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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I missed the PhD application deadline, what now?

I missed the PhD application deadline (Physics), and apart from applying late, what can I do if I get no position and I have to wait another year? I would like to keep doing what I was doing for the ...
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Are lay articles good enough to be the main source of information for PhD research?

Doing PhD in new field that does not have enough resources in it. Most of the information I find are articles written in websites such as medium.com I really feel awkward citing a website article, ...
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What to think when asked to self-fund research?

I applied to a funded advertised PhD position about 7 weeks ago... I heard nothing between then and a few days ago when I got an email from them saying that they “wondered” whether I would be willing ...
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Can I include Abandoned Patent in CV?

I recently came to know that one of the patent we filed in my previous organization has been abandoned. I am currently preparing my resume for PhD applications. I am confused whether to specify the ...
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Follow up email to a potential PhD supervisor

I have contacted a potential PhD supervisor and he sent me back a positive email and asked "have you contacted anyone else in the department or just me at this stage?". I have replied to the email ...
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Is GRE scores required before contacting potential advisors?

I am from India and want to pursue a PhD in robotics/control systems and am not quite sure on how to start applying. I have my GRE about a month away from now. Is it okay to start contacting/emailing ...
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Love Courses, Hate Research?

I'm in the third year of my physics PhD, and although I have done very well in courses and passed the written candidacy exam, I have already switched research advisors twice and all three times I ...
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Did mistake of doing PhD in a dead field. How to approach postdoc applications with hope of changing fields?

I am a final year PhD in a STEM field. My PhD research field is fairly stagnant with less scope of future growth. I had chosen this topic because I was interested in the field during my masters and ...
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I did not earn my Master's degree. Do I mention it in my Ph.D. program and onwards and on my CV?

I started my terminal Master’s degree program in Fall 2017. My plan was to graduate Spring 2019, and if successful, enter a Ph.D. program Fall 2019. My Master’s program is a more general program and ...
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How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in the US, particularly for weak or borderline students?

When applying to a PhD program in the US, how does the admissions process work? If an applicant is weak in a particular area, is it possible to offset that by being strong in a different area? Note ...
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What are the few labs in Europe where they give you a 100 % funding for PhD? [on hold]

I am a Masters in the field of Material Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay.I wish to work in Mechanical Behaviour of Materials.I have heard that there are few labs which give 100% of the money to ...
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I still do not, exactly, know my field of interest. Is it relevant while applying for PhD?

I am in my fourth year of BS-MS course in Physics in India. I will be applying for PhD next year but I do not have a specific topic in my mind. Until now I have done 2 projects on Cosmology (related ...
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PhD application interviews on same day for different programs

I'm not sure if anyone has experienced this type of issue or has advice, but I've noticed that many of the doctoral programs I'm applying to conduct interviews at the exact same time. I'm applying to ...
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My research paper filed as a patent in China by my Chinese supervisor without me as inventor

I completed my PhD 3 years ago from a university in the UK. Today I was looking for some papers in google scholar. I found a patent in China. The patent was written in Chinese however, all diagrams/...
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What does it take to be a researcher/professor at a top, top university?

I'm just an undergrad, so I'm not really asking this question for myself. This comes more from general curiosity. I know/know of several people who did PhDs from top universities (e.g. Princeton, MIT, ...
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How to access Google's research

My PhD research is about AI and the topic I choose is relatively new. As far as I know, the only organisation that has worked on that area is Google. by searching this topic there wasn't enough info ...
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How write in CV about lecturing experience while being a PhD student

I am currently PhD student, and giving lectures to undergrad students (4 semesters). Is it legit to write about this activity in the CV separately. If yes, then how (i.e. lecturer)?
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What graduate level courses will be useful to prepare for a PhD in Political Science? [on hold]

If this is "shopping" please point me in the direction of a more appropriate forum or website, simply labelling things "off topic" doesn't help people and simply removes it from public view. So please,...
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Stuck Without an Adviser - First Year PhD [on hold]

I just started my first year as an international Ph.D. student in engineering in a large state school in the US (highly regarded in engineering). I joined the PhD program right after I finished my ...
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Chances of getting into PhD without any technical paper?

I am a bachelor pass out of 2018. Electrical background. Currently i am working in R&D in an automobile company for the past year. PhD is something I have always wanted to pursue (mainly because I ...
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How can I finish my PhD? [closed]

I have M.Sc. in mathematics, and I was/am working on a PhD for almost 10 years now (on and off), but I haven't published a thing. I have many results (most in a single field) and potential paper ...
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Become not interested in my research topic after two years of my PhD? [on hold]

I am supposed to finish my PhD in four years. But after two years of working on a topic, I become not interested in the topic any more. I found out that the topic is boring. What should I do? Should I ...
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Applying to US Phd Programs while doing a UK Master's

I recently received a conditional offer from UCL in MSc Advanced Neuroimaging. I'll be completing this program through distance learning (meaning that I won't have to physically be present in the UK). ...
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How will Phd guides treat students who are pursuing PHD under scholarships other than institute one?

Okay. SO here is the thing. I got national overseas scholarship from my government. The scholarship almost covers everything. My question is how will professors view those who are admitted under ...
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Will quitting PhD after six months affect my ability to get another?

