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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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Withdraw funded PhD position after accepting and enrollment but before actually starting

I know that there are already some similar questions, but mine is a little bit different, so let me ask it here: I applied to two PhD position in mathematics in southern Europe. I just got accepted ...
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Will it hurt my chances if I state I want to study Theoretical Computer Science instead of something like AI/ML for PhD?

I will be applying to CS PhD programs coming fall. I have a BA in Mathematics right now. I am hearing that it is harder to get into a CS PhD program if I state I want to study Theoretical Computer ...
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Advisor uses student's work unethically [duplicate]

Alice's ex-advisor accused Alice of plagiarism. It wasn't plagiarism in any way and Alice tried to reason with her ex-advisor. It seemed at the time that they reached an understanding. Alice's ex-...
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Do I need to tell my PhD supervisor that I am taking another part-time job?

I am starting my PhD this September in the UK. And I am thinking about taking up a part-time job. But I am not sure if I should discuss with my supervisors and ask for their permission first? The part-...
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How to handle meeting schedules with many supervisors?

I am a third year PhD student co-supervised by supervisors A and B. I am starting a visiting researcher exchange in another university for three months, where I will be supervised by C. I agreed with ...
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I just realized that my published papers are based on a buggy version of my dataset (due to a SQL error). How to proceed? How to tell my advisor?

I am in an advanced stage of my phd, finishing next year. I have 2-first author publications in which I used data from my group. My research group has different datasets stored in MySQL server, in ...
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Is future academic placement an important factor in picking a PhD advisor?

I'm a M.A. student in Art History looking to apply to PhD programs in the Fall. I have heard that it is important when choosing an advisor to pick one that is good/efficient in getting their students ...
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How to cope with low rate of publication in the research group?

My potential Ph.D. supervisor's research group is very small. Most students are of Masters's level. There are two Ph.D. students, but they are at the end of their Ph.D.; probably, they will be done by ...
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10 minutes to present math research proposal in PhD interview

I am currently applying for a PhD position in mathematics and during the corresponding interview, I am supposed to give a short 10 minutes talk about my research proposal. In my particular case, my ...
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How to talk with advisor about leaving/changing PhD? [duplicate]

I need some advice as I’ve been struggling a lot with the mental battles of doing a Ph.D. It's now come to a point where I’m considering quitting, because I’ve almost finished 1/3 years without much ...
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Qualities to look for in a PhD Supervisor [duplicate]

I am currently looking for a suitable PhD advisor in a relatively new and uncommon discipline which is only offered by a limited number of institutes, thus supervisors are of limited choices too. ...
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Is there any uniform date for applying for Phd positions in the Italy for mathematics?

I am not a resident of Europe and I am in 2nd year of my masters in Mathematics. My research interest aligns with many professors of universities in Italy. I wrote to one prof. asking about open ...
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Managing difficult situation with PhD advisor: substance abuse/health crisis or emotional abuse? Do I speak up?

I am at the very end of my PhD, and my PhD advisor has been repeatedly inappropriate and overstepped boundaries that would probably fall into "mandated reporter" territory, if I were to tell ...
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Can I complete a PhD in a university abroad as an external doctorate student?

I have been through a 4-year PhD program at my home university. In these 4 years, I have performed several research projects, authored several articles and passed qualification exams. After that, I ...
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Is it possible to ethically use an undergraduate for publishing my research as a PhD student in the following context?

Suppose I am a Ph.D. student in machine learning and have an idea about developing a model that I presume to be more efficient than existing models. Although I have a broad idea of coding to some ...
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When to approach potential PhD supervisors while bonded to a private company?

I am serving a 1 year bond in my company that paid the expenses for my masters program, which stipulates that I have to serve the bond for a year on the date of my completion. It has been 3 to 4 ...
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How much help should Ph.D. candidate expect from advisor (if at all)?

I'm a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate doing research in STEM. I'm in a US research university. I'm genuinely confused as what to expect from a Ph.D. advisor in general. To start off, should the student ...
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Authorship Issue with Ph.D. Supervisor: Is it ethical for the first author to make less contribution to the manuscript?

I am a Ph.D. student. I recently have an issue with authorship on the paper where my advisor was the first and the corresponding author, I was the second, and our Dean was the third. I felt very ...
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Title Page for PhD Interview Presentation

Background information: I am currently applying for various PhD programs in Mathematics. For some of them, I have to give a short presentation regarding the research proposal, which I have submitted ...
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working as lab Engineer in Germany

I got employed as a lab engineer In a university of applied sciences in germany. I originally come from Egypt. I'm very highly qualified and hold a PhD from the United States , in addition to years in ...
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Advice: no reply after the 2nd interview [duplicate]

I have applied for a research position. During the second interview, they told me the contact me at the beginning or at the end next week to discuss details. “Next week” has passed (it was last week)....
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Why did only a few professors reply to my Ph.D. positions inquiry? [duplicate]

I am doing a M.S. degree in a mechanical engineering program. In the previous three weeks I sent a letter inquiring for an opportunity to over 20 professors whose lab's website clearly showed Ph.D. ...
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PostDoc while Serving in the Military

I am currently full-time military, and I am due to graduate in a year with a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, are there opportunities to do post doc work "part time"?
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Crisis during PhD but pulling through - how happy are you with your decision? [closed]

Introduction I know there are a lot of questions about quitting a PhD and I'm sorry for bringing this topic up another time but I really need some input and would appreciate every answer! Background I ...
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Why pursue a PhD in pure Mathematics?

