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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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When to apply for postdoc positions if papers will be submitted to journals after submitting the PhD thesis?

My field of study is Computational mechanics and branch is mechanical engineering. I will be submitting my thesis in September. Subsequently, I will be submitting my 3 manuscripts to journals for ...
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Etiquette - send a copy of my new book to the department I earned my PhD within or to my advisor?

I need some etiquette advice. The book version of my PhD manuscript has just come out and I have a limited number of copies (8) from my publisher that I can give to family etc. My dilemma is whether ...
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What should I do if I end up without an adviser?

I am a 2nd year PhD student and I have passed all prelims. However, I am facing a problem: I may not be able to get an adviser. There were several potential advisers I was trying to approach. One of ...
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PhD Journey 2nd Year: Looking for perspective/focus

Without being too specific to my own problem, I wanted to ask your opinion/experiences about research process. Recently I have read that a mediocre idea that is perfectly executed is much better than ...
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Transitioning from experimental to theoretical research after masters

I just graduated last summer and currently have a chance to do a research masters in applied physics in North America. The proposed project is very experimental in nature. My ultimate goal is to earn ...
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How do I convince professors that I have enough math for the PhD position?

I just got an answer from one of the professors who interviewed me for a PhD position. It said: "...Unfortunately, I can not bring you good news. Among all candidates you were the one with the ...
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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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How to cope with being envious of others' research? [duplicate]

I was just accepted to a Ph.D. program and will be starting soon, going straight from my undergraduate program. My chosen research area is meta-learning in machine learning. I have been engaged in ...
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What to do with repeated rejections for phd position

Background: I have been applying for PhD since last three years to more than 150 positions, very much specific to my skills and background. I only applied when I found positions' requirements ...
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How to explore Physics research as an undergraduate, keeping in mind the ever increasing weight on publications?

I am currently 3rd year Physics UG and have been working on Cosmology for past 3 years. I want to explore different areas like QFT, Quantum Gravity and maybe a bit of basic Math research as well, ...
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Problem with a cheater supervisor

I am a third-year PhD student in Germany, and I have some issues with my supervisor. To make a long story short, he does not read my research drafts but instead, he asks us to review papers he takes ...
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How to politely respond to generic emails requesting a PhD/job in my lab? Without wasting too much time

As I transition to faculty, I have increasingly gotten requests from people who want to do PhD's with me or want postdocs in my lab. Often these emails are extremely generic and don't suggest they ...
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Doing postdoc at a non-famous university in France or doing a second PhD at a good university in UK [closed]

I would really appreciate it if you could help me. My ultimate aim is to be able to stay and live in a well developed European country. To do so, I have applied and being accepted in two different ...
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Is the quality of work done in PhD a measure of my abilities to pursue academia?

As a fifth year PhD student in chemical engineering (in North America) who's about to submit his thesis in 4 months, I have a serious doubt about my capabilities. My PhD thesis was in an area not ...
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Schools in mathematical biology [closed]

What are some good schools that offer PhDs in mathematical biology? A list of tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3 schools would be fantastic. Furthermore, what are some schools that have research going on in ...
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Advice needed--reaching out to a potential advisor

I have applied to a Canadian university for a math PhD starting this fall. I was very keen on working with Prof. A and he in fact, had encouraged me to apply. Few days earlier, I reached out to him ...
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How to deal with my PhD supervisors rudely critiquing all my draft papers?

I'm a PhD candidate in biology about three semesters in. I am co-advised by two young married principal investigators (PIs), who are just about to get tenure. Things were going great initially, as I ...
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Home university with full research funding or prestigious university with teaching / research assistantship? [closed]

I have been accepted to a PhD at a top 10 university. I have also been offered a position at my home university, which is ranked about 50th-60th for the subject. At the top university, I currently do ...
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Is above average number of years spent on PhD considered a red flag in future academia or industry positions?

I am currently working on my PhD in a Canadian university. I already had a master's degree before joining the PhD program. In my department (chemical engineering), the normal timeline for getting a ...
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How is NMSU for PhD? [closed]

How would a math phd from New Mexico State be? Is it a decent school for that? If I don't have any other offers, would I be better off joining the workforce, and maybe later on apply to PhD's again? I ...
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What are the consequences if I cut ties with my former PhD supervisor?

Background I did my Master's and PhD with my former PhD advisor in an Australian university. Coming from the experimental biology background, my advisor switched to the field of bioinformatics around ...
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What is the meaning of pre-doctoral program?

I do not know the exact meaning of pre-doctoral? Can someone be a predoctoral in university X and then goes to university Y to start Ph.D?
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My PhD advisor has unrealistic expectations on my capabilities to research independently

I worked as an undergraduate volunteer researcher, and then worked in an industry laboratory before returning to school. And my program did not have have rotations. I am starting to wonder what I got ...
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PhD Mathematics, University of Hagen [closed]

I am 30 and work for an IT company in Germany as a software developer. I did B.Sc. in Mathematics (pure) and M.Sc. in Computer Science. Since then I've occasionally spent time with solving math ...
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Applied Mathematics PhD program with Economics concentration [closed]

I have been trying to choose between Economics and Applied Math to do my PhD in. I am leaning towards Applied Mathematics as I will have to study some topics in an Economics PhD program that I have no ...
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Accepting 2 offers of Phd in USA before April 15th

My question is if I accept two offers before April 15th and then get two i20s issued. It is up to me to choose the one university I want to go to and I am the one who has to complete the sevis ...
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Can I decline a PhD program I have already accepted?

