisor is being abusive. I cannot switch - too close to the end. Dissertation is mediocre and I cannot get the help I need to improve. Adviser's colleagues will publish the main ideas of diss ...