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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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What are some steps an undergrad can take to get on a Ph.D. track?

I hope this question isn't too broad. I'm graduating next semester and I have been accepted into grad school, but I'm having difficulty finding a full map of what one should do to successfully go ...
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How can I write a thesis if my master's program does not offer it?

I am thinking of one day doing a PhD in the area of counselling psychology in Canada, however my masters program does not have a thesis option and having done a thesis is a requirement it seems for ...
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Does a PhD by monograph make you ineligible to be a lecturer at a university? [closed]

I heard that a Ph.D. by publication is better than the one by a monograph. Does that mean academic positions are available only for a researcher who has a Ph.D. by publication? In other words, if ...
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Does a gap of 10 months after Master's degree affect my chances for a future academic career? [duplicate]

I am soon to submit my PhD thesis and I am currently looking for postdoc positions. I would eventually like to stay in academia and was concerned if my past gap year would harm my chances in getting a ...
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Value of unpublished (i.e. submitted) papers?

It's a normal case for researchers to have some manuscripts under reviewing. So, can such only-submitted and currently-unpublished papers add some value to CV of whom apply for a PhD program? Should ...
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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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Need suggestions on doing PhD or not [closed]

I am having a hard time deciding if I should go on for a PhD program after my current Master's program. I'm struggling with this a lot and hope to get some suggestions here. So my situation: I'm ...
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Pure Math PhD Program — Low grades in applied courses [closed]

I am a second semester Master's student in mathematics. I have received A's in courses such as advanced linear algebra and complex analysis, but this semester I am taking a numerical analysis course ...
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A senior colleague that belittles my contributions, expertise and won't acknowledge a published error that I identified

I am a PhD student and the most junior person on our small team (me, a lab manager, a statistical analyst, a wet-bench scientist, a senior statistician, and our PI). The statistical analyst has been ...
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How to choose between industry and academia after mediocre past work in both?

I feel like I am at dead end of my career, need some guidance to restart it. Here is my status: Masters in Physics (2009) Industry position (2009-2013) In the industry position, I learnt machine ...
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Can a PhD from a non-TU9 German university become a professor in a TU9 university?

Suppose, someone does a PhD and a Habilitation from a non TU9 university. Is there any practical barrier for him to become a professor in a TU9 university?
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How feasible would it be to transition from a Master in Finance to a phd in Pure Maths?

I know this sounds weird. I'm getting a Master in Business (MSc, not MBA) with emphasis in Finance (in my country you can't officially get a master in finance, logistics or marketing, they are all ...
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When should I give up on hearing back from a potential PhD supervisor?

I am really interested in a position at this particular university and the deadline for applications is the 30th of April. On their website, they say not to contact more than one potential supervisor ...
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How to deal with a supervisor who doesn't care research and students? [closed]

I'm in the social science discipline. This is the fourth year of my PhD. I'm in the process of writing up my dissertation. However, my supervisor is very lay back. He doesn't care much about my ...
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The Formality and Informality Relationship in Academia

To the point, I think I am suffering from the lack of the interpersonal skills and especially while working with supervisors. My character is quite good, I can make good connections and etc, however, ...
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Is there a way to save my career from absolute disaster?

I am in my fifth year and I am about to submit my Applied Mechanics PhD thesis in. However, I always felt absolutely incompetent in the field. I tried improving my weak areas by self study, taking up ...
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Is recommendation a must for getting PhD admission in Australia

I am new to this community. The discussions here are interesting so I thought may be I can solve one of my queries regarding PhD admissions. I am in India and I have completed my post-graduation last ...
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The aggregated chance of admissions to top program in the humanities

Let's look at admissions to top PhD programs in English, where it seems like the top 10 schools each receive about 300 applications for an average of about 6 spots (these are approximations only). ...
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When should a BS student start contacting professors for direct Phd positions?

I am a BS student with a GPA of 4.91/5 and decent research experience. One of my works on neural feedback control have been recently submitted to an international conference. The other one which is ...
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Should I tutor a student who I know has cheated on their homework?

I am a Ph.D. student and I do private tutoring on the side for extra income. Recently a new student contacted me for help with a class, and I met them for one session, which went well overall. They ...
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Can I request a Ph.D. in a different department having done research in another?

I am a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering and almost done with my thesis. My bachelors was in Physics. Although the initial research plan fit into mechanical engineering - vibrations, thanks to ...
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Is it a good idea to do Masters in multiple subjects rather than doing a PhD?

Suppose, someone already has a Masters in CS/EE. Say, he wants to work with Robotics. Is it a good idea to do a 2nd/3rd Masters-by-research in Robotics rather than doing a PhD in CS/EE (concentration ...
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In a literature review, should I focus on how much my work will contribute to the discipline?

When I have previously published papers, I have written about how much my work contributes to the discipline and builds on the work of others. I am currently writing my literature review for my PhD ...
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How to get into a top mathematics PhD program?

