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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Methods for finding graduate programs for specific areas of research

What types of methods are available to students today who want to find a University for a Master, PhD, or postdoc program that supports the student's obscure/specific area of research? For example, I ...
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In the absence of strong references, on which things should I focus so that I can gain access to a PhD program?

The idea of working toward a PhD came to me very late in my Master's program. As such, my primary professors and adviser didn't necessarily coach me into PhD preparation and may have even seen me as ...
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In universities, how to team up with your colleagues?

Many times in universities, people don't dedicate much time to build friendly relationships with colleagues. Unfortunately, this happens both in the tenured positions and in non-tenured positions, ...
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Any risks down the line choosing maths vs. stats PhD programme?

It seems funding for a PhD (at least in the UK) is a lot easier to get for a PhD in statistics rather then maths. Provided one can find a supervisor who has the background and research interestes that ...
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Changing Interests After Getting Accepted for PhD

I have brought some trouble onto myself I know, but what can be done by someone in my situation. I applied and got accepted for a PhD program in Computer Science. I automatically assumed that I ...
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What to do when visiting a lab or a university for prospective application?

In his famous and interesting article "Ten Simple Rules for Selecting a Postdoctoral Position", author Philippe Bourne states, in the 2nd point: Rule 2: Select a Laboratory That Suits Your Work and ...
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What are the benefits of getting a PhD in statistics over a MS in statistics?

What are the benefits of getting a PhD in statistics over a MS in statistics (other than being a professor)? Do people with PhDs in statistics earn significantly more than people with MS degrees in ...
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Is there any disadvantage to having PhD from a non-main campus?

What if one pursues a PhD from a university campus which is not the main campus, rather in a different city hundred miles away. The certificate is given by the main campus authority. Is there any ...
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What are some options for a graduate student abandoned by Ph. D advisor?

I'm currently doing a PhD in applied mathematics, I'm about to start my final year. The problem that I've been working on for the last 2 years was originally proposed by my advisor and one of his ...
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How to prepare a Journal Club (or Methods) presentation?

I recently gave a presentation that was poorly received by my PI. I presented a technique that I have been trying to master (Patch Clamp). My PI thought I was not adequately prepared but gave no ...
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How to get the most out of a period in another university during PhD?

Many PhD programs envisage for every candidate a period (3, 6 months or more) in another university, in order to carry on research in another institution, acquire new skills and (maybe) lay the ...
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Which is more beneficial prior to PhD: research experience or a second Masters degree?

I will be applying to do a PhD in Applied Mathematics, and have been advised by some professors to consider doing a second masters degree if I do not get in. I have also approached researchers about ...
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Choosing a title to hold upon completion of a doctoral degree: “Dr.” vs. “Ph.D.” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: EU Ph.D. in Germany: Calling yourself “Dr.” or “Ph.D.” I'm asking this question in relation to my doctoral studies in Germany. However, my question may ...
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What do co-supervisors get out of a PhD?

PhD supervisors usually get paid to supervise. They also have the prestige of having lots of students under their belt. It's common to also have co-supervisor (I think it's mandatory in many fields, ...
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What are some reasons to get (or not get) a PhD?

Lots of people start PhD programs, but far fewer finish (in some programs the drop-out rate is 50% or higher). Some people are motivated to get a PhD by: wanting a job in academia, wanting a job in ...
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Where to publish Ph.D. related articles in the IT field

I am currently working on my Ph.D. with topic “Research of the current methods and technologies for web sites and web application development“. I have some articles that I would like to share(and also ...
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Is it a bad idea to take a leave of absence to finish a degree?

In general, is it better to complete a graduate degree first before deciding to work? Or is it also advisable to take a leave of absence and work while finish your graduate degree later?
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Consequences of quiting a masters program (because of a job) and later applying for PhD program

Suppose a student complete 1 year of a masters degree (2 year program). She then decides to accept a job. Later on, she wants to apply to a PhD program. Would it look bad if she didn't finish the ...
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Does working for a prestigious company help in a PhD application?

Does working for a prestigious company help in a PhD application? For example, suppose one does interesting work while at a prestigious company. Would this help an application?
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Is seeking co-advising encouraged during Ph.D?

I'm an undergraduate student about to apply for a Ph.D program this year. I am interested in knowing whether seeking co-advising from a related, but different department (in my case I'm applying for ...
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What factors affect how long it would take to get a phd, either going via, or without, a masters?

My speciality is statistics. I'm contemplating a PhD. If I do a Masters first, that might take a different amount of time to reach the completion of my PhD from now, than if I just got a bachelors ...
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How does the ranking of a university relate to a future career in mathematics?

Although I am an active user of SE, I have chosen to remain anonymous because of the nature of this question. I am currently a graduate student at a university that lands in the mid 70s among U.S. ...
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Is there any disadvantage to having PhD skipping M.Sc.?

In some countries like Australia, Singapore etc, A candidate may be enrolled into Masters leading to PhD program on condition that he/she will pass the candidature test after the 1st year and are ...
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Getting a PhD much later on [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Age and Graduate school Is it difficult to get a job as a professor if you don't go to a PhD program immediately after undergrad? For example, suppose you work for 5 years ...
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What do I have to do in preparation for applying for a PhD?

