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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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Interpersonal skills, lab dynamics, and personality

What happens to grad students who are disliked by all other grad students in their labs? For background on the situation: I started my phd recently, and I'm in a lab with three other grad students, ...
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PhD Transferring Schools, Is that possible? NOT DEPRESSED

I have encountered some problems and I really need help here. Any help or advice will be helpful to me! Thanks in advance! I am a first-year Ph.D. student, just enrolled this September. My career ...
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How do I choose my research area?

Choosing your research area Relevant and adding to that. I am planning to pursue a PhD (currently at masters) and have many research interests. Some of my interests are more attainable and my ...
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How much does the ranking of your Master's program/school matter when applying to PhD programs?

I'm applying for research-based Masters in Oceanography. So far, I've lined up advisors at University of Massachusetts (an intercampus program), South Florida, Georgia, and New Hampshire. According ...
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Is it possible to agree on feasible expectations with my supervisor or should I surrender to her demands? [on hold]

My supervisor told me I’d need 5 papers (preferably all published) in order to get my PhD degree. However , attending a PhD workshop, I was advised to discuss a feasible plan with my supervisor within ...
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Switching fields in a postdoc after PhD, is that possible in psychology?

I’m currently doing a PhD in neuropsychology, however 6 months down the line I have fell out of it. I realised I’d like to do research in a field such as health psychology or clinical psychology. ...
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My supervisor is making me work on something that is not my PhD project. What should I do?

My PhD project is a very little part of a big study that my supervisor is currently running. I am already four months into my PhD and I just have a 3 years position to finish my thesis. So far I haven’...
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applying to multiple universities

I want to apply for PhD I applied to 2 university before and got rejected Is it ok to send my PhD proposal to multiple universities at the same time till i get approval from one of them?
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Do universities discriminates between native PhD students vs. foreign PhD students? [on hold]

Suppose, a country has a university which offers Graduate degrees in two languages one is English and other is the country's native tongue. Is it possible that the university discriminates between ...
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Is it acceptable for a researcher PhD or PostDoc to pay a freelancer to re-implement a Benchmark

I have heard of PhD students struggling to re-implement a Benchmark paper. Many of those I know struggle hard to do this on their own which could take up to 2 semesters or more, in some cases. Others ...
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How do I cite a product that cannot be sourced commercially

I used a product in my PhD that is not available to buy. Our lab was given it as a free sample from a company that was considering developing this product. How do I cite it? Thank you
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Can an application for a PhD after an undergraduate program be considered for MS if the profile fits it better?

I am applying for a PhD under a professor whose interests strongly match with mine and I don't want to lose an opportunity to work with her. My profile is not so strong for a PhD as compared to a ...
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Supervised a PhD to 90% of completion; take credit for 100%; what could go wrong?

Let's say you had a doctoral student who you were main supervisor for {~advisor) throughout their data collection and most of their write-up, but just before they finished they changed to another main ...
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Is it okay to clarify to a PhD interviewer about a question that I was hesitant to answer then, but am not now?

Today, I had a PhD interview and the interviewing professor asked me about my plans after completion of PhD. I clearly stated that I wanted to fund my own startup and setup my own venture, to which he ...
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Costs of having a US-based PhD supervisor doing a PhD in Germany?

A little background first, as this is maybe not familiar to people outside Germany: In Germany there are universities that can not award PhDs. So called "Hochschulen/Fachhochschulen". This means they ...
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Where should the personal statement be placed in a thesis? [closed]

I know the declaration and acknowledgement are placed at the start. It’s not my thesis. I am editing (novice proofreader & editor) it for a client who claims that it should be in the Appendix?
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Professor Matters for Independent Study?

From what I understand, independent studies are important if you want to get into a good graduate school. But does it matter who you’re doing the independent study under?
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International Medical student who wants to do a math phd

I am a medical student at the number one ranked university in the MENA region (AUB). I have been interested in the mathematics of bio-imaging and a lot of my research deals with this field. I am ...
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PhD application question: “Why do you want to join my research group?”

Whenever somebody asks me "why are you interested in joining my research group", I find myself helpless. What are the usual points or aspects I should talk about in reply of this question?
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Is it okay to change the research area of interest that I specified in my statement of intent after submitting an application for a PhD program?

I had submitted my application to the PhD program in Statistics, and in my statement of intent I specified that I would like to do a PhD research in Computational Biostatistics. I am in a Master's ...
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Should I decline unrelated work assigned by PhD advisor?

During the past years of my PhD program in biology, my advisor has developed a habit of lending my service to other labs/groups for potential collaborating opportunities. In addition to helping fellow ...
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Should I mention while applying to another PHD program that I have resigned from another one

As you may know my story, I have been forced to leave after first year of PhD, now I am applying to positions and I have been rejected before which I think because I told them what happened to me. I ...
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What does “area of physics or chemistry” mean in a graduate application?

On the application form (for Max Planck institute), there is a section which says "Please write a short summary of the area of physics or chemistry you find most interesting". I am not sure what do ...
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PhD In Biotechnology [closed]

I have graduated with masters in Biotechnology, major clinical microbiology with 3.1 gpa from Australia. My last Gre was in 2014 (148+152) 300 score. I am looking to apply for phd major in ...
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Why do most mathematics PhD programs in United States have rigid qualifying and breadth requirements for every PhD student?

