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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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Failing PhD, how to go forward? [on hold]

I have read many PhDs have a feeling of failure during their studies. At the moment I am seeking a reflection, from someone who is/has been a PhD and maybe a similar situation. I found myself in a ...
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What are some concerns professors at a research institutions might have when graduate students begin to form a union?

I'm curious to ways professors might support or resist efforts by gradate students to unionize. The only reason I can think of, is the concern that grant money could hire less students if they were ...
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Should I leave my “first” job for a PhD student position?

I graduated from a taught masters degree half a year ago and have been working at a private research institute for about 4 months (I started in Oct 2018). Today I received an email from a professor ...
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What to do when advisor does not want to work together?

I have been a PhD student for 2 years (Australia), and recently there has been severe trouble with the relationship with my primary advisor. I had been struggling on a problem, for quite some time, ...
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Was forced out of PhD for academic/health reasons, need advice on what to do next

I was accepted into a PhD in maths at a fairly highly ranked school in 2017. My supervisor was known for being quite demanding, but I wanted this because I wanted to push myself, and he is quite well ...
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Changing fields between PhD and postdoc

My background is in Applied Sciences (Bachelor and Masters) and I did my PhD in Human Factors. I'm currently doing my postdoc in Human Factors (Social Sciences) but I discovered that I don't enjoy it ...
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Is it possible to do PhD in pure mathematics after engineering

I have an MTech in Industrial Drives and Control (Electrical Eng). After that could not go for any work... After giving some tuition, I came to the conclusion that I am genuinely interested in ...
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How do you find out if academia is the right path for you?

Apologies if this question is not entirely fitting for this Exchange, but I didn't know where else to ask. I am currently working through my Masters, and while talking with one of my professors the ...
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Formulating research question

I am international student and have a problem with formulating a research question. I know the gap, but I could not make it clear. + my supervisor is not convinced of what I am doing and believes that ...
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How can I explain my grades?

I am studying Masters in one of the top IIT in India and looking forward to apply for Phd, and here I got a problem. My institute follows relative grading. Faculties are allowed to assign grade ...
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I am leaving current PhD position to move to X university. Should I inform X university that I am currently a PhD student? [on hold]

I am currently a 2nd semester PhD student at Y university. My MS is from the same Y university and under the same supervisor. In last months of my MS, I told my supervisor that I want to change ...
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Is it wise to ask a PhD supervisor about the quality of my work?

She says, why do you want to hurry? Let's put the defense in December, then you can have several publications out till then. I am thinking of asking directly, "What do you think about my PhD work? ...
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Fermi problem: How many PhD students fail to earn a PhD? [on hold]

I stumbled upon this article and found it interesting Q&A. It attempts to solve the fermi question by estimating the right order of magnitude. I'm wondering after personally learning(since I'm ...
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Fermi problem: How much of the published primary literature is never cited and will this number increase relatively? [on hold]

I stumbled over this to me interesting Q&A solving a fermi question by estimating the right order of magnitude. In the age of publish or perish in my opinion it becomes a crucial question for ...
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What kind of questions should I expect in an human resources (HR) manager interview? [PhD]

Firstly, I was interviewed by the prospective supervisor who asked me technical questions about my research interests. (he gave me a green light) Now, the HR manager has called me for a Skype and a ...
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Is it possible to do a self funded Ph.D. without masters in Germany?

Is it possible to do a self-funded Ph.D. without masters in Germany? Is it ok if someone writes to professors asking for a Ph.D. position in his lab? Will they take students if its self-funded?
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Prioritizing subject matter of future PhD versus university and professor [on hold]

In your opinion, which is more important when deciding where to do a PhD? Choosing a top-tier university with a brilliant professor who is an excellent mentor or choosing a decidedly average ...
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How valuable are poster presentations for new Ph.D. student?

I have submitted my first paper in a very top conference, but the paper was accepted in the poster section instead. I am ok with that, as the reviews were very helpful. However, is it interesting to ...
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PhD offer dilemma [closed]

I have a big dilemma in selecting a PhD offer from two research institutes in Germany. I had an interview in Research Institute A and since I had no other option at that time, I accepted their offer. ...
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Is it OK to send another reminder after prospective research leader stops responding to my email?

Long story short. I was look for some undergraduate level research for this July and August, so I contacted a professor like a month ago. Things went very well, and two weeks ago I even had a Skype ...
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What's the point of PhD theses if nobody reads them?

At best, the PhD thesis is read by: The author The examiners The supervisor The author's parents The author's roommate / spouse / fellow students in research group Or less than 10 people in total. ...
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I have letters of recommendation dated 2016 can I still use them now? [duplicate]

I am currently applying for PhD programs. I have 3 letters from my former professors. All are dated 2016. Does that look bad in an application? And if I am to use them now, should I send emails to my ...
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How important is the availability of funding of a professor as a factor to determine one's thesis advisor?