I'm just about to go into my final year of my computing degree, and I want to continue to a PhD after completion. What preparations do I need to do prior to applying for grants/scholarships/funding?
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How do multiple PhD scholarships combine?

I'm currently in the process of applying for various scholarships to fund my PhD. Since I'm writing to many different organizations/institutions/etc., I started wondering whether these different ...
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How to maximize performance in social science PhD program?

I am currently enrolled in a social science (management/information systems) PhD program, and I have spent a lot of time thinking/experimenting with how to maximize my performance. First I tried ...
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In the social sciences, is it easier to get a post doc than a PhD?

I am completing a PhD in Global Studies in Germany, and would like to apply for a post doc in North America, especially Canada. However, I am not sure if there is funding for post docs in the social ...
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How to acquire 3 recommendation letters to apply for jobs when working with 1 advisor?

We all know that usually when applying for a post phd academic position students need at least three recommendation letters. But what can we do if we have only worked with our advisor and we have no ...
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Is it harder to transition from Industry Research to Prof than PostDoc to Prof?

Assuming someone just received their PhD (in say, Computer Science) and chooses to step into Industry RnD rather than taking up a post doc, a year or two later, he/she realizes that Academia is where ...
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Preparing oneself for jobs after PhD

I'm a student doing PhD in North America. I wish to keep open the possibility of settling down in Europe, Australia or Asia. By settling down I mean getting a tenured professorship in good ...
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Thesis or a practicum at Masters Level - Computer Science

I am about to reach a stage in my masters where I'll have to make a choice of doing either a regular thesis or a practicum. A practicum is simply an alternative to thesis in which a student has to ...
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From whom do I get references when my original advisor leaves academia?

This is similar to a previously asked question, but deals specifically with addressing the problem on the CV. My adviser had a bit of a personal meltdown and left the department while I was finishing ...
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Procedure for having multiple advisors for a PhD thesis

Assume that one has begun a PhD program at a university which allows a student to choose an advisor after his/her first year in the program and the student has narrowed down to a couple of potential ...
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Appropriate time for contacting professors after PhD enrolment

Assume that one has begun a PhD program at a university which allows a student to choose an advisor after his/her first year in the program and the student has narrowed down to a couple of potential ...
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Etiquette for establishing contact with multiple professors for PhD guidance

Assuming that one has begun a PhD program at a university which allows a student to choose an advisor after his/her first year in the program and the student has narrowed down to a couple of potential ...
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Etiquette for an initial meeting with a prospective advisor: What is expected of the student?

Assuming that one has begun a PhD program at a university which allows a student to choose an advisor after his/her first year in the program and the student has narrowed down on a couple of potential ...
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How do grad schools design courses for potential students?

For graduate schools in STEM which take students with a Bachelor's degree (BS/BE/BTech etc.) and graduate them with an MS and/or PhD, what do they assume about the student's prerequisite knowledge ...
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How to make a concise dissertation defence in Math department

I am a math student in the US preparing for an hour long defense of my thesis. I am assuming that the dissertation committee has already read my dissertation by the time of my defense. Any advice for ...
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Is it reasonable for me to expect an official and timely response to my PhD application?

I recently applied for a PhD position with a major university in Europe. However, I haven't heard back from them even though the dates for the interviews have passed. This somewhat provoces me since I'...
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Can I pursue a PhD while working as an Instructor/Lecturer?

So, I'm applying for jobs as an instructor/lecturer. They explicitly only require a master's degree, which I have, in addition to some valuable industry experience. It's plausible that I could get ...
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How does the US National Science Foundation (NSF) research funding system work?

Sometimes here on Academia I read messages referring to American National Science Foundation (NSF), "the USA agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of ...
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I have an “integrated masters” degree. How can I eventually gain a PhD?

I graduated in the UK last year with an M Ost, an integrated masters of osteopathy. This is currently the standard qualification offered by colleges teaching osteopathy in the UK, although it's ...
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My adviser threatens to kick me out if I am not to be a full time student

Background: I have been in the Phd Program since fall 2010, I have made great academic progress (two papers published in journals). From the 4th semester (spring, 2012), I have started working in a ...
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How to get the most out of an internship (in industry)?

As a PhD student pursuing an academic career (but optionally a career in industry), what should I do do to get the most of a 10-week internship at a research lab? Things I've thought of: talking with ...
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Is “working from home” a bad thing in academia?

Is it a bad thing in academia if a student works from home? Missing department talks and seminars is obviously bad, but in case a student is pursuing a problem alone and he feels comfortable ...
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Does university location affect job prospects?

My university is in Oklahoma and most companies are in east coast and west coast in the US. I am a bit worried if a PhD will be worthy from an average university with poor location. Should I apply to ...
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PhD to be advised by Mr. Enfant Terrible?

I have been admitted to a generally well-regarded Computer Science PhD program. My potential advisor's research interests match very well with mine. However, he appears to be an extremely ...
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Do senior PhD students form a part of the admission commitee?

Recently, I was having a chat with a few senior PhD students (almost done with their thesis) and they pointed out that the professors would, at times, solicit their opinion regarding the admission of ...
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Physics masters and PhD degrees in England/UK

This question is about academia in the UK/England. I understand that in physics, the PhD thesis one produces must be of their own studies, almost like publishing a paper. If you will, a kind of ...