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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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How to deal with impatience when starting off in research?

I am half way through the first year of my PhD (physics) and I find myself faced with the following problem related to research discipline and learning new techniques while doing a PhD. The problem is ...
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Will a MS with ~3.7GPA with good research experience and strong recommendations offset my horrible U-GPA to get into PhD? [duplicate]

My u-GPA is about 2.8 and GRE is 330, from now on is a hypothetical scenario as I haven't done my masters yet so if you could treat it as an actual case and give me subjective answers that would be ...
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Is it possible to get a Ph.D. position in Europe after a one-year diploma?

I had interviewed by a professor for a Ph.D. position in Australia and the application has been unsuccessful. However, the professor wrote I did well in the interview and encouraged me to apply for a ...
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Two of my potential PhD referees are married to each other – is that a problem?

Note: By Referees, I mean individuals who can support and validate my application for a PhD; for example, former lecturers or supervisors who have worked with me in the past and would be able to say ...
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an email asking a professor to be my supervisor for the next round( is this text ok ?)

…, I emailed you regarding my interest in joining your research group as a Ph.D. student a few months ago, and we had an interview. Unfortunately, due to personal issues, I could not follow up on ...
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If someone gets a PhD in Israel, can he work in the universities in Muslim-majority countries?

Are Israeli degrees recognized in Muslim-majority countries? If someone gets a Ph.D. in Israel, can he work in the universities in Muslim-majority countries? Edit: I give you 3 names so that you ...
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PhD at top department (path - MS (unfunded) to PhD) vs mediocre dept (path - funded PhD) , differences in experience?

At the present, I have got MS at Uni A (rank 16 usnews dept grad school)w/o funding for tuition and on the other hand I have a fully-funded PhD offer from uni B (rank 69 usnews dept grad school). At B ...
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Contact Professor before applying for Phd scholarship?

I am applying for Phd. funded scholarship in Australia here is the link, in this link it is mention that you should contact professor before applying for the scholarship. I emailed him and his ...
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Progress to Ph.D. delayed due to COVID-19: How to convince advisor to let me finish degree without taking an extra year?

I’m doing my Ph.D. research in cognitive development using in-person experiments with children, which has stopped indefinitely due to COVID-19. I passed my preliminary exam last month, so I only need ...
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How to position myself to transition from doing wet lab research to doing computational work?

I am in the first quarter of the second year of my PhD. I learned to code as a hobby and have been quite passionate about analytical stuff. I got taken for a PhD basic research project which required ...
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Help in choosing between programs [closed]

I am looking to do my PhD in theoretical computer science, with a focus on quantum computing. I have offers from the University of Waterloo and the University of Chicago and have to choose before ...
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Does my Anthropology PhD topic have to be the same as my Masters topic?

I have a MSci in Social and Cultural Anthropology. While doing the masters, I chose a thesis topic that I ended up hating. I finished the thesis regardless and graduated with merit. I want to now ...
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How do I politely decline a professor who's really keen on having me for a PhD position?

I wrote an email to my potential advisor, politely declining an offer for a PhD position. And he has replied saying that he's sad to hear that, and asking if there's anything he can do to convince me ...
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How do I know if I'm unprepared for my math PhD?

I earned my B.A. in the U.S. but felt unprepared to go right into a PhD program due to the (extremely) limited math courses offered at my undergrad institution so I went into a masters program. I ...
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Asking for an extension for decision for PhD offer. And masters vs PhD? [closed]

I feel in a slightly difficult situation. I have just finished a masters course in pure mathematics, having done a BA in physics prior to that. Both of these were at the institution that is widely ...
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How can I tell if I'm making enough progress when working remotely?

I am starting a PhD abroad, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic I cannot leave my country at the moment. My advisor has agreed that I can work remotely (starting later is not an option). While we can ...
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Finishing with only 2 papers (both co-authorship)

So, I am about to gain my PhD degree in Biochemistry (Cancer biochemistry) in december. But I'll have finished it only with 2 papers (3rd one, which is the one totally about my thesis project is due ...
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Is rejection the default decision for international applicants to PhD programs in the US?

I am applying to PhD programs in the US. I am wondering if there is a default decision imposed on international applicants. This question may sound ridiculous, but, I still ask here because I have ...
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Which university is better for math graduate studies, Leiden University or University of Copenhagen? [closed]

I am interested in algebraic geometry and number theory. And hope to apply for a doctoral degree after the master's program. Is there anyone that could provide me some advice? I would like to know ...
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Will it hurt my PhD application to MIT/UC berkeley/Stanford if I have finished MS thesis, but without journal publication? [closed]

I completed my MS thesis in the EECS department at one of the 1-10 Universities in US, and I defended my thesis to graduate. I was the only student working on the topic under the guidance of my ...
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Underrating and overrating of student in recommendation letter for post-doc: Balancing approach

Many times in our professional career, we come across students, who had either taken our courses or were part of our research group, asking for recommendation letters for post-doc or graduate program (...
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Will an MEng in CS degree be a problem for getting admitted to a PhD in CS program? [closed]

I'm planning to attend an institute for an MEng in CS. In that institute, the only difference between an MEng and MS degree is that the MEng degree consists of a capstone project, whereas MS degree ...
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Which university is better for math graduate studies (focus on logic), UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) or UFL (University of Florida)? [closed]

In the general rankings the university of florida reliably comes up much higher than UIC, but in one mathematics specific ranking UIC was higher than Florida and in one ranking for logic UIC was ...
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Can PhD students turn down teaching assistantships?

