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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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To what extent is being a quick problem solver (e.g. doing well in brain teasers) predictive of research success?

I hope to begin a PhD in the near future in a technical field. I feel that my strength is in being able to ask interesting questions / come up with a creative high level approach / make new ...
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aggressive co-worker and bullying at the lab [closed]

I've recently started doing postdoc in an European country. Since the first day, I am having problems with working in the lab environment. The research group is too individualistic (there is no ...
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Advice needed for completing my PhD thesis. Which timeline should I follow?

First of all, I apologize for the nature of this post. I am freaking out inside and I am branching out to seek as much advice as possible. I am a 4th year PhD student, and I am looking forward to ...
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Is it a good idea to include the writing of a wikipedia article(s) on your CV before grad school application?

I am considering applying for graduate school at some point, and I am wondering how academia looks upon contributions to Wikipedia. Essentially, the article will be a dedicated to a very specific ...
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Publishing master's research while in a different PhD program

I would like to ask about a situation when a research done as a part of a master's thesis at one institution is submitted for publication and published while attending a subsequent PhD program at ...
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How to effectively respond to harsh suggestions from the faculty of review committee?

As generally expected the doctoral review committee has to evaluate the PhD student by asking questions, by debating etc., Faculty in doctoral review committee can give soft suggestions and are ...
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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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Do most Mathematics Phd programs accept class credit from a masters program to transfer?

I'm considering entering into a terminal masters in mathematics program. I was wondering if after completing the masters, if most US PhD programs will accept the masters graduate classes I took as ...
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Number of Papers for Doctor of Science (DSc) [closed]

I am a young scientist working in India after finishing Masters in Physics. In last three years of employment, I have co-authored around 12 papers so far. I am interested in going for D.Sc. I have ...
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Found startup or finish PhD?

I'm on last year of my Ph.D. However, I got an offer from investors for my project and investor required to full-time work in a new company. Would it be an advantage or a disadvantage to have worked ...
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4th year PhD student(24 years old). I am lost

Lately I have some issues with my academic life and my life. I am not doing anything. literally anything. This week, I was home all day, doing nothing. Just sleeping. I am seeing a therapist, but it ...
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Can professor terminate student's stipend at anytime? [closed]

A friend of mine who is a last year international PhD student in the US got his monthly stipend terminated by his advisor. He still has GTF and is working for as a RA for the last three years. During ...
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Should I provide feedback to a PhD application I have received?

I usually reply to e-mails from students asking for PhD positions to let them know if I am interested or if they are competitive / up to standards for continuing with an application but this tends to ...
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Will the PhD degree be retracted if the thesis is found to be not novel?

Suppose a person got PhD degree by properly submitting his/her thesis on a particular topic. Assume that neither the student nor the doctoral review committee including supervisor knows that the ...
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Why do so many PhDs choose to join academia instead of industry given the pay in academia is considerably lower and the workload is much heavier? [closed]

In the computer science field, an entry-level software engineer in top-tier tech companies (e.g. Google, Facebook, etc.) could earn as much as a 20-year experience professor. And the workload in ...
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Help and opinions about difficult PhD choice [closed]

I would like to share my situation, as I really need to have opinions from people in the academia or people who had similar doubts in the past. I am totally confused about starting a PhD, I have ...
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admission in UK university for Masters/ PHD program

I graduated with Computer Science degree from a Russell Group University(Leeds) in 2016. I managed to find my first job as a software developer 3 months after graduation. I am 2 years into my career ...
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Ph.D. studies in Management field after Masters of science in Mechatronics from German university

I am a student of masters mechatronics and during my course, I attended many elective management classes. I am even allowed to write my thesis in strategic management and I'm interested to continue my ...
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PhD: Should I choose a topic out of a comfort zone? [closed]

I am accepted to a math PhD program and have a visit in a few weeks. I only have a few days to tell the university which professors I would like to meet. Problem: I also still don't know what I would ...
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What to do if you do not understand a lot coming up with a research interest? PhD admission

I know it is strongly advisable to read up on your prospective PhD supervisors' work. However, I find that most of the things are too esoteric and I would need a substantial period to absorb them. I ...
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Transferring schools during PhD

I just wanted to know if transferring schools during your PhD is frowned upon? I have spent a semester at school X which specializes in a very specific field in my major. After many classes, seminars,...
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Will pursuing master degree increase the chances of Ph.D. admissions if​ the Ph.D.​ is in different field than Undergraduate is the goal?

I am a Pure Physics and Pure Math graduate. I wanted to do Ph.D. in Computer Science on AI. I am currently a research assistant on AI. if my undergraduate is not related to my area interest for Ph.D., ...
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Is it OK to change my research tools/methods completely after/at the end of my PhD?

In my Phd, I was using tools of stochastic geometry for my research. But I realize now that the juice has mostly been drawn of this tool at this stage and the new kid around the block is now Game ...
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Is it advisable to drop out of a PhD and look for a new one?

I am someone with an undergraduate degree in physics and am currently a over a year into a PhD in maths. However I am not feeling happy for several reasons: I told my supervisor right from the ...
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avoid auto-plagiarism in publishing results from PhD thesis [duplicate]

I'm currently writting my thesis, where are exposed unpublished results that I would like to publish (may be after my PhD defense). Can I directly re-use text from my thesis ?
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Can I transition from 3 years out of school to a master's in computer science?