I've been at my current PhD for six months but in that time have only had 3 meetings with my supervisor, the last of which was over 2 months ago. Worse than that, I've tried enquiring about our next ...
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How can getting a masters hurt PhD admissions? [on hold]

TL;DR: Find myself under-qualified for PhD programs but I'm afraid getting a MS degree will hurt my chances at a better PhD program. U.S. based. Longer background: I graduated with a math degree ...
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Questions to a prospective PhD student

Background: My lab (life-science) has been awarded with a grant that allows to employ a PhD student that the group should select. We shortlisted three candidates according to their knowledge (they ...
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Online Computer Science Masters as PhD Prep

I have recently completed my undergraduate degree, and am interested in pursuing a master's and potentially an eventual doctorate. I have been looking at affordable online degrees such as the ...
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At what point does a PhD student have to commit to a research group (US)? [closed]

I am planning to apply to PhD programs in the US this Fall (to start in 2020). I have been looking at various institutions and research groups in my area and I am wondering at what point a PhD student ...
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Efficient way to determine potentially good AI research groups in mainland Europe

So I want to go about and compare different research groups for their standing, their potential for an exciting and fruitful environment etc. My field is Software Engineering with a heavy tendency ...
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Life post thesis submission is terrifying - Help! [closed]

The last year has been ridiculously difficult. I can easily say it has been 90h weeks 12 months in a row, with the hours taken of rest being vastly overshadowed by intense guilt (over not using that ...
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Tips for a successful PhD in Artifical Intelligence [closed]

I recently began my Ph.D. program in AI. Coming from a different major, I would like to obtain tips that'll enable me to leave my program with a strong background in my field.
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Life as a PhD student

I completed my Master's in Chemical Engineering recently as an International student in the US and now I wanted to go for a PhD as well in the same field.I completed a few Volunteer research work for ...
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Supervisor not allowing to submit Thesis

I am in very tense situation. My supervisor is not allowing me to submit my Master by Research thesis. I have already told him that I have some potential fully funded PhD opportunity and he initially ...
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Messed up my PhD. Hope for academia lost. Not attractive for industry. Hoping for some advice [closed]

My civil engineering PhD got extended to 5 years due to my lack of commitment during the early years and lack of interest in my research area on part of my advisor. I feel that I made a mistake by ...
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Advisor suggesting a change in the PhD research direction resulting in less theoretically intensive thesis. I am worrying about the implications

I joined for my PhD in mechanical engineering in a Canadian university almost 3 years back. I had completed the necessary coursework and preliminary exam last July. My advisor had approved my research ...
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Mentioning possible PhD principal investigators in graduate application w/o being asked to do so?

My title is pretty self-explanatory, but I was wondering how it looks to mention specific researchers to work with in graduate school via my personal statement/s. I'm applying to PhD programs in ...
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Getting a Postdoc, Dropping out of PhD for Greener Pastures (I hope), or else Staying Competitive in Current Position

I've seen similar questions on here before so I'm sorry if it's a duplicate or anything. Frequently, I find myself in despair at my postdoc prospects as a result of the reputation of the university ...
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How do I determine whether “Global Scientific Journal” is reputable or not? [closed]

I have published my paper in Global Scientific Journal. But some scholars are telling me that the journal is not reputable. How do I determine if Global Scientific Journal is reputable or predatory?
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Which level of sloppiness is forgivable at PhD thesis completion

The question can be really irritating for most of the people and I am sorry for that. Surely, the right answer should be "no inaccuracies, everything should be right!". However, let's take a look at ...
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It seems that almost all succesfull academics have had distinguished advisors. Is it really true that pedigree defines success?

In his manuscript "The making of a scientist" [1], Hans Krebs highlighted the fact that great scientists are moulded for success by their renowned grad school advisors. Additionally, he talks about ...
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Biophysics PhD after Master's in Computational Biology. Is it a common path? [closed]

I am doing my masters in computational life sciences. My fascination with the topic started with how physics elegantly explains the biological systems. More I am digging into the subjects, more I feel ...
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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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How will the academic boycot of Israel (BDS) influence my career if I get a PhD in Israel?

I'm considering doing a PhD in the social sciences at an Israeli university. My research will not be conflict-focused, and I'm not sure yet whether it will have a local component. I would likely do ...
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Doing high level thing great but forgetting simple things

I'm a mathematics PhD student and I have a question. I am writing my thesis, and I'm looking for a postdoc too. I would like to do research long-term, but I am not sure that I will be successful as a ...
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Pursued PhD under an advisor who did not know what to do. Now am stuck with future prospects

I made a mistake 5 years ago. I changed my field from materials science to civil engineering. I did a PhD under a professor whose research expertise was not in my research topic. I had to ...
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How to silence the voice that tells you you're being financially irresponsible by spending 4 to 6 years doing a PhD?

I'm very conflicted regarding applying to (American) PhD programs vs. not doing so and finding a job in industry to have more money. The thought of doing a PhD makes me feel financially irresponsible;...
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Is there a “Rate my Advisor” type website?

I am not sure about the incentive effects of websites such as ratemyprof.com, as Professors with tenure may or may not care about undergrad students. However, they may be more serious about graduate ...
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General idea on how do Committee Members read PhD thesis

The question is divided into two parts and related to the situation like: Committee gets PhD thesis to read through/give comments/report on it. Thesis is written based on several publications. 1. What ...
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Can I get a PhD for developing educational software?

I am a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After asking another question on this website, I have decided to become a professor of practice. To do this, I will pursue a Ph.D. A Ph.D. project ...