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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how to distinguish a bad Ph.D. superviser when the system deceives them as the good one?

Regarding my recent question about a traumatising situation, what advise you would provide for newbie/ novice/ beginner researchers to spot an ineligible or corrupt Ph.D. advisor? Especially when ...
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Moving from Physics to Neuroscience [closed]

I have done my MSc in Physics. Recently I applied for PhD in neuroscience at the national brain research centre in India. Can anyone guide me on what type of questions will be asked in the interview ...
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PhD student pressured to fabricate data due to bad experiment design

Summary: It took me 3 years to analyze data from one sample (n=1) whereas correct way to perform experiment would be with n>=3. Now my job and funding are in question, since I don't have more time. ...
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Is there such a thing like "18-months/half-time syndrome"?

I am about 1, 5-2 years in my Ph.D. studies in the no-man's-land between bioinformatics, systems biology and proteomics. (If you are not sure what those terms are, read: "biomedical research") Coming ...
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Can a PhD candidate be a guest editor in a peer reviewed journal?

I am a PhD candidate (last year) and was invited as a guest editor in a peer reviewed journal. I am excited to take the experience and I am sure I will handle it well, but I am not sure if I have to ...
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PhD Offers: Rejecting an American University after having accepted it to go to a British University? [closed]

Question: I accepted a PhD offer from an American University (AU) on 14th April, but just received an offer from a British University (BU) today, on 24th May. Should I turn down AU right now to go to ...
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Options with a Diploma in Theoretical Physics (A failed MSc)

To put this bluntly a number of our class are facing a real prospect of failing their finals myself included. By fail I mean not obtain MSc. and instead obtain a Diploma. What are our options if we ...
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What is the equivalent GPA for Cum Laude in Spain?

I defended my thesis in Spain with cum laude. My PhD program was research based. Now I am in the employment process and I have been asked to provide equivalence to cum laude. Could you please help me ...
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How to deal with fear, anxiety and limiting beliefs while waiting for PhD admissions decisions?

So, it is January 2022 and like me, many are waiting to hear back from the universities to which we applied last month. This period feels like purgatory. Since I am an International student, I didn't ...
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Should a professor acknowledge a student research funding source after the student left?

I am in a weird situation. I changed my advisors during my Ph.D. program. I received research funding for my doctoral research before I changed advisors. The funding source does require funding ...
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Unanswered Postdoc and Career Opportunity E-mails [closed]

I'm doing a PhD on the history of Afghanistan. I have an international congress paper and an international article. I send e-mails written in academic language to many institutions and academicians in ...
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The understandability bias [closed]

I am a PhD student. I feel like I am increasingly experiencing situations where ideas that are explained in a way everyone can understand them are criticized as being too simple to be a major ...
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Second-guessing my decision to do a PhD and looking for opinions

I'm a Master's student that has recently been persuaded into transitioning into the PhD program. I have been at this lab for a year and enjoyed the work I'm doing. I was scared of the pressure of ...
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PhD by published work [closed]

I have developed a logical and consistent body of research of 8 papers about a research topic. I've heard I can do a PhD by published work. It is just compiling the papers and writing the scope and ...
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Should I put some useful information for phd students on my academic website? [duplicate]

I plan to put on my website useful books and useful journals related to my area, websites covering postdoc opportunities, in other words, information that I think useful in our area especially for phd ...
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Should someone with a PhD be called "Doctor"? [duplicate]

Should someone who holds a PhD be called Doctor? Should they not be refered to as Mr./Ms. J.Doe, PhD occupation title? It seems wrong to put a "Doctorate" designation in front of someones ...
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Shapefiles of West Bengal's Gram Panchayats [closed]

I require shapefiles of West Bengal's Gram Panchayats (India). Does anyone know where I can find them? If shapefiles are not available then just the coordinates of the GP centers would also be enough. ...
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Schoolteaching Research and Academia [closed]

I am struggling getting research interest in a suite of schoolteaching research topics. I feel that many of my topics should not threatening and should be of interest to schoolteachers and ...
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How can I finish my PhD in the next year when I don't have any interesting results yet?

I'm doing my PhD in mathematics (Germany) for four years, and I have agreed with my supervisor that I should finish within the next half a year. I am not very confident that this is a realistic ...
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Are non-EU PhD scholarships for a non-eu student taxable in France?

I am a non-eu student. I have a PhD admission from a French university where the funding will come from an institution at my country (outside of the EU) who will pay me directly. My question is the ...
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How to write Master's thesis summary for PhD application

I am currently applying for several PhD programs (in mathematics) and for many of them, it is required to write a short (approx. 2 pages; no more than 10.000 characters) summary of my Master's thesis. ...
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How to contact someone asking them to be a co-supervisor

I just finished my master's recently and I wish to do a PhD. I chose to continue working with my supervisor during the master's thesis, but I want to work on it with another professor as a co-...
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Right time to reach professors requesting to be my guide in Ph. D

I am completing my masters in a few months, and going for a job. I want to pursue my doctorate after 3-4 years of working. Is it better to speak with professors now, if they want to be my guide once I ...
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Can A Lazy Person Complete a Statistics PhD? (and other questions) [closed]

I'm about to graduate with my BS and begin a PhD program in statistics. However, I have some doubts about my ability to succeed just because everyone says that a PhD is a grueling, long journey and ...
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No publications after 2.5 years in PhD

I started my PhD in solid state physics in 2019 here in US. Due to covid, our labs were closed for about 8months. After that, I could not get any results in 2021 and its been more than 2.5 years into ...
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How to handle gift authorship?

