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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How to say “I'm not interested” in a polite way?

I'm a PhD student, sending cold emails to potential PIs for postdoc positions these days. I sent an email to this one PI that I've been interested in and asked him about the possibility of joining his ...
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Applying Late to Mathematics Graduate School

I have posted a similar question to this previously, but would like to reword it and re-ask it. I just recently completed my undergraduate studies with a degree in mathematics from a relatively well-...
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Taking PhD course with potential advisor?

I have been told by other grad students that it is a good idea to take the Ph.D. course given by a professor who you would want to be advised by in the future and even joining their lab. In my case, ...
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I have a crappy undergraduate.Does a Masters help me to get through the eligibility of the university? [closed]

This is what the university reads,"Admission to the doctoral Materials Science and Engineering Program (MSEP) requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). A Master of Science ...
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Meeting PhD advisor during first year (coursework year)

I'm starting my Ph.D. this year. My first 2 years will only be coursework. So, I won't be able to do any serious independent research. My research will only be in the context of what's required for ...
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Joining 2 different research labs as a Ph.D. student

I'm a PhD student and there are two labs that work in very similar fields, but different departments. Both look great, but I'm not sure which will benefit my research more (resources, collaboration, ...
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Avoiding the double effort of academic research and marketable job skills as a math PhD

For context, I'm entering a mathematics PhD program that offers several different areas of specialization, mathematical computer science (MCS), pure maths, statistics, and more. My undergrad was in ...
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What are your criteria for evaluating potential PhD students?

A more complete description of the question As the question suggests, I'm wondering if anyone could share the criteria as well as maybe heuristics or questions they use for deciding whether to take on ...
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Re-applying to a Ph.D. program after acceptance?

What would happen if I were accepted into a Ph.D. program but declined it later in order to work in industry. Would this have any beneficial or negative impact on a future application to this same ...
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PhD Applications and GRE Subject Tests during Covid

I just recently finished a masters program in Mathematics, unfortunately it seems most PhD Programs require a math GRE Subject test. At the moment I'm living with my parents and don't feel comfortable ...
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PhD Qualitative research design (management, social sciences): case study research

I currently work on my Ph.D. dissertation, struggling between literature review and theoretical framework building. My research proposal first contemplated investigating the research questions through ...
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Can external examiners be from research institutes?

Firstly, I understand what matter are the regulations from my own college and advice from my supervisor. I would like to ask this question more as a survey of experience and opinions. It happens that ...
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Switching from theoretical to experimental after masters in electronics

I am a final semester masters student in the US and the topic I am currently working on as a part of my masters thesis is purely computational. I will be applying for Fall 2021 PhD programs and I came ...
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How does the American PhD system works for foreign students? [duplicate]

I'm a MSc Theoretical Physics student from Italy, and I'll most likely graduate around the end of next year: for the Italian academic system, this means that I'll be ready to try to get into a PhD ...
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How to take the right decision - PhD offers [closed]

This is kind of a personal question but I really need help. I have been offered two different PhD positions in two different countries. I am a graduate student in Chemical Engineering. The first ...
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Is there a chance to get in math phd for a physics student?

Let me introduce my background first. I am now a mathematical physics master student in Germany. I obtained my Bachelor in physics in Asia, used to be a M.Phil student in my undergraduate's university,...
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Is it okay to include a graduated phd student as a reference in resume/C.V?

I'm trying to apply for a PhD and want to include references in my resume. Is it okay to include a PhD student, one who has gotten a degree and has worked in our lab,and is currently working in ...
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Does auditing a course looks bad on transcript if I am applying for PhD? [duplicate]

In my university, audited courses do appear on a transcript. I have to apply for PhD, so I was wondering if auditing a course looks bad on transcript.
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Getting into new field after tech career / PhD in STEM, should i start a new degree as undergrad or at postgrad level

I have an undergrad and PhD in a STEM field (engineering), and a few publications in some decent journals. since passing my PhD, i've been working in a management position in a tech company for the ...
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Which ranked universities in the USA is easier to get a PhD admission with low cgpa and high research skills? [closed]

I want to apply for a Ph.D. position in the USA (departments related to health sciences) in the upcoming session. My bachelor's GPA is very low (below 3.00). I have worked hard to cover it up and now ...
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Is it impossible to find a PhD position for someone who has failed courses during their master's degree? [duplicate]

Suppose a computer science student who has had lots of life problems and failed courses during their master's degree, but eventually defended successfully with an excellent score, seeks PhD positions. ...
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How to get started with PhD dissertation? (Management & Humanities)

I got accepted to a university as PhD Candidate. My research proposal is sent & accepted, and I found a supervisor. Though we plan to meet at least 1 time/month, I feel a bit confused about the ...
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What are the chances of getting into a great CS PhD program with research in a different field?

I am a CS and Mathematics double major going into my senior year at a very small liberal arts college. I aspire to get into a high ranking AI PhD program. The issue is that, due to the size of my ...
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Should I apply for a second masters degree (PSI master's program) after already having done a dual degree in physics?

I am a master's student in India, supposed to apply for PhD applications this year. However, I am still unsure of what I want to pursue in my PhD program. Meanwhile, I came across PSI's one-year ...
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Objectively speaking, is the opportunity cost of doing a PhD in STEM higher than it was compared to decades ago?

Here's somethings that are well established: being a PhD student is a (albeit, temporary) career-path with the poorest education-level/income ratio. It has been estimated that Post-Doc salary is ...
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I've collected years of data using a defective piece of equipment. How to salvage my thesis and graduate?