To erase any confusion, this question is geared entirely towards requirements and expectations of academicians. I am not asking for recommendations for universities or research topics, nor am I asking ...
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What is expected from a post-doc application? [closed]

More clearly; Is it possible to apply with a proposal like "I want to make international publications based on my PhD Thesis during my post-doc" or Does someone have to formulate an entirely new ...
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Moving from business to academia

I've been working in commercial software development for quite a while for now, and I'm getting more and more disappointed in the way things are being done here as time passes. So I was thinking to ...
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Post-Doc in Germany [closed]

I am a newbie and have a question. First of all let me introduce myself and the situation in which I am going through. I have just got my PhD from the Middle East Technical University (Turkey) from ...
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How do I tell whether I need another advisor?

I am a second year PhD student in math. I recently feel miserable working with my current advisor so I am considering switching advisor or adding a second advisor. A few problems I can think of at ...
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Problem with relative grading system? [closed]

My college (NIT) follows a relative grading system and each professor was given freedom in choosing how to grade the students. As far as I know, Some professors give 5 students (less than 8 percent ...
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Should I cite myself in my PhD proposal?

I am writing a research proposal for a PhD, and I am referring to my earlier research, which is published in a scientific journal. Should I cite myself? It feels a little preposterous, but I can ...
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I'm about to tell my advisor I want to leave my PhD. Do I mention this when scheduling a meeting or do I drop a bombshell while there in person?

I meet with my PhD advisor quite irregularly so we arrange meetings on an ad-hoc basis depending on work progress, availability etc. Usually we communicate a bunch by email about the state of work. I'...
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How to ask for a recommendation letter from a professor after long time?

I had worked under a supervisor in 2015 and that year I asked a recommendation letter from him for a Ph.D. He wrote it very well. On 2016, I again asked him for one and he sent me again. Both of the ...
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PhD degree in Asia And finding a good faculty position in Europe or US [closed]

Nowadays the world of academic work and research is pretty competitive and tough. I am studying for a Ph.D. degree in a well-ranked Asian university (i.e., Hong Kong University of Science and ...
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For a TA, is a recommendation from his employing university helpful for a PhD?

A friend of mine finished his Master's program a year ago and started working as a Teaching Assistant at a university. He will be granted assistant professorship this year but he is in the process of ...
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Professor wants me to accept his school's offer early

I just received my first offer to a Mathematics PhD program at a reasonably good US institution, where one of my recommenders is also working. He sent me an email saying he "hopes I can accept the ...
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Handling PhD funding offers that come before hearing back from all schools I applied to

So I applied to several PhD programs at different schools of probably different levels of selectivity and prestige. From a few of these schools I have been admitted and in contact with certain ...
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Thinking about leaving my PhD, thoughts? [closed]

I'm currently beginning my 2nd semester of a dual Msc/PhD in Physics in the top university of my home country, but lately I've been struggling with self-doubt and uncertainty about the job prospects ...
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Is it normal for PhD students to do much “non research” work?

Background: At my current institution I haven't even officially started my PhD yet, meaning I am not even enlisted as a PhD student. I have my bachelor’s and master’s already, and this is in Germany ...
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Are there application fees for PhD positions in Europe? [closed]

I'm new to the applying process and I'd like to ask a simple question. Does a PhD position in European universities require an application fee?
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Student discount on international conferences for non-matriculated students [closed]

In computer science many conferences provide a fee discount for PhD students. Currently I am also a PhD student in Germany. In Germany there is a program in which you are registered as a PhD student ...
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PhD or postdoc salary in Denmark according to the cost of living. Is it OK?

I´d like to know if the average salary for a PostDoc and a PhD student is sufficient for a middle income expectations in Denmark. What I mean for middle income is for the two of us (1 PostDoc and 1 ...
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Writing sample for Economics PhD: empirical or literature review

I am applying for an Economics PhD and I need to submit a writing sample of 2,000 words. I am planning to take an extract from an article I published, but I am unsure about whether I should take the ...
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Applying and requirements for a Phd program

I am currently holding a diploma in computer science which is equivallent to a BSc. I have also finished my MAS (master of advanced studies) in economy, which was made up out of 5 CAS modules. Now I ...
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How to have confidence in my research?

I'm a PhD student at a reputed institution and in my 4th year now. I'm researching in the domain of information security & privacy. I've got a number of good conference publications (4 ...
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Research jobs in industry [closed]

I have earned a PhD last year in materials science (semiconductor processing). Now I find myself in a job where most of the work is managing other people. To mee it seems like most of my former ...
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Cyclic trend through generations of excellence, Top researchers -> Their PhD students -> Top researchers ->

I was reading about one of the prominent researcher in my field of study. Out of curiosity I read his PhD theses. It was supervised by yet another prominent scientist. I further went on to see his ...
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How important is the language of the bachelor thesis?

My university requires me to write my Bachelor thesis in my mother language. How detrimental and devastating is it to have your Bachelor thesis in non-English when it comes to applying for PhD ...
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PhD (Dr.) student willing to finish thesis after several years of inactivity

A few days ago one of my former PhD students (in fact Dr. since I'm in Germany) contaced me and asked me, if there is any chance to finish their PhD thesis. The work was done at a different ...