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 are the important factors when professors select the phd candidate? [duplicate]

I want to pursue a PhD project. After internship in the industry, I feel I like reading papers and I want to write papers. I don't know whether this is a sufficient reason for pursuing a PhD. But I ...
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How long does it take to prepare for applying to a PhD in the US?

For a person that considering to apply to a PhD program in the US, how long does you think in advance is needed to be ready in time to the application deadline? I will appreciate a breakdown of time ...
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Should I follow my own direction for my PhD research?

I’ve had a very hard time dealing with supervisor(s) in the last 2 years of my PhD. This is my third year and with the help of a postdoc I finally formulated a more generic scientific goal for my Ph.D....
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Does plagiarism count if 2 recommenders use the very silmilar style of writing?

I am applying to a PhD program in US, and I have two referees for recommendation letters. Referee #1 is my faculty advisor, and referee #2 is a thesis advisor. If referee #2 uses similar writing style ...
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Can someone do an academic PhD after finishing a BBA or an MBA?

Can someone be accepted into an academic Ph.D. program after finishing a BBA and/or an MBA and with no other degree? If so, why? As far as I know, BBA and MBA are professional degrees. If not, how can ...
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Can I bring my dog to on-campus graduate housing?

I am from the country of Georgia. I'am going to apply for US PhD program. My top choice university is UCLA. If I would be accepted to UCLA (or another American university) PhD program, can I bring my ...
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Dealing with a passive-aggressive and seemingly biased advisor

I am an EE Ph.D. student at an R1 university in the US. Over the last six months or so, I have been seeing some passive-aggressive behavior directed toward me. I am usually very patient, and I have ...
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As a PhD student in theoretical physics, what fraction of my time (if any) should I spend on background material rather than my research problem?

I am a theoretical physics PhD student in the initial years. There is something which has been bothering me ever since I have started my PhD till today i.e whether one should completely focus on ...
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Are there any resources out there to help you find inspiration for a PhD topic?

I got my Master's degree in mathematics in 2017. Since then, I haven't done a lot of maths, so I am a bit rusty. I am now considering doing a PhD in maths, but I have little-to-no idea for a topic. I ...
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First author is against further experiments prior to publication, but corresponding author decides to do so anyway. Is this justified?

We submitted our paper and got rejected. Now we want to submit somewhere else. Me (first author) wants to submit the paper as it is, while the corresponding author wants to do further experiments. Is ...
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Is there an independent and fair organisation for investigating and documenting discrimination and power abuse in academia?

Instances of discrimination and/or bullying are common in academia. Here are some examples from BzH, Elephant in the Lab.org, Science, Nature, Guardian, and Guardian again. Is there any place where ...
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PhD in a probably hopeless research project

How to proceed with my PhD? I'm 18 months into it, but I don't see this project going anywhere. Perhaps I didn't do my due diligence or researched the position before accepting it. I'm working in a ...
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Poster Presentation at a Doctoral Training event

I am attending an international doctoral training event in an area of physics that matches the area of my PhD. We have been asked to produce a poster for the event, which mentions including any ...
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I am going to complete my PhD in Latin America soon, should I enroll for a second PhD in the US?

I am completing my PhD in Chemical Engineering at one of the best universities in Latin America. I was also a visiting scholar at a university in the US during my PhD studies. However, Brazil has ...
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Is it possible to take overseas trips to see family while completing a US PhD?

I am in the final course of my bachelor degree program. I am from the country of Georgia. I am aiming to complete a PhD in USA without a master's degree in a mathematics field. So I have one question ...
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Should I follow prospective supervisor's suggestion on a methodological practice in my PhD research proposal for admission and funding (qualitative)?

From my previous training for my previous research, I would interview family members in conflict separately so my data would be more holistic, and to enable me to form a fuller picture in studying a ...
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Pure Mathematics PhD without any publication

This question is hypothetical. I have completed my MS in mathematics and started thinking about applying to a PhD in Mathematics in the USA as an international student in pure mathematics. I'm ...
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Is my PhD supervisor contributing too much to my project?

I am a PhD student in pure math, now in my second year. I understand that different PhD supervisors have different levels of involvement with their students' projects, and I very much appreciate how ...
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Is it possible to study applied and pure math subjects on single PhD program?

I'm aiming to study in USA mathematics PhD program . I love Pure mathematics very much. I can't live without it but Applied math is more promised and demanded. Could I study Pure mathematics and ...
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How to respond to professor if he wants me but I need responses from other professors?

I just started my PhD application. I read some papers and wrote letters to professors that I want to work with. I started getting some feedback from different professors. Many of them will schedule a ...
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Is it possible to apply to grad school in the US with only subject GRE, not general GRE?

I have 3.94 GPA on 4.0 scale but I've really trouble in terms of time to prepare for both tests general and subject. I prefer to prepare for only math subject test. Could I apply to schools with only ...
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PhD without any help from advisor [closed]

I have problems with my PhD advisor. I do not want to talk about these problems, it will not be of any use anyway. We had mediation meeting between us. In short, my advisor did not help me, support me ...
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Is PhD considered as working experience in USA?

I want to apply for an industrial job in my field where needs 5 years of experience and having MS/PhD. The website to apply has specific predetermined options to choose. So, I can't write a note on ...
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To leave or not to leave academia if you do not fully love what you are doing but are proficient at it? [closed]

So I know that the choice to leave or not academia is a fully personal choice. What I would like to hear is your experience. Basically, focusing on the web I think that there is a strong bias on one ...
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How to effectively revise a forgotten subject while doing research?