I am seeking advice for the following situation: I finished my PhD in microbiology in September 2021, just before I submitted a paper to eLife with me being first author and my PhD advisor as ...
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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

It got me so disappointed because I thought the publication experience was the most crucial part of the application, and, as far as I could tell, not that many students in the universities I applied ...
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silent bullying during PhD - no one believes me [closed]

I have found myself in a quite ugly situation: Since around 1,5 years, I am in a situation here during my PhD studies where I cannot set boundaries to damaging/ silent bullying behaviour of some PhD ...
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Advisor refuses to let me get my Master’s after my thesis defense

I am currently a Master’s and PhD student. I am in my last semester of my Master’s program. After a year of being in the PhD program, I have realized that academia is not for me. I received a job ...
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Qutting PhD after one year and joining Masters at a better university?

I applied for both masters and Ph.D. programs in the USA. I got rejected from all the masters programs because they were from a higher tier. The only Ph.D. program I got into is a low-tier university ...
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Failing my PhD courseworks and Possibility of Transferring to other Fields/Industry

Background: I am a first year PhD student in Math and I am failing my classes miserably. I believe that I am a hard worker, passionate about math and I am definitely committed to the program. However, ...
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Grading on a curve in required doctoral course, failing as a result

After an undergrad degree in mathematics, I am doing a PhD in theoretical computer science. To satisfy my PhD program’s requirements, I'm taking a very challenging coding class this semester. I know ...
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How does doing PhD studies with an interpreter work?

From this article: According to Jiupai News, Wei also turned down an offer from Harvard to study as a PhD candidate, even though the school promised to waive his English competency test and provide ...
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Toxic former PI trying to block me from presenting work after I quit my PhD

I was a PhD student and forced to quit as my PI doubted the new work I did and this PI did not mention any constructive feedback or comments. I signed a resignation letter. Then, I submitted my work ...
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Is it possible to apply for a Master's programme then leave current PhD?

I'm a 2-year PhD student at a research institute in Asia, and now I'm thinking about applying for a Master's programme abroad (possibly in Australia or Europe), so is it possible for me to submit my ...
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How does speaking multiple languages fluently help you when trying to find an academic job in the USA, Canada, the UK and Europe?

This is a broad question. However, I think there's more to it than meets the eye. Yes, I do speak multiple languages fluently due to my studies, but I never thought much about it until now. In America,...
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What factors to consider for choosing a MSc program in Computer Science for someone who wants to get a Ph.D. position later?

I am interested in pursuing a Ph.D. program after completing my Masters. How can I compare different Master's programs in Computer Science based on my long-term goal and choose one? Should I check a ...
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Have money, but am old--how will these affect PhD application [duplicate]

In terms of academics, I think when I finish my masters (in two years), I will have a strong application with excellent grades, good recommendations, and a potentially very interesting project (albeit ...
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Am I making a mistake by going to a "mid-tier" program?

I work in industry. I applied to a good mid-tier biochemistry PhD program and was accepted. College buddies, who are now grad students at prestigious programs are advising me to break my word/signed ...
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I was not allowed to finish my PhD, my work got accepted at a top-tier CS conference, what's next? [closed]

I had two PhD supervisors. Let's call the first one A and second one B. A was the main supervisor who had the authority in signature. B was a young professor trying to gain experience on supervising ...
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Wrote the wrong university in cover letter for Phd Application

I wrote the wrong university in my cover letter for applying for a Phd position, Should I send the corrected one to the Phd Program Coordinator or leave it as it is? Will this make them to throw off ...
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Asking another Professor for available PhD-position within the same research group

I am currently looking for a PhD-position and I am in touch with a professor already for some weeks. We had two zoom meetings and discussed about possible topics. The official call for the application ...
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How many applications are usually received for a given PhD position?

I realise that the answer to this question varies greatly between department and universities but I would like to get some estimates from somebody within the field since I myself has absolutely no ...
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How to deal with my PhD supervisors rudely critiquing all my draft papers?

I'm a PhD candidate in biology about three semesters in. I am co-advised by two young married principal investigators (PIs), who are just about to get tenure. Things were going great initially, as I ...
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Israel and the Bologna Process

I am just curious. Israel is not a part of Bologna Process. So, I have two questions: Why was Israel rejected a membership in Bologna process? How is an Israeli PhD evaluated in Bologna member ...
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Explaining what a PhD is all about to parents

I am joining a PhD program in mathematics in a few months. But I am having a hard time explaining what a PhD is to my parents! They ask: Why is it not enough to complete a PhD just for the sake of ...
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Big life decision: move to a different country to pursue PhD, or stay with my significant other and do my PhD at my undergrad institution? [closed]

I have been agonizing over a decision regarding where I should pursue my PhD in theoretical chemistry. My choices are as follows: university A (US) has the best department in the world for my area of ...
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What are the chances of getting admitted in top school for Applied Math PhD? [duplicate]

I am currently doing in master program in Math Education. I am planning to apply to PhD program for the fall 2023. I hold a bachelor of education in physical and mathematical sciences with GPA of 3.71/...
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When to start drafting a paper? [duplicate]

I am a second year Molecular Engineering PhD student and I am a ways away from having enough data to publish, but I know where I want my research to go and I have a good idea of the data I'll need to ...
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Is the ranking of a university/PhD program any more (less) influential for a non-traditional student aiming for Industry Research?

How does the ranking of a university relate to a future career in mathematics? University rank/stature - How much does it affect one's career post-Ph.D? Dove-tailing off of the second Academia ...

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