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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Write up on preparation for pursuing a PhD degree in your subject of interest

I am applying Ph.D. in Mathematics. In the form I found the question. Please write about your preparation for pursuing a PhD degree in your subject of interest? How should I write the answer? What ...
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How to overcome supervisor who is interested in pushing their own research ideas independent of original advertised PhD project? [closed]

I have been undertaking a PhD for three months. I have two supervisors, one is easy to get hold of, the other one isn't. I presumed that when starting this three months ago, a clear initial starting ...
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Will it be a disadvantage if my diploma thesis advisor does not give me PhD recommendation?

My diploma thesis supervisor was ignoring me for 99% of my diploma thesis writing and even bailed on me and did not come to the defense. I graduated with distinction and I want to apply for PhD. ...
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Supervisors are pushing me to keep trying with a bad paper- what can I do?

I wrote a paper towards the start of my PhD. It had nowhere near enough data- and by nowhere near I mean by an amount that it is not remotely publishable and would be laughable. It was rejected a ...
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Changing groups at second year of PhD

I am a second year PhD student in physics at a US university. I have been working with a group for one year. Recently, I have become more and more attracted by another subject. In particular, I have ...
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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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PhD-Application: After how many weeks (approximately) is it fine to ask the committee if I didn't receive any decision?

I have applied for a PhD position at a university in UK at the end of January (in time before the deadline, which was also at the end of January). Shortly after, I was invited to an interview, which (...
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Advice regarding advisor-student relationship

I'm a first semester student in a PhD programme on a bioinformatics related topic. Before being accepted, I spent around 7 months in learning about the topic of my project. I have a BC degree in ...
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Should I let professors know of their potential mistakes?

I sometimes find potential errors in slides/notes that professors provide us as studying material. These are often some distraction or algebraic errors, other times lack of formalism that might ...
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PhD personal statement include controversial past

I grew up in an abusive family wherein some family members continuously manipulated and exploited me. And around 10+ years ago I engaged with some violent resistance. Later I reflected on this ...
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Today is April 26th, and I still haven't received any response concerning my application to 2 Ph.D. programs. Is this normal?

I also tried contacting both schools, but they fail to give me a clear answer concerning the status of my application. Also tried looking on the application page on the site of both universities, but ...
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How to overcome lack of motivation and improve focus [duplicate]

2 weeks ago I just started a phd abroad (Germany) and I am Brazilian. Previously I was in job that bored me to death and I chose to leave it and come to Germany to live my dream and do a PhD. However, ...
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If the dissertation defense is completed and passed prior to the completion of the program classes, is the student considered a Doctor? [closed]

Courses not passed or taken but dissertation and defense completed with approval/passing.
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Should I follow up with a potential supervisor?

I was talking to a potential supervisor on mail for quite some time, asking them different questions related to the PhD project. They didn't reply for quite sometime to the first email but after that ...
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Role of algebraic topology in number theory or algebraic geometry [closed]

I am an undergraduate student, broadly interested in number theory and algebraic geometry. As group cohomology and related things are an integral part of modern number theory and algebraic geometry, I ...
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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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Do I have to list incomplete degrees on my CV when applying for a PhD in Poland?

I already have an MSc from outside the EU. But, I also have an incomplete CS degree from Poland which I dropped out of. Polish Ph.D. schools ask for a CV, not "all the transcript from all the ...
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Corpus linguistics building can be considered as phd research topic in NLP for computer science engineer?

Receive my greetings everyone! I'm sorry if here is not the place for such questions.And excuse me for my english.I'am not native speaker.My concern is:I 'm recently graduated student in Computer ...
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How to focus on PhD [closed]

In my third year of PhD but I started to lose focus. I now focus on other stuff such as learning to code and watching video tutorials on other stuff not related to my PhD. How can I focus on PhD and ...
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Declining PhD offer after accepting

I’ve been in the process of deciding on a PhD program for a while now and last week I thought I had made the right decision, so I went through with it and accepted the offer. For background, the ...
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Same sample have two different data in a conference and journal paper (experimental research)

I published two papers one is the conference and other is journal paper. The problem is that For same same sample I have to measure same characteristics at two different times. Time gap between ...
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I'm still being waitlisted after April 15th, is this a rejection?

It's April 16th today, most applicants should have made their final decision for graduate school. However, earlier this year, I was interviewed by a very prestigious university in the US for their ECE ...
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Can I find a fully-funded PhD position in europe at 39 or more? [closed]

I'm 37 now and hold a master degree. I got my degree 3 years ago. For some personal reasons I plan on applying for a phd position next year or later.( I cannot do that now.) I love my field and doing ...
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Thesis focus and fellowship focus divergence

I am currently halfway through my first year of a multi-year PhD fellowship. After the first year, you must re-apply to be awarded the remaining years. I am currently undecided as to whether or not I ...
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Masters if not accepted for PhD? [closed]

Several CS graduate programs in the US have a checkbox stating something along the lines of "Would you like to be considered for MS if not accepted for PhD?" in their applications. I'm ...
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Transfer to another PhD program in another state, but current PI is not willing and is suggesting a masters (do not want to do)

Long story short: Applied for PhD program in 2019 Great 2 years Covid happened, post-doc I work under left Had to work under other post doc- didn't get along, work fell behind Tried to switch to ...
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What is the difference between 3years, 4 years, and 5years PhDs?

My question excludes the USA and similar systems (e.g. Canada, Singapore, South Korea, China, etc), and the UK and similar systems (e.g. Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, etc). I found that:...
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PhD advisor switching schools wants me to go with him

I'm a 4th year PhD Student in engineering in the US. I'm in school #19 (ranking). My advisor is moving to #4, and wants me to go with him (promises no delay on time to graduation.) There are no other ...
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Quit Master's for a PHD?

Looking for advice: Anyone ever hear of people who quit their masters to do a PhD? My colleague in our masters (math) will be applying for PhDs this fall as with the usual cycle. However, he entered ...
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Potential PhD supervisor not responding after showing interests [duplicate]

I contacted a professor to see if he would be interested to be my supervisor. He very quickly replied and indicated he was interested. He was very sincere in a way he even included a guideline to help ...
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Where to find industry funded PhDs?

In the fields of Mathematics and computer sciences, what are possible options to do a well funded PhD? In Canada or the US. Is it better than doing a PhD as a part time student, while taking a job ? I ...
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Why do some PhDs programs pay monthly salary, some don't?

I found that some Ph.D. programs pay monthly salaries like real jobs (EUR2300/month for a period of 36 months): Medical University of Vienna, AT many pay minuscule monthly stipends like pocket money ...
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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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