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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Will leaving a PhD after one year or having a full PhD be better or worse for job in industry? [closed]

I am a UK student, 23 years old, and started a PhD in theoretical physics last October 2018 at a top 15-20 university (my undergrad Maths degree was at a top 5 uni where I got a First Class Honours 1:...
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Workshop submission by a first year student, does it count?

I have asked earlier this question in that post Submitting Workshop Proposal by A first Year PhD student I asked my supervisor and he is okay, but I was astonished that he told me that I have to take ...
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How does one know that the field of research they are in is the best fit for them if they are average in it?

I love computational materials science. I was an experimentalist and involved in some Computational work during my masters degree. I did not not enjoy the experimental part. I did not enjoy the lab ...
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What are the best ways to find an external thesis examiner?

My supervisor is too busy to find an external examiner for my PhD thesis, so the job will probably fall to me. I know all the academics who may potentially be an internal examiner, but I don't know ...
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Ownership of a PhD Student's Research

I am a PhD student in theoretical computer science. It is my understanding that if I work on a paper without my PhD advisor (which is common in my research area) and without any lab resources then ...
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How relevant a PhD that takes >8 years would be, specially in STEM fields?

I am thinking of starting a PhD in CS while holding a full time job. If someone has a full-time job and starts a part-time PhD, it's reasonable to expect the PhD to take more than 8 years to be ...
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How to deal with the fear of missing out?

I will be soon starting my Ph.D. but have already experienced some of the research environment. I have chosen to work on a field in machine learning that is becoming increasingly popular. Every time I ...
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How to prepare a ten-minute presentation for a PhD interview?

I've got an interview for a Ph.D. position and I need to give a ten-minute presentation for my recent research. I have completed two projects and right now I am doing another research which has a ...
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Should I change my PhD advisor when I find I got not enough advising?

UPDATE: My program is Computer Science and Engineering. I chose the current advisor for mainly three reasons: I'm interested in a general research area, and he's in a group doing the stuffs. He has ...
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Publishing papers seem natural to many, while I find it really hard to think novel stuff to pursue till publication. How to cope up with this?

I am a final year PhD student in materials science. My colleagues publish papers at a rate of 2-3 papers a year. By the end of their PhD, they would have around 8-10 papers (first authors) in their ...
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Is it possible to complete a PhD in CS in 3 years?

I have always wanted to get a PhD. I'm in my thirties now and have a full time job. I don't necessarily need to get a PhD for my job, though it could open doors to a few research jobs that I can't ...
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Submitting Workshop Proposal by A first Year PhD student

I am interested in submitting a workshop proposal for a top-tier conference related to my topic. I don't know whether this could be a good idea but this year I co-organized a workshop in a top-tier ...
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Ways to demonstrate (“show-off”) contributions as an undergraduate in research

I am an undergraduate CS student at a US college. Before this summer, I contacted a professor in Game Research and was offered the opportunity to work with one of his PhD students. Currently, I am ...
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Does your previous university’s reputation matter when applying for a PhD? [duplicate]

I have been applying to PhD programs for the past 2+ years and keep getting rejected. I have pretty good degrees that I worked hard for from good universities (not the top unis). For the past year I’...
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Running out of grant money to complete PhD [closed]

I'm in the final year of my PhD and there is very little money left for my project. This is to the point that the university-allocated money we are given for conferences and thesis-associated costs is ...
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Should I include accepted position information in the motivation letter for a grad school application?

I have recently accepted a PhD position offer in Germany for an advertised project. My prospective supervisor asked me to apply for the structured graduate school of the institute as well because it ...
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A PhD student is using all the work I did for my master and presenting it as his own for his dissertation

I worked under a PhD stundent's supervision during my master thesis. After I finished my thesis, I continued working at this lab on the same project however just as a "research assistant" and not as a ...
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“Write your future plans with less than 51 words”: what is the purpose of this question?

I'm an undergrad who is applying a scholarship for Phd. I have already sent heck a lot of documents ranging from my academic background, letter of purpose, research statement etc.; it took more than ...
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PhD: When to quit and move on?

I am a second year PhD student at a technical / interdisciplinary lab in Europe wondering when to quit and leave a seemingly unbearable situation behind. My supervisor (a young-ish professor) mostly ...
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Will it be a good idea to take 3 months off after PhD defense to improve my skillset and work on my mental wellbeing?

I have struggled throughout my civil engineering PhD. My topic was away from the realm of my advisor's expertise, and as a result my research can be considered as an independent endeavor. She (advisor)...
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What type of education should I select in this form?

I am filling an application form for a PhD position and came upon this field: It seems like a stupid question, but I am not familiar with this type of categorization. For a Master's degree, which one ...
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How should I proceed if I am late in applying for postdoc positions?

I am submitting my Aerospace engineering PhD thesis in August. However, my colleagues have pointed out that I am very late with postdoc applications for this year. I should started searching much ...
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happy thoughts, encouragement requested [closed]

My phd advisor is being abusive. I cannot switch - too close to the end. Dissertation is mediocre and I cannot get the help I need to improve. Adviser's colleagues will publish the main ideas of diss ...
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What can, generally, improve competitiveness for a PhD in Poli Sci/IR programme?

Firstly, I am aware that the community doesn't like these questions as they depend on a lot of variables and specific programmes, however all of the programmes I am interested in have told me they don'...
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Should I finish all work that I started before PhD graduation?