Except from the goal of finding some new truths, proving some theorems, or new ideas. What is the career path for someone pursuing a PhD in pure mathematics? Continuing in research and trying to land ...
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Change Ph.D. program

Suppose it is October 1st, I am a first-year math Ph.D. student at University X (medium rank university), and suppose I managed to get good reference letters in the summer/fall thanks to ongoing ...
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Should I look for a job in a foreign country before I get there to pursue my Ph.D.? [closed]

I got accepted to a Ph.D. program in New Zealand. For now, I have enough funding to cover only my first year of study, which is why I plan to work in that country while I study. Is it advisable to ...
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Applying for Phd while being in good standing in another program

I am currently an international student doing a PhD in mathematics (Top 50 program) in the US. I just finished my first year. Having passed my qualifying exams, I now have to start thinking about my ...
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What should i do if my PhD supervisor move to another country in my third year? [closed]

My Ph.D. supervisor just informed me that he plans to move to another country after three months and I am still a Ph.D. student (not a candidate). What should I do? Is it wise to transfer to another ...
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Can i publish a book chapter independently?

My question is can I publish a book chapter independently? I have completed my PhD and currently I am not enrolled anywhere, in this case can I publish it without approval of guide or institution?
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Should a PhD Supervisor check if the methodology is correct?

I have noticed i made a mistake in my work. I need to follow some steps (wich weren't real clear for me at the beginning of my PhD and my supervsior never said anything about them), and i just saw i ...
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Is a supervisor a not good one if they don't provide you with a realistic project?

By realistic I mean - has no funding for suggested research, has no equipment for said research and because of all of this your program turns out to be 2x longer than the university advertises it to ...
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Can someone work part-time elsewhere and also full-time as PhD student (in Germany and Poland)?

Can a full-time Ph.D. student legally work in a private company, and draw the stipend from the university and the salary from the job at the same time? I am interested to know the regulations of ...
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Using acquaintance for admission in Ph.D

I am a Ph.D. student at an institute in maths department. This year my brother also has applied for Ph.D. in the same institute in Civil engineering department. Now he has to face a written test first ...
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Chance to get a PhD offer in UK? Taught master with distinction (last year) but third class honour bachelor degree (over 15 years ago)

I am looking at doing a PhD in UK with a recent taught master degree (just graduated last year with distinction, all courses with A grades). However, my first bachelor degree was only in third class (...
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Things to do when applying for a PhD without a full bachelor's degree

I have just finished my third year at a very prestigious US university and I have been looking at Biology PhD programs (Neurooncology/cancer biology in particular). All of the programs that I have ...
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What is the chance of me getting PHD scholarship for international student in Australia [duplicate]

So I'm an international student in Australia. I got a lower second class bachelor of mechanical engineering (honours) from Curtin University. My final year research thesis was published in Journal of ...
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Is it possible to switch from applied maths to pure maths? [closed]

I've found a couple of questions of the type "is it possible to go from pure to applied" so I was wondering if anyone knows for the opposite direction. Say you are an applied mathematician ...
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Will translating a (high-level) philosophy book strengthen my PhD application? [closed]

I have applied last year to Columbia and UCB for a PhD in philosophy. I got accepted to Columbia's masters instead. I contacted those in the admissions committee and they said that my application was ...
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I have a supervisor for an individual Phd in germany. What now? [duplicate]

I applied for a scholarship waiting for its result. I also found a part-time teaching job. I am a bit confused about this process because all the other Ph.D. programs I applied for required me to ...
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How can I ask the professor if I could still work with them on the proposal?

I received two Ph.D. offers this year. The offer from A came too late, which was later than the deadline for the decision of offer from B. Thus, I decided to take the offer from B. Although I have ...
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My first article got major revision

It is my first article ever in this field. I submited it to a high impact journal last year and just got the decision today -- acceptance with major revision. I have no idea whether this bad or not. ...
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How bad would it be to transfer labs/universities midway into a PhD program?

I am a 3rd year PhD student and I've already passed my PhD candidacy, but I am not at all satisfied with the degree of training I've received throughout my PhD. I had a stellar undergrad and was ...
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Is it OK to have a preliminary study as its own chapter in a PhD thesis?

My PhD thesis has the following structure. Introduction [5 pages] Lit Review [50 pages] Project 1: Preliminary study [25 pages] Project 1: Extended study [30 pages] Project 2: Preliminary study [25 ...
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Math PhD Application with non-math undergrad

I want to apply a Math PhD program but my undergrad major is engineering. Currently, I am attending MS math program in UIUC. My GPA is about 3.95 and all coursework (except a upper undergrad course) ...
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Applying for twice the same supervisors via different calls

I am in the following situation: I have officially applied to some PhD position of some research institution (its for math and no research proposal was needed; so I didn't apply for any specific and ...
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How can I explain bad grades in a PhD application due to bad lecturers?

I am an undergraduate studying in Australia aiming for a US PhD program. I want to apply for a PhD in statistics. I have good grades in all of my math and stats courses in general. Unfortunately, the ...
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Disappointing advisor for stupid reason

I am a first year PhD student in computational physics in Germany working for some old big name in the field, which means that, of course, I never see him and he's not really my advisor and instead I ...
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how to distinguish a bad Ph.D. superviser when the system deceives them as the good one? [closed]

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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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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