For a long time, I have been confused about the purpose of having (roughly the same) qualifying requirements and breadth (course) requirements for every mathematics PhD student (in many, if not most, ...
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Helping filter what really matters

So the other day I received an email from the department head stating: Please list your highest degree. Please list any professional development activities that you’ve done in the last 5 years. He ...
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alternative jobs for PhD graduates [closed]

I am a fresh PhD graduate in the field of Mechanical Engineering. Since getting a Professorship is not easy these days, as most of you already know it, I am looking for alternative jobs suitable for ...
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Bench fees: typical procedure and rates for visiting students?

Over the summer I visited a research station at a different university to collect data for my PhD work. I received an invoice (nearly two months after the fact) for bench fees related to my stay in ...
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What do professors really want in a PhD student in Europe?

Background: I have done my masters in computer science/artificial intelligence. I want to do my PhD related to data science, applied machine learning. I do not have degree from world's top ranked ...
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Why do many graduate programs in mathematics (United States) still have foreign language requirements today (in 2010s)?

As far as I know, nowadays most of the mathematical literature is written and published in English and mathematicians communicate with each other in English. Although there are certain number of books ...
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Adding Presentation and data in Google Scholar

I would like to ask whether it is possible to add a presentation and data in google scholar. I am asking that because during conference there were people interested in using my data and presentation, ...
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Does a PhD student need to focus more on working in theory, in order to have a real chance of becoming a professor?

I have a friend who's doing a STEM PhD at one of the top programs - think e.g. Harvard / Princeton / MIT - and they are getting ready to drop out after the faculty there have told them that they don't ...
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Should I apply for grad school at higher-ranked institutions besides the one I am working at now? [closed]

I am trying to decide about my future and it does look like a dilemma to me for the following reason: I can probably get accepted to PhD program in a good university in europe (top 30 in the subject, ...
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Resume Question: How do you put mastering out of PhD on resume? [duplicate]

I am currently in my 2nd year in a PhD and going to master out in May. Should I put "leaving PhD" on my resume? Or just Masters? My field is in Computer Science where mastering out is quite common.
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Israel and the Bologna Process

I am just curious. Israel is not a part of Bologna Process. So, I have two questions: Why was Israel rejected a membership in Bologna process? How is an Israeli PhD evaluated in Bologna member ...
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I feel like I'm in a wrong place, should I quit my PhD?

I started a PhD program recently. I never had any doubts about the fact that I want to do a PhD and I still don't doubt it for a moment. I love working in the area of my interest, but it seems like ...
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If I am willing to relocate, is it true that Pure Functional Analyst very hard to land a tenure-track faculty position? [closed]

Background: Currently I am a first year PhD student in Mathematics in Singapore, doing functional analysis (doing theoretical stuff, not on PDE). My hope is to get a tenure-track assistant ...
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Toxic former PI trying to block me from presenting work after I quit my PhD

I was a PhD student and forced to quit as my PI doubted the new work I did and this PI did not mention any constructive feedback or comments. I signed a resignation letter. Then, I submitted my work ...
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What if the research was failure?

Planning to do PhD research about to find the link between 2 things. What if there was no link between these 2 things? does that mean all years of research is worthless? and no PhD degree? is the ...
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How to get enrolled into a PhD program without a reference letter from a PI with whom you have worked for 2 years?

Right after I graduated by BSc degree in Chemistry, I joined the group of a professor as a research-assistant who was willing to work with me for a few publications before I could be admitted since I ...
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PhD selection discrepancy

I've got 2 interview offers for a PhD application from 2 different professors (say A and B). Prof.A contacted me regarding the application in mid Sept. and informed me that he'd conduct an interview ...
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How much is a PhD worth without publications or a reputation?

I asked this question a few months ago about addressing in-group bullying during my PhD. How to address in-group bullying without compromising PhD/career? Things have not improved over the past few ...
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I have PhD degree in Mathematics. Can I get a research supervisor for another PhD?

I'm from Ethiopia, and I completed my PhD degree in mathematics three months ago. Now I'm working in one of Ethiopian universities as a mathematics teacher. Unfortunately, I'm not satisfied with my ...
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Applying deferment after offered admission for second time

I am a university lecturer (say university A) that has been offered admission to university B's PhD program. This university B is a well-known university in Asia..and I have to say that this is truly ...
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Suggestions for official PhD/department visit (not interview)?

I realize this question may not have an explicit answer - if so I will remove promptly as per guidelines. I have an upcoming visit to my top-choice program where I will be meeting potential ...
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What to do when you hear many bad stories about your supervisor on the first day of your PhD?

Today was the first day of my PhD. It's a very prestigious institution and I was extremely excited to start. However, it seems there is a general feeling of discontentment with people in the group and ...
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Can a project be a PhD research? [closed]

I am preparing PhD porposal the proposal itself is a project design plan. Is that possible for a Project to be a PhD research? My Project is about web portal from data science.
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Recommended depth of mathematics for PhD in machine learning [closed]

I am planning to do my PhD in machine learning. From my personal experience, I found that mathematics is a primary way to make a good research, but I'm doubting about the depth of mathematics required....
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Why are there not fewer, better funded PhDs? (In the UK)

This may seem like a naive question, but its one I've had on my mind while working through readying my applications for a PhD in the UK. It seems bizarre to me that PhDs here are not funded by default ...
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Is it okay if research problem is vague in the initial phase of research?

In short, I am a Ph.D. student computer science ( theory ) currently in the mid-stage. I have one serious doubt about the research process. I have worked on just two problems in the past and from that ...