I'm writing my thesis for an Engineering PhD. Our department has a tool for measuring trace metals (an ICP-OES) that I was supposed to use to collect my data. Unfortunately this equipment proved to be ...
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3.15 Undergrad 3.952 Masters Can I still get a PhD? [duplicate]

I got my BSc in Computer Science and AI abroad in the United Kingdom and now I am back in America, Finishing up my Masters in Data analytics and visualization. after translating the grade back to the ...
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Are PhD studies in molecular science possible following revoked RN license due to drug use (fired, but no criminal charges)

I have a former nursing student who "gave up" his RN license due to drug use (not being sober). He has been sober for 20 months, but can't get his license for another 2 years of proven ...
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Would it be alright to break down the Acknowledgements into sections?

Would it be alright to break down the acknowledgements of a thesis into a few small sections with individual section headings? For example: Academic and Professional Acknowledgements Personal ...
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Trouble finding good letter writers for math grad school due to switching programs

I'm planning to apply to top US grad schools in the fall, and out of all the required documents, I would say that my weakest link would be in the quality of my recommendation letters. I'm currently ...
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Leaving PhD for a professional master's program

I am in the 3rd year of a social sciences PhD program and just haven't found it fulfilling. I've tried therapy in the past, meditation, new diets, exercise, even moving to a new place in attempts to ...
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Defer and re-apply or attend?

I am set to begin a MS/PhD in an engineering discipline at a top 5 program. I mention this because, despite the concerns I will lay out below, I am sure that I'll be able to make good connections ...
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Why use 'advisor' or 'supervisor' instead of just 'collaborator'? [closed]

This bugs me a bit. I understand that technically the advisor or supervisor relationship may be a bit different from the more senior-level collaborations, but I can't help but think when I see people ...
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How to network as a new graduate student in a new country

First of all, let me admit something from the beginning; I don't understand exactly what is meant by networking in an academic setting. I am a new Master's student in a country where I never studied ...
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PhDs in the UK: should you know supervisor beforehand?

(context: undergrad/integrated masters student in a math-related field, planning on a PhD in a CS-related field) In Asia (at least in India and Singapore), students are generally expected to ...
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What to do about past errors or inconsistencies in assignments I graded?

I was a grader for my university couple of years ago. I'm also a PhD student. Out of the five semesters I graded..I got a "not fit for rehire" 3 times. I was not responsive, didn't cater to ...
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Applying to Computer Science PhD Programs

I am a computer science and math double major, and I am applying to computer science PhD programs this fall. I have a 3.9 GPA and have done research with 3 professors during my time in undergrad. I ...
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Can I take master's level courses if I decide to do my PhD in Germany (astrophysics/particle physics)?

I know that it is not compulsory to taking classes during the PhD (in Germany). But if I want to take some classes in subjects that I missed during my master program, is it possible to take some ...
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How should I apply for readmission to a graduate program from which I had to withdraw due to misconduct caused by a disability?

A few years ago, I was required to withdraw from a PhD Program at my previous institution because of academic misconduct. However, doctors found it was a result of disability. I have spent a few years ...
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Supervisors constantly rejecting my ideas. What to do?

I just started my PhD. I work in an interdisciplinary field so I have 3 supervisors from different fields. Up until now, we had 4 research meetings together and the weird thing was everytime I came up ...
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I quit a master’s program for a PhD program. How do I list this on my CV?

Before starting my PhD, I was enrolled in a master’s program for one year that I quit once I got accepted to my current PhD program. What do you think I should write on my CV so as not to give a bad ...
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How can I convince my supervisor that I have enough data to support my findings?

I am a final-year Ph.D. candidate in a physics-oriented field. Over the course of my program, I have developed a postulate which leads to some contradictions with some of the tenets of my field, and I ...
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What to expect from a PHD in Computer Science? (UK) [closed]

A little background, I'm currently studying a masters in computer science, and I've been wondering about how I should progress my career. I've found myself mostly interested in the research side of ...
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Can I write I worked as a referee in a journal in my CV? [duplicate]

I have recently reviewed an article. I am applying for a Ph.D. position nowadays so I am upgrading my CV and writing the professors. Is it ok if I write that I worked as a referee and mention the ...
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Is a student eligible for PhD in Mathematics from top US universities with just B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) in Electrical Engineering? [closed]

I have completed by B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) in Electrical Engineering from India, and I have since then been teaching Mathematics to the students aspiring for the IIT-JEE examination for ...
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How to state incomplete Ph.D in CV (not defended yet)?

I have read few tags and i could not find appropriate answers. So, here i am writing again. I have completed my Ph.D research work, and completed all the credits required and published a paper. but i ...
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Part time Phd- Does it count negative in the path to becoming a Professor?

If some do a part-time PhD in Germany and work as full time in a research institute? Will it count as negative to become a professor.
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Going into a PhD in Europe or US [closed]

I am an International Student perusing a Masters in Actuarial Science in the US. I did my Bachelors here in the US (Actuarial Science), worked for 2 years as an Actuarial Analyst in the US. I am doing ...
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Would language difficulties be considered a valid excuse for a poor masters performance when applying for a PhD?

I recently completed an M2 (second year of masters) in mathematics in a Paris university. I come from the UK, had never studied French until the summer directly before, and foolishly thought that ...
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Choosing between letters of recommendation

I am in the process of preparing an application for a grad school/PhD program in Economics. The program I want to apply for requires two letters of recommendation so I was wondering which professors ...

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