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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What is the best way to approach any professor for Ph.D. opportunities who my research advisor has referred?

I am a final-year undergraduate student, and I worked with a professor for more than a year. I recently asked him for a reference, and there he suggested contacting another professor he knows to look ...
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My relationship with my supervisor has turned bad and she does not repond to my emails. Can I defend my thesis elsewhere in Germany?

I am in the last semester of my PhD. in Germany and my professor did not extend my job contract. I am an international student and my stay is guaranteed by residence permit here. Due to the visa ...
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Helping PhD student when supervisor does not offer help

A friend (1st year PhD student) is facing some technical issues with writing a code (Computer science) that she finds difficult. The supervisor does not want her to get any help from lab members. ...
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Do PhD interviewers in the USA expect a presentation if not asked?

I just received a 15 minute Ph.D. interview invitation from USC. In the email, they said that they are interviewing to better understand my background and experiences. I was notified just two days ...
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Quantum computing and string theory: which path I may want to pursue first? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate physics student waiting for responses from graduate programs I applied to. I apologize if this question is slightly off-topic for physics SE, but I really want to hear some advice ...
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Funded MS (Highly ranked department) vs PhD (Lower ranked department)

I currently have a MS offer at University A in the US ( rank 4th in the engineering major of my interest , ranked 10 in overall best engineering school) with RA assistantship funding. I also have ...
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Should I consider university rankings while accepting a PhD offer? [duplicate]

I have two Ph.D. offers. One from a university in Germany which is considered one of the best in Germany and is ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide in my engineering field. The second offer I ...
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Studying for statistics PhD qualifying exam [closed]

I'm planning to pursue a PhD degree in statistics, and I'm wondering about how I should study for the qualifying exam. During my undergraduate years, I took a measure-theory based probability theory ...
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Should I wait till the completion of all possible experiments?

I am aware that this question can be answered in different ways based on the domain of research under consideration. So, you can confine the answer to the domain of machine learning. Suppose I am ...
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is B grade bad in core class? [closed]

From the last 6-7 months I have started giving my full time to research. As a result, i lost interest in doing coursework. I want to do a PhD in computer vision and am doing fairly well in terms of ...
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Unofficial PhD admission

I am looking for some clarifications to how graduate committees' proceed. Looking at GradCafe it seems that some mathematics departments sent e-mails admitting students to their PhDs already, even if ...
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Transfer to different CDT within same University

I am based in the UK (England, more precisely). I am part of a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) - between University A and B. Since I am an international student, I didn't receive EPSRC funding for ...
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How to get most from this meeting with a "possible" potential supervisor

This question is a related to this question which has been closed. I will explain the whole situation here again and the question is different: I wrote to a prof. on December 15 in Germany whose ...
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How many days should I wait for e-mail of Prospective Supervisor in this condition

I am a citizen of an Asian country who e-mailed a prof in France 4 weeks ago that I am interested in discussing PhD research opportunity in Pure mathematics. He replied 2 weeks ago asking me to send ...
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How much should I share my thesis dissertation with advisers while writing?

As I begin writing up my work in earnest during my final year of a PhD in computer science, I'm wondering about how much and how often to share my work-in-progress thesis dissertation with my ...
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How to ask my supervisor to "take the wheel" following a nervous breakdown?

I am in the third year of a STEM PhD at a top university. My supervisors have all been very happy with my progress since my project started in Oct 2019, and thanks in part to antidepressants and other ...
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How to learn writing a scientific publication? [duplicate]

I'm halfway through my PhD in theoretical physics and so far, I have never written a paper on my own. At best I wrote short parts for an article published with my advisor. I am currently taking part ...
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Is my hypothesis sufficient and feasible for a Masters or PhD thesis? [closed]

I'm currently studying Computer Science at a University in the UK and have started to think what I might do for my research later in my program. Hypothesis My current idea is to investigate the ...
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How do I reply to a potential advisor without being too enthusiastic?

I heard back from a potential PhD advisor from University ABC saying that I am accepted into their program and he also stuck his neck out for me for getting a fellowship as well. I am still waiting ...
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Thinking about leaving my PhD: my particular story [duplicate]

I know this was asked here many times, but each situation is different than others. I'll tell you my story to get some insight. Roughly 6 months ago I started a fully funded position for a PhD abroad. ...
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How to write a research proposal for a university in UK?

I am applying to a PhD position in Pure math in UK. Application form asks for research proposal but I don't have any specific problem now which I would like to work on although I have a good ...
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Informing my potential PhD supervisor about an offer from another PhD program

Last year, I reached out to several potential PhD advisers as I prepare for my PhD applications. One of the potential supervisors (let's call him supervisor A) with ties to the industry responded and ...
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How should I follow up with this professor?

I e-mailed a prof in France (Paris) on 10 Jan that my research interest align with his work and I would be willing to work for a PhD under his supervision in Pure Mathematics. I am a student living in ...
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How to approach professors when I am changing lab?

I am a second-year Ph.D. student and due to some unavoidable circumstances, I have decided to leave my current supervisor/lab. I tried to resolve all the issues but apparently, the supervisor told me ...
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Is it normal for a first-year CS PhD student to learn/relearn so many computer skills?

I am a first year CS PhD student, I find myself spend 80% of my independent study time learning many computer skills rather than the contents of my research. Does it mean I am less capable than other ...
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How could I share my concern about university ranking with a potential supervisor?

