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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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Disappointed about Academia [duplicate]

I was a first-year PhD student but was forced to quit although hard-working day and night! I am disappointed, I am now 27 and did not create family, left my home country. Problems from the past in my ...
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How to Keep Sanity intact after being forced to quit first year of PhD [duplicate]

I just need advices for my mental health, as I feel so pressurized, originally my personal life has many problems, and that PhD was a dream for me to be someone who can be memorized, my passion is to ...
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When to look for a new PhD position?

TL; DR: Should I re-apply for another PhD program? What could I do instead? Since April, I am a PhD student in mathematics after having finished my master's studies last year. Although I spent most ...
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How to politely ask when will be the interview

I applied for a PhD position 2 weeks ago, and got just a short response after a week: "We will soon contact you for an interview". Tomorrow will be 2 weeks since I applied and no one contacted me ...
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Proper reply for an letter “We will soon contact you for an interview”

I applied for a phd position in a Austrian university. Then I got a mail which said "We will soon contact you for an interview" and I have been waiting for four days now. Is it appropriate if I ask an ...
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Is age a hindrance of getting acceptance in a PhD program? [duplicate]

Is age a hindrance of getting acceptance in a PhD program? For instance, what if a student applies at the age of 45 for an admission?
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Admission for a PhD position in a Sweden university

I am a first year BSc student in pure mathematics. I like to continue my PhD studies in Sweden, directly after BSc or otherwise after having MSc. Unfortunately, not only free education for ...
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Few Months Left to Prepare for Pure Math PhD Application

I'm hoping that I can get some general advice on strengthening a graduate application in the last few months through introducing myself to some faculty in my current program. I have recently landed ...
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Can I mention that I want to pursue a PhD later, in my Statement of Purpose for a Master's course?

I am an international student and a certain university that I'm applying to for a Masters in Media and communication has asked me to state my career objectives in my home country. Now, I wish to ...
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How to pick a research question broad or narrow one?

I am a PhD student of computer science ( senior year ). I have worked on problems given by my senior collegues in the past. Now I am at a stage where I have to pick a new research problem. I have ...
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Forced to Quit PhD although the hard and proved work [closed]

I am a first year Ph. D student, and I have been working on a new topic of research. I worked day and night to prove something new and verified it. I began my Ph. D while my supervisor was on travel, ...
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Is it good to finish a PhD fast?

I am not going to give details about the situation (for obvious reasons) but here it is: I got accepted for PhD to a very good American university, in experimental particle physics and I met a famous ...
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How to write paper from PhD thesis?

I finished my PhD in October 2017. I have tried to write a publication from my thesis, however I am finding it quite a struggle. I am not receiving any help from my PhD supervisor. So my question is, ...
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Should I abandon any further higher education knowing that I was dishonest as an undergraduate?

This feels uncomfortable to ask, because I know my actions have undermined what I've worked toward. A little background: I graduated with a bachelors degree, and then went on to get a masters degree ...
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Does bachelor's degree have to be related to a PhD subject?

I did a bachelor's degree in a creative industries subject (Audio Technology) because at the time, I didn't know what to do with my future so I decided to do a "hobby" (regretful, to an extent but ...
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How to check if a person is a real DSc? [duplicate]

How can I check whether a person who puts DSc after their name is in fact entitled to do so? Is it possible to find out where this person was allegedly confirmed as a DSc?
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Where does the funding in business school PhD programs typically come from?

My classmate is in a prestigious business school PhD program - stats / operations research. He told me that they have no teaching duties, and they aren't allowed to do any external internships. The ...
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What degrees are higher than a PhD? [duplicate]

The answers and comments to this question along with the wikipedia entry suggest that the DTech degree is "higher" than a PhD in the UK. This is the first time I've heard of an academic ...
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How can I build a competitive application for a PhD? [closed]

Thank you all in advance! I have the intention to apply for a PhD within the next year to start in Fall 2019. I have an undergraduate degree in Finance and was selected best finance student of the ...
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If you enter a PhD program with an MA, are you a 1st year or 3rd year? [closed]

This is fairly inconsequential, but I'm not sure how people typically count years for graduate studies. In my case, having an MA means that I have fewer years to do in the PhD program. This is ...
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How much knowledge is expected of a PhD applicant as compared to a postdoc or a research assistant?

My understanding is that postdocs, research assistants (which I understand are master's level analogues of postdocs) and PhD students are all paid positions except for self-funded PhD which I hear is ...
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Emailing professors: Guidelines on choosing papers

Barry Rountree, Computer Scientist, LLNL of Quora claims 80% hit rate for the following e-mail template: (I emphasize a phrase in bold.) Here’s your email: Dear Dr. Q, I would like to schedule a ...
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Mental Heath for long-term success in Academia

I was hoping for some advice on long-term mental health in academia. First off, I am a 3rd year PhD economics PhD in a high-ranking school in the US. Before anything else, my experience has been great....
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GRE Math Subject Scores [duplicate]

What would be recommended GRE math subject test score for a Canadian applying to a top 20 US school PhD program in pure math? Does prestige of your undergraduate school matter at all? Would a low ...
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How to know whether a Faculty member has done good work or not

I have completed my Masters in Pure Mathetics in India and I want to join a Ph.D. program in Algebra and Number Theory. For that reason, I am checking the profiles of the faculty members of the ...
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How to write formal letter for PhD after completion of MS

I have recently defended my MS thesis and want to continue as a Ph.D. student in the same department. Department secretary told me that I have to write a formal letter. When I asked her what things do ...
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Is PhD not for me?