I am currently in the fourth year of my Ph.D. and I am fully engrossed in my research work. Sometimes I find it hard to revise some forgotten concept from a related subject. What is the best strategy ...
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For PhD interview, supervisor did not ask any questions, but let me ask him questions, anyone has similar experience?

During the PhD interview (UK university), instead asking me questions, the potetnial supervisor let me ask him questions. He did not ask me any questions except the funding issue and when I want to ...
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Can a professor in the program I'm applying to write a recommendation letter?

Three professors have promised to write me recommendation letters for PhD program applications. I want to apply to the program where one of them (Prof.A) is a professor. I was in his summer research ...
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Is it normal to apply for a PhD when you have not done your master's thesis in that subject?

I have recently finished my master's thesis and I want to start applying for PhDs soon. Considering that I did my PhD in subject A would it be considered 'normal' to apply for PhDs in subject B? I ...
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How to contact a potential graduate supervisor who is on sabbatical?

I am trying to manage graduate advisor before I can start my grad school application. There is this particular professor from this university whose research interest aligns with mine. However, this ...
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Math PhD in the USA from a completely different academic system

My initial goal 5 years ago was to do an applied math PhD, but I had to find a job to pay off my loans. I've been working in data science for a couple years. I'm now planning to apply again. 1. ...
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Asking a correspondent to be an external examiner

I'm a PhD candidate at a UK university. I believe that normally a candidate's supervisor would be the person to invite someone to be an external examiner for the thesis. In my particular case, however,...
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What's the most respectful way to let my current advisor know I might have a different research interest later?

I am an incoming physics student at a UK university for a 1-year master's degree. I just completed my undergraduate studies at a US university and deferred a year for their PhD admission (currently ...
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University change (To other lab)

I have a question and would like as much suggestion as possible please. I am in kind of a serious situation. I had applied for PhD program in a good korean university. As I had already studied Korean ...
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A Guide to enrol for a PhD in Management with UK Regulated Qualifications

I want to enroll in a top Canadian/US university for PhD program in management with options in human resource management/entrepreneurship. I do not have a BSc degree but have over 14 years ...
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I got a paid PhD Position on a project, but Ido not have any responsibilities or tasks, besides working on my thesis. Am I doing something wrong?

I have been employed on a project at a German University for over a year and a half and got a half-time working contract. Even though I am getting paid, I have not been required from my supervisor to ...
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Leaving Ph.D due to stipend

I am a direct PhD student in Turkey, currently in my third year (of five). Because of the pandemic and the associated sky rocketed inflation in country, I am unable to manage my life with the stipend ...
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Is it a good idea to explore other field of research when you are sure of your interested area?

I am currently pursuing master's in Physics. In my university, there aren't many professors in my field of interest i.e. Astrophysics, the professors whose work I was interested in, declined me the ...
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Prospects of Australian Ph.D. holder in CSE [closed]

please forgive my ignorance as I am from a third world country where people hardly pursue a Ph.D, so I am very unknowledgeable regarding this. I have recently been accepted for a fully funded Ph.D in ...
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PhD advisor select journal based on impact factor

I'm doing my PhD in chemistry. My advisor Prof X keeps submitting my first manuscript to journals with high impact factors. After a journal with IF = 15 rejected the work, X submitted it to one with ...
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What are some warning signs that a PhD project will fail?

Professors looking for PhD students will often have several ongoing research thrusts that students can work on. These may correspond to different three- or five-year grant awards, for example, or they ...
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Can I get PhD without enrolling to any program in UK

I have some publications in top NLP (Computer science field) conferences and a few will be published soon. I worked under not fully academic project but results include publication in the same NLP ...
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Is doing a PhD in philosophy with a master's in an unrelated discipline viable?

I have a master's degree in computer science, and have been working as a software developer outside of academia for about a decade. I'm considering trying to transition into academic philosophy with ...
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Searching a specific journal in google scholar [duplicate]

I am trying to conduct a lit review for a construct, only for Journal of Management. When I use source:"Journal of Management" I get results for JOM of course, but also other journals ...
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Supervisor advised me to quit late in my PhD

I'm a third-year PhD student at a university in the Netherlands. The program is normally four years but students finish averagely in 4.5 years. By the end of each year we have progress evaluation. The ...
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Will it hurt to not get a letter of recommendation from REU advisor?

So I will be applying to graduate schools in Computer Science this fall. I am an undergrad senior currently. Last summer, I participated in an REU. I am wondering whether I should get my REU mentor's ...
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Is it OK to specify your school next to your "Ph.D."?

Is it OK to specify your school next to your "Ph.D.": in your email signature, in the title of your web site, etc. For example, John Smith, PhD (Harvard) Edit: added united-states, because ...
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How should I reply if the potential supervisor ask me whether I contacted other potential supervisor?

I received a response from potential supervisor, in her response , she said ' I would, in principle be happy for you to apply to the university'. then she asked me whether I contacted with Professor ...
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Is it appropriate to invite professor/potential PhD advisor for a coffee?

I am an incoming master's (international) student at a UK university. A few days ago I sent an email to a professor who I really want to work with (if I can get into the PhD program there, to which I ...
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Best Practices : Having your PhD Supervisor as your co-author?

I am in the process of writing a paper. I have done the data collection, and am in the process of analysis. But somehow my supervisor does not show much interest in my work or my research topic (i am ...
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Would it be ethical/reasonable for a PhD student to hire an undergrad for help with research-tangential tasks (see proposed job description below)?

Pretty much what the title says (I know this question is quite strange). I have some extra money (my research stipend is fairly generous, and I get paid by doing TA work on top of it) that I'd like to ...

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