I have a master's degree from a university outside of Canada. I recently decided to apply for Ph.D. in Canada and I found a potential supervisor, I like his research area, he has more industrial ...
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Why do some graduate programs host open house before extending formal offers?

I applied to several PhD programs for computer science for this coming academic year. I just received a conspicuously congratulatory email from one of them with an invitation to attend a virtual open ...
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What should I expect in PhD interview in Pure Mathematics

I am a person who completed his master's last year and now I am preparing for PhD admissions in Europe. I am from a poor country in Asia. I have 3 PhD interviews scheduled in last week of January to ...
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My mathematics PhD application at Michigan State University [closed]

I got an email from the mathematics graduate department of Michigan State University, which mentioned that I was being nominated for a fellowship, and hence they needed certain documents. I confirmed ...
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Declined PhD offer, but now I regret it [duplicate]

Last summer, I was offered a Ph.D. position at a famous University, but unfortunately, while initially I accepted it, then I had to reject it due to significant family circumstances that I explained ...
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Questions to ask after a PhD interview

I had a PhD interview earlier this week (engineering program). Near the end of the meeting, the interviewer (a professor) told me if I have further questions I could get in touch with him through ...
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Is it common and a good idea to give PhD candidates access to examiners’ assessments prior to their defense?

At my university (in Germany), a discussion is going on for some months. The issue is that some (professors and PhD students) want to establish a policy that, prior to the oral defense of their PhD ...
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What can I write on my personal statement applying for PhD position when I have no recent research experience?

I am currently working as a senior computer vision engineer in a startup. Two years back I worked as an intern at DRDO (national defense institute) where I published two papers related to ...
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Has anyone had an offer rescinded after accepting?

A few days ago I asked when an offer is considered official (see here) and the consensus seemed to be that nothing is official until a contract is signed. Therefore, I was wondering if anyone has had ...
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What can I do if I need econometrics skills, but cannot get into econometrics courses?

I am a first year Businesss major PhD student. I need to learn Econometrics, but my math is so bad that the professor does not allow me to attend the Statistics foundation course for Econometrics. I ...
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How much is PhD admission procedure in France different from that in UK? [duplicate]

I live in an Asian country and I have planned to apply to PhD positions in France and UK in Pure mathematics. I wrote to one professor saying that I am interested in his work and would like to work ...
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Guilt about quitting PhD as first student of the lab

I am a first year PhD student in a lab in Europe. I joined the lab 6 months ago and soon afterwards realized that the topic and institute are not what I had imagined it would be. It took me quite some ...
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Does being a native speaker of a language and having experience in academia substitute for a Ph.D. in cultural studies?

I have a friend from Germany who was a foreign exchange student in the US for a couple of years. She has a master's degree in Political Science from a German university and several years of experience ...
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How to know when academia is not for you?

Edit Thanks to all the people who read the question, I have devised a plan to hopefully solve my situation. But first, some stuff that I learn as a result of this post and talks that I have with other ...
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Pursuing a less exciting PhD research topic at a top-ranked university VS doing more interesting research at a lesser-known university?

I'm currently in the process of applying to different PhD Programs, and I have a very specific topic/theme in mind that I would like to work on and that resonates deeply with my personal mission, ...
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How should a reminder e-mail asking for a PhD position be written so that it is not considered rude?

I live in an Asian country and I wrote to three professors in France asking to discuss PhD research opportunities in Math. I introduced myself and told them my background in the particular branch of ...
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If I have already had a PhD in philosophy in a foreign country, can I get another PhD in theology in the US or religious studies? [duplicate]

I already have a PhD in philosophy from a foreign country. I studied political philosophy, but I became interested in Christianity and want to study more about it. Can I get another PhD in theology or ...
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At what point is an offer official?

Every research job/position I've ever had, I have had some sort of "informal" (verbal, via email) offer, followed by me showing up the first day of work to sign the contract and start. This ...
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Priorities in a PhD: techniques vs topic

Trying to decide between PhD offers got me thinking about the goal of a PhD. I don't mean in a general sense (see here for an example), I mean about which area of research to prioritize. Of course, ...
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PhD project that I cannot do on my own - what happens then?

I am considering applying for a PhD in Design and my idea for a Phd project is creating an innovative app. What concerns me is that I do not know how to develop apps, I am not a developer but a UX/UI ...
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Should I follow up with this professor?

I emailed a Prof. in Germany my CV and my research interests and that I want to discuss PhD research opportunities with him. His reply was the following: Thank you very much for your message and your ...
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How can I know if I am working fast enough to finish my PhD?

I am a second-year math Ph.D. student without a master's degree who likes taking math classes and loves TAing and tutoring, but dislikes research. During the first semester of my second year, I spent ...
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Increase coautorships

I am a PhD student in Economics and I am looking to increase my paper production to be a more competitive candidate on the job market in a couple of years. So far I have been working on solo projects ...
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How much should this setback be mentioned to admission committee/ potential supervisor for PhD admissions? [duplicate]

Edit 2:My question is not a duplicate of this question: Should I tell my recommendation writers about my self-studying since graduating? Should I also mention my illness and depression? because I am ...
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PhD rejection Change mind [duplicate]

Last summer I turned down a PhD offer that previously had accepted. This happened due to family reasons which I explained to my supervisor. Now I regret this decision, and I would like to join again. ...

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