I have enough work done for my PhD dissertation, but I also have one on-going project which I don't plan to include it in my dissertation. My advisor suggests that I have to finish all the work before ...
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How long do I have to wait for my offer letter? [closed]

It's been nearly two months (next week it'll be 2 months) since I got an email from the Doctoral School at a UK university telling me that I got the place and funding. After 4 weeks of waiting, I ...
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I have chemistry as my majors but I recently failed my phd qualifying exam

I have always been an academically well performing student with good grades but i recently failed my phd qualifying exam and going to get terminal masters with thesis. I have no high paying job ...
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Research Assistant Professor vs Post-doc

Recently, I have completed my PhD in Biomedical Engineering from a 25 - 30th ranked USA university and got a Post-doc offer from a 9-12th ranked USA University. To keep me, my PhD advisor offered me ...
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Not independent enough for a PhD?

I am a second year mathematics PhD student (Austria) in computational geometry, although I have obtained my Master's in algebra. However, I have the impression that I must have done my stuff severely ...
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I took minor degree courses for which I have no official record - do I mention them in my phd application?

Note: this is all in Europe. I am in the process of applying for a phd position. I think I have a decent chance (albeit still small of course) of getting the position, since it matches my profile and ...
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For a first year math PhD student, should the student read their graduate level math textbooks page by page, sentence by sentence? [closed]

Question is: For a first year math PhD student, should the student read their graduate level math textbooks page by page, sentence by sentence? I often hear professors say that that's a bad idea, and ...
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Pursuing a PhD in applied math with a large amount of student debt [closed]

I'm 36 years old and work as systems administrator and lab instructor for a computer science department at a small liberal arts college. I'm also an adjunct math instructor for a community college. I ...
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Employment in academia for doctorates w/o same field undergrad

I'm an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering interested in a career in academia, especially Physics. A middle aged person in India (from where I am) I recently met told me he couldn't find ...
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Share examiners assessment on LinkedIn

After my PhD I received the diploma with the (external and one internal) examiners final recommendation that was used to award my PhD. Because my Ph.D. wasn't graded and this recommendation is very ...
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PhD in UK or PhD in Spain? [closed]

I have won fully funded Ph.D. positions one in the UK and the other one is in Spain. UK job position offers me a job as a teaching assistant in addition to Ph.D., however, I would have a fellowship (...
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How do I find a supervisor for PhD studies?

I am thinking of doing a PhD. Problem is, I am not a student and the only professors I do know are the ones from the university I took my bachelor and Master's degree. However I was thinking of ...
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9 Years of PhD, bad supervision, no data. What should I do?

I am a PhD student since 9 years. I am working on medical technology where I need intra-operative surgical data. When I joined, I was told that they will have collaboration with hospitals and other ...
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Is it necessary to have big paper during PhD? [closed]

I have a present PhD fellow from another research group who gets pressured by his PI to produce a "big paper" before he could graduate. He has already data and paper ready for publication but his PI ...
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Doing a PhD while being unable to travel due to disability

I’m starting a PhD but I’m disabled and can’t travel. This means I won’t be able to present my work at conferences. Has anyone had experience this? Will it negatively impact on my research? My tutor ...
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I entered a PhD program out of fear of being unemployed and regret it. How can I gracefully undo my mistake and switch fields?

I want to switch careers from PhD in chemical engineering to data scientist. How can I go about doing this without having everyone hate me? Here is a long background on me and how I ended up in a ...
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Where do I get advice and guidance from in my PhD if my supervisor is not an expert in the field I am working on?

I decided on my supervisor because he is the only professor working in this field in my country, and he is very resourceful. He helps me out a lot on every aspect other than technical guidance because ...
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First-year PhD giving a talk among well-established researchers in the field

I am currently a first-year Ph.D. student, before that (as I have posted about before) I was forced to leave my Ph.D. program after one year because of a bullying supervisor. Previously, I made a good ...
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Should I focus on my grades or on finishing my degree on time?

I am doing an 5-year Integrated Master's degree (3-year Bachelor + 2-year Master) on Physics in Europe. Aiming for a thesis in Quantum Computation/Information. I am currently on the 4th year and have ...
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Will having a mediocre undergrad GPA ruin my chance getting into a PhD program

I transferred from a four-year university into one of the UCs last year majoring in biological sciences. Unfortunately, my UC gpa is not as high as I wanted it to be. I used to have a 3.9 but can only ...
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Phd difficulties: waiting to finish, supervisor not reviewing thesis

I am at the end of the fifth year of research. My thesis was written last year but my supervisor refused to take in any submissions stating that he is very busy. I followed up from time to time for ...
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Do I have any obligations to my PhD supervisor's requests after I have graduated?

I graduated with a biology PhD last year. My supervisor named X was pretty hands-off (which was great) and most of my project, from conceptualization to data analysis, was done by me generally without ...
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Should I finish my current not so good PhD research or start a new PhD in a much better university with a much better PhD adviser?

I'm in the third year of my PhD in the US. I defended my PhD proposal successfully at November 2018. My research is related to computational science but the problem is that I did not and I don't have ...
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How can I up my confidence level in my technical skills? [duplicate]

Let me paint a picture of my background in brief. I did my undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. I was a good student (almost all A's) till my high school. However, I struggled a lot in my ...
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Does a minor obtained in a graduate school matter?

Some universities require that each graduate student have a minor. I wonder whether it is helpful in the long run? For example, if one has PhD in mathematics with a minor in philosophy, would it be ...
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Is it necessary to have a background in philosophy in order to get a position in logic in philosophy departments?

What the title asks. Apparently there are some professors in departments of philosophy working on logic or semantics (e.g. William Starr or Nino Cocchiarella [retired]). Does one need to know the "...