I'm a first year student undergraduate at a top US university, and I'm going to major in math. Of course, I still don't really know what I want to do with my life, but I'm really excited about going ...
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I'm required to apply to multiple projects but I'm interested in only one

I'm interested in applying to a Ph.D. position and the guidelines indicate that a given number of different projects (of a range of open positions) should be indicated. I'm interested in one in ...
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Software engineer vs research associate in not-so-related subfield for CS PhD

I currently have 2 job offers: high-paying software engineer at a top tech company (return offer from internship) and a computational biology research associate 2-year pre-grad school position. I ...
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Part time MPH degree while doing full time PhD

I will be joining a full-time PhD program in North America in August (physical and biological sciences). While my PhD topic is my principal interest, I'm also interested in public health and health ...
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Can a graduate program rescind my offer if I don't complete a previously declared Minor?

I am a physics major and had declared a 'Minor in Computer Science (Expected)' on my US graduate school (PhD) applications. I have been accepted by a couple of programs but I am currently still one ...
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Is expanding the research of a group into machine learning as a PhD student risky? [closed]

I have the opportunity of doing a PhD under the supervision of an expert in medical imaging at a top institution. Currently their group does not conduct research into the application of machine ...
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Why does a US/Canadian STEM PhD 'almost' always comes with monetary assistance while a British PhD doesn't?

A US/Canadian STEM PhD 'almost' always comes with monetary assistance from the supervisor. In some universities/programs, supervisors are able to individually recruit students along with monthly ...
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What defines a PhD dissertation/thesis?

This might be a bit of an abstract question, but what defines a dissertation? Some colleagues and myself have been debating this and some are arguing that three peer-reviewed publications or a long ...
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What is the term for a list of interviews?

If 'bibliography' is a list of literature and 'discography' is a list of musical recordings, is there a term for a list of interviews? Of course I could just cite everything under 'references' but ...
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(Psychology) Mismatch with Advisor's Research Interests

A complicated story so I’ll try to keep it short. Basically, I was fairly young applying to PhD programs (in psychology) and got into a program where I thought I’d be a great fit. My advisor’s ...
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How much political influence is involved in the academia in Poland?

I heard that Polish national politics influences the appointment of tenured positions in their universities. E.g. if some party is in power, they would like to see somebody loyal to them as the head ...
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How can I most respectfully leave my current PhD position for a new one?

My professor is a bully and the university will not challenge his behaviour despite numerous complaints from both staff and students. I am 9 months into the first year of my PhD. I love my work and ...
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Workload of PhD in US/Europe/Canada [closed]

I am a Masters student applying for PhD in computer science to various universities in the US/Europe/Canada. I wanted to know about the workload in general which we will have while pursuing it in ...
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Should my PhD thesis be submitted under my legal name?

I married during my PhD and changed my legal surname however (for many reasons) I will continue to publish under my maiden name. My (UK) university says that a thesis has to be submitted under the ...
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Ask professor for recommendation after long period without contacting them

So I'm currently in my final year of an undergraduate, intergrated Master's program at a British university and I'll be applying for PhD programs in the Fall. Over the summer of June 2017 - August ...
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Job Prospects 4 years post-PhD [closed]

I graduated in Psychology quite a few years ago now, and for personal/mental-health related reasons, I didn't pursue a postdoctorate career. Instead, I focussed on trying to get better (partially ...
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Student Assessment [closed]

I am an academic in physics, i.e. with no formal education in pedagogical methods and teaching yet. I was reading this paper of Biggs What the Student Does: teaching for enhanced learning and ...
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Post PHD carrer life [closed]

I wanted to ask what is the path of academic person that finished his Ph.D. in math or in Computer science what is the academic path that he can take? Not everyone can continue with Academia or be ...
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How much political influence is involved in the academia in Germany?

I heard that German national politics influences the appointment of tenured positions in their universities. E.g. if some party is in power, they would like to see somebody loyal to them as the head ...
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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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How do faculty search committees evaluate candidates for faculty or post-doc positions? [duplicate]

How do faculty search committees evaluate candidates for faculty or post-doc positions? I am a PhD student I found that there is no fixed algorithm to judge a journal. But candidates publish in ...
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Transitioning from a PhD to Postdoc. Is it acceptable to stay with the PhD advisor for 6 months to a year after graduating?

My PhD advisor has offered me a postdoc position in her group with specific projects and duties post graduation. However, she has time and again advised me to do a postdoc from somewhere else as ...
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How are journals evaluated? [closed]

How are journals evaluated? A researcher is evaluated on the basis of his/her publications. If a researcher has good publications in his/her PhD he/she is offered a Post-Doc position and eventually a ...
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Is it important to do a PhD at a different institution than undergrad? [duplicate]

I'm currently studying at a good school and I was admitted to do a PhD here. I got into some other good schools for my PhD, but for various reasons (e.g. less of a good research fit, weather, etc.) I ...
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Does an advisor owe his/her student anything? Will an advisor keep a PhD student only out of pity?

I know what imposter syndrome is. But, believe me that's not the case with me. I have worked hard for the 4.5 years of my PhD, but I feel that my research is absolutely mediocre and as a result my ...
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Is it ethical to recieve stipend after publishing enough papers?

In my institute, it is necessary for a Ph.D student to publish two research papers in SCI or SCIE journals to become eligible for Ph.D. Although it is not a sufficient condition, but it is the only ...
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Why are some PhD holders unable to become professors?

Why do some people get STEM PhDs, want a professorship, and end up not getting it? Is it only about opportunity and competition, or are there PhD candidates that are just not qualified to be ...