I am a third year undergrad in computer science, at a US university. Even before I was an undergrad, I was considering pursuing a PhD in theory after graduation; until the research internship I did ...
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PhD Advisor is Inexperienced Junior Faculty, Possible Bully, Who do I Tell?

I was accepted into a PhD program 3.5 years ago. They hired a new faculty member 2 years ago and I was reassigned to this 'new' person since she didn't have any students of her own. She is ...
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How can I make an informed decision on whether to do a PhD in engineering or not?

About me: About to start final year ChemE Top of class/grades Have completed 6 month co-ops in pharma and biopharma Liked the work but think that I would much prefer development or research type ...
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Can an academic PhD thesis have more than one hypothesis?

I am working on writing my PhD thesis after four long years of work. I'm writing the hypothesis sections, and I am finding it extremely hard to write one single hypothesis that is comprehensive and ...
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When to tell current employer that I want to quit and switch to a different PhD

I am currently employed as a scientific employee at a research institute, which means I get a salary but am not currently working on a PhD. Originally I planned to begin my PhD at this institute ...
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Is it worthwhile to publish short paper as graduate student?

I am a computer science student. I have done some work on algorithms and I have got one result. The result is small, 6-7 pages long (entire paper). I want to publish it and my adviser is also ...
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Effective use of extra time during a PhD

I am a PhD student in mathematics starting my third year with the goal of a tenure track position at an R1 university. I believe I have enough research completed that I could graduate this year if I ...
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I slept with my advisor's daughter and she is blackmailing me now. What can I do? [closed]

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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Meet with another professor in our university to discuss a paper that I wrote and her student is co-author with me

Recently, I wrote a draft paper based on the results, which I prepared for final project of one my courses (I'm a PhD student). In fact, I had a project partner in that course and I thought I should ...
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Do international politics, language, and local culture affect recognition of research degrees?

Take a look at this subject-wise QS Ranking (CS/IT). We see that Shanghai Jiao Tong University is sitting on the 46th place, Lomonosov Moscow in on the 49th place when Delft University is between 51 ...
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phd advisor hasn't kept a promise (and may not care) - do I address this directly? if so, how best to do that?

My doctoral advisor did something that seems odd to me. I did a bunch of unpaid work for him, with an explicit promise from him (but not in writing because I trusted he would keep the promise) that in ...
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Multiple PhD applications

I'm a student from India who wants to do PhD(in math) in Germany in September 2019. The first thing I did was mail a couple of supervisors who I thought would be interested to work with me. Among them,...
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How are interdisciplinary degrees viewed by disciplinary (AACSB) faculty hiring committees?

Perhaps someone with direct experience can help with some clarification. My research interests involve human resources in the truest sense. But the phd program in which I have an interest is listed ...
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A long gap between BSc and MSc when applying for PhD

My BSc was in physics and graduated with GPA 2.46/4.00 about 12 years ago. I am 33 years old now and I have got an admission to a master program in mathematics in Armenia (as an international student)....
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I am studying at a university where only one faculty member speaks the same language as me. How can I get 3 recommendation letters?

For my Masters degree I am studying at an Armenian university. There is only one professor at the department who speaks English, who I do my Masters by research under. None of the other professors ...
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When is it enough? Final year PhD student with an abusive advisor

How do I know if I've had enough? I am scared to take this further, since my supervisor is quite powerful (millions in funding) and goes back and forth with abusive behavior. Plus, I only have a ...
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Career prospects for a Math PhD student in pure math?

I have scoured the internet and everyone seems to be saying different things. These range from "You will have no problem getting a job in quant/finance etc", to "You are in a hopeless situation and ...
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Contacting a Potential Supervisor about Funding (after agreeing on project)

I am in the process of contacting a potential supervisor to pursue a PhD in his group. We have agreed on the project and that I am a good fit for the project. However, there remains the funding issue. ...
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Are problems in PhD science labs not present in math phd research?

I must say that I am shocked at the number of questions on this site that reads like the following, "my advisor has stopped funding me" "my advisor has been completely ignoring my emails" "my ...
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Is it okay if a PhD student's work seems insignificant compared to others'?

I am a theoretical computer science student working on algorithms. I am doubting myself a bit, as I have spent the last 6-7 months working on one problem. Although I am not able to solve the desired ...
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Advisor trying to patent an idea for himself even though we wrote the paper together!

My advisor is trying to patent an idea without me. I got to know that he is registering the patent through the IP officer at our University. When I asked him about it, he did not give me a straight ...
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PhD thesis Report has questions from reviewer

I submitted my PhD thesis to a EU university and I already have the review reports of the two reviewers. They both accepted the thesis for the viva. One reviewer left a couple of remarks, while the ...
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Dealing with potentially bad response from supervisor upon leaving with MSc for different PhD program

To keep it brief, I am thinking heavily about leaving my current PhD program with a MSc after 4 years to embark on a PhD in a field I am more interested in, as I have grown to dislike my current field....
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Receiving a bad grade from close professor?

Hello I am doing my masters and I got relatively bad grade from a professor. I am going to do another project with him in this semester. I think I deserve a better grade but the problem is that only ...