I'm a first-year PhD student in Machine Learning, and I've often heard that some students end up having to be a TA because his/her advisor does not have a sufficient funding for them to have a ...
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How bad are typos in PhD interview emails? [closed]

The typo I'm talking about is literally one wrong letter.
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Ph.D. candidate vs Ph.D

I have already submitted my Ph.D. thesis to my committee and plan to defend my thesis. I want to prepare an updated CV. In my situation, what should I write in the CV: Ph.D. candidate or just ...
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PhD in autonomous underwater robots [closed]

I have finally found my true calling. I want to work on autonomous underwater vehicles trying to solve different problems from research to oil and gas industry. The problem is that I am having ...
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How do I ask a professor to contact another professor he knows to accept me as a Masters student *via email*?

I did research with a professor during my senior year (2017/2018) and we published a paper together. He wrote me a letter of reference for my grad school applications. One of the professors I'm ...
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Understanding UK PhD requirements [duplicate]

I'm looking at a few "fully" funded PhD's in the UK. Now I understand it is a terrible timing with the whole Brexit travesty. But disregarding that, I'm failing to understand a few things and I hope ...
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contact of the editor

I sent an article it's been almost 4 months, but still my article is in the same status "submissions being processed", that I have to do is what I contact the editor or I wait for their response, ...
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How do I prepare for a postdoc position with requirements in working with the theoretical basis of the software, which I have never worked with?

I am 5th year PhD, about to submit my thesis in few months and defend in around September this year. My computational materials science PhD thesis involved using a commercial software (ABAQUS) to ...
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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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How to by-pass bioethics for a trivial bio-experiment?

I am from Computer Science (CS) doing microscopy imaging applications, mainly in software side. Recently we submitted a paper to Scientific Reports on a new algorithm. My own human blood cells (a ...
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Graduate course taken during undergrad: counting them for the course load in Phd [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student in Turkey, and am planning to do my Phd in US/Canada/Europe. I've taken various graduate courses from my departments - Physics and Mathematics - in following status: I ...
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Thesis or published papers for PhD application?

There are two types of programs (maths - Turkey) that I can apply for MSc : With and without thesis. I agree that writing a thesis is a writing task to learn and important but I can also learn how to ...
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If supervisor has no expertise in your research work, is it possible to do a PhD under that supervisor?

In my PhD, I am assigned mathematical modeling topics and my supervisor's work is related to mathematical biology. But I don't want to work in mathematical biology. Because actually there is not so ...
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I slept with my advisor's daughter and she is blackmailing me now. What can I do?

I am doing a PhD in the US. I am in my mid-twenties and will graduate next spring. My advisor was very good and nice to me. He invited me to have dinner at his home many times and then I met his ...
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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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It seems every postdoc position needs representative papers. What should I do if I don't have any publications?

I have spent 4.5 years on my PhD, writing my thesis, with just one average publication. I am 30yo with no work experience and don't want to go to industry. I have been looking at several postdoctoral ...
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Supervisor with no expertise in the field [duplicate]

How feasible it is to be supervisored by a professor who doesn’t know the area? She told me it’s my research and she will only provide general research guidance.
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How common is it to get an academic position in a different country after getting a PhD in the US?

For someone who is doing his PhD in a US institute (STEM filed), how likely is it to be employed (as a post-doc for example) in another country (which is not my home country, in general) ? For ...
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How hard is it to find a Ph.D. position in pure mathematics in Europe? [closed]

I have just completed my 4-year undergraduate studies in mathematics (my overall grade is 9.62/10) in Greece and I'm about to enroll in the M.sc. programme of my current university. I feel like I have ...
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In the absense of writing experience in my target field, how do I find assignments and evaluate them?

A while ago I posted a question wondering if a CS major would be accepted into a Political Science MSc programme and it turned out possible. I am starting next October. My goal is now to get into an ...
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Rejected from conference on misunderstood claims

I have recently had a paper rejected with 2 Accepts and 1 Reject from a CORE A* conference. I did understand the risks of being rejected when I made the submission, the problem is that I got back some ...
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Would it be weird to cold email former students of a prospective advisor?

I was accepted to a PhD program, and the two professors I mentioned in my application have reached out to me to discuss research. Now I am wondering what is the best way to gather information on them. ...
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About to write my PhD thesis and I don't know the basics and fundamentals. I am feeling unworthy of the PhD title. What should I do?

My PhD work is on modeling a 3D printing process using a commercial FEM software. But I am not confident with basics of finite element theory, non linear Finite element analysis to be accurate, which ...
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Passionate about a PhD in math, but unsure how to explain my chaotic transcript due to mental illness

I'm passionate about getting a PhD in Math for a career as a research mathematician and then as an educator working at a community college. I got A's in community college. I transferred to our local ...
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PhD Perfect fit topic + insecure funds vs. non-optimal topic + secure funds [closed]

This is probably more of a request for an advice than a pinpoint question. Nevertheless I'm interested in hearing the take of others on the topic. Background: I have graduated in Germany, 2 years ...
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Is it a bad idea to go from EE undergrad to CS(ML/AI) PhD?

I know questions regarding whether its possible to go from EE undergrad to CS have been answered previously, so please bear with me as I have a few distinct questions. I'm a Junior at a mid-tier state ...
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Waiting time for editor's decision

I resubmitted a manuscript to a journal (listed in political science as well as in International Relations and Economics journal rankings). The editor's decision was minor revisions. The email says ...