Can I accept a PhD offer and later withdraw from the program before it even starts? Is there an etiquette for that? I really want to do a PhD but they have put a deadline in accepting and I am ...
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Do I have to write GRE to apply to physics PhD programs in the US?

I'm doing my Masters in GRAPPA at University of Amsterdam now and I want to apply to multiple places for PhD after I'm done. However, the applications in US confuse me. Some say they want GRE scores,...
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Further improving PhD thesis vs publishing as a post-doc

I am a PhD student in mechanical engineering in The Netherlands, with four months left on the 4-year contract, writing my thesis. I have sufficient content to be able to submit the thesis by the end ...
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Accepted by European university, rejected by all American ones I applied to? Possible reasons?

I've been wondering this for a while. I'm currently doing the first year of my PhD in Frankfurt. Originally from New Zealand. I'm not complaining about my situation but if anyone asks me I'll ...
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Is it okay to consider publishing in my first year of PhD?

I'm PhD candidate in Applied linguistics, it's been almost 3 months since I've started but I'm seriously allowing for writing and publishing journal articles. I have asked my supervisor about that, ...
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What do I do when my TA workload is more than expected?

Last year I was offered full funding for my PhD program to TA two courses a semester for the duration of my program (education psychology). Key words, Teaching Assistant. I expected this to mean I ...
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Severely overtime on my PhD

I am currently a CS PhD student in an East Asian institution, in my fifth year, one year overtime over the normative period. I have passed all my qualification and thesis proposal exams and just need ...
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Moving to a different PhD program in the United States

I have been admitted to a Math PhD program in US. The school is ranked in the top 60-80 range. I started school this August. I'm, however, considering the possibility of re-applying to a different ...
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Can I get an honest opinion about my PhD research journey? [closed]

As a 5th year PhD, I am about to submit my thesis in 4-5 months. My PhD is in computational materials science. Following are things I have done: I have published 1 paper and 3 are yet to be submitted....
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Responsibilities of PI to PhD student post PhD submission, but pre-viva

I have recently submitted my PhD. However, my project requires about 5 months more work to be publishable. The standard time between submission and the viva defence in my lab is about 5-6 months. 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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What part-time jobs are suitable for PhD students?

I know PhD is unsparing in terms of available time, but at times there may be situations that demand some extra income, for example, family situations or some medical emergency. In such cases, are ...
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How to stay motivated and optimistic about an academic or industrial career with an extended PhD?

I am pursuing my PhD in Canada in Mechanical engineering and will graduate this November. This brings my PhD time to a total of 5 years 3 months. I already had a master's degree. I have not yet ...
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Applying to a school with a new PhD program

I am interested in studying biostatistics, and was looking at several schools to apply to. I live in the DC area and would ideally like to stay in this area. Georgetown and the University of Maryland ...
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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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Pursuing a master's in mathematics with eyes on a PhD: Will a D or C in graduate Analysis 2 ruin my chances?

I'm a master's student currently, with a focus in pure mathematics. I would like to apply to PhD programs this fall at other universities (as well as the program at my current university). Last ...
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I have 3 months to submit my PhD thesis. What should be my strategy be like?

I am going to write a manuscript based thesis. It will be having 4 manuscripts as chapters 3,4,5,6. Chapters 1 and 2 will be introduction and literature review. While 7 will be on conclusions. Now, I ...
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Future prospects at the moment seem bleak after PhD. What steps can I take now to make best use of the next 1 year?

Suppose, I want to add machine learning proficiency to my current skillsets. What should my strategy be like? I already have done two machine learning courses on Coursera, but without doing actual ...
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Did BSc, doing MSc, applying for PhD. Is it frowned upon to not have a letter from my BSc advisor?

I am currently pursuing an MSc and am preparing my PhD application. For this reason, I reach out to professors I know well in order to ask them whether they would be willing to write recommendation ...
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How rude is it to ask a potential PI for their CV?

I think I made a dire mistake a few days ago. I asked a potential PI for their CV (I wanted to get a full record of their credentials along with the information I could find about him on Google ...
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How casual is too casual for a PhD application personal statement?

I’m currently writing a personal statement for a PhD application I am putting together and I have the sentence, “Not to be overly dramatic, but when I saw the advertisement for this project I breathed ...
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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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How do I gain back my faith in my PhD degree?

I am 3 years into a PhD program at a top North American university in STEM. My daily routine includes working on my research and preparing for courses I am assisting. In general, I would say that ...
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What questions do prospective advisors ask during first meeting?

I'm in a PhD program and I'm preparing myself to meet a prospective advisor for the first time. I want to know what questions do they usually ask students in their first meeting? What do they expect? ...