This question deals with PhD programs which guarantee their students funding via teaching assistantships in the US. In order to have more time for themselves (e.g., for PhD research, or for working a ...
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Will it be difficult to get a PhD position if the economy enters into a recession?

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, it is possible that the economy will enter a recession. As more people will want to get into grad school, will it be more difficult to get a Ph.D. position?
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At United States PhD programs, is the research / TA stipend taxed as income tax? [duplicate]

Is the research / TA stipend for PhD students at U.S. universities taxed as income?
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Biochemistry/Computer Science BS applying for top 10 Computer Science PhD

I am currently an undergraduate student at a large state university. I have good grades (>3.90 GPA) in Biochemistry and I am now adding computer science courses. I am doing equally well in those (>3....
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spending time to get into top school PhD vs getting done with PhD

I have a funded PhD offer from a R1 university in texas but its ranked in the 180s based on USNews, the advisor and myself click very well, he is nice, open-minded, and a young motivated and driven ...
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Any places opening up this year? [closed]

I'm hoping to start a PhD, I had been planning to do application this year and start next year but I've now been laid off with no real prospects of getting more work soon. Wondering with all the ...
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Can I still ask my prospective advisor (guide) for a confirmation letter in the middle of Covid-19

I am a masters of mathematics student in Asia and I wrote to some professors for PH D position in number theory. One of the professors in France said yes to me but he said that I should look for other ...
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How to include volunteering work in CV (as a PhD)?

I defended my PhD in Dec 2017 and then stepped away from academia for a while and decided to pursue other stuff. I realized I wanted to change fields and started reading books and papers about it and ...
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How should I handle disinterested/unorganized adviser?

I've been working with Dr.X since the summer of last year. Things were going well until this past fall. He mislabeled some research files and asked me to do some analysis to help me determine if they ...
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Can a Ph.D. student, in the USA, work more than 20 hours per week?

I am a Ph.D. student in the USA. I have a contract with the university to work 20 hours a week. However, I have an idea and want to propose it to a company. Then, I sign a contract with them to do ...
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No reply after declining a PhD offer

Couple of weeks ago, several professors from one of the universities I received an offer from wrote me asking if they could help me with anything (to decide on a place I choose). As pleasant as it was,...
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Should the postdoc interview focus on my research findings or transferrable skills that could be value of the research team that I am applying?

I will have a postdoc interview soon. I previously ask our community about whether I should prepare a PowerPoint. I got some great advice about preparing a deck of slides that would help me to clarify ...
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Turning down a postdoc offer from a committee member. Can that create problem in the future?

Recently I responded to a postdoc 'advertisement' posted by one of my PhD defense committee members. I still have 2 months to go for my PhD defense. However, I got an offer for a position from the ...
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Is it necessary to prepare a Power Point presentation for a 30-minute postdoc interview?

I will have a postdoc interview soon. They asked me to introduce myself, what I am passionate about and interested in for a 30-minute. They did not specify if I should prepare a PowerPoint slideshow. ...
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I'm in my third year, but I'm still not clear with my I'm doing

I'm a PhD student in computer science. A few days before I started my PhD, my supervisor sent me a new proposal which was a different topic from the one that I proposed in the application. I had no ...
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How unwise is it to change fields/advisors late in my PhD?

I’m sorry for asking a dumb question I already know the answer to, but I’m asking it because I feel desperate and need someone to talk sense into me. Some background: I’m a fifth-year PhD student, ...
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getting a job with a PhD in (pure) mathematics

Probably this concern has been addressed several times here but I will give a try to get other people's perspective from my situation. I am feeling sort of hopeless these times. I am in my last year ...
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Can PhD programs rescind their PhD offers from this cycle due to COVID-19?

We're not near the April 15th date yet, when PhD offers have to be decided on by students. Could PhD programs, say, in the United States, rescind the offers that are not yet accepted by students? ...
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Talking to a professor in an unrelated field about research topics

This question is related to my previous question, which unfortunately I cannot comment on or edit because for some reason I was unable to link this account with that question, though they were both ...
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Can I slack off and get a PhD?

I am not a genius but I am a good test taker and a very practical person. I went through undergraduate school without studying much (skipping classes, doing homework, reading the books and doing some ...
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Is it hard to start a PhD programme after leaving to work in industry?

Currently I'm finishing my master program in computing. I need to decide between going to industry and starting a PhD programme. Having worked a bit with research and industry I prefer the former so ...
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Is this violation of academic integrity if I ask a question on Github public repository and post it as an issue?

Recently, I asked a question on a public Github repository about a formula that is used in the code that is hosted on that public repository. Basically, if you are familiar with Github, you can create ...
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How to cite a conference paper similar to thesis topic published during research?

I have been working on a topic for my PhD thesis, since mid-2017. I have found a recent article published in 2019, focusing on the similar topic. Since my research started earlier - I also have ...
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Should I send a follow up email?

I had a PhD interview nearly 3 weeks ago and it went well. I spoke to the supervisor after the interview a few days after and he said I was the candidate they want but that was 2 weeks ago. My ...
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Safe Exit (Resignation) From PhD Position Because of Bullying and Manipulative Supervisor

As you may know, here is my story How To Cope With The Stigma of Quitting a Second PhD for a Third one?, I will resign from my position very soon, however, I found myself in a tricky situation, this ...
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How to pursue an MD/PhD in France after BS from the US?

I am currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in biochemistry in the US. I would love to pursue an MD/PhD, but I want to move to France as soon as possible. I have never lived there, but have the ...
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PhD application question: “Why do you want to join my research group?”

Whenever somebody asks me "why are you interested in joining my research group", I find myself helpless. What are the usual points or aspects I should talk about